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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, and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Rigoberta Menchu Tum. 

Read more about the Fall 2014 Diversity Speaker series.

Black History Month 2014 Art Competition

In celebration of Black History Month 2014, the Center for Student Diversity is proud to announce its first annual Black History Month Art Competition WINNERS.

1st Place Entry: Janelle Licharowica
2nd Place Entry: Sydjea Stillwell
3rd Place Entry: Marjorie Adebayo

All entries have their work displayed in the Center for Student Diversity. If you are in the area, please stop by and see them. The first place entry will be featured on the Center for Student Diversity website in the very near future.


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 2014

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

  • Cultural Competency 101
  • The Anatomy of Inequality:  How Social Class Impacts the Human Body
  • Queering Social Class:  Race, Class, and Queer Communities

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 an Greek organization and compete for prizes while enjoying free food, fun, and music.

Retreat for Social Justice - Novemer 7 - 9, 2014

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 is now accepting applications for the 2014 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 Friday, October 3rd at 5 pm.


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 who 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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