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: Common; Angela Davis; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; Arun Ghandi; Nikki Giovanni; Ben Jealous; Cleve Jones; Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Rigoberta Menchu Tum; Kurt Schmoke; Chuck D; and Dr. Julianne Malveaux. 

Diversity Speaker Series

Please join us for the Division of Student Affairs Fall Diversity speaker program featuring Hasan Minhaj on Tuesday, September 19th, 7pm, SECU Arena.  Hasan Minhaj is known for his work as a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program, "The Daily Show," and for his recent critically acclaimed Netflix comedy special "Homecoming King"

Minhaj has been featured in countless publications including: The Huffington Post, Gawker, and New York Times.  He has been seen on a variety of other television programs including: "Arrested Development" on Netflix, HBO's "Getting On", and "@Midnight" on Comedy Central.  Most recently, he hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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

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.

2017-2018
Specific topics are to be determined and will be announced shortly.

Monday, September 11 • 6pm • UU 313
Monday, October 16 • 12-noon • UU 314
Wednesday, November 8 • 12-noon • UU 314
Wednesday, November 29 • 6pm • UU 313

Monday, February 12 • 6pm • UU 313
Wednesday, March 14 • 6pm • UU 313
Wednesday, April 11 • 12 noon • UU 314
Monday, April 30 • 12 noon • UU 313

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 bjara@towson.edu

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