Next 'Diversity Dialogue' is Sept. 15
The Diversity Dialogue Series, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity, takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at noon. “Protecting Honesty in Education: 3 Challenges Facing Students, Educators, and Families in Ohio” will address efforts by more than 26 states to restrict and censor how race, identity and structural discrimination are taught in America’s classrooms. See more.
New name for the Black Male Summit
The original premise of the Black Male Summit was to facilitate a stakeholder dialogue on the general well-being of Black men in institutions of higher learning. The annual Summit is held to discuss and share innovative strategies with the primary aim of enhancing educational, career, business and networking opportunities for Black male students, faculty and staff on colleges campuses.
Though the original intent was to focus solely on Black young men, the demography of the participants has always remained diverse. Summit participants have shared a latent recognition that members of minority populations are faced with challenges similar to those historically considered to be specific to Black males. Available statistics indicate an aggregate trend when it comes to educational successes and career opportunities for Black, Latino/Hispanic and other minority males. The story is not different in other areas, including health disparities and incarceration rates. Blacks and other minority populations have what may be described as intertwining life experiences. Therefore, it has become imperative to adopt a strategy that effectively embraces inclusivity, particularly with regard to programs and activities that seek to address the challenges of the minority male population in general.
The Black Male Summit seeks to broaden its scope so that minorities, other than Blacks, would consider themselves not as external observers, but rather as active participants during the annual event. As a result, the title of the event has been changed to reflect the diversity of the target participants. We look forward to 2022 and the inaugural "Black, Brown and Beyond Male Summit" tentatively scheduled for April 8-9, 2022.
Social Justice Task Force releases recommendations
Members of the University’s Social Justice Task Force have released a series of recommendations designed to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion across campus to ensure a welcoming and affirming environment.
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International Women's Day
The University of Akron affirms the importance and value of diversity within the student body, and among our faculty, staff, administration and governing Board of Trustees. Our university values and respects the humanity of every individual from every background, and we embrace the diversity that defines UA and has so profoundly enriched our community.
See a list of our student organizations that serve students' cultural, religious and other interests.
The goal of the Office of Inclusion and Equity is to increase the impact of UA’s inclusive excellence commitment, leading to wider understanding and greater success for all students.
The office reports directly to the president. Now consolidated within the office are a number of units, programs and events that represent a spectrum of diversity. They continue to be offered to directly contribute to matriculation, persistence and graduation from the University.
Academic Support Services
Office of Accessibility
Office of Multicultural Development
Administrative Assistant, Sr
Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity
Buchtel Hall 210
Akron, OH 44325-6237