Signature Programs

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



Diversity Speaker Series

Please join us for the Division of Student Affairs Fall Diversity speaker program featuring Laverne Cox on Tuesday, March 13th, 7pm, SECU Arena.  Admissions is free.

Laverne is the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s “TRANSForm Me” which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Laverne is also the first trans woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy” for which she accepted the GLAAD media award for “Outstanding Reality Program.”

Her work as an advocate landed her a coveted spot as one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year. She is the recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award for her work in “Orange is the New Black,” the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, received the Reader's Choice Award from "Out" Magazine, was named one of The Grio's 100 Most Influential African Americans, was named one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine’s Out 100, made the Ebony Power 100 and was ranked number 5 on the 2014 Root 100 list.

Doors open at 6pm with TU ID and 6:30pm for general public.  The show begins at 7pm.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

2018 - King's Dream
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30pm in the University Union - Potomac Lounge

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.

Specific topics are to be determined and will be announced shortly.

Wednesday, March 14 • 6pm • UU 313
  Cultural Competency 101
Wednesday, April 11 • 12 noon • UU 314
  Action Now!
Monday, April 30 • 12 noon • UU 313
  Song-versations & Social Justice

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 27, 2017 . 5-8pm . Tiger Plaza

Retreat for Social Justice

2017 Retreat for Social Justice
November 3rd - 5th OR November 10th - 12th

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.

Staff, faculty, and advanced students who have previously attended the Retreat are eligible to apply to be a Retreat Facilitator.  The application process for 2017 has closed and information about the 2018 Retreat for Social Justice will be available in April, 2018.

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

Social Justice Days of Action

2018 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.

The Opening Event for this year's Social Justice Days of Action will take place at 11am on Thursday, March 1st in the University Union Potomac Lounge.

The Closing Event for this year's Social Justice Days of Action will take place at 11am on Wednesday, May 2nd in the University Union Chesapeake Rooms I and II.

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