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Signature Programs

Diversity Speaker Series

Each semester, the CSD brings culturally relevant speakers, educators, activists and entertainers to campus. This program gives students access to some of the world's most influential minds of our time.  Past speakers have included: Common; Angela Davis; Michael Eric Dyson; Arun Ghandi; Nikki Giovanni; Ben Jealous; Cleve Jones,Kurt Schmoke and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Rigoberta Menchu Tum. 

FALL 2015 Diversity Speaker


Baltimore & Beyond

Race, Racism & White Privilege

Wednesday, September 23rd, 7PM SECU Area

Our Fall Diversity Speaker, Tim Wise, will be visiting Towson on Wednesday, September 23rd, 7pm at the SECU Arena. Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation and the world. Wise will engage us in a conversation about issues of comparative racism, race and education, and dismantling racism as we focus our lens on Baltimore and Beyond.


Black History Month 2015 Art Competition

In celebration of Black History Month 2015, the Center for Student Diversity is proud to announce its 2nd annual Black History Month Art Competition.

Deadline for submitting all work is January 20, 2015 by 4:00 pm. Submissions should be submitted to the Center for Student Diversity.  The Piece MUST BE prepared so it can be mounted and hung. The 1st place entry will be promoted as the Center for Student Diversity's BLACK HISTORY MONTH POSTER academic year 2015.  The artwork selected will be displayed in the CSD for the remainder of Black History Month. 

BHM Art Competition 2015


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

This celebration of the life of this legendary social justice advocate typically takes place in February because Towson University students usually do not return to campus in time to celebrate the national MLK Holiday in mid-January. 


Cultural Competency Workshop Series - Fall 2015

This interactive workshop series explores diversity's complex and dynamic dimensions.

  • Cultural Competency 101 - September 16, 2015
  • Cultural Competency Workshop #2- October 28, 2015
  • Cultural Competency Workshop #3 - November 4, 2015

Set It Off

Each year, the Center for Student Diversity and Greek Life hold an annual welcome back event for Towson students.  At this event, students make connections and have many exciting opportunities to get involved, meet new people, join a Greek organization and compete for prizes while enjoying free food, fun, and music.    August 25, 2015 from 5pm Tiger Plaza

Retreat for Social Justice - November 6 - 8, 2015

The Retreat for Social Justice is an annual weekend retreat sponsored by the CSD.  This retreat gives students who participate an opportunity to explore their cultural identities and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.  The weekend is full of fun, interactive, and enlightening activities that help participants:

  • Explore and understand their identities and how those identities influence their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors,

  • Create dialogue and conversations with their peers from different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences,

  • Learn ways they can interrupt prejudice and advocate for social equity and justice, and

  • Develop ways to create an inclusive and welcoming environment on campus and in their communities

Approximately 50 students are chosen to go each year, so students who wish to participate must submit an application.  There is no cost to the students who are chosen to participate but space is limited.

The Center for Student Diversity will be accepting applications for the 2015 Retreat for Social Justice. Applications are available on our website or can be picked up in the Center for Student Diversity located in the University Union Room 313. The application deadline is October 2nd.


Students Achieve Goals through Education

The SAGE program is one component of Towson University's cultural diversity and student retention plan. Program resources are used to foster academic achievement, personal development, and campus wide involvement among entering students from diverse backgrounds. The SAGE program's original mission continues and has expanded to include any entering freshman that wishes to participate. SAGE program participants are assigned a peer mentor and participate in various activities that enhance academic, budget management, and decision-making skills. Participants also expand their knowledge of diverse cultural groups, career development strategies, and participate in networking opportunities.






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