Current Events


Feb. 11: Diversity Open Forum

Members of the University of Delaware community are invited to a Diversity Open Forum at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center. More details can be found on UDaily.

MAPS at UD Presents Dr. Velma Scantlebury

February 23, 2016

MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Med Students) at UD is bringing Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the nation's first African American female transplant surgeon, to UD to speak about her experiences. PDF with details available here.

Black History Month Extravaganza 2016

Beyond King's Dream: Perspectives on Economics, Race, Justice & Our Nation's Future

February 25, 2016 - The Center for Black Culture presents Dr. Julianne Malveaux. Details can be downloaded here.

How Sweet the Sound: African American Performances of Class and Citizenship Using the Piano

March 1, 2016, 4:00pm, Morris Library Reading Room The University of Delaware Center for Material Culture Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and The University of Delaware Library are pleased to announce the inaugural lecture in the African American Material Culture and Public History Speaker Series. Professor Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland. More details can be found here.

Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) series

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Diversity, the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) will focus its Spring 2016 TLCs on issues of diversity and educational climate. Each session will precede a CSD invited speaker, with whom TLC participants will have unique opportunities to interact during their follow up visit. The TLC will be a great opportunity to make connections between the speaker’s work and UD and develop key questions prior to the visit.

February 22, 2016 – Understanding how racial literacy can improve student achievement

TLC participants will examine the work of Howard C. Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Urban Education and Africana Studies. Referencing his book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference, we will explore the impact of racial stress on student achievement and ways to address racially stressful incidents as they occur. Dr. Stevenson, sponsored by both CSD and the College and School of Education, will give a public address on March 1, 2016.

 *   March 14, 2016 – The impact of diverse learning environments

This session will focus on the work of Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA Professor of Education and former director of the Higher Education Research Institute. She will visit and give a public talk at on March 16, 2016. TLC participants will explore and discuss her work on diverse college environments and their effect on diverse college students.

 *   May 2, 2016 – Diversity and the difference it makes

This TLC will focus on the work of Scott Page, Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan. We will focus on his text, The Difference and Diversity and Complexity, in order to consider the contributions of diversity within complex environment of a university. Dr. Page will give a public talk on May 5, 2016.


2016 Diversity Spring Lecture Series

As part of our mission "to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitate dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity," CSD announces our spring lectures focusing on several aspects of diversity in higher education. Times and venues subject to change.

Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania

March 1, 2016, 5:00 pm, Rodney Room, Perkins Student Center - co-sponsored with the College and School of Education

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevenson's recently published book, "Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference" focuses on h ow to address racial conflicts and racial stress in educational contexts. His work provides strategies to classroom teachers, educational leaders, psychologists and parents on how to develop culturally relevant, strength-based responses and interventions that promote healthier school climates. RSVP here.

Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA - 2016 Lecture on Excellence in Diversity

March 16, 2016, 3:00 pm, Rodney Room, Perkins Student Center (Reception following)

Professor of Education and former director of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, Dr. Hurtado is a strong and consistent voice for the importance of diversity to the educational and civic mission of higher education. From a strong research base, she has informed the Supreme Court on the necessity and benefit of diversity, and colleges and universities across the country on creating positive campus climate and their benefit to the teaching and learning of all students. She is an influential leader in developing diversity and inclusion policy in higher education. RSVP here.

Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington - 2016 Distinguished Lecture on Diversity in Higher Education

April 22, 2016, 11:30 am, Trabant Theater

As newly elected president of the University of Washington, and former faculty member at UD, Ana Mari Cauce ascends to the presidency with the firm belief that the university community of faculty, students and staff, have "...the power and responsibility--individually and collectively--to create an inclusive society where all can achieve their full potential." Her commitment to providing leading-edge student experience, research and scholarship with global impact, and infusing the university with a commitment to innovation are central to her presidency. A child of Cuban refugees, President Cauce offers the proposition that--We can only all be better off when we really are all better off. RSVP here.

Scott Page, University of Michigan - Thought Leader Series

May 5, 2016, 4:00 pm, Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts

The Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan, Dr. Page also directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. His book, "The Difference" is a classic argument for the benefits of diversity. He not only demonstrates that groups with a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts, but he shows practical ways to apply diversity to a host of problems to the benefit of all. RSVP here.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion announces its spring educational programs. Find details on their flyer here and here.