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Diversity Matters

Students at Susquehanna UniversityDiversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond. 

In the classroom, on the campus and beyond
We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

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Spring 2014 Events 

Barbara Love, a former social justice educator at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

“Issues of Social Justice and Equality in the Development of a Culture and Climate of Inclusion on the Susquehanna University Campus” 

1/30/14 | 4:15 p.m. | Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms, Degenstein Campus Center
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore institutional responsibility for creating a campus culture and climate that prepares students for effective functioning and responsible civic engagement in a global society.  Read more...»
Barbara Love's website »


Julio Ramirez, professor of psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina

“The Intentional Mentor: Effective Mentorship of Undergraduate Science”

2/10/14 | 4:15 p.m. | Faylor Hall in Fisher Hall
Ramirez is the founding president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, a national organization dedicated to promoting undergraduate education in the neurosciences. While on campus, he will meet with biology and psychology faculty, as well as neuroscience students and STEM scholars.
Julio Ramirez website »



The Jewish Studies Program Presents

“The Swastika: History, Meanings, Uses” 

2/11/14 | 7 p.m. | Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms, Degenstein Campus Center
Laurence Roth, professor of English and director of Jewish studies, will moderate the conversation, which is a response to incidents on campus and in the Central Susquehanna Valley over the last two years in which vandals used the swastika to express anti-Semitism or hatred of minorities. Speakers include David Imhoof, associate professor of history and department chair; Carly Husick ’15, a creative writing and political science major; Rabbi Nina Mandel of Congregation Beth El in Sunbury; Lissa Skitolsky, associate professor of philosophy; and Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish life.  Read more...»
Jewish Studies website »


The Women's Studies Program Presents

"Bread and Roses"

2/17/14 | 6:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall

This celebration of working women will include a brief presentation about the 1912 “Bread and Roses” textile strike in Lawrence, Mass., and a talk by Associate Professor of History Edward Slavishak. Attendees will receive roses and refreshments, including bread. The Lawrence textile strike was a landmark event in American labor history. It came to be known as the “Bread and Roses” strike because some of the women on the picket line carried signs reading, “We want bread and roses, too,” symbolizing their fight for subsistence and dignity.  Read more...»


Antje Schwennicke, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
“Lost in Translation? Differences in the Meaning of Left-Right Identification in Advanced Industrial Societies”

2/25/14 | 6-7 p.m. | Fisher Hall, Room 317 
Antje Schwennicke is a postdoctoral fellow in the program on democracy, citizenship and constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University, Bloomington and holds a master’s degree from the Free University of Berlin. Her research interests focus on social policy in advanced industrial societies, comparative public opinion and the interplay between public opinion and political parties in Western Europe. She has written on political communication and media framing—in particular with regard to the framing and perception of Muslim welfare recipients in Western European societies. 


Timothy Lockridge, assistant professor of communications at St. Joseph's University
"From Satellites to Snowden: Hacker History and the Growth of Surveillance Culture"

3/11/14 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Lockridge is an assistant professor of communication studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Virginia. His research focuses on digital rhetoric, web writing and design, composition, markup languages, and histories of digital media. 


Climbing PoeTree

“Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water”

3/26/14  |  7 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall 
The Diversity Studies Program will host Climbing PoeTree, featuring the artists Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, a dynamic performance that combines multimedia, music, spoken word and dance to explore issues of diversity and social, environmental, racial and sexual justice as a means to community education and organizing. 
Climbing PoeTree website »


19th Annual Latino Symposium

 “Constructing Identities Through Technology”

3/31 – 4/4/14  |  Various events, times and on-campus venues vary 
Presentations and events sponsored by students, faculty and outside speakers will explore this year’s theme, “Constructing Identities Through Technology.” The schedule features daily panel presentations and a public concert, “Sounds of Latin America,” to be held Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall. 
Latino Symposium website »


The Center for Diversity, Social Justice & International Student Services Presents

"The Soda Jerk Sit-Ins"

4/5/14 | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall 
"The Soda Jerk Sit-Ins" is a one-act play about the Read's Drug Store counter sit-ins that occured in Baltimore in January of 1955. This play is written and directed by Sherna A. Johson. Afterward, there will be a brief discussion with the troupe. The public is welcome. 


"The New Black" Film Sceening

4/8/14 | 7 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Following the film, there will a question and answer session with the filmaker, Yoruba Richen. This event is free and open to the public.


Nadav Shelef, Harvey M. Meyerhoff assistant professor of modern Israel studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Nationalism in the Middle East"

4/9/14 | 7 p.m. | Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms, Degenstein Campus Center 
Nadav Shelef, the Harvey M. Meyerhoff assistant professor of modern Israel studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will talk about nationalism in the Middle East and, more specifically, Zionism. His talk will take place in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms of the Degenstein Campus Center.


The History Department and Office of Student Life Present
“It’s Just a Word: The Power of Language at SU”— part of the Let’s Talk Series

4/22/14  |  6:30 p.m.  |  Degenstein Campus Center, Meeting Rooms 3-5
Susquehanna students Jasmia Jarrett, Carly Husick, Candence Cannady, Chistopher Rodriguez and Madeline Distasio discuss the ways language has power in and outside of Susquehanna University.  Moderated by Lisa Scott, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success. Please join us to hear our student’s perspective on everyday uses of powerful words on our campus.


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