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Featured Inclusive Excellence Events

Inclusive Excellence Listening Sessions

Monday, Jan. 28 – Wednesday, Jan. 30

Share ideas about how to make Georgia Southern an even more inclusive environment. Open to all students, faculty and staff.

NOTE: If you weren’t able to attend the Inclusive Excellence Listening Sessions, but have feedback or ideas you’d like to share, please email info@drdamonawilliams.com and put “Georgia Southern University” in the subject line.


Inclusive Excellence Design Summit

Monday, Feb. 25

1-4 p.m. – Faculty and Staff Session – click here to sign up

6-8 p.m. – Student Session – click here to sign up

Statesboro Campus – Russell Union Ballroom

These action-oriented sessions will focus on best practices to support diversity and inclusion and to prepare Georgia Southern graduates for success in a multicultural, global economy. Open to all students, faculty and staff.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Damon A. Williams, one of the nation’s leading experts in strategic diversity leadership, educational achievement, social impact and organizational change. After gathering data, feedback and ideas from members of the Georgia Southern community, Dr. Williams will develop a comprehensive plan to embed diversity and inclusion throughout University life and to prepare graduates for success in multicultural, global economy.

Free transportation will be provided for students, faculty and staff at the Armstrong Campus and the Liberty Campus.


Diversity Reading Groups

Ongoing

During the Spring 2019 semester, Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff are invited to read Strategic Diversity Leadership by Dr. Damon A. Williams and to participate in facilitated discussions. Copies of Strategic Diversity Leadership are available to check out at Georgia Southern libraries and for purchase at Georgia Southern bookstores. Dates, times and locations for discussion sessions will be announced soon.

 

Additional Events:

Black Campus Forum presented by the Georgia Southern Counseling Center

Every Thursday | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Russell Union 2084 | Statesboro Campus

Every Thursday on the Statesboro Campus from 5 – 6 pm beginning January 17 in Russell Union 2084.  Facilitated by Johanna Workman, Georgia Southern Counseling Center and Michael Baugh, Georgia Southern Academic Success.

2019 MLK Celebration

January 30 | Noon | Student Union | Armstrong Campus

January 30 | 7 p.m. | Performing Arts Center (PAC) | Statesboro Campus

Award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin will be this year’s speaker at the MLK Celebration. He is a four-time NAACP Image Award Winner and has been named one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. by Ebony Magazine. This event is free and open to the public.


February

The Integration of Georgia Southern – Statesboro:  A Conversation with the First 500

February 5 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Russell Union 2080|  Statesboro campus

Conversation about the integration of the Statesboro Campus with alumni who were among the first African American students to attend Georgia Southern.

Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing

February 8 | 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | COE 1120 | Statesboro Campus

Part of the Women’s Leadership Series created to address issues facing today’s female leaders and develop future female leaders, this workshop offers women the opportunity to learn about the basics of investing through interactive workbook activities. Those interested in attending the workshop presented by TIAA Senior Financial Consultant Sandy Couch should send an RSVP to College of Education Administrative Assistant Janina Jones at janinajones@georgiasouthern.edu.

Talk Tuesday

February 12 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Russell Student Union – Room 2080 | Statesboro Campus

Coordinated by student leaders, these events will discuss social justice and current events. Each discussion will be held the second Tuesday of each month. 

The Vagina Monologues

February 13 | 7 p.m. | Russell Union Ballroom | Statesboro Campus

A 1996 play originally produced by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues will be presented by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in an effort to showcase different female perspectives on sexuality and sexual experiences. The production helps bring attention to violence against women and girls and raises money for the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit the Georgia Southern Marketplace.

Lecture: Institutionalized Exclusion: Native Americans, Irish Women and Catholic Restitution

February 18 | 6 p.m. | Russell Union 2047 | Statesboro Campus

Professor Jonathan Culleton, Chairman of a Post-Prison Social Integration charity and director for the Cultural Competence in the Prison Irish National Training Corrections Officers program in Ireland, hosts a public talk on the Catholic Church’s treatment of Magdalene’s women in Ireland alongside the events at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington this past January, and the examines the recourse that could occur the 21st century.

Not Lost in Translation: Study Abroad Proposals Decoding

February 20 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Solms Hall 203 | Armstrong Campus
February 21 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Cone Hall 2029 | Statesboro Campus

Part of the Bring the World to Your Work event series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Services and the Center for Teaching Excellence, this event will focus on study abroad programs for Georgia Southern students.

Safe Space Training

February 20 |  3 p.m. – 5 p.m. |  University Hall 157 |  Armstrong Campus

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to gender and sexual minority (GSM) individuals in the university community. The program offers participants an interactive two-hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of GSM issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to GSM individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space. Ally Consortium is an advanced training offered to those who have already completed Safe Space training. Safe Space and Ally Consortium are currently offered through the Counseling Center at the Statesboro location. Safe Space training on the Armstrong location is housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Please check the Counseling Center website for dates and times.

Moveable Feast Panel: Everyday Anti-Racism: Images, Institutions, and You

February 21 | 6 p.m. | Beach Institute of African-American Culture | 502 E. Harris St. | Savannah

Moveable Feast lecture featuring Alicia Brunson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Dina Walker-DeVose, School of Human Ecology; and Christopher Cartright, Department of Writing and Linguistics. Educational disparities in Savannah, in Georgia and in the South persist. Media images provide visual evidence of an unjust status quo. The era of segregation in the United States is not over. With this recognition, we must ask ourselves how we can better advocate for racial justice in our society and in our daily lives. Building on the premise that a critical understanding of racism will strengthen our ability to advocate for justice in our local and global communities, this panel of scholars will provide a survey of contemporary research on race and racism. Each will examine how racism continues to affect our institutions, our media and our daily interactions. Together they will explore how educational discrimination and representations of African-Americans in media help us visualize the complex social systems in which racism persists.

Racial Battle Fatigue: Recognize. Heal. Be An Ally.

February 22 | 1:00 p.m. | Solms 202 | Armstrong Campus
February 27 | 12:30 pm |Russell Union 2052 | Statesboro Campus

This workshop is designed to help attendees to name and recognize indicators and signs of racial battle fatigue, which may plague many persons from marginalized and minoritized groups. Persons who’ve experienced this phenomenon will learn how to navigate the path towards healing. Persons who are not a part of a marginalized or minoritized group will learn the importance of ally-ship and how to be an effective ally for peers, co-workers, classmates, etc.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

February 25 – March 1 | Statesboro Campus

  • Clothesline Project
    February 25 – March 1| 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Russell Union, RAC & Health Services
    View a campus-wide t-shirt display, featuring shirts with hand-written messages from Georgia Southern students impacted by violence. The display is meant to honor and empower victims of violence, so survivors are encouraged to design a t-shirt and vocalize their feelings about the effect violence has had on their lives.
  • Rape Aggression Defense Course
    February 25 – 27 | 3 – 7 p.m. | Health Services & RACThe course addresses rape risk awareness, risk reduction and risk avoidance as well as basic self-defense techniques for women. Please note that this is not a martial arts class. Pre-registration is required.
  • Healthy Relationships Course
    February 25 | 3 – 6 p.m. | RACLearn about positive wellness behaviors that promote healthy relationships from Campus Recreation and Intramurals’ Wellness Ambassadors.
  • Survivor Love Letters
    February 26 |10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Russell UnionFeatured in Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue and Elle Magazine, Survivor Love Letters is a  campaign started by Emmy-award-winning director Tani Ikeda. The campaign urges survivors of sexual violence and other community members to publicly celebrate the lives of survivors by telling stories and reflecting on the ways we heal ourselves and our communities.
  • Next Steps Booth
    February 27 |10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | RotundaVisit the Health Services team at their booth, and learn how you can help decrease the incidence of sexual assault through bystander intervention.
  • Take Back the Night March
    February 28 | 7 p.m. | In front of the University Store
    Survivors and all who wish to put an end to sexual assault and domestic violence are invited to march through campus to raise awareness.
  • End the Violence Rally
    February 28 | 8 p.m. | Rotunda
    Survivors are encouraged to share their stories at this open mic event and candlelight vigil. All are invited to listen to the sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and support them by learning ways to help end sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Survivors Wellness Retreat
    March 1 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Counseling Center

    Restore your mind-body connection through meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and meditative artwork at this free retreat sponsored by Georgia Southern Health Services and the Counseling Center. Space is limited!

March

Safe Space Training

March 6 | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. |  University Hall 158 | Armstrong Campus

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to gender and sexual minority (GSM) individuals in the university community. The program offers participants an interactive two-hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of GSM issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to GSM individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space. Ally Consortium is an advanced training offered to those who have already completed Safe Space training. Safe Space and Ally Consortium are currently offered through the Counseling Center at the Statesboro location. Safe Space training on the Armstrong location is housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Please check the Counseling Center website for dates and times.

Racial Battle Fatigue: Recognize. Heal. Be An Ally.

March 6 | 12:00 noon | Liberty Campus

This workshop is designed to help attendees to name and recognize indicators and signs of racial battle fatigue, which may plague many persons from marginalized and minoritized groups. Persons who’ve experienced this phenomenon will learn how to navigate the path towards healing. Persons who are not a part of a marginalized or minoritized group will learn the importance of ally-ship and how to be an effective ally for peers, co-workers, classmates, etc.

Talk Tuesday

March 12 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Russell Student Union – Room 2080 | Statesboro Campus

Coordinated by student leaders, these events will discuss social justice and current events. Each discussion will be held the second Tuesday of each month.

Free To Be Me:  Increasing Awareness About the LGBT+ Community

March 14 | 12 noon | Liberty Campus

Members of the LGBT+ community have many visible and invisible struggles.  As we strive to be an inclusive campus, it is imperative that we be an informed campus about our entire community.  Workshop participants will hear from a panel that is representative of the wide range within the LGBT+ spectrum and will come away with  knowledge that will increase understanding and sensitivity to challenges and successes of the LGBT+ community.

Safe Space Training

March 14 | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | University Hall 157 |  Armstrong Campus

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to gender and sexual minority (GSM) individuals in the university community. The program offers participants an interactive two-hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of GSM issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to GSM individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space. Ally Consortium is an advanced training offered to those who have already completed Safe Space training. Safe Space and Ally Consortium are currently offered through the Counseling Center at the Statesboro location. Safe Space training on the Armstrong location is housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Please check the Counseling Center website for dates and times.

Disability: Awareness and Socialization

March 20 | 11:30 a.m. | University Hall 158 | Armstrong Campus

Learn about issues a variety of related to living with disabilities.

Free To Be Me:  Increasing Awareness About the LGBT+ Community

March 25 | 12 noon | Russell Union 1042 ABC | Statesboro Campus
March 26 | 12 noon |Student Union Ballroom A & B | Armstrong Campus

Members of the LGBT+ community have many visible and invisible struggles.  As we strive to be an inclusive campus, it is imperative that we be an informed campus about our entire community.  Workshop participants will hear from a panel that is representative of the wide range within the LGBT+ spectrum and will come away with  knowledge that will increase understanding and sensitivity to challenges and successes of the LGBT+ community.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

March 25 – March 29 | Armstrong Campus

  • Clothesline Project
    March 25 – March 29
    View a campus-wide t-shirt display, featuring shirts with hand-written messages from Georgia Southern students impacted by violence. The display is meant to honor and empower victims of violence, so survivors are encouraged to design a t-shirt and vocalize their feelings about the effect violence has had on their lives.
  • Rape Aggression Defense Course
    March 25 – 27 | 3 – 7 p.m. |  Student Union Ballroom
    The course addresses rape risk awareness, risk reduction and risk avoidance as well as basic self-defense techniques for women. Please note that this is not a martial arts class. Pre-registration is required.
  • Survivor Love Letters
    March 27 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom
    Featured in Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue and Elle Magazine, Survivor Love Letters is a  campaign started by Emmy-award-winning director Tani Ikeda. The campaign urges survivors of sexual violence and other community members to publicly celebrate the lives of survivors by telling stories and reflecting on the ways we heal ourselves and our communities.
  • Take Back the Night March & End the Violence Rally
    March 28 | International Garden
    Survivors and all who wish to put an end to sexual assault and domestic violence are invited to march through campus to raise awareness. Survivors are encouraged to share their stories at this open mic event and candlelight vigil. All are welcome to listen to the sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and support them by learning ways to help end sexual assault and domestic violence.

Holi Festival

March 28 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Georgia Avenue – in front of University Store |  Statesboro Campus

Translated as the “Festival of Colors,” Holi is a traditional holiday celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs. Holi Festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of good over bad. It is a socio-cultural festival during which a wide range of colors are smeared over each other as a mark of love and belonging, and to welcome the spring season. Co-sponsored with the Office of International Programs and Services.

Holi Festival

March 29 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | Compass Point Lawn  |  Armstrong Campus

Translated as the “Festival of Colors,” Holi is a traditional holiday celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs. Holi Festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of good over bad. It is a socio-cultural festival during which a wide range of colors are smeared over each other as a mark of love and belonging, and to welcome the spring season.  Co-sponsored with the Office of International Programs and Services.

DIF (Diversity, Inclusion & Fairness) Conference

March 30 |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.|  Russell Union | Statesboro Campus

The mission of the D.I.F. Conference is to create an opportunity to openly talk, listen and learn about issues related to diversity, inclusion and fairness.
D.I.F. Conference Goals:
– Develop an understanding of diversity, inclusion and fairness (Think).
– Increase awareness of one’s identities, biases and privileges (Think).
– Understand the value of inclusivity and how individual actions impact our environments (Create).
– Engage in Intergroup Dialogue to understand the effects of marginalization in order to create safe and inclusive environments (Create).
– Identify and develop the necessary skills to create positive and strategic change (Be).
– Challenge each other to acknowledge and expand the boundaries of our comfort zones (Be).


April

Red Flag Campaign

April 1 – 4 | All Day | Rotunda | Statesboro Campus

The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on college campuses. The campaign encourages students and campus community members to say something when they see warning signs, or “red flags,” of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking in a friend’s relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to write an example of a “red flag” or share a personal story about sexual assault and domestic violence on their flag.

Safe Space Training

April 2 |  9 a.m. -11 a.m. |  University Hall 158 | Armstrong Campus

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and  and sexual minority (GSM) individuals in the university community. The prosupport to gendergram offers participants an interactive two-hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of GSM issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to GSM individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space. Ally Consortium is an advanced training offered to those who have already completed Safe Space training. Safe Space and Ally Consortium are currently offered through the Counseling Center at the Statesboro location. Safe Space training on the Armstrong location is housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Please check the Counseling Center website for dates and times.  

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 2 | 5 p.m. | Russell Union Ballroom | Statesboro Campus

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is an international program that aims to raise awareness and encourage communication about gender relations and sexual violence. Male students and campus community members are invited to walk in red high-heeled shoes to draw attention to these important issues. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to The Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center.

Red Flag Campaign

April 8 – 12 | All Day | Armstrong Campus

The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on college campuses. The campaign encourages students and campus community members to say something when they see warning signs, or “red flags,” of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking in a friend’s relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to write an example of a “red flag” or share a personal story about sexual assault and domestic violence on their flag.

Cup of Prevention

April 9 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Tybee Conference Room | Armstrong Campus
April 9 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | RU 2041 | Statesboro Campus

In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, students will be offered a Starbucks coupon or a free cup of Zax Brews Coffee for watching the 7-minute-long “Consent and Tea” video.

Talk Tuesday

April 9 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Russell Student Union – Room 2080 | Statesboro Campus

Coordinated by student leaders, these events will discuss social justice and current events. Each discussion will be held the second Tuesday of each month.

Drag Show

April 11 | 7 p.m. |  Russell Union Ballroom | Statesboro Campus

Don’t miss all the fun!

Global Partner Zone Training

April 18 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Russell Union Ballroom | Statesboro Campus
April 18 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom C | Armstrong Campus

The Global Partner Zone program, a custom program designed by the Office of International Programs and Services, offers insight into the unique difficulties, adjustments and necessary support services international students need to succeed in the American education system. Through the program’s training, faculty and staff members can become global partners in education and improve their multicultural competency to the benefit of both their local and international students.

Denim Day

April 24 | All Day | Armstrong & Statesboro Campuses

Join the Sexual Assault Response Team in their protest against sexual assault by wearing the official Georgia Southern Denim Day t-shirt and/or jeans on Denim Day.