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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SPRING SEMESTER 2020 Event Calendar

January:

 

16:          DDI Outreach Day in Residence Hall Space; 12-4 p.m.  

DDI staff will table in residential life space to make contact with all underrepresented students enrolled for spring 2020. Staff will discuss campus resources available (i.e. tutoring services, financial aid resources, etc.) or assist students in navigating any problems or concerns they are facing (i.e. assistance getting books, payment plans, academic concerns, health concerns, etc.) to support student persistence and success. Students will be connected to support resources and provided with important deadlines and dates including the last day to make payment, mid-term, and final exams. Students will be encouraged to report back to DDI any contacts they made to other campus resources.

 

20:         MLK March/Day of Remembrance and Community Service; Hindsman Bell Tower to Young Ballroom; 8 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast; 9:30 a.m. March; 10 a.m.-Noon Service Project (On-Track)* 

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. We plan to do the MLK March around campus first to celebrate Dr. King’s dream and his vision for justice, equality, equity, and freedom for all. Once the march ends at Young Ballroom, we will break off into teams that will fold and pack charity fleece blankets for our local non-profit organizations, Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and Main Street Mission as well as assemble and pack women’s hygiene kits for the area battered women’s shelter.

28:         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.

 

February: 

 

3:            Black History Month Kickoff; Hindsman Bell Tower; 1:30-2:30 p.m. (On-Track)* 

DDI invites the entire campus to the opening event celebrating the start of Black History Month. Participants will learn about the beginnings of Black History Month and potentially hear the sounds of ATU’s United Voices of Praise. 

 

6:           What happened to Black Wall Street? Rothwell 213; 4-5 p.m. (On-Track)*

DDI will host a discussion on some of black history that’s never been taught in public schools across the country. This discussion will address the origins of Black Wall Street, what it was, why it was destroyed, and its re-creation through Black-owned businesses today. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.

12:         A Forgotten Massacre: The Arkansas Mass Lynching of 1919; Doc Bryan 133; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

                (*On-track)                                                     

DDI will host another discussion on some of black history that’s rarely heard of in American history books. This discussion will be centered around the largest lynching in Arkansas history that left 237 African-Americans dead and the remnants of blatant racism in the state today. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.

 

17:        Collaboration with Student Wellness: Student Panel on Mental Health

**(THIS IS NOT A DDI PROGRAM, BUT A PARTNERSHIP)**

The Dept. of Student Wellness and Counseling Services will host a student led panel focusing on minority/marginalized students’ experiences with mental health. DDI will help facilitate the discussion.

18:          Flexin’ in my Complexion Fashion Show; Baz-Tech Main Area; 12-2 p.m.

Black/African American students are encouraged to wear attire representative of their African and African American heritage that represents their fashion and culture through different decades.                      

 

20:         Don’t Touch My Hair: A forum on the identity struggles with Black/African-American Hair (*On-track); Doc Bryan 242; 4-5 p.m.

DDI staff members will facilitate a discussion on the Natural Hair Movement and reconnecting people of color to their African roots as well as why hair has become symbolic of African Americans’ struggle to define who they are in Corporate America, society, and their own culture. There also may be a black hair products giveaway following the discussion. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the discussion.

 

24:         Soul Food Night; Young Ballroom; 6-8 p.m. (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.” Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.

 

27:          Black History Month Speaker; Doc Bryan Lecture Hall; 7-9 p.m. (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 and faculty. An assessment survey will be administered to students after the event.

 

March

 

3:          Women’s Appreciation Month Kickoff; Hindsman Bell Tower; 1:30-2:30 p.m.

DDI would like to have Dr. Bowen speak on the accomplishments and celebration of women. We      will 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.            

 

17:        Unfit vs. Fit B.I.T. (Body Image Talks); Baz Tech 204; 3-4 p.m. (On-Track)*

In recognition of Women’s Month, DDI will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the struggles of women’s body image, issues regarding the portrayal of the “right” body type in media over the years, the changes we’re now seeing, and personal testimonies from women and girls who’ve been subjected to body shaming and other struggles regarding body image. An assessment survey will be administered to students after the workshop.

19:         Mid-Term Tabling; Chambers Dining; 12-4 p.m.  

Underrepresented students are encouraged to visit with a member of the DDI staff following mid-terms. Resources and one-on-one consultations concerning test taking methods, 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 provided.

 

April

8:           “Defined by Potential—Not Limitations.” Disability Success Stories and Resource Seminar; Baz-Tech 204; 2-3 p.m.

DDI will invite students, faculty, and staff to an empowerment meeting where they can share their stories about living with and achieving with disabilities, whether they be an apparent physical disability or non-apparent. DDI will invite a representative from the Office of University Testing and Disability Services, Special Olympics College, and faculty from the Department of Disability and Rehab Sciences to share about the resources offered. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the seminar.

 

9:          Fall Registration Outreach Day; Chambers Dining; 12-3 p.m.  

The DDI staff will host an outreach day and set up in a high-traffic student area and encourage students who need registering to come by our table and get matched to their advisor if they don’t know them already.

 

13:         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.

 

14:         Brave Space/Safe Space: A Talk about LGBTQIA Issues, Triumphs, Allies, and the Corporate Safe Zone; Doc Bryan Multipurpose Room 242; 3-4 p.m. (On-Track)* 

DDI will invite all members of 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 and educational institutions, and what the role of the ally is all about. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.

 

16:         Political Awareness Forum: Doc Bryan 242; 4-5 p.m. (*On-Track)

At this point of time in the year, America will be in the heightened stage of political campaigns to gear up for the presidential election in Fall 2020. We know this will affect the political climate on campuses across the nation. DDI in partnership with Civic Engagement would like to host a roundtable discussion with students, faculty, and staff about how their feeling mentally and emotionally during this time.

 

21:          Diversity on Display; Young Ballroom; 6-8 p.m.

DDI will host a talent night for the underrepresented student population to display their artistic abilities through any genre of art including, but not limited to, musical instruments, song, rap, dance, poetry/spoken word, and painting.

 

28:        Minorities in the Professional World/So You Want to Go to Grad School? (Senior Capstone);    

              Doc Bryan 133; 3-5 p.m. (*On Track)

DDI will host a panel of minority professionals from various fields to share with students about their experiences—both positive and negative—as well as advice and tips on how to navigate the professional world as a minority. During the second half of this session, DDI will host a panel of experienced professionals and current graduate students to offer tips regarding applying and getting into both graduate and/or professional school. This will also serve as a senior capstone for those being stoled in the Multicultural Stole Ceremony, so underrepresented graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

May

 

6:         EAP End-of-the-Year Celebration; Doc Bryan 242; 5-7 p.m.

DDI will host a ceremony and reception for students of the Fall 2019 EAP cohort and officially declare them “alumni” of the EAP.

 

7:          DDI Multicultural Stole Ceremony; Lecture Hall; 5-7 p.m.

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.