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
FALL SEMESTER 2018 Event Calendar
24: D.I.V.E. into DDI Kickoff; 5:00-8:00pm; Doc Bryan Courtyard and Street
The DIVE (acronym stands for Diversity and Inclusion Validates Everyone) into DDI Kickoff is held on the Friday of ATU’s Welcome Week. The Kickoff is designed to showcase the RSOs and departments at Tech that have been identified as support resources to the underrepresented student population. The event is a street-fair environment and will involve water themed activities and games, food, inflatables, free t-shirt giveaways, and performances by ATU’s black Greek letter organizations (NPHC) as well as the ATU dance and cheer squads.
4: DDI Student Outreach Begins/Individual Appointments Available
DDI staff will make contact with all underrepresented students enrolled for fall 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.
5: Time Management Workshop; 4:00pm-5:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center Room 133
DDI plans to collaborate with Linda Hensen-Jackson from the CSP department to host a time management workshop for students. Common issues such as planning, scheduling, prioritizing, and goal-setting will be covered in this educational workshop to help students be better equipped for not only class and work, but also their future.
13: Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) Kickoff; Time: 1:30 p.m.; Hindsman Bell Tower (On-Track*)
DDI invites the entire campus to a 1-hour event celebrating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, including informational booths, authentic Mexican cuisine, and the potential musical stylings of the student mariachi band.
19: BFSO/Student Mixer; 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Doc Bryan Courtyard
DDI will partner with the Black Faculty & Staff Organization (BFSO) to host a "Rap n' Pait mixer where black students can meet black faculty and staff and get acquainted in a social setting, share about their progress as the school year will just be a month in, and have BFSO offer resources and advice to help students to continue to achieve their educational goals while at ATU by fostering an environment for mentorship. Students get to choose what cultural image they'll paint while listening to the latest trending rap and r&b music.
4: Test Anxiety Workshop; 4:00pm-5:00pm; Location: Rothwell 307
DDI will collaborate with the Department of Wellness and Student Success to host a test anxiety workshop. Common issues such as anxiety, test preparation, test taking skills, study habits, and more will be covered in this educational workshop to help students be better equipped for the many tests ahead of them in their college career.
10: HHM Speaker Speaker; 7:00pm-8:00pm; RPL 300 B South (On-Track*)
DDI plans to bring in Dr. Terry Trevino Richard as the 2018 speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month. Dr. Richard is a Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of Arkansas--Little Rock. He's also the past state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). DDI has also partnered with the President’s Office to host a private dinner with ATU's President, Dr. Robin Bowen, keynote speaker Richard, DDI staff, and selected Hispanic student leaders and faculty.
11: 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.
17: International Pronouns Day; Tabling from 12-2 p.m.; Baz-Tech Common Area
DDI will participate in the first 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; DDI plans to make that clear at ATU as well.
18: Diversity Speaker Collaboration with the Athletics Department; Location & Time: TBD (On Track*)
Abby Davis, ATU’s head Tennis Coach, has partnered with DDI to have a diversity speaker come and speak with our student athletes concerning Diversity & Inclusion. The speaker is Dr. Derek Greenfield. “Dr. G” has been in student affairs for over 20 years and is a nationally sought-after speaker for leadership development, teambuilding, the hip-hop culture, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Greenfield will be presenting his signature diversity presentation at ATU entitled “Confronting Ourselves, Promoting Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Inclusive Excellence.”
23: Diversified Faith: A Summit on Diversity in Religion and Belief Systems; Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.; Baz-Tech 204
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 from around the room from those in attendance, but everyone in attendance are welcomed and encouraged to engage in these discussions.
29: Minorities in the Professional World; 4:00pm-5:00pm; Doc Bryan Student Services Center Room 242 (On-Track*)
DDI plans to collaborate with Norman Career Services to present a program through which participants learn about success in the workplace and the importance of diversity in the workplace. Topics include workplace concerns for minorities and various success stories.
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 and River Valley Food For Kids) before ATU’s Thanksgiving break.
19: Canned Food Drive Culmination and Donation
DDI personnel will collect all bins across campus and will then go and donate all gathered canned goods to River Valley Food for Kids and ATU Green & Gold Cupboard.
30: DDI Stole and Award 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.
3: Winter Holiday Recognition Display
DDI wishes to be inclusive of various winter holiday celebrations and will, therefore, have festive banners up around campus that recognizes a plethora of these holidays including but not limited to Kwanzaa (Dec 26-Jan 1), Hanukkah (Dec 22-30), Christmas (Dec 25), Omisoka (Dec 31), St. Lucia’s Day (Dec 13), Fiesta of Our Lady Guadalupe (Dec. 12), Saturnalia (Dec. 17th-Dec 23rd ), Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), Advent (Dec 2-24), Boxing Day (Dec. 26).
10: Spring Registration Phone Campaign Begins
The DDI staff will email and/or call students who have yet to enroll for the spring 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).