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The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion develops programs to educate the entire campus community on issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. At the same time, we provide services and support for students from historically underrepresented populations.

The Center nurtures a sense of belonging for students from diverse backgrounds and encourages them to participate actively in their curricular and co-curricular learning, including campus and community organizations, leadership opportunities, and intercultural experiences. In collaboration with other University departments, the Center coordinates programs and services that foster an inclusive campus environment, promote a welcoming and just University community, and encourage and value the contributions and perspectives of all students.

  • To provide campus-wide programs that further all students’ development of cultural competence and respect for diversity and social justice.
  • To develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services that support historically underrepresented students in their personal development and transition throughout their John Carroll University experiences.
  • To provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented students that focus on engagement in campus and community organizations.
  • To identify, examine, and recommend organizational changes that remove barriers to inclusion and promote student success.

We are located in Suite 202 in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, above the University Bookstore.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Phone: 216.397.4185


Instagram: @jcucsdi

Twitter: @jcucsdi

Facebook: @jcucsdi

Since 2012, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion has provided the campus with an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Speaker.

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Get LIT!

Presented by Nic Stone

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM (Public Lecture & Reception)

Location: LSC Conference Room, Lombardo Student Center/RecPlex

What is “literacy,” why do we need it, and how do we truly obtain it? Exploring the history of English literacy, and expanding on the simplified definition (“The ability to read and write.”) Nic explains how true literacy is about effective communication, and has the power to change an individual's life, while also creating a more equitable society.

Nic Stone is the bestselling author of young adult novels that explore race, sexuality, and romance with powerful honesty and captivating storytelling. Her debut novel, the New York Times-bestselling Dear Martin, is inspired by a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Her second book, Odd One Out, is an honest and touching depiction of first love that explores gender and teenage friendship with tenderness and compassion.



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#OscarsSoWhite, #BlackTwitter, and Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age

Presented by April Reign

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM (Public Lecture & Reception)

Location: LSC Conference Room, Lombardo Student Center/RecPlex

Writer, editor, and former attorney April Reign examines the far-reaching impact of her viral hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. While progress was made in 2017, the success of the film Moonlight at the Academy Awards only serves to highlight the missed opportunities for Hollywood. With the number of content platforms skyrocketing, the inclusion of people of color and marginalized communities remains an urgent need – both in front of and behind the camera. 

Students at MELT Program at Fall Retreat

Match. Empower. Learn. Teach. Peer Mentoring Program

MELT creates a caring partnership between mentors (current students) and mentees (students who are first in their families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students).

Students at CSDI Lounge cultural program.

Cultural Student Organizations

CSDI advises most cultural student organizations on campus.

Students, staff, and faculty at Pride March

Educational Events and Opportunities

CSDI provides a variety of educational programs to support the University’s goal of fostering an inclusive community.

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Let's Talk

Tuesdays 2-4:00 PM. This is a student service that provides easy access to free, informal, confidential consultations with therapists from the University Counseling Center at CSDI. Just walk-in during the listed time because no appointments are necessary!

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Career Chats

Thursdays 2:30-4:30p. This student service provides an opportunity to discuss any career-related decisions with a Career Services advisor.

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CSDI Lounge

Room 48 in the DJ Lombardo Student Center is a multi-purpose space used by cultural student organizations and others for meetings, studying, and socializing. This space is managed by CSDI and can be reserved by phone 216-397-4185 or email