Diversity, Inclusion, and contemporary student services

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Contemporary Student Services (DI & CSS) focuses on enhancing and supporting the experiences of students within underrepresented populations and marginalized groups including commuter and post-traditional students. While promoting a campus environment that welcomes inclusiveness, multiculturalism, and social justice, our office aims to enrich student success from the first-year until graduation. DI & CSS is the primary support for registered student organizations (RSOs) that represent aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion; We are now also the initial support for our non-residential students who travel to and from campus and students who are post-traditional (usually students who are 24 and older, students who may be parents, and may work full-time jobs while attending college). Our office 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  2021 EVENT CALENDAR

August:

 13:        D.I.V.E. LLC Early Arrival Programming

We will do some fun get-to-know-you activities with our LLC students as well as give them some pointers on college survival and inclusive practices to apply as they start college.

 

16:          Involvement Fair; 5-7 p.m.

Our staff will table at the Involvement Fair to increase our visibility and hopefully get students engaged with our office as well as some of our diverse and multicultural RSOs.

 

17:         ***CANCELLED*** Party on the Pavement; 5-7 p.m

DDI will have a table setup along with some of ATU’s multicultural RSOs and give out free t-shirts as well as inform attendees about what we have in store for FALL 2021.

 

24:         Multicultural Mixer/Game Night; Doc Bryan 242; 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

 

26:         Chat & Scat (Contemporary Student Services); Commuter Lounge; 9-11:30; 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Staff will greet commuter and post-traditional students who visit the commuter lounge throughout the day and hand out free t-shirts and other miscellaneous giveaways.

 

31:         DEI/CSS tabling; Outside of Chambers Dining; 12-2 p.m.

Our staff will hold a tabling outside the main dining area of campus during high traffic time in an attempt to further increase our visibility and get students involved with our office and programs.

 

September:

1:            So You Think You’re Inclusive?; Doc Bryan 242; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Our staff will host a fun game night that helps attendees learn inclusive terminology and teaches attendees how to have effective culturally competent conversations.

 

8:            Dash to Class; Throughout Campus; 8-11 a.m. (Commuter Student Services)

Our staff plans to offer rides via the Campus Life golf cart to classes across campus and offer rides back to their vehicles later in the day.

 

9:          When They See Us: Addressing Stereotypes and Unconscious Bias; Brown 148; 3:30-4:30 p.m.         

Our staff will facilitate a roundtable discussion that deep dives into stereotypes as well as unconscious biases and how we navigate addressing them. 

15:         Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff; Bell Tower; 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Our staff will host a celebration to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month via Hispanic cuisine and music while featuring the Latinx Student Organization, Hispanic Student Association, World Languages Spanish classes and their faculty, as well as the World Language and Culture Club.

 

21:          Minorities and Mental Health; Doc Bryan 180; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Our staff plans to partner with the Dept. of Student Wellness and Counseling Services for a roundtable discussion regarding the historic stigmatization of mental health in communities of color and how that’s starting to change now.

 

29:          Safe Zone Training; Doc Bryan 242; 4:30-6:30 p.m.

We will conduct and educational and interactive training that enhances attendees understanding of LGBTQ issues, terminology, and effective ways to support the community through allyship.

 

October:

5:            Inclusive Engagement Workshop; Rothwell 217; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

DDI will facilitate an interactive workshop that helps attendees understand the intricate constructs of identity, power, privilege, and race in our world as well as how we can navigate each to foster a more inclusive world and campus through cultural competency, advocacy, and the creation of more safe and welcoming spaces.

6:            You got caught studying (Mid-Term Edition)

Our staff will hand out various treats and prizes to various students across campus that are seen studying for their mid-term exams.

 

7:            Contemporary Student Services Care Package Handouts; Commuter Lounge; 9-11; 2-4 p.m.

Our staff will give out care packages to non-traditional students in the Commuter Lounge.

 

11:          Indigenous Peoples Day; Doc Bryan 247; 1:30-3:00 p.m.

We plan to have leaders from the Keetoowah Band of Cherokees as well as Native representatives from the American Indian Center of Arkansas as our special guests who will also facilitate this discusson and celebration. ATU Native students and all who are interested in acknowledging and honoring Native are invited to our commemorative roundtable recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day, or First Peoples Day. We will also do a land acknowledgement to honor the Osage Nation, the original tribe that owned the current lands that ATU sits on and what is now Russellville.  

12:          Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker; RPL A&B; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

We will host a keynote speaker to acknowledge the amazing contributions that Latinx persons have made in the world as we honor the peak of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021.

 

20:         International Pronouns Day Tabling; Baz-Tech Common Area; 12-2 p.m.

We will participate in the 4th 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 and respecting all persons regardless of cisgender, transgender, or gender-nonconforming identities via pronoun buttons.

 

28:         My Culture is NOT a Costume; Doc Bryan 180; 4-5 p.m.

We will have a roundtable discussion on cultural appropriation since Halloween will be nearing. We will distinguish between appropriation, appreciation, and assimilation. 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, Asian, African, Hispanic garb, etc.

 

29:          Chat N’ Scat Halloween Edition; Commuter Lounge/Doc’s Place; 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Our staff will hand out sweet treats to post-traditional students who are parents in the Commuter Lounge and around Doc’s Place.

 

November:

1:           Canned Food Drive Kickoff

We will have bins set up outside of the Campus Life office to collect canned goods to be given to a local charity before ATU’s Thanksgiving break.

 

4:           Diversity, Dialogue, and Dessert; Baz Tech 202; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

DDI will host a conversation that is diversity and social justice centered regarding current events and students’ experiences while enjoying sweet treats with attendees.

 

10:        Interfaith and Secular Beliefs Forum; Baz Tech 202; 5:30-6:30 p.m.  

We will host a panel of faith-based and non-faith-based student/faculty/staff representatives in which each individual gets to share about their values, experiences, and customs.

 

16:        Black, Brown, and Abroad; Doc Bryan 242; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

DDI will partner with the Study Abroad Coordinator to offer info and resources to students of color who are interested in studying abroad in an attempt to get more students of color involved with ATU’s Study Abroad program.

 

17:         Safe Zone Training; Brown 253; 4-6 p.m.

We will conduct and educational and interactive training that enhances attendees understanding of LGBTQ issues, terminology, and effective ways to support the community through allyship.

 

22:        Canned Food Drive Culmination and Donation

Our office will collect all bins across campus and will then go and donate all gathered items to Russellville Main Street Mission.

 

December:

1:           Inclusive Winter Holiday Display; Doc Bryan Rotunda

To be inclusive of various winter holiday celebrations in addition to Christmas, we will setup mini-displays in the Rotunda that recognize a plethora of other winter holidays including, but not limited to, Hanukkah, Fiesta of Our Lady Guadalupe, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Omisoka.

 

9:            DDI Equity/Multicultural Stole Ceremony; Doc Bryan Lecture Hall with following reception in the Rotunda; 4-6 p.m.

DDI will recognize graduating seniors from multicultural and other underrepresented backgrounds for collegiate involvement and participation in the Stole Ceremony. This ceremony is a celebration of the students’ accomplishment of degree attainment and those who have helped them reached this milestone.