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Univeristy Diversity Series

University Diversity Series

The University Diversity Series is intended to provide a broad-spectrum of diversity programming for the university community at large. Cultural programming proposals that that do not fall under the President's Signature Series can be included in the University Diversity Series. To apply for the University Diversity Series, select the General Funding category.

Center’s 20th Anniversary (October 14, 2016)

This reception commemorates 20 years of the Center’s existence. From its beginnings as the Cultural Center in 1996, the Center has been a space for students, faculty, and staff to build an inclusive campus environment through student engagement, community building and identity-conscious leadership development. This reception will be an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and what we want the future to look like.
Contact: Suresh Mudragada,

Sankofa Explores Race, Public Policy, and the History of Law Enforcement in the Capital (October 26, 2016)

 In direct collaboration with the Black Student Union, The Sankofa Black Student Formation program aims to explore the historical and legal oppression of people of African Descent in America. This three night, two day event involves a tour and study of Police Brutality and the challenges of protecting the minority communities in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. Thirty Black student leaders will study and assess the rise of gun violence and increase in police brutality toward people of African Descent in Baltimore Maryland and Washington D.C.
Contact: Pastor Keith Baltimore,

12th Annual Women of Spirit and Action Awards (November 3, 2016)

Presented by the DePaul Women’s Network, the 12th Annual Women of Spirit and Action Awards is a meaningful and valuable way to honor many of our staff, faculty, and students which upholds all “modern-day Louises” here at DePaul.
Contact: Kate Lower,

Diversity at Driehaus (November 15, 2016)

This event facilities discussion regarding diversity issues in the financial services industry. An ongoing, open dialogue is created to establish DePaul University as part of the solution to these problems.
Contact: Stephani Mason,

Words from Dr. King (January 18, 2017)

This event celebrates the religious and spiritual foundations or impetus of Dr. Kings leadership and his powerful ideologies for validating the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. This events hopes to inspire and challenge all who care about the condition of our country by experiencing the great tradition of prophetic preaching found in the Black Church.
Contact: Pastor Keith Baltimore,

Constructing Intergroup Dialogue for our Community (January 27, 2017)

Following the 2016 US Presidential election, college campuses nationwide have experienced negative impacts on many of its minority students in terms of hate speech, blatant acts of discrimination, and other acts of intolerance. It is incumbent upon the community to find ways to engage in constructive cross-perspective dialogue to help foster unity and create spaces for our students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds to understand and support one another. Intergroup dialogue is a specific form of communication where members of different social identity groups meet over a sustained period of time to explore their differences, develop empathy and understanding for one another, and (sometimes) address social justice issues.
Contact: Anne Saw,

Wall of Respect (March 1, 2017)

This panel of three artists/activists and a moderator will have a conversation about the long-term social effects of Chicago's Wall of Respect, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. The Wall of Respect was a public mural on Chicago's South Side, which paid homage to Black political, cultural, and artistic figures. It was conceived by young Black artists as a way to celebrate Black achievement and struggles for freedom. This event will seek to put the Wall of Respect in historical context and discuss its relevance today.
Contact: Amor Kohli,

Resilience and Protective Processes among Children Impacted by Trauma (April 12, 2017)

The event will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage with psychological research that engages with diversity by focusing on marginalized populations. The Committee on Research Excellence strives to bring in speakers whose research embodies the Vicentian values of diversity, service and solidarity. Dr. Yo Jackson’s research incorporates these values, and she specializes in diversity and cultural differences in clinical psychology.
Contact: Liz McConnell,​

DePaul Global Women's Collaborative (April 21, 2017)

The event will provide the women in the global DePaul community a time and space to come together and start conversations about women's identities and cultures. It is a conversation for women, by women, that will help bring women from different cultural backgrounds together to learn and grow from one another's experiences and shared identity as women.
Contact: Mark Lazio,​

Rise Up: ELEVATE Graduation Banquet for Asian/Pacific Islander Desi American Students (May 16, 2017)

Working in conjunction with the Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change, ELEVATE will host DePaul's inaugural “Rise Up” Graduation Banquet for Asian/Pacific Islander Desi American Students on May 16, 2017 LPC Student Center 314AB. Our featured keynote will be Anne Shaw (BUS ’92 and former member of the Alumni Board). We will present students with special graduation stoles and encourage students to stay actively engaged as DePaul alumni, cultivate leadership and connections within the larger Asian/Pacific Islander Desi American community, and to “Rise Up” to carry forth the Vincentian values DePaul has instilled in them.
Contact: Laura Kina,

20th Annual Graduation Celebrations for Students of African Descent (May 19, 2017)

DPUBLC, which is comprised of faculty and staff of African Descent, created the celebration to commemorate the successful graduation for students of African descent. Those attending often express gratitude for our event, which combines the celebration of culture and academic achievement.
Contact: Faye Harris,​

Indigenous People Voic​es / Voces Originarias (May 25, 2017)

This event brings students and the DePaul community as well as the Latin American community and all Chicago communities in contact with the poetry of indigenous writers from Latin America and the U.S. We want students to see the bilingual nature of Zapotec and Mixtec poetry as well as South American Mapuche poetry and how it flows in the original languages with Spanish and/or English.
Contact: Juana Goergen,

5th Annual Lavender Graduation and Stonewall Awards Ceremony (May 31, 2017)

The 5th Annual Lavender Graduation and Stonewall Awards Ceremony joins DePaul students and their families along with members of the DePaul faculty, staff and alumni community to honor graduating seniors who belong to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community. This campus tradition gives visibility to members of this community and honors individuals for their efforts at promoting an accepting, affirming, and growth-promoting university climate for LGBTQA individuals.
Contact: Suresh Mudgragada,​

21st Annual Latina/o Graduation Banquet (June 3, 2017)

This event is held to celebrate DePaul University's graduating Latina/o students', mostly first generations students, accomplishment of earning degrees of all levels, across all university colleges. The event is held in both English and Spanish to create a familial atmosphere for graduating students' family members, many attending a university function for the first time.
Contact: Cristina Rodriguez,