Diversity & Inclusion

 

The Department of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) focuses on enhancing and supporting the experiences of students within underrepresented populations and marginalized groups. While promoting a campus environment that welcomes inclusiveness and multiculturalism, DDI aims to enrich student success from the first-year until graduation. DDI is the primary support for registered student organizations (RSOs) that represent aspects of diversity and inclusion; DDI is also home to diversity and social justice trainings/ workshops, and cultural celebration events designed to support the overall success of underserved students as well as strengthen the cultural competency of the campus community, therefore fostering a conscious campus climate while steadily moving ATU from equality to equity.

By attending events and trainings that promote inclusive excellence and a diverse culture across campus, students will be able to:

1. Develop necessary cultural competency skills

2. Distinguish equity from equality

3. Employ inclusive language in and outside of the classroom

 

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FALL SEMESTER 2019 Event Calendar

20:         D.I.V.E. into DDI Kickoff; Doc Bryan Courtyard and Street; 5-8 p.m

The D.I.V.E. into DDI Kickoff is apart of ATU's Party on the Pavement for Welcome Week 2019. Complete with food trucks, music, meet the Greeks, and other aspects of campus life, the primary purpose of the event is to introduce students to all that DDI has in store for the upcoming year and how they can get involved. Just as we immerse into cool waters during the summer months, whether it's the beach, a pool, or a lake, etc., we want to share our philosophy of immersing into inclusive excellence. Hence, the term "Dive in." Our D.I.V.E. event is water themed with a huge slip n' slide makng it a great way for students to have fun while cooling off from the sizzling sun. Free diversity & inclusion t-shirt giveaways are also apart of this event.

28:         Minority Student Mixer; Doc Bryan 242; 5-7 p.m.

DDI will host incoming freshman minority students to a get-to-know-you social to become acquainted with minority faculty and staff, members of BFSO, and minority student leaders to build rapport and potential mentorships.

September:

3:            DDI Student Outreach Day Tabling; Chambers Dining Hall; 12-2 p.m.

DDI staff will table in high-traffic student areas to increase visibility and offer resource information, tips, and advice to help underrepresented students be successful.

 

18:          Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) Kickoff; Hindsman Bell Tower 1:30 p.m. (On-Track*)

DDI plans to invite the entire campus to a one-hour event celebrating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, including Hispanic foods, music, and informational booths. DDI plans to partner with ATU’s Hispanic faculty to bring their classes to the kickoff as well.

 

25:        Mental Health Matters; Doc Bryan 242; 3:30-4:30 p.m. (On-Track*)           

DDI plans to partner with the ATU Health & Wellness Center to have a discussion with students regarding the importance of mental health and why the topic has been stigmatized for so long but is now becoming more normalized in society. All in attendance are welcome to share personal stories of struggles and/or triumphs with mental health but will not be forced to. The format will be that of a roundtable focus group so that feedback can be used for assessment purposes and all attendees will be informed up front of this. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.

October:

 

7:            HHM Speaker; RPL A or B (On-Track*); 7-8 p.m.

DDI plans to bring in a keynote speaker for HHM to address the contributions and the state of Hispanic persons in modern America. The speaker will be welcomed to a dinner with the University President, Hispanic Association members, LULAC members, Hispanic faculty and staff and DDI staff. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the event.

  

14:          Columbus Day vs. Indigenous Peoples Day: Let’s Talk About It; Baz-Tech 204; 3-4 p.m. (*On-Track)

More and more cities across the U.S. are dismissing the celebration of Columbus Day in which some say is false rhetoric to credit a man for discovering a place that was already inhabited by millions of native people. Many also say it’s a reminder of a violent history of the colonization of the Americas and are instead adopting Indigenous Peoples Day, also called First People’s Day. This is to honor the Native people who were here long before Christopher Columbus set foot on American soil. DDI plans to have a cultural discussion, facilitated by a faculty member, on the perceived miseducation of American history and how it’s now changing. If the Native American RSO that the Department of Campus Life is working on forming is active by then, members will also be invited to this discussion. An assessment survey will be administered to students after the program.

15:         Safe Zone Training; Doc Bryan 133; 5-7 p.m.

This will be a comprehensive training to educate any interested person on the LGBTQ+ community and becoming an ally for this community.

 

16:         International Pronouns Day Tabling; Baz-Tech Common Area; 12-4 p.m.

                DDI will participate in the 2nd annual International Pronouns Day by promoting the cause on social media pages as well as tabling in the common area of Baz-Tech to raise awareness regarding referencing all persons with the correct pronouns to honor basic human dignity and expound on why this is essential for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. International Pronouns Day celebrates all identities.

 

21:        Mid-Term Outreach Day Tabling in Residence Halls; 12-4 p.m.

DDI will table within residential life spaces after mid-term grades to offer one-on-one referrals to campus resources concerning grade improvement and academic wellness. Resources for study tips, note taking methods, etc. will be provided. Referrals to other campus departments such as the APEX Center, counseling center, financial aid, etc. will be given when appropriate.

 

23:         Bullying: A life or death issue; Brown 355; 3-4 p.m. (On Track*)

DDI plans to have a roundtable discussion with partners from ATU’s C.A.R.E. Team, Counseling Services, and the Department of Public Safety about the effects of bullying and how they’ve sometimes been deadly. An assessment survey will be administered to students after the workshop.

 

29:          My Culture Isn’t a Costume; Doc Bryan 242; 3:30-4:30 p.m. (On-Track*)

DDI plans to have a roundtable discussion on cultural appropriation since Halloween will be nearing. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to engage in dialogue about what’s appropriate and what’s not regarding imitating other ethnic and cultural norms that are highly offensive, i.e. black face, Native-American garb, etc.

  

November:

1:           Canned Food Drive Kickoff

               DDI plans to have bins set up in the front of the DDI office as well as in other locations with high-student traffic to collect canned goods to be given to local charities (ATU Green & Gold Cupboard, Main Street Mission, and River Valley Food For Kids) before ATU’s Thanksgiving break.

 

5:           Diversified Faith: A Summit on Diversity in Religion and Belief Systems; Baz-Tech 204; 6:30-7:30 p.m.  (*On-track)

DDI invites all faith-based and non-religious belief-based registered student organizations to a summit where each group gets to share about their values, experiences, and customs. DDI recognizes that all beliefs are not rooted in a certain faith and wants to encourage dialogue between every group on either side. Each organization can select a representative to be on a panel to answer questions around the room from those in attendance, but everyone in attendance are welcomed and encouraged to engage in these discussions. An assessment survey will be administered to students after the workshop.

11:        You served us. Now, we’ll serve you. Doc Bryan 242; 12-3 p.m.

DDI plans to partner with the Offices of Veterans Services and Veterans Upward Bound to provide enlisted and veteran students with a Veterans and Service Members Appreciation Lunch. Being that veterans/service members are another underrepresented group, DDI would like to honor their contributions and service to the nation.

 

14:        Intro to Study Abroad; Doc Bryan 247; 3-4 p.m.

DDI will host an informational session for underrepresented students in conjunction with the Office of International Student Services and the Study Abroad Coordinator. This session will provide minority students with pertinent information regarding the opportunities to study in other countries through ATU’s study abroad program.

 

21:         Safe Zone Training; Doc Bryan 133; 5-7 p.m.

This will be a comprehensive training to educate any interested person on the LGBTQ+ community and becoming an ally for this community.

 

25:        Canned Food Drive Culmination and Donation

DDI personnel will collect all bins across campus and will then go and donate all gathered items to River Valley Food for Kids, Main Street Mission, and ATU Green & Gold Cupboard.

 

December:

 

2:           Winter Holiday Recognition Display; Doc Bryan Rotunda

DDI wishes to be inclusive of various winter holiday celebrations and will, therefore, have festive banners up around campus as well as a few mini-displays in the Rotunda that recognize a plethora of these holidays including, but not limited to, Advent (Dec. 2-24), Fiesta of Our Lady Guadalupe (Dec. 12), St. Lucia’s Day (Dec. 13), Saturnalia (Dec. 17th-Dec 23rd ), Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), Christmas (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1), and Omisoka (Dec. 31).