Delve deep into diversity and social justice issues with our Center for Diversity & Inclusion.
Here, we celebrate the differences and recognize the similarities among all members of our campus community.
Our welcoming climate fosters cultural growth and personal development for under-represented students, mentoring for new students and meaningful connections for all students who value diversity and social justice.
Community Engagement & Events
The center sponsors internationally renowned speakers to engage Susquehanna and the local community in provocative dialogue that encourages mutual respect, greater understanding and positive social change.
Previous guests have included Opal Tometi of #BlackLivesMatter and Charlayne Hunter Gault, prominent Civil Rights leader.
Additionally, the center hosts a weekly Let’s Talk lunch with students, faculty and staff—we share free pizza and free ideas to build a better community!
The center sponsors an annual Activist in Residence, who works with students to explore identity and diversity through the arts.
Previous activists have directed productions such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.
The center also provides support to diversity clubs and organizations and organizes the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation and the associated week-long events.
The center houses a variety of books and films that explore diversity and social justice topics. Additionally, we are a resource for cultural/ethnic products and services. One question we encounter frequently is, “Where can I get my hair done in this town?”
Mentoring Initiative (SUConnects)
A dynamic mentoring program managed by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion that pairs experienced, high-achieving older students with incoming first-years from underrepresented backgrounds to build a strong, safe community; a sense of belonging at Susquehanna; and a culture of excellence.
A staff-led, confidential group for the LGBTQ community.
Contact Dena Salerno at email@example.com for details on these resources.
Training & Education
We provide training and professional development on a variety of topics including the following:
- Safe Zone training
- Creating inclusive workspaces
- Working on Me (acknowledging and reducing implicit bias and discrimination)
- Tips for Civil Discourse on Hot Topics
Trainings and workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. Please contact Dena Salerno at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Scholarships & Awards
Hitchner Social Justice Fellowship – A student is selected each year to present a social justice related project. A $3,500 stipend and programmatic budget are awarded for this fellowship.
Conference participation – Students are eligible to attend national conferences on diversity, leadership and related topics.