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Diversity Programs

The Center for Diversity, Pluralism & Inclusion offers or sponsors the following programs

Diversity Enlightenment Program

What is Diversity Enlightenment?

Let's start by clarifying what it is not.

Diversity Enlightenment is not diversity training.

Diversity Training may be something accomplishable, but definitely not in a limited time period. Though you can enlighten someone in or through one significant moment that you share with them. However, we do believe our Diversity Enlightenment Sessions provide much more than a moment's enlightenment.

"Puppets On Strings Are Not Responsible For Things"

We approach diversity enlightenment in many ways:

  • Establishing the importance of the university and community as essential contributors to the success of diversity through methods of empowerment.
  • Challenging our participants to understand the impossibility of becoming leaders in a global society without a sophistication about diversity.
  • Utilizing thought experiments that attempt to demonstrate to the participants exactly where they are in terms of their knowledge and sophistication of diversity.
  • Recognizing that there is no more powerful tool for learning than conversation, we attempt to create an environment where honest interaction occurs on difficult subject matter.
  • Addressing and demystifying the notion of xenophobia.
  • Learning from a three-pronged approach towards diversity enlightenment.
  • Discussions on controversial or uncomfortable aspects of diversity (i.e., race, sexual orientation, disability, class, gender, privilege, toleration, disenfranchisement, etc.).
  • Introducing new concepts, theories, and paradigms on diversity that effectively challenge conventional practices with invigorating new approaches.

Ultimately it is our hope that our participants will leave our diversity enlightenment sessions with the knowledge that they have the responsibility to assume leadership.

If you want to fully understand the meaning of this, we invite you to attend a session!

Additional Information

  • Film Series and WRAP Sessions

    Movies With A Message

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
    When: Wednesday, Nov. 14
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: 200 Yokum

    The purpose of this film series is broad. We recognize the level of expertise that accompanies much explication of film. We even acknowledge the expertise that often reveals itself through the casual observer after watching a film that attempts to make a statement.

    However, how often do all the so-called experts have an opportunity to get together and approach the subject matter with their respective intellectual weaponry in a public forum. The lessons to be learned are many, as this is nothing if not an educational enterprise for all involved.

    The deconstruction, postmodern analysis, social implications, psychological ramifications, philosophical underpinnings, and downright differences of opinion surrounding these films should be quite interesting, if not rewarding to all who attend.

    Faculty will have access to how their colleagues from different disciplines and pedagogy engage material. Students will be made privy to some of the nuances and subtleties of film-making and storytelling that they may not have noticed, nor ever would. Staff and the surrounding community may provide a fresh, non-academic, and just as important, non-rigorous interpretation or perspective on the film.

    Everyone will have an opportunity to be introduced to a plethora of perspectives that always abound in a community, but usually are not shared.

    Our Diversity Film Series is open to the campus and it's FREE. The film screening is followed by a rap session, or what we call, The WRAP Session! The WRAP Session is a discussion that follows the movie. It is the centerpiece for the evening. The conversation is moderated, but the audience is able to express what they feel about the movie through critiques and comments.

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    Thank you for coming to our viewing and discussion of Black Panther. Please
    fill out this brief survey to help us provide educational opportunities through film and discussion.

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