Diversity of Services and Programs

Posted On January 23, 2017
Categories News 2016

The words diversity and demographics are often used interchangeably. Students who put the word diversity in the search box of the university website would find links to great programs, offices and statements that address questions of cultural and identity diversity. The Multicultural Center staff think of diversity this way, in part, because of the cultural richness and variety of the student body.

There are other ways of conceiving of diversity. As the Division of Student Affairs works to create division wide goals and a uniform process related to assessment, the individual departments and units are being challenged to think about and analyze diversity not only in terms of demographics, but in terms of services and programs. In line with these division goals, the Multicultural Center approaches diversity in a variety of ways. First, the Multicultural Center seeks to offer a diversity of services ranging from room reservation, library resources, discussion programs and leadership opportunities. Second, the Multicultural Center seeks to offer a diversity of programming formats, so there is something for everyone from pop culture discussion programs (Pop Talks) to intergroup dialogue groups (Community Conversations) to cultural experiences (Heritage Month events). Third, a form of diversity that is often overlooked in the Multicultural Center is the variety of partnerships we undertake.

In order to encourage student engagement in actively fostering respectful and meaningful intercultural and cross-cultural relationships on campus, the Multicultural Programming Council Funding Committee provides funding to student groups seeking to develop and host cultural programs and events in line with the mission of the Multicultural Center. The purpose of this opportunity is to allocate funds to chartered student groups who require additional financial assistance for projects that reflect the mission of the department, namely facilitating meaningful intercultural dialogue and creating opportunities to recognize, celebrate, and learn from student diversity.

Below are examples of some of the programs that received funding through the Multicultural Programming Council and how those student organizations described their programs and impact.

Event: Diwali Dhamaka
Hosted by Indian Student Association, Indian Cultural Exchange, and the Sri Lankan Student Association
Event Date and Time: November 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m
Description: The “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival in Nepal (as Tihar), India (as Deepawali) some parts of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. The program aims to expose students to the Hindu traditions and Indian cultural values of celebrating the win of righteousness over bad not just as an ancient Hindu ideology but as a part of our daily life.

Event: BSS & Chill: The 13th Documentary Screening
Hosted by the Black Sophomore Society
Event Date and Time: November 17, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Description: The event provides information about Black Sophmore Society, a screening of the documentary The 13th, (a reference to the 13th amendment) which takes a closer look at our prison systems, racial inequality and modern day slavery, and time to discuss the documentary, reflect on history and observe the reoccurring patterns of racial inequality. During this time, we will discuss how we can implement change and resources we have to help us do so. We hope this documentary will spark conversation on controversial topics, which ultimately will encourage our generation of black people to make a change in society. We want students to leave with a fiery passion to change society.

Event: The Mysterious Mr. Slomovic
Hosted by GSU Hillel, Center for Human Rights and Democracy, the Center for Global Information Studies, the Center for Collaborative and International Arts, and the Multicultural Center
Event Date and Time: Monday, February 13th from 1-3 p.m. in Speaker’s Auditorium
Description: The event will include a screening of the movie as well as a lively debate and discussion with the two filmmakers (Miodrag and Mia Certic) and three members of the university faculty: Dr. Jelena Subotic (Political Science), Dr. Michal Galchinsky (English) and Dr. Maria Gindhart (Art History). The documentary is a true story about the Holocaust, stolen art, communism and one man’s artistic dream. After the film, attendees are encouraged to engage in Q&A with the filmmakers and discuss the film, its significance and debate over some critical issues and themes.

For more information on obtaining funding, see the Multicultural Programming Funding Guidelines.

For additional information or application assistance, please contact Christina Wan, Senior Student Development Specialist for Advocacy and Student Success or 404-413-1584. For programming and budget assistance, please contact Trelley Meyers, Business Manager or 404-413-1513.