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CSDI hosts a beginning of the year Welcome Celebration for all of campus to attend.

See the video below for a recap from our 2018 Celebration!

See the video below for a recap from our 2017 Celebration!

Headshot of artist Dylan Marron

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

Presented by Dylan Marron

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

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

Location: Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

As a writer and video maker who focuses on social justice issues, Dylan Marron receives a lot of negative messages on the internet. In his podcast he calls some of the folks who wrote those messages, and other times he moderates calls between strangers to ask one simple question: why? Sometimes awkward, often political, and always fascinating - Conversations with People Who Hate Me takes contentious online conversations and moves them offline.

Conversations… won a Webby in 2018. FastCompany named it "the timeliest podcast," The Guardian & USA Today both selected it as their "podcast pick" and the show has been profiled by The New York TimesIndieWire declared the pilot episode as one of the 50 best podcast episodes of 2017 and Apple Podcasts named the show one of the best of 2018.

Register for the event here. Registration is encouraged but not required. Please email us at if you'd like reserve seating for parties of 15+ students. 


Headshot of activist April Reign.

#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. 


These lunchtime workshops are led by Dr. Aaryn Green and explore a variety of current issues related to diversity. Light refreshments are often provided at all events but feel free to bring your own lunch.

What wisdom would you try and impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? Join us for the Last Lecture series where we will engage a diverse group of campus faculty and staff to answer that very important question. Past Lecturers:

  • Michael Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Amy Wainwright
  • Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D.
  • Andy Welki, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Palmer, Ph.D.
  • Chai Yuh-Cherng, Ph.D.
  • Susan Long, Ph.D.
  • Phil Metres, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Drenovsky, Ph.D.
  • Priscilla Drake

CSDI’s Social Justice Movie Series features various films throughout the year highlighting issues of social justice.

Red Umbrella Rights | Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Location TBD

Since 2012, the LGBTQ+ panel has been a program featuring current JCU students, staff, and faculty sharing their campus experience as LGBTQ+ persons. The session is moderated by CSDI Staff and the program can be tailored to one or one-and-a-half-hour sessions. To request a panel please contact


The LGBTQ+ Student Panel will:

  • Establish commonalities between panelist and audience members.
  • Stimulate questions from audience members.


Audience members at the LGBTQ+ Student Panel will:

  • Differentiate their understanding of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction.
  • Propose questions related to biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction in a classroom setting.

Speakers in the LGBTQ+ Panel will:

  • Author a personal vignette detailing their identity development related their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, race, socio-economic class, ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, etc.
  • Express their understanding and experience with biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction in a classroom setting through dialogue with audience members.

Community Meetings are a direct response to internal and external events that impact the student experience at JCU, especially students from historically marginalized backgrounds. At these meetings, student leaders and CSDI create a dynamic space to engage in current issues while also exploring action items that are then shared with the senior leadership team in the Division of Student Affairs. Community Meetings are open to students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds.

Past Community Meetings

September 11, 2019 | Drag Show Cancellation Fall 2019 | 8 p.m.| CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm 

October 22, 2018 | Impact of Speech on Campus | 4 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm

February 7, 2018 | Inclusive Excellence Strategic Planning| 5:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2017 | DACA | 5:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm

December 9, 2016 | Campus Diversity | 2 p.m. | Marinello Little Theatre

March 18, 2016 | World Around You & Current Cultural Organizations | 12:30 p.m. | CSDI

December 1, 2015 | Beirut, Paris, & Islamophobia | 4 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Community Brainstorm

February 12, 2015 | Chapel Hill Shooting & Islamophobia | 5:30 p.m. | O’Malley Basement

November 25, 2014 | Decision on Ferguson | 12:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Community Brainstorm

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

Headshot of author Nic Stone.

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.


2019: Samaria Rice. "An Evening with Samaria Rice- Mother of Tamir Rice"

2018: Day of Discovery Across Northeast Ohio:

  • Excursion 1: Discovery Day @ University Circle
  • Excursion 2: Hear Our Voices @ Maltz Museum
  • Excursion 3: Rock& Roll and the Civil Rights Movement @ Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
  • Excursion 4: On-Campus Film Screening of "Not Just A Game" (2010)

2017: Bishop Edward K. Braxton. "On the Racial Divide in the United States"

2016: Arun Ghandi. "Lessons Learned from my Grandfather: Nonviolence in a Violent World"

2015: W. Kamau Bell. "Ending Racism in About an Hour"

2014: Stefan Bradley, PhD. "African American Youth Movements in the 20th Century"

2013: Roy L. Brooks, PhD. "Racial Justice in the Time of Obama"

2012: Diane Nash. "“Looking at Our Past, Examining Our Present, Creating Our Future”

CSDI sponsors a film at the Annual Cleveland International Film Festival every year. See you in 2020!

Past sponsored films:

This event is designed to recognize multicultural students and allies who are: graduating seniors, cultural student leaders, students on the Dean’s List, and students with a 3.0+ GPA. Participation is by invitation only.


Students and families at large graduation event.

8th Annual Multicultural Recognition Program Thursday, April 30, 2020: Save the Date

Crowd at lecture.


That's the number of students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, faculty, and community neighbors that attended a CSDI program or event in 2017-2018.

Students celebrating the end of the school year with silly poses.


That's the number of community development activities that cultural student organizations offered peers in 2017-2018.

Student and CSDI staff posing at formal graduation event.

A Student Intern Perspective

“Working for CSDI has been the best part of my final semester at JCU. The office is so welcoming and I instantly felt like a part of the team. Salo listens to every student and gives us the freedom to run with our ideas and projects, which has not only be