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NOV. 9-13, 2020

Diversity Week activities

Diversity Week at The University of Akron encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible differences among our campus community.

The Effects


Virtual – click here to RSVP

Sponsor: Campus Programs and Rosemary Gramajo

A current UA student, Rosemary Gramajo Quiñones wrote The Effects, which is a film that centers on a Guatemalan teen whose father faces deportation. After the screening, Rosemary and a non-profit leader will answer questions, share insight, and talk about what families can do as they face deportation and discrimination.

Veteran and Community Career Expo

9:00am-1:00pm (9am-10am Veterans Only)

Virtual (Register to Participate)

Sponsor: Veterans Service Commission of Summit County, Ohio Means Jobs, SVA, and Military Services

Stereotypes and Bias


Virtual – UA faculty, staff, and contract professionals only

Sponsor: Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action & Office of Inclusion and Equity

Ever wonder how stereotypes and bias form? This one-hour interactive webinar will discuss how biases and stereotypes form, how to recognize our own internal biases (everyone has them), and what we can do to limit the impact of those biases on our lives. Click here to sign-up for the training.


Trivia Tuesday with NPHC

1:00 - 3:30pm

Outside of Starbucks, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

Sponsor: National Pan-Hellenic Council

Stop by NPHC’s table to answer trivia, learn more about our NPHC fraternities and sororities, and grab a care package!


Race Talk


Virtual (sign-up required)

Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Let’s start the conversation: listening, humility, and openness. Please email Natacha at to sign-up.



Innocence Project: Huwe Burton


Virtual – click here to sign-up 

Sponsor: Campus Programs

A facilitated conversation with Mr. Huwe Burton, a man who spent several years in prison for a murder he did not commit due to discrimination in the criminal justice system. Following the discussion, students will have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A with Huwe Burton.


Asia Project


Virtual – Click here to sign-up

Sponsor: RHPB and RHC

On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Words. It has the power to move and inspire; the power to reframe thought; the power to change lives. But when we step on that stage, those have never been our goals. We don't "aim" to make someone feel something. Our job- our only job- is to tell a story wrapped in music and let everything fall as they may. Sometimes these stories are full of joy and exuberance. Sometimes they're full of heartbreak and sadness. Sometimes they're pretty. Sometimes they're ugly. But no matter what, it will always be beautiful.

Diversity Dialogue Series: Community Policing


Virtual – click HERE for the Microsoft Teams link

Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Equity & University of Akron Police Department

Join our campus and community law enforcement partners on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., during Diversity Week, as we discuss community policing and the collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems.  In many communities, police officers’ network to establish partnerships between residents and law enforcement agencies.  Although Police have the role as guardians of law and order, community policing enlists members of the community to become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods. Login information for this event will be via Microsoft Teams.


  • Chief Dale Gooding, University of Akron Police Department
  • Inspector Bill Holland, Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lt. Tony Matos, Ohio State Police
  • Lt. Michael Miller, Police Information Officer, Akron Police Department

 Dr. Sheldon Wrice, interim vice president for inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer, will moderate.


Sister Friends Network: Being a Women of color in Today’s Society


Virtual – click here to sign-up

Sponsor: Campus Programs and the Office of Inclusion and Equity

Sister Friends Network seeks to bring together self-identified women of color to foster a sense of community and solidarity. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. The goal is to provide a safe space for women of color to connect with one another and examine personal, academic, professional and social challenges. Join us on November 12th to discuss being a woman of color in today’s society.

World Kindness Day

Social Media Campaign

Sponsor: Campus Programs

World Kindness Day is a day that’s celebrated all around the world. It is a day of acceptance, diversity, love, and of course, kindness. Campus Programs challenges you to do an act of kindness or pay it forward on Friday, November 13th. Help us reach at least 150 acts of kindness in honor of our Sesquicentennial. Share with us your kind acts on Instagram and Twitter @uacampusprograms


SafeZone Ally Training



Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Learn how to support the gender and sexual minority community and create an affirming campus climate. Please email Natacha at to sign-up.

UAkron NSBE's Alumni Panel

4:00p - 5:30pm

Virtual - Zoom

Sponsor: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Come learn how 5 UA alumni students graduated and managed their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email to receive the Zoom link.

Disabilities In Entertainment – Watch and Reflect, Listen and Learn

November 9-13

Office of Accessibility’s Website:  

The event will give participants the opportunity to watch movies, comedy routines, TV series/episode or listen to podcasts, Ted Talks, etc. (all related to disability topics or featuring individuals with disabilities). After watching or listening to one or more, participants will be prompted to complete a survey where they will be asked to share a brief statement about what they learned about diversity, inclusion, and acceptance from what they watched or listened to. The purpose of this event is to connect others with knowledge about individuals, groups, or topics that they may not have been previously familiar with, as they share what they took away from the event. The content that will be featured in the event will allow individuals to diversify the way they think about and interact with disability related topics. The entertainment pieces are intended to highlight the diversity that exists among the individuals in the disability population, as well as highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance.


Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice

November 9- 13

10:00am-5:00pm (M,W,F) Tues-Thurs – 2:00pm-5:00pm

Emily Davis Gallery – Folk Hall

As the 2020 election nears and the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment is being celebrated, the Emily Davis Gallery’s latest exhibition, Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice. honors the women who fought and continue to fight to protect and defend women’s right to vote. Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice. presents work from two Myers School of Art alums, Amber Anderson and Shani Richards, and five regional artists, including April Bleakney, Elizabeth Emery, Corrie Slawson, Adrienne Slane and Rebekah Wilhelm. Suffrage is on display now through mid-December. Click here for more on the artists and the exhibit.

Zips Of Pride 2020