Here are some of the events that gave students opportunities to learn about diversity and inclusion on campus.
LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training
In an effort to increase awareness of the LGBTQ community on campus, the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion (SDI) hosted a training where students, staff and faculty learned about the basics of sexuality, sexual orientation and gender. This includes the coming out process and definitions of various identities. Participants received certificates and decals that they can post signaling themselves as allies in the community.
Wake Up! with Spike Lee
Film director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee, joined us to speak about his career and the role of diversity and inclusion.
Members of the community lined Knight Auditorium with food, fun and festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Attendees browsed the various cultural booths and enjoyed several performances of song, dance and poetry all symbolizing the rich fabric of diversity on our campus.
Coming Out Week
National Coming Out day is celebrated on October 11. We decided to extend this day to a week of various programming focusing on awareness and pride for the LGBTQIA community. Students held a T-shirt screening events where students decorated their own T-shirts with pride messages.
In rememberance of those lost from hate crimes and anti-gay violence, the community gathered to view scenes from The Laramie Project followed by selected readings.
In honor of Women's History Month, we hosted Iyeoka Okoawo- a Nigerian-American award winning poet, recording artist and global TED Fellow who gave a spectaular musical performance with strong messages of empowerment.
7 Hip Hop Affirmations Workshop
Mike Bruny, a certified life coach and motivational speaker facilitated an excellent workshop focusing on personal development using inspiration from hip hop music and his life experiences.
Born This Way Campaign
This Spring 2011 campaign offered a chance for the community to visibly increase awareness and have open conversations about acceptance and respect of homosexuality in our community. Students posted videos and statements on social media networks and wore a special t-shirt in solidarity. The campaign culminated with a special flash mob and moving speech by our student government president.
Jones is a Tony Award® winning playwright, activist, poet and performer, best known for her Broadway show “Bridge and Tunnel”. Jones gave us a chance to experience a host of different personalities and identities through her dramatic performance.
Activist and mother of Matthew Shepard, victim of a tragic hate crime in 1998 in Wyoming, spoke to our community on the problem of hate crimes and efforts to prevent them, including making communities safe and welcoming for everyone.
Born in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and to emerge as a world-famous recording artist with a hit record under his belt. Emmanuel gave an outstanding performance and shared his latest project: Gua Africa.