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.
Speakers for FY 2015 - 2016 to be announced.
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.
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.
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 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.