Signature Programs & Events

Each semester, the Center for Student Diversity brings culturally relevant speakers, educators, activists and entertainers to campus. These programs give students access to some of the world's most influential minds of our time.

Diversity Speaker Series

Each semester, Towson University hosts this signature event which brings a one-of-a-kind speaker to campus to discuss social issues facing the TU Community. Past speakers have included pivotal individuals such as: Angela Davis, Common, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Arun Ghandi, Nikki Giovanni, Ben Jealous, Cleve Jones, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Kurt Schmoke, Chuck D, Dr. Julianna Malveaux Hasan Minhaj, Laverne Cox, Julián Castro, Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. and most recently Melissa Harris-Perry.

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

This annual workshop series is a collection of trainings, workshops, conversations, and performances throughout the academic year that provide opportunities for reflection and interaction.  All workshops are open to students, staff and faculty.  You are welcome to attend any or all of them, and no prior experience or knowledge is needed.  Food and refreshments will be provided.

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

A signature event of the CSD, the Retreat gives students an opportunity to explore their cultural identities and interact with people from diverse backgrounds while developing skills for interrupting prejudice, advocating for social justice and inclusion, and helping to build the cultural capacity on campus.  Retreat participants will have an active role in the spring semester Social Justice Days of Action program.

Retreat dates location
Nov 1 - 3 Captial Camps, PA
Nov 8 - 11 Captial Camps, PA

Direct any questions about the Retreat for Social Justice to the Associate Director for Cultural Competency Education at   

Social Justice Days of Action

Formerly the Social Justice Awareness Week/Day, the Social Justice Days of Action highlights the diversity of ways that TU students, student organizations, staff and faculty collaborate on projects, presentations, exhibits, performances, activities and other initiatives that highlight specific campus and community issues and provide participants with tangible opportunities for each of us to help make a difference.  The ultimate goal of the Days of Action program is to build a more equitable and inclusive campus community.

Direct any questions about the Social Justice Days of Action to the Associate Director for Cultural Competency Education at  .