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
- 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
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SPRING SEMESTER 2022 EVENT CALENDAR
21: Outreach/Tabling; Baz Tech; 12-1:30 p.m.
DDI/CSS will table in Baz-Tech to welcome students back in the new year and spring semester. We will also remind students of campus resources available in addition to our office (i.e. APEX Center, Office of Financial Aid, the Department of Student Wellness etc.) and 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.
25: Faculty and Staff Inclusive Engagement Workshop; 3-5 p.m. Brown 134
DDI/CSS will facilitate an interactive workshop that helps attendees understand the intricate constructs of identity, power, privilege, and race as well as how we can navigate each to foster a more inclusive world and campus through competency, advocacy, and the creation of more safe and welcoming spaces. Attendees are awarded a certificate upon completion of this training.
27: Diversity, Dialogue, and Desserts; Doc Bryan 247; 4-5 p.m.
DDI will host a casual check-in conversation that is diversity and social justice centered regarding current events and students’ experiences. Sweet treats will be provided.
1: Black History Month Kickoff; Hindsman Bell Tower; 2 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 what to expect on campus throughout the month of February.
3: Sankofa: how we got here, what was lost and how to reclaim our roots; Rothwell 217; 3:30 p.m.
DDI will host a discussion regarding the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, what descendants of Africa were stripped of, and how we can reclaim what our ancestors lost during slavery and post slavery.
8: First to defy; First to die—How a black man became the first person to die for America; DB
242; 3 p.m.
DDI will show excerpts of the life of Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave who became a free black man and business owner (sailor). These videos will show how Attucks resisted the British in what is now known as the Boston Massacre and was the first to be shot, shed blood, and die, making him the first casualty of the American Revolution.
10: Trap Karaoke; Doc Bryan 242; 6 p.m.
DDI will partner with the African American Student Association (AASA) host a karaoke night for black students to showcase their karaoke skills and Black culture performing to some of their favorite trap music.
15: Henrietta Lacks—her untold story and its link to medical mistrust in black communities;
Brown 147; 4-5 p.m.
DDI will show videos about the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks—a black woman whose seemingly immortal cancer cells were used to develop the polio vaccine, develop in vitro fertilization, further cancer research, understand other viruses such as HIV and even covid 19, but she was never made aware of this before dying and her family found out only recently and still have not been compensated.
17: Sarah Rector—the richest colored girl in the world; Doc Bryan 180; 3:00 p.m.
DDI will host a roundtable and show a video about the life of Sarah Rector, a young child descended from an enslaved family who became an oil giant in America at the age of 11.
18: Field Trip/Flexin in My Complexion
DDI plans to take students who register on a Black History field trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. We’re also encouraging Black students to wear attire representative of their Black culture and/or African heritage for photos that day.
22: Ebony Embers 7 p.m. Baz Tech Fireplace
DDI will host fireside chat with Black/African-American students in partnership with AASA about the defining moments of Black culture, advocating for antiracism, the current state of Blackness and how its culture influences the world, reparations, and where we go from here.
23: **CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER** Black Card Revoked/Spades Game Night; Doc Bryan 242 6 p.m.
DDI, in conjunction with BFSO, will host ATU’s black students, faculty, and staff in a game night to play spades as well as the popular Black Card Revoked game that highlights the funny but very true nuances of Black culture from varying angles.
24: **CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER** Black History Month Movie Night; Young Ballroom 6 p.m.
DDI will host a movie night and show a film based on the Black culture or Black history.
28: Ubuntu: Community Service Project in collaboration with AASA and NPHC. We’ll be supporting a black-owned nonprofit.
1: Women’s Appreciation Month Kickoff; Hindsman Bell Tower; 2:30 p.m. (*On-Track)
DDI would like to have a female administrator of the university to 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.
3: Women Belong in the House…and the Senate and wherever else they wanna be! Doc
242; 2-3 p.m.
DDI will either host a panel of women leaders that highlight women’s issues, contributions, and initiatives that advocate for women in leadership.
8: *Tentative* Women’s Month Luncheon
30: Safe Zone Training: 4-6:30 p.m. Doc Bryan 242
DDI will faciliatate a competency training designed to educate attendees on how to effectively support and respect LGBTQ persons as well as prepare those who are interested for becoming allies.
7: “Defined by Potential—Not Limitations.” Disability Success Stories and Resource Seminar; Baz-Tech 204; 3 p.m. (*On-Track)
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 Rehabilitation Science program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences to share about the resources offered. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the seminar.
12: Inclusive Engagement Workshop; Brown 446; 3 p.m.
This interactive workshop will provide exposure of inclusivity and equity practices for students, faculty, and staff to utilize in everyday situations (unconscious bias, privilege, microagressions, cultural appropriation, social justice, restorative justice, equity vs. equality, and culturally competent terminology).
19: Brave Space/Safe Space: A Talk about LGBTQIA Issues, Triumphs, Allies, and the Corporate Safe Zone; Doc Bryan 242; 3:30 p.m. (On-Track)*
DDI will invite all members of SPECTRUM and others who are interested to a roundtable discussion about issues affecting the LGBTQIA community, victories for the community, the significance of Safe Zone training in the workplace and educational institutions, and the role of the ally. Assessment surveys will be administered to students after the workshop.
21: Chat n’ Scat; Commuter Lounge; 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
DDI will host a wellness check-in for post-traditional and commuter students.
26: A diverse workforce: Creating it and maintaining it. (collab with Career Services) Doc Bryan 242; 3 p.m.
In partnership with Career Services, DDI will host an informational session on Jopwell and how to research diversity-forward companies and institutions for graduating students of color preparing for their careers.
5: Spring 2022 Equity/Multicultural Stole Ceremony; Lecture Hall; 5p.m. (reserved for 4 p.m. for prep)
DDI will recognize underrepresented graduating students and their support systems throughout college. This ceremony is a celebration in the students’ accomplishment of degree attainment.