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Welcome Celebration

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!

Brown Bag Series

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.

Last Lecture Series

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
Social Justice Movie Series

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

Southwest of Salem | Screening on February 19, 2019 | 6 p.m. | BR 22

Teach Us All | Screening on February 26, 2019 | 6 p.m. | BR 22

Hot Girls Wanted | Screening on March 19, 2019 | 6 p.m. | BR 22

No Job for a Woman | Screening on March 21, 2019 | 6 p.m. | BR 22

Wall-E | Screening on April 25, 2019 | 6 p.m. | BR 22

LGBTQ+ Panel

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

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

Annual MLK Jr. Celebration

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

2020: To Be Announced Soon!

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”

    Cleveland International Film Festival

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

    Past sponsored films:

    Multicultural Recognition Program

    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.

    7th Annual Multicultural Recognition Program May 2, 2019: 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