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
- Recognize culturally and racially insensitive terminology
- Distinguish between acceptable/non-acceptable actions/behaviors
- Understand ally etiquette as well as accurately addressing those in the LGBTQ+ community
- Identify and Apply appropriate verbiage when addressing persons with disabilities
- Identify and Apply appropriate verbiage when addressing veterans and USAF service members
2. Distinguish equity from equality
3. Employ inclusive language in and outside of the classroom
SPRING SEMESTER 2019 Event Calendar
15: MLK March/Day of Remembrance and Community Service; 5:00pm-8:00pm; Hindsman Bell Tower to Young Ballroom (On-Track)*
The DDI will host a campus-wide service project on MLK Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Come out and help us make 1,000 hygiene kits for River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children, and bring a canned good or other non-perishable food that will go to the Green and Gold Cupboard. We also plan to do an MLK March around Campus to celebrate Dr. King’s dream and his vision for justice, equality, equity, and freedom for all.
16: DDI Student Outreach Begins/Individual Appointments Available
DDI staff will make contact with all underrepresented students enrolled for spring 2018. Students will be invited to make appointments with DDI staff to discuss campus resources available (i.e. tutoring services, financial aid resources, etc.) or to discuss any problems or concerns they are facing (i.e. assistance getting books, payment plans, academic concerns, health concerns, etc.) to support student retention and success. Students will be connected to support resources and be provided with important deadlines and dates such as the last day to make payment, mid-term, and final exams.
17: Money, Money, Money Summit; 4:00pm-5:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center 133 (On-Track)*
In partnership with Financial Aid and Student Accounts, DDI will host a financial literacy and resource summit. The purpose of this event is to provide intentional engagement between underrepresented student populations and the staffs of both offices. Students will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about their finances at Tech. Both offices will provide students with important dates, resources, and tips for financial student success.
1: Black History Month Kickoff; 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Hindsman Bell Tower (On-Track)*
DDI invites the entire campus to a 1-hour event celebrating the start of Black History Month. Participants will learn about the beginnings of Black History Month and hear the sounds of the United Voices of Praise.
11-15 Flexin’ in my Complexion Dress Up Week: Black/African American students are encouraged to
Students who identify as Black or African-American are encouraged to wear attire representative of their African heritage, black fashion during the 60's and 80's on selected days.
20: Soul Food Night; 6:00pm-8:00pm; Young Ballroom (On-Track*)
DDI will host a soul food dinner as part of Black History Month. Participants will learn more about the African American cuisine, its culture and the history of “soul food.”
27: Black History Month Speaker; 7:00pm-9:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall (On-Track)*
DDI typically brings in an external, professional keynote speaker/entertainer for Black History Month via a talent management agency. DDI partners with the President’s Office to organize a private dinner with the University President, keynote speaker, DDI staff, and selected African American students/faculty.
4: Test Anxiety Workshop; 4:00pm-5:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center Room 133
Come learn how to cope with test and anxiety. Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to learning about the signs and symptoms of test anxiety, learning about from where test anxiety comes, and learning ways to manage test anxiety including: Improve study skills, relaxation, techniques, and how to access counseling services. Hosted by Craig Witcher, a counselor from the Health & Wellness Center.
5: Mid-Term Grade Check-In/Outreach Begins
Mid-term grade reports will be reviewed by DDI staff. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of below 2.0 will be contacted and encouraged to come visit with a member of
the DDI staff. Resources and one-on-one advising concerning test taking methods, study tips, note taking methods, etc. will be provided. Referrals to other campus departments such as the tutoring center, counseling center, financial aid, etc. will be given when appropriate.
12: Young Money: Financial Literacy workshop Multipurpose Room Doc Bryan 242 (On-Track)*
DDI will plan on having an accounting or economics professor to come and give pointers to students regarding financially responsibility, financial stability, and economic success.
20: Women’s Appreciation (March is women’s month); 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Hindsman Bell Tower
DDI would like to have Dr. Bowen come out to the Bell Tower for a few moments to speak on the accomplishments and celebration of women. We’d like to invite all female students, faculty and staff who can to attend as well as any other persons of the ATU family who want to celebrate women’s month.
26: “Defined by Potential—Not Limitations.” Disabilities Success Stories and Resource Seminar; 2:00-3:00 p.m.; Doc Bryan 242
DDI plans to invite students, faculty and staff out to a empowerment meeting where they can share their stories about living with and achieving with disabilities, whether it be an apparent physical disability or non-apparent. DDI also plans to have a representative from Disability Services to come and share with the group about all the resources they offer.
9: Brave Space/Safe Space: A Talk about LGBTQIA issues, triumphs, allies, and the Corporate Safe Zone; 3:00-4:00 p.m.; Doc Bryan Multipurpose Room 242 (On-Track)*
DDI plans to invite SPECTRUM and all others who are interested to a roundtable discussion about issues affecting the LGBTQIA communities, victories for the community, the significance of Safe Zone training in the workplace/educational institutions and what being an ally is all about.
15: Diversity through the Lens of Art; 6:00pm-8:00pm; Norman Art Building (On-Track)*
DDI hosts an art competition for ATU students. The competition allows students to express their artistic abilities as they reflect on the topic of diversity. A reception is hosted following the event.
29: DDI Multicultural Stole Ceremony; 4:00pm-6:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
The Department of Diversity and Inclusion will recognize graduating students receiving academic honors and for collegiate involvement and participation in the Multicultural Stole Ceremony. This ceremony is a celebration in the students’ accomplishment of degree attainment.
1: Fall Registration Phone Campaign Begins
The DDI staff will email and/or call students who have yet to enroll for the fall semester. DDI staff reaches out to these students to evaluate their return status, to serve as a resource, and to assist students in connecting with important support resources to assist in helping the student enroll.
*Safe Zone trainings will be offered at the request of any ATU department or RSO (Registered Student Organization).