The Diversity Lecture Series is an award-winning program that began in 2001 and uses outside speakers to engage the entire campus community in conversations about identity and difference and that serve to further the University’s mission “to be an inclusive and diverse community that educates and cares for the whole person.”
Former speakers have included Angela Rye, Kimberle Crenshaw, John Quinones, Geena Rocero, Hill Harper, Judy Smith, Time Wise, Bishop Desmond Tutu just to name a few.
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Offered by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, Running Start is an early arrival program that begins with a four-day “pre-orientation” and continues throughout the year to support diverse first year students. In keeping with the university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, the program enhances students' sense of belonging and prepares them for success.
Students that serve on executive boards for the SID organizations are offered ongoing monthly training for the development of leadership skills, facilitation, and group management.
Held every October , the SID allows for all students to come together in an atmosphere away from the campus to "relate, relax, and release". We have visited places in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Virginia, and the Poconos!
Throughout the year, SID hosts or partners to hold campus wide programming or celebrations that seek to educate the entire campus community. Previous events have been Heritage Month Celebrations, Holi, Kwanzaa, Salsa Nights, Chinese New Year, and the Drag Show.
From our ASA Dumpling Night , our CSA Fashion Show, BTG's Taste of the World, LSA's Hispanic Heritage Month Observances, to BSU's annual talent show our multicultural student groups feature programs centered around educational, cultural, social, and recreational themes.
May is a special time for the office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and Inclusion and Diversity Access Programs. I&D Leaders and Scholars who have served in leadership positions (ICC Program, students organizations, Running Start, or our work study programs) or active in SID are honored with kente/stoles, invited to participate in a special photoshoot, and recognized for their active and continued commitment to the mission of SID at the End of Year Celebration. In May of 2018, we also celebrated our first Lavender Graduation Reception "to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University".
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is looking to establish more formal relationships and opportunities with underrepresented alumni. In April 2018, we hosted our first Alumni / Student mixer to provide current students the chance to network and create connections. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we'd love to have them. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the interest form here.