News / Feature Stories

Applications Now Being Accepted for Counselors for ODMA Summer Camps

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking Auburn students to serve as counselors for the Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE Auburn) and the Auburn University College Preparatory Summer Academy Camps.  Counselors must be Auburn students in good standing who have completed at least one academic year.  Click here for an application form.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Vickers at wilchjl@auburn.edu or 334-844-3492.

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Diversity Student Ambassadors for 2014-15 Announced

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Auburn University Diversity Student Ambassador Program is for students that are dedicated to serving and representing the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, its programs, and its mission. Diversity Student Ambassadors help host official functions, VIP events, and act as student liaisons to various communities/units the office serves.

Congratulations to these 18 students who will serve as Diversity Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 Academic Year:

Moneisha Cunningham
Chasity Burney
DeNard Stringer
Shavonne Cater
Justice Fears
Dedrick Ford
Amber Gould
Ciara Kidd
Whitney Knox
Jessica Lewis
Keianna Mickler
Jasmin Parker-Brown
Rickey Smith
Kayla Stubbs
Destiny Taylor
Natalie Walker
Tim Watts 
Yeoeun Yoon

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Singing the Blues... A Conversation with Auburn Alumnus Big Bill Morganfield

Thursday, February 27, 2014

http://business.auburn.edu/news/blues-artist-morganfield-at-lowder-hall-monday-evening#.Uw-my_ldXAs

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Nominations Invited for Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship Program

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs invites nominations and applications for the Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship Program.  

The Award and Lectureship are designed to honor individuals that do outstanding service in promoting cultural and racial understanding, equality and justice and to promote such work by Auburn University.

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Dealing with Diversity by Celebrating Differences: The Janet & John Stone Lectureship Series

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Please join the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs as we host the Janet and John Stone Lecture for Multicultural Understanding, Equality and Justice.  This year’s lecturer will be Dr. Richard Penaskovic, Professor of Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, whose topic will be Dealing with Diversity by Celebrating Differences.  There will be a reception at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 followed by the lecture at 4:15 PM in the Special Collections Room of the RDB Library. 

The reception and program are both open to all Auburn staff, faculty, alumni, friends and to the public as well.  Please share this information with others and encourage them to attend the event.

 


 

 

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Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University

Friday, June 28, 2013

Beginning in October 2013, Auburn University will launch a year-long, university-wide commemoration to highlight the school's 50th  anniversary of integration.
   
A series of events will honor the first African-American graduate student Dr. Harold Franklin who broke the color barrier in 1964, as well as the impact of other pioneering black faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students who have since helped make the university more inclusive. Events and programs tied to the anniversary will feature the official commemorative graphic.

“Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University: Honoring the Past, Charting the Future” will officially open in conjunction with the Women’s Philanthropy Board fall Luncheon and begin with a colloquium on October 4th featuring Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Auburn alum Thom Gossom ‘75 and his wife joyce gillie gossom are the featured speakers during the WPB Luncheon.

Highlights of the twelve months of events and programming include Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who holds a place in civil rights history as one of the first two African American students admitted to the University of Georgia. Also known for her career as an award-winning journalist, Hunter-Gault is respected for her work on television and in print. She is the recipient of two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. A commemorative lecture series will feature Dwayne Cox, head of Special Collections and Archives, Auburn University Libraries and Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn.

Over the course of twelve months, faculty, students and alumni will organize events aimed not only at celebrating 50 years of diversity and inclusiveness on campus, but also focused on the future. It will include presentations by current AU students and alumni as well as musical performances.
Auburn University students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community partners and friends are invited to participate and organize events to ensure Auburn continues to be a place where students of diverse backgrounds can engage in a community of mutual respect to tackle the great challenges of an increasingly diverse world.

For more information on the commemoration, stories, photographs and updates, contact Access and Community Initiatives, a division of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at 334-844-5042 or by email at fiftyyearsdiversity@auburn.edu

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Colleges and Schools Host Annual SEE Auburn Program

Thursday, May 16, 2013

From June 2 through June 28, 2013, 20 incoming Auburn Freshmen will participate in the annual Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE Auburn) Program on campus.

The SEE Program aims to increase enrollment for underrepresented and underserved student populations, increase the students' mathematics and English skills, assist with the development of study and time management skills and to introduce the students to a network of faculty, staff and fellow minority students.  SEE Auburn students take two classes, English and Pre-Calculus, each with a parallel workshop supplementing the classroom instruction.  The SEE students will also attend seminars and discussions on topics such as career options and succeeding in their academic field at Auburn.  They will also visit businesses and industries in a variety of career fields and other cultural field trips.   The 2013 SEE Auburn in sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture; Business; Education; Human Sciences; Liberal Arts; and the Schools of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Nursing; the National Science foundations' Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF LSAM); and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.  The SEE Program students and their parents will be recognized at a closing luncheon on Friday, June 28.

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AASD-STEM Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program Accepting Applications

Friday, April 5, 2013

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM, or AASD-STEM, program sponsors an Undergraduate Summer Research Experience program to provide undergraduate students with disabilities majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, disciplines an internship opportunity to conduct research during the summer within research labs at Auburn University. The AASD-STEM Undergraduate Summer Research Experience, or USRE, program was initiated in order to provide talented undergraduate students opportunities to gain research experience with a STEM faculty member. The USRE program is an eight-week internship open to students with disabilities interested in STEM research areas. Each student will work closely with a STEM faculty mentor or team on a research project. Students may identify and contact the STEM faculty or lab that they wish to work with. Each intern will receive a $3,500 stipend. The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, April 16. For more information about the USRE program, contact Gerald Chidume at 844-4184 or chidugc@auburn.edu.

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Second Annual U.S.-Africa Advanced Study Institute and Workshop Held in Lilongwe, Malawi

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A team of Auburn University research mathematicians Ash Abebe, Overtoun Jenda, Peter Johnson, and A.J. Meir from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics continued their research work in late 2012 through the National Science Foundation grant of $200,000 to fund the U.S.-Africa Advanced Study Institute and Workshop Series in Mathematical Sciences, a key component of the Masamu Program. The Masamu Program brings together mathematicians from Africa, Canada, U.K. and the U.S. with the primary goal of spurring sustainable collaboration among advanced graduate students, early career faculty, senior research faculty and department heads and chairs.  The second U.S.-Africa Advanced Study Institute and Workshops was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, November 29 through December 2, 2012. 

The primary goal of the Masamu (masamu means mathematics in Southern Africa) Program is to enhance research in mathematical sciences within Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) institutions through promotion of international research collaboration. A key component of the Masamu Program is the Advanced Study Institute and Workshop Series in mathematical sciences that provide a platform for such collaboration. Other activities include Research Workshop, Career Development Workshop, Department Heads and Chairs and Senior Research Scientists Workshop, Colloquia and Webinar Series, and AfricaMath. The target audiences of the Advanced Study Institute are graduate students and early career faculty (rank less than associate professor) while the workshops are open to students, faculty, and other researchers in the mathematical sciences.  

The US-Africa Advanced Study Institute and Workshop Series in Mathematical Sciences program is a collaborative effort between African, United Kingdom, and US mathematicians. This program has three main goals: (1) Strengthen the US and Southern African human infrastructure in mathematical sciences research; (2) Drastically increase and sustain research collaboration between UK, US and Southern African mathematicians; and (3) Improve collaboration between US and Southern African colleges and universities. 

The Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) was established in 1981 to further the mathematical sciences in the Southern African region (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and beyond. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent US federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing for America's colleges and universities.”

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Cathy Harris Featured Speaker at The Business of Diversity - COB Speakers' Series on February 21, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cathy Harris, motivational speaker and whistleblower, will be the featured speaker at the COB Speakers' Series on Thursday evening, February 21, at 7PM in Lowder 125A.  

In 1998, Ms. Harris, a former senior inspector for the U.S. Customs Service (USCS) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, disclosed to the media and Congress the human rights violations by the USCS, leading to federal reform by means of the Civil Rights and International Travelers Act and the Reasonable Search Standards Act.  

The event is open to the entire university community and the public. There is no charge.  For the complete story, visit the College of Business website

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Women's Resource Center WOAH Women event to be held Jan. 31

Monday, January 28, 2013


The Women's Resource Center will host the Women of Auburn Helping Women speaking event Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Langdon Hall. Keynote speaker Lori Hart will give her talk "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Opposite Sex." The talk explores the psychological differences between men and women and provides information to help women be effective leaders on campus and in the work place. A panel of successful Auburn women will answer audience questions and talk about their experiences in leadership roles with men, relationships with men and the importance of mentoring other women. Admission is free.

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PGOP, PLUS, & SEE applications being accepted NOW!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


President’s Graduate Opportunity Program (PGOP) is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The major purpose of the Program is to recruit, retain, and support African-American students engaged in graduate study leading to a doctoral degree from Auburn University. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 PGOP Fellowship in addition to a stipend of the minimum amount set by the Provost’s Office for 25% FTE each year. This additional stipend is provided by the department, school, or college in which recipients are enrolled. Both the fellowship and the departmental stipend are renewable for up to three years of doctoral study.

Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) is accepting applicationsfor the2013-2014 academic year. The PLUSprogram has been instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing them a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to 4 years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University. This program has been developed to complement goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan.

Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) is accepting applications for summer 2013.  The Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) is an intensive, four-week summer program for underrepresented incoming Auburn University freshmen. The program will be staffed by mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants,counselors, and academic advisors

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DONORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN DIVERSITY - Support and Participation of Building Construction Camp Continues to Grow

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Generous donors are making a huge difference in the success of the summer Building Construction Camp, a program designed to bring minority high school students to the Auburn campus to gain hands-on exposure to the construction and design fields. 

Participation in the camp, which began in 2007, has grown each year, with 16 young people from Alabama, Georgia and Florida coming to Auburn in 2012—nearly double the participation from previous years. 

The Building Construction Camp was founded by Carla Jackson Bell, CADC director of Multicultural Affairs. Bell creates the camp curriculum and daily schedule, which is conducted by faculty, staff and students from the McWhorter School of Building Science. The camp is offered to rising 9th through 12th grade students interested in the field of building science. 

Participants learn construction basics and how to integrate building design with site, climate, function and green considerations. They not only obtain hands-on experience by working on projects supervised by building science faculty, the students also experience campus-life while residing in Auburn’s resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities and enjoying evening social and recreational activities, all with round-the-clock counselor supervision. 

Students who came in 2012 also were able to help others. BSCI instructor Mike Hosey came up with the idea of these campers making storage units for victims of the April 2011 Alabama tornadoes. Two units built by the summer camp students were delivered in August to tornado victims in Dadeville, Ala. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors, a number of program scholarships are available to these students, making it possible for many of them to come. Donors have also provided in-kind products, such as hard hats, glasses and other equipment and supplies. “The donors are a major factor in the success of this program,” says Carla Jackson Bell, “Without them this could not happen.” 

The Building Construction Camp’s primary donor is the McWhorter School of Building Science’s Construction Industry Fund. Other donors are: Auburn University Assistant Vice President for Outreach Royrickers Cook; Auburn’s Assistant Vice President for Development Barbara Miller; the Pitts Family Foundation; State Representative Richard Laird, 37th District; AIA architect Vernell Barnes; Nick Dill, Ashley Dyer and Brian Hale with Robins and Morton; Matrice Jackson, ‘99, Kimberly- Clark Corp., Atlanta, Ga.; Robyn Foster, AIA, ’06, RF Innovations; Brandon Riddick-Seals, ’02, Brasfield & Gorrie; and The Wayne Gandy Foundation, Atlanta, Ga. 

“As a family we are proud to support the Building Construction Camp at Auburn University,” says treasurer of the Pitts Family Foundation, Rev. W. E. Pitts Sr. “African-Americans have a rich and long history in the construction of buildings and bridges throughout Alabama and Georgia. The chapel on Auburn’s campus is a historical structure built with bricks constructed by enslaved African-Americans in the 1850s. It is a proud and strong foundation on which to build our future in the construction industry.” 

A statement from The Wayne Gandy Foundation sums up that organization’s reasons for contributing to this program: “We challenge ourselves to be the best at all times. When we encourage others by our words and our actions we are leaving a legacy of greatness. Helping students through scholarships and opportunities can open up doors that allow them to dream and achieve beyond measure.” 

“The CADC has experienced an 8 percent increase in recruitment success of minority students. However, in BSCI there has only been a 2 percent increase in recruitment this academic year. Because of the underrepresentation of minorities and females in building science, it is imperative that we support recruitment efforts in order to increase minority enrollment,” says Nick Dill, recruiting coordinator and sustainability director with Robins & Morton. 

“We hope this program will grow more next year, both in terms of students and donors,” says Bell, noting that the commitment to recruit minority students in building science and CADC continues to be strong and programs such as this are valuable tools as Auburn strives for more diversity. 

For more information about the camp and sponsorships, visit www.cadc.auburn.edu/diversity/Pages/Summer_Camps.aspx or contact Bell at cjj0001@auburn.edu or 334-844-4549.

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Janet & John Stone Award & Lectureship Nominations and Applications Being Accepted

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship for Multicultural Understanding, Equality, and Justice at Auburn University

The Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs invites nominations and applications for the Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship Program.

The Award and Lectureship are designed to honor individuals that do outstanding service in promoting cultural and racial understanding, equality, and justice and to promote such work by Auburn University.

The Lectureship: The recipient will give a public lecture that promotes multicultural understanding, equality,and justice. The lecture should also provide ample time for audience discussion and participation. The lecture would take place on the campus of Auburn University during the fall 2013. The lecture will also be published through suitable outlets. The lecturer will receive a honorium of $2,000.00.

Award Recipient: The recipient of the award should have promoted cultural and racial understanding that fosters fair or equitable treatment or opportunities for individuals in Auburn University’s purview. The awardee will receive $1,000.00.

Note that “culture” is broadly conceived. The emphasis is on issues of “difference” rather than on conventional definitions of culture. Examples of promoting multicultural understanding would be projects, programs, or publications that explore what it is to be a minority American in this country or that foster appreciation of injustices or disadvantages that minority groups experience.

Interested persons should provide a cover letter that includes a summary of diversity accomplishments;outline and overview of lecture to be discussed (lectureship applicants).

 

The nomination or application package should consist of:

  1. Letter of nomination or application that summarizes diversity accomplishments
  2. (2) Letters of support
  3. Lecture Applicants - outline/overview of lecture to be provided
  4. Award Applicants - reflective statement describing involvement in diversity efforts
  5. Resume/Curriculum vitae

 

Application/nomination packets must be submitted to:

Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureshipfor Multicultural Understanding, Equality, and Justice at Auburn University

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

103 M.W. Smith Hall

381 Mell Street

Auburn University, AL 36849-5168

diversity@auburn.edu

 


***Complete applications must be submitted by 4:45 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013. ***

***No applications/nominations will be accepted after that date. ***

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Auburn University to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with week-long tribute

Friday, December 14, 2012

Auburn University will host a week-longtribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Thursday, Jan. 17 through Friday,Jan. 25, with the theme "The Time is Always Right to Do What’s Right: OneAuburn, One Community."

Highlights of the week will includea volunteer fair, a scholarship breakfast, guest speakers, lectures, studentperformances and community service projects. All events are open to the public.

The week's events begin with aVolunteer Fair sponsored by the Office of Public Service a unit of the VicePresident for University Outreach, Thursday,January 17, 2013 from 10 am to noon, Second Floor AuburnStudent Center.

A scholarship breakfast on Monday,Jan. 21, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon ConferenceCenter will feature Mrs. Shirley Sherrod, community activist and  author ofCourageto Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear as the keynote speaker.  To purchase tickets for this event, call (334)844-5042. Monday will also provide an opportunity for community service in “ADay On and Not a Day Off.” To register for this activity, call (334) 844-2976.

On Tuesday, January 22, 11:45 a.m. in theAuburn University Student Center, rooms 2222 and 2223, Paula R. Backscheider, Philpott-Stevens EminentScholar, Mitchell Brown, Associate Professor, Political Science, KellyKennington, Assistant Professor, History, and Hillary Wyss, Hargis Professor ofAmerican Literature will speak during a panel discussion on “Issues of SocialJustice.”  This even is part of theMulticultural Center’s Lunch and Learn Series.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 11:45 a.m. the MulticulturalCenter Watch & Learn Series will host a screening of the film Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. This filmis an in-depth biography of Anne Braden, an organizer and journalist who for 60years participated in the most significant movements of racial and economicjustice in this country’s most conservative region - the South. 2222 AU StudentCenter.

 

Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Voicesof Freedom Interfaith Service will feature the AU Gospel Choir, White StreetMissionary Baptist Church Choir and Greater Peace Missionary Baptist ChurchChoir

The Hotel at Auburn University and DixonConference Center Auditorium.

 

On Friday, January 25, at 11:45 a.m. the weekwill culminate at  the  Multicultural Center, 1330 Student Center witha Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration with music and reflections onthe life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Except where noted, events are free and opento the public.  All the welcome.

 

Thisyear's King Week activities were coordinated by Access and CommunityInitiatives, a unit of the Auburn University Office of Diversity andMulticultural Affairs, the Office of Public Service and the East AlabamaChapter of the National Forum for Black Pubic Administrators. For moreinformation on this year's King Week at Auburn University, go towww.auburn.edu/aukingweek.

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Lunch and Learn with Letras Latinas Oct 17

Monday, September 24, 2012

On October 17, 2012, the Multicultural Center's Lunch and Learn Series will feature Francisco Aragon, director of the Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Aragon is a poet, translator, essayist and editor of Canto Cosas, a book series from Bilingual Press. Bring your lunch; the event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The program begins an 11:45 AM in Room 2225 of the AU Student Center and is Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the College of Liberal Arts.

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Access & Community Initiatives Participate in National Rosenwald Schools Conference

Monday, August 27, 2012

Auburn University assistant vice president for Access andCommunity Initiatives, Dr. Paulette Dilworth, and a community team of alumni ofthe Shiloh Rosenwald School presented an education session at the National Rosenwald Schools Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Panel participants included Barbara Mahone, Felicia Chandler,Shirley Johnson and James T. Smith.   The conference was held June 14-16,2012 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. During the session titled Preserving the Past: The Shiloh Story,panelists shared and highlighted the ongoing success story about the preservation and restoration of the Shiloh Rosenwald School.  A goal ofthe session was to share “best practices” insights focusing on assessing the physical condition of the school, community engagement, preserving oral traditions, and heritage tourism. 

In the early 20th century, Rosenwald Schools served as Centers of community activity and symbols of pride among the populations they served. Today, Rosenwald Schools are being reclaimed and restored as important historical sites to tell stories of African American education and advancement and to preserve the remaining structures of the partnership between Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington.   Today, fewer than 15 percent of the 5,300 original Rosenwald Schools remain. For nearly 100 years, The Shiloh-Rosenwald School has stood at the center of history. Built in 1922 as a result of a philanthropic partnership between African American educator BookerT. Washington and former Sears and Roebuck, CEO, Julius Rosenwald, the school was one of the first of thousands founded to give African American schoolchildren a chance to learn and build a better future. In 2002, the Rosenwald Schools were put on the list of endangered places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Shiloh Rosenwald School also played a role in one ofthe most infamous chapters in history, a 40-year long study of the United States Public Service Syphilis Study of Untreated Black Males. The Shiloh Rosenwald School and adjacent Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery were added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on September 20,2006. They were subsequently added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 6, 2010.

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YWLP Program Helps Build the Next Generation of Young Women Leaders

Monday, August 27, 2012


Have you ever followed a Ropes Course? It’s a series of challenges high up in the air where you must rely on your own skills and your own inner fortitude, along with the teamwork of those around you, to overcome some pretty intense and hair-raising obstacles.

That may seem like an excellent analogy for the challenges that young women face in junior high school. Every day is filled with potential obstacles: peer pressure, shrieking hormones, teen pregnancy, bullying, drugs and alcohol. Layer that with issues like family crises or economic difficulties, and it is sometimes surprising that young women can not only keep from falling, but -- with support and guidance – rise high and strong.

What if you were an Auburn University student, a young woman who had successfully navigated her own junior high years and had studied about adolescent development? Wouldn’t it be rewarding to help guide younger women through the Ropes Course of adolescence? Wouldn’t it also help you grow, intellectually and personally? Could it help you become a better leader, a better friend?

Through the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), Auburn University students have taken up that challenge. They believe that they have something important to share, and they have committed to putting what they learn in the classroom to use in the real world. Under the guidance and tutelage of the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center, they have set out to help mold and mentor the next generation of Alabama’s young women leaders.

You don’t have to look far to see that women can become great leaders. From government to business to academia, women have taken on important and effective roles in managing and directing powerful and successful organizations. Even a cursory survey of Auburn alumna and the university community reveals the crucial leadership roles of our female graduates, faculty, and students.

How can our university share that history of success and help foster leadership skills among young women in communities beyond campus? 

That question was what led Auburn University’s Women’s Resource Center to develop a research-based mentoring program directed at young women. This program, YWLP, is a learn-by-leading mentoring program that links Auburn’s mission of providing high quality educational programs, research, outreach and service. 

The mentors are Auburn students who participate in two academic courses. One course focuses on adolescent girls’ development and challenges. The companion component is a service-learning opportunity.  The project is a partnership between the Women’s Resource Center, a unit in Women’s Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; faculty in Human Development and Family Studies; faculty from the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; and the Office of University Outreach.

The AU student mentors currently work with young women at Auburn Junior High School and Loachapoka High School.  The YWLP is an after-school mentoring program that pairs junior high school girls with female college students, using a research-based model that combines one-on-one mentoring with targeted group activities. The Little Sisters and their Big Sister college student mentors work together and learn together, and often have fun together.

It can be tough being an adolescent girl, so the overall goals are to help girls address the challenges they face with family, friendships, dating relationships, academics, and planning for their futures. The program helps build the girls’ leadership potential by improving their self-image, enhancing their relationship skills, helping them make healthy decisions, and promoting their academic achievement.  

For Auburn University students, mentoring provides a great opportunity to put their own academic learning into real-life practice. How do course lessons on teen decision-making help encourage an 8th or 9th grader to stay in school, to avoid dangerous risks, or to build healthy romantic relationship? That’s the real test that these Auburn undergraduate in moving from theory to practice.

The pairs of Big Sisters and Little Sisters work and play and learn together.  One of the most anticipated activities of the year is the annual Ropes Course. Students at both sites test their nerves and build their relationships and self-confidence through this all-day activity challenge.

YWLP was piloted at Auburn Junior High in the spring of 2010. During 2011-2012, it was expanded to include Loachapoka High School.  The current school year will have the largest YWLP group yet, with two Big Sister-Little Sister groups at Auburn Junior High and one group at Loachapoka.  

The YWLP is under the direction of Dr. Donna Sollie, Director of the Women’s Resource Center.  Faculty members teach the courses and oversee the evaluations, as well as participate in meetings with personnel from Auburn Junior High School and Loachapoka High School. Graduate students, working with the Women’s Resource Center staff, help to implement the curriculum, manage logistics, lead mentoring groups, and supervise the Big Sisters.

Yes, as difficult as it is to imagine: all great women leaders were once junior high students. They were worried about their appearance, whether they were wearing the trendiest clothes, whether their friends liked them, whether they would find true love, and what their lives might hold. Thanks to a group of caring and committed Auburn University students, a large group of tomorrow’s potential leaders will be able to handle the “Ropes Course” of life with a little more security and guidance.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT - Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship for Multicultural Understanding, Equality, and Justice at Auburn University

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship for Multicultural Understanding, Equality, and Justice at Auburn University

 

The Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs invites nominations and applications for the Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship Program.

 

The Award and Lectureship are designed to honor individuals that do outstanding service in promoting cultural and racial understanding, equality, and justice and to promote such work by Auburn University.

 

The Lectureship: The recipient will give a public lecture that promotes multicultural understanding, equality, and justice. The lecture should also provide ample time for audience discussion and participation. The lecture would take place on the campus of Auburn University during the 2012-2013 academic year. The lecture will also be published through suitable outlets. The lecturer will receive a honorium of $2,000.00.

 

Award Recipient: The recipient of the award should have promoted cultural and racial understanding that fosters fair or equitable treatment or opportunities for individuals in Auburn University’s purview. The awardee will receive $1,000.00.

 

Note that “culture” is broadly conceived. The emphasis is on issues of “difference” rather than on conventional definitions of culture. Examples of promoting multicultural understanding would be projects, programs, or publications that explore what it is to be a minority American in this country or that foster appreciation of injustices or disadvantages that minority groups experience.

 

Interested persons should provide a cover letter that includes a summary of diversity accomplishments; outline and overview of lecture to be discussed (lectureship applicants).

 

The nomination or application package should consist of:

  1. Letter of nomination or application that summarizes diversity accomplishments
  2. (2) Letters of support
  3. Lecture Applicants - outline/overview of lecture to be provided
  4. Award Applicants - reflective statement describing involvement in diversity efforts
  5. Resume/Curriculum vitae

 

Application/nomination packets must be submitted to:

Janet and John Stone Award and Lectureship for Multicultural Understanding, Equality, and Justice at AuburnUniversity

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

103 M.W. Smith Hall

381 Mell Street

Auburn University, AL 36849-5168

diversity@auburn.edu

 

***Complete applications must be submitted by 4:45 pm on Monday, April 23, 2012. ***

***No applications/nominations will be accepted after that date. ***

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2011-12 Award and Lectureship Recipient Delivers Public Lecture

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Heather May, the 2011-12 award and lectureship recipient.

Please join Dr. May, assistant professor in the department of theatre in the College of Liberal Arts, as she delivers her public lecture:

"Leaving No Stone Unturned: Casting for Diversity"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

6:00 pm

2370 Haley Center

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2012-2013 Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Student Ambassdaors ANNOUNCED!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 Diversity Student Ambassadors.

 

Kanesha Blake

Chanelle Campbell

Sunny Chao

Sharly Citizen

Angela Cleary

Noelle Crusoe

Moneisha Cunningham

Mia Donley

Anh Duong

Kaylah Hagler

Terranique Harris

JT Howard

Isaac James

Heather Kennedy

Wade Manora

Dillon Nettles

Tekisha Rice

Dorian Rhodes

Katherine Quintero

Alexis Sankey

Kadedra Smith

Leslie Sherrick

De’Nard Stringer

Mashika Tempero

Danielle Walton

Allison Walsh

Jeremy Wiley

Mondra Wright

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Student Diversity Ambassador Applications Sought!!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking energetic, self-motivated, enthusiastic students to become Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors help host official functions and events and act as student liaisons to various communities the office serves. Improve your interpersonal skills through interacting and networking with other students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members.

For directions and an application outlining how to become an ambassador visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/dsa.aspx or call 334-844-4184 for more information.

ODMA will also host an informational related to the application and its process on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 2012 at 6:00 pm in 2225 AU Student Center.

The application deadline is Friday, March 9, 2012. 

Benefits of becoming a Diversity Student Ambassador:

•Get involved on campus

•Meet culturally and ethnically diverse students

•Contribute to Auburn’s diversity initiatives

•Gain leadership, interpersonal, and public speaking

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Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship Program DEADLINE EXTENDED

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PLUS APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 application for the Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship is now available. The application can be found athttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/plusInfo.aspx. The PLUS program has been instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing them a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to 4 years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University. This program has been developed to complement goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan. All applications should be postmarked by THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)!!!

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President's Graduate Opportunities Program (PhD Fellowship) APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Auburn University seeks applicants for its President's Graduate Opportunities Program (PGOP) PhD Fellowship Program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The main purpose of the program is to recruit, retain, and support African American students pursuing doctoral degree programs. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 PGOP fellowship along with an additional stipend that must be provided by the college, department or other unit on Auburn University's campus. For more information and/or the application please visit https://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/files/pgop2012.pdf .

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Peer Mentoring Program Seeks Mentees and Mentors

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Providing Peer Opportunities for Diverse Students Program (P2ODS) has a dual purpse. Its main purpose is to mentor and empower underrepresented and disadvantaged students to excel in academics and leadership. P2ODS goal is to increase the retention and graduation rate of students at Auburn University. Applications are still being accepted!!!

Applications for mentees and/or to be a mentor can be found athttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/p2ods.aspx .

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Minigrants Available for Research in Disabilities

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM) announces the second AASD-STEM Minigrants solicitation. The AASD-STEM Minigrants Program supports research and interventions at colleges and universities in Alabama that aim to increase the number of students with disabilities completing associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Proposers may request funding of up to $4,000 per year. Up to 7 Awards will be made this year. Applications are due by May 30, 2011. For program description and application information, visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/stem.aspx. For more information, please contact Dr. Gerald Chidume at 334-844-4184 or at diversity@auburn.edu.

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Fellowship Program Applications Due

Monday, February 14, 2011

President's Graduate Opportunities Program
Auburn University seeks applicants for its President's Graduate Opportunities Program (PGOP) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The main purpose of the program is to recruit, retain, and support African American students pursuing doctoral degree programs. Successful applicants will recieve a $10,000 PGOP fellowship along with an additional stipend that must be provided by the college, department or other unit on Auburn University's campus. For more information and/or the application please visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/files/pgop2011.pdf .

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2011-2012 Diversity Student Ambassadors Sought

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking energetic, self-motivated, enthusiastic students to become Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors help host official functions and events and act as student liaisons to various communities the office serves. Improve your interpersonal skills through interacting and networking with other students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members.

For directions and an application outlining how to become an ambassador visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/dsa.aspx or call 334-844-4184 for more information.

ODMA will also host two informationals related to the application and its process on March 1 and March 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm in 117 M. W. Smith Hall.

The application deadline is March 4, 2011. 

Benefits of becoming a Diversity Student Ambassador:

•Get involved on campus

•Meet culturally and ethnically diverse students

•Contribute to Auburn’s diversity initiatives

•Gain leadership, interpersonal, and public speaking

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Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE Auburn) Applications!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Summer Enrichment Experience in Auburn (SEE Auburn) Program is now accepting applications. Applications are due April 1, 2011! Applications are available athttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/see.aspx.

This intensive four-week summer program for over 30 underserved students takes place at Auburn University main campus. The program is staffed by Mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors, and academic advisors.

The students take two classes designed to prepare them for courses in freshmen calculus and English. Each course has a parallel workshop supplementing the classroom instruction. The classroom teaching is conducted by regular faculty members while the workshops are supervised by graduate students. Through these courses and workshops, students have an opportunity to improve their skills and be ready for freshmen courses in the Fall.

For more information contact Dr. Florence Holland at 334-844-4184/hollafm@auburn.edu  or Ms. Charria Campbell at 334-844-5087/campbcy@auburn.edu.

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Funding Available for Research in Disabilities

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM) announces the second AASD-STEM Minigrants solicitation. The AASD-STEM Minigrants Program supports research and interventions at colleges and universities in Alabama that aim to increase the number of students with disabilities completing associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Proposers may request funding of up to $4,000 per year. Up to 7 Awards will be made this year. Applications are due by January 30, 2011. For program description and application information, visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/stem.aspx . For more information, please contact Gerald Chidume at 334-844-4184 or at diversity@auburn.edu.

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Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Available

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 application for the Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship is now available. The application can be found athttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/plusInfo.aspx. The PLUS program has been instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing them a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to 4 years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University. This program has been developed to complement goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan. All applications should be postmarked by Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

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Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to host Breakfast with ODMA

Monday, November 1, 2010

On Saturday, November 6, 2010 the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) staff and student ambassadors will host "Breakfast with ODMA" prior to the Homecoming football game. This event will serve as an informational about the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, its program and mission. It will also serve as an opportunity for networking among current students and alumni. The event will begin at 9am and last until 12 noon. It will take place on the lawn of the main ODMA office - M. White Smith Hall. All are invited to attend! For more information, please contact Florence Holland at 334-844-4184 or diversity@auburn.edu.

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4th Annual Diversity Best Practices Conference Held

Monday, November 1, 2010

The 4th Annual Best Practices Conference was hosted by the Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center from 8:15 am - 1:00 pm. "Practical Approaches to Achieving Institutional Diversity" served as the theme for the conference. Topics of presentation and discussion included best practices related to the recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. For more information please contact Florence Holland at 334-844-4184 ordiversity@auburn.edu.

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Fall 2010 Minority Faculty Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will hosts its annual Fall Minority Faculty Networking Reception. The event will begin at 5:00 pm in the Alumni Center Goodwin Rooms. Please come and network with ODMA and other campus faculty members. During this reception you will also learn about ODMA, its programs, and meet some of its staff. All faculty are invited to attend.

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AASD-STEM Still Accepting Applications for Fall Mentoring Program

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AASD-STEM) is a collaborative research project funded by the National Science Foundation with the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of students with disabilities receiving associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.

Students with disabilities are invited to apply to serve as mentors in several AASD-STEM Mentoring Programs.  Each comes with a teipend ranging from $2,000 to $3500 depending on the program selected for.

If you are interested in applying applications are available online athttp://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/stem.aspx or to request an application call 334-844-4184 or emaildiversity@auburn.edu.

For more information, contact Gerald Chidume at 844-7415 or chidugc@auburn.edu.

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PLUS Orientation Held

Friday, August 6, 2010

On Sunday, August 9, 2010 through Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 31 incoming freshmen who have been deemed PLUS (Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship) scholars participated in a 4-day orientation.  The PLUS Program was instituted by the Office of the Provost to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population with the help of generous financial support from corporate partners and donors.  The students are awarded a $2,000 scholarship renewable for four years, and they are supported academically and socially as well to help them succeed successfully at Auburn University. These students are first generation students who exhibit financial need, have at least a 3.2 GPA, are an Alabama resident, and/or are from a diverse background.  Students were selected based on their application, an essay on diversity and how well they met the qualifying criteria.  During this 4-day orientation, students were exposed to campus life via departmental visits, presentations from faculty, staff, and administrators, and participate in various team-building and leadership activities.  The purpose was to build a bond between the incoming students as a cohort group and the current scholars, some of which served as counselors during the orientation. In order to maintain the scholarship,  PLUS participants must agree to accept the award, participate in the PLUS Retention Program, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, participate in studying and tutoring sessions, and join two multicultural organizations.  This program has been developed to complement the goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan. The PLUS Orientation and Retention Program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.  For more information, please contact Charria Campbell at 334-844-5087 or campbcy@auburn.edu.

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AU summer program continues to give underserved students a leg up on the Auburn college experience

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Auburn University began hosting an enrichment program for 20 students from around the southeast in the summer of 2008. Since then, SEE Auburn (Summer Enrichment Experience Program) has helped to introduce underserved students to campus life and smooth the transition between high school and college. The intensive four-week program began this summer on June 6 and has stuck to its foundational purpose by assisting students majoring in one of the seven colleges and schools sponsoring this program: The College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, the College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the College of Human Sciences, and the School of Nursing.

The purpose of SEE Auburn is to prepare incoming and underserved students for freshman-level entry math and English courses in the fall. The primary objective of the program is to increase enrollment for overlooked populations, increase students’ verbal, composition and quantitative skills, and expose students earlier to the fields of business, agriculture, forestry, education, human science, architecture, design, construction, nursing and any other academic field that they are interested in. In order to fully ensure that the participants have a rich experience with their prospective majors, each student chosen for the program is sponsored by his or her respective college or school.

To prepare for freshmen academic life, students enroll in two classes designed to hone the necessary skills need to be successful in freshman Pre-calculus and English. With each course, a parallel workshop supplements the classroom instruction where the participants can work on homework assignments, prepare for major tests and essays, and receive additional tutoring and assistance for struggles they have academically. The program is staffed by Mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants, peer counselors and tutors. Though students will not receive university credit toward a degree for these courses, they will however benefit greatly from the on-campus experience. Besides campus tours and classroom experience, other activities include the Strengths Quest curriculum, guest presentations and speakers, and field trips to The Oaks and Carver Museum in Tuskegee as well as the Civil Rights Memorial.

The program will be used to determine which courses students should take in the fall. Through professional programs that integrate individual responsibility, initiative and teamwork with essential knowledge, the program helps students with diverse backgrounds become Auburn men and women, able to succeed without compromising those values that make success worthwhile. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be an underserved graduating high school senior, have been admitted to Auburn University’s main campus, have an ACT score of 22 or below, and plan to major in one of the seven colleges and schools sponsoring the program. “This is a great collaboration here at Auburn University.  We look forward to the success of these students and this program.  Summer enrichment programs are definitely best practices for the retention of minorites and first generation college students,” says Dr. Overtoun Jenda, Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, email diversity@auburn.edu .

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Summer Enrichment Experience in Auburn (SEE Auburn) Applications Available

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Summer Enrichment Experience in Auburn (SEE Auburn) Program is now accepting applications. Applications are due April 1, 2011! Applications are available athttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/see.aspx.

This intensive four-week summer program for over 30 underserved students takes place at Auburn University main campus. The program is staffed by Mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors, and academic advisors.

The students take two classes designed to prepare them for courses in freshmen calculus and English. Each course has a parallel workshop supplementing the classroom instruction. The classroom teaching is conducted by regular faculty members while the workshops are supervised by graduate students. Through these courses and workshops, students have an opportunity to improve their skills and be ready for freshmen courses in the Fall.

For more information contact Dr. Florence Holland at 334-844-4184/hollafm@auburn.edu  or Ms. Charria Campbell at 334-844-5087/campbcy@auburn.edu.

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Auburn’s PLUS scholarship program gets boost from Wachovia donation

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs seeking mentors

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking mentors for the Providing Peer Opportunities for Diverse Students Program, or P�ODS. The program provides mentors for underrepresented students to assist them in excelling in academics and leadership at Auburn University. Applications are available at this Web site (http://www.auburn.edu/diversity/p2ods.aspx ), and are due by March 24. For more information, contact Jocelyn Vickers at wilchjl@auburn.edu.

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Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities Presents Posters This Week

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM) presents a poster describing the alliance at the Alabama Transition Conference and at the Diversity Research Initiative Conference this week.

 

The Alabama Transition Conference is among the longest-running annual transition events in the nation, and is a well-respected tradition in this state among transition stakeholders, agencies, and advocacy groups annually attracting from 600-700 participants. The purpose of the conference is to provide personal, professional, and policy development opportunities for all transition stakeholders, including parents, youth and young adults, educators, rehabilitation counselors, job coaches, and administrators at the program and agency levels. Many nationally prominent leaders in transition policy, disability law, consumer interests, self-determination, and inclusion have traveled to Auburn to present keynote addresses, workshops, and feature presentations at this conference. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this conference which proves to be both an informative and entertaining event.

 

The Diversity Research Initiative at Auburn facilitates and generates diversity research that is current and relevant locally, nationally, and globally. By diversity, we mean differences among people that matter socially and culturally. These categories include, but are not limited to, race, sex, socio-economic status, belief systems, gender identity, age, geographic origin, physical abilities, and sexual orientation.  University

 

AASD-STEM is a grant from the National Science Foundation to help Alabama students with disabilities earn college degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and, ultimately, enter the workforce. The funding was granted to the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – which is a collaborative effort involving Alabama State University, Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. The alliance also includes six school districts in Lee, Chambers, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon and Tallapoosa counties and has an outreach component that covers the entire state. The grant will fund peer-mentoring endeavors such as Bridge to the Baccalaureate and Bridge to the Post-Baccalaureate programs, as well as a Graduate program and summer research internships. Bridge

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Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM Accepting Minigrant Proposals

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM) will contribute funds to support interventions at colleges and universities in Alabamathat aim to increase the number of students with disabilities completing associate, baccalaureate, and graduatedegrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through minigrants.

 

Funding for the minigrants may be requested to support innovative initiatives designed to attract students with disabilities into STEM areas or to evaluate disparities in disability diagnosis in Alabama. The AASD-STEM Minigrants also support research studies contributing to the knowledge base by investigating differences in secondary and post-secondary STEM learning and in the educational experiences that influence enrollment, interest, academic performance, retention, degree completion, and career choices of students with disabilities in STEM. Projects may include student interventions if the findings from the intervention would substantially answer the questions posed within the context of theory and hypotheses.

 

Those eligible for the grants are those that are an educator in an Alabama educational institution of higher education. Current AASD-STEM Project personnel are not allowed to submit minigrant proposals. Awards up to $4,000 annually can be considered. The deadline for proposal submission is May 1, 2010.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Chidume at 334-844-7415 or at chidugc@auburn.edu.

 

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Become a Diversity Student Ambassador!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is seeking energetic, self-motivated, enthusiastic students to become Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors help host official functions and events and act as student liaisons to various communities the office serves. Improve your interpersonal skills through interacting and networking with other students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members.

For directions and an application outlining how to become an ambassador visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/dsa.aspx call 844-5087 for more information. Application deadline is February 26.

Benefits of becoming a Diversity Student Ambassador

•Get involved on campus

•Meet culturally and ethnically diverse students

•Contribute to Auburn’s diversity initiatives

•Gain leadership, interpersonal, and public speaking

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PGOP and Diversity Faculty Mentoring Research Grants due March 1, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Two current programs are seeking applications with a March 1, 2010 deadline!

President's Graduate Opportunities Program
Auburn University seeks applicants for its President's Graduate Opportunities Program (PGOP) for the 2010-2011 academic year. The main purpose of the program is to recruit, retain, and support African American students pursuing doctoral degree programs. Successful applicants will recieve a $10,000 PGOP fellowship along with an additional stipend that must be provided by the college, department or other unit on Auburn University's campus. For more information visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/EORC.aspx .

Diversity Faculty Mentoring Program (DFMP) Research Grant

The purpose of the DFMP Research Grant is to promote the retention of African American faculty by supporting well-designed research projects that lead to the authorship of scholarly publications, invited presentations, seminar presentations, submission of extramural funding proposals, or other creative academic works. For more infomation visithttps://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/facultyMentor.aspx .

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Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM Workshop on Maximizing the Accessibility of the STEM Teaching and Learning Process

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM is hosting a workshop on "Maximizing the Accessibility of the STEM Teaching and Learning Process" on Monday, January 25, 2010 beginning at 9:00 am in 117 M. W. Smith Hall.

Topics of discussion include: "Forces That Shape Accessibility" (Speaker: Daniel Hubbell, Technical Evangelist, Accessibility Business Unit, Microsoft); "A Survey of Assistive Technology for the Blind" (Speaker:  E.H. Gentry Technology Center, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind); "Assistive Technology for Education" (Speaker: Scott Renner, Assistive Technology Center Coordinator, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling/School Psychology, Auburn University); and "Constructing a New Framework through Inclusive Service Delivery and Universal Design" (Speaker: Tracy Donald, Director Student with Disability Program, Auburn University) All are welcome to attend. For more information on this workshop, please visit https://fp.auburn.edu/diversity/stem.aspx or contact Dr. Gerald Chidume at 334-844-4184 or by email at chidugc@auburn.edu .

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REGISTRATION OPEN: "Understanding Differences that Matter" Diversity Research Initiative Spring Conference

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Registration is open for the Spring Diversity Research Initative Conference to be held March 11-12, 2010 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

Registration for the conference can be found at http://auburn.edu/diversityResearchConference.

The Diversity Research Initiative at Auburn University facilitates and generates diversity research that is current and relevant locally, nationally, and globally. By diversity, we mean differences among people that matter socially and culturally. These categories include, but are not limited to, race, sex, socio-economic status, belief systems, gender identity, age, geographic origin, physical abilities, and sexual orientation.

Dr. James Banks, professor of diversity studies and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, will give the inaugural Distinguished Scholars Speaker Series on Diversity lecture entitled "Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice: Education in a Global Age." Banks has been a researcher and leader in efforts to increase educational equality for students for more than three decades. He has pursued questions related to education, racial inequality, and social justice in more than 100 journal articles and 20 books and examines the unity-diversity tension in 12 nations.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth

Auburn University

314 Mary Martin Hall

AuburnAL 36849-5168

334-844-4325

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PLUS Program gets National Award

Friday, October 30, 2009

Auburn University, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and its Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) Program has been recognized as the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).

This prestigious award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in their support of higher education. The winner was announced at the NSPA Annual Conference on October 29 in New Orleans.

WINNING ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE:

  • $2500 cash prize donated by FastWeb to the general scholarship fund of the winning organization
  • Recognition at the NSPA National Conference
  • Recognition on the NSPA Web site
  • A plaque for display at their office
  • An invitation to present a session at the following year’s National Conference

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Educational alliance gets $3 million to help students with disabilities earn degrees

Monday, October 5, 2009

Researchers in an Alabama educational alliance have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help Alabama students with disabilities earn college degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and, ultimately, enter the workforce. The funding was granted to the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – which is a collaborative effort involving Alabama State University, Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. The alliance also includes six school districts in Lee, Chambers, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon and Tallapoosa counties and has an outreach component that covers the entire state. The grant will fund peer-mentoring endeavors such as Bridge to the Baccalaureate and Bridge to the Post-Baccalaureate programs, as well as a Graduate Bridge program and summer research internships. To read more, see the news release ( http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/1176 ).

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AU Professor Dr. Fadamiro receives USDA pest management grant

Friday, October 2, 2009

Henry Fadamiro, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and
Plant Pathology, and a team of collaborators with the Alabama
Cooperative Extension System recently received a $253,265 grant from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture-CSREES Extension IPM Coordination Program
to support research and extension activities aimed at promoting
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, in Alabama. The goal of IPM is to
minimize potential human health risks and adverse environmental effects
from pests and use of pesticides. The one-year project will support
development and implementation of economically and environmentally sound
IPM practices in traditional and non-traditional agriculture in Alabama
through research, training, demonstration, outreach and communication.

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Auburn University collaborating with African University of Science and Technology

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Auburn University has established a partnership with the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), a private, pan-African, coeducational, research university located in Abuja, Nigeria. A memorandum of understanding between Auburn University and AUST allows the institutions to partner in educational and research activities such as faculty and student exchange, joint research programs, special short-term academic programs, and organization of international conferences and workshops. As a result of this partnership, three graduate students (1 Ethiopian, 1 Ghanaian, and 1 Nigerian) from AUST are conducting their studies at the AU Department of Mathematics and Statistics during the 2009-10 academic year. In addition, a number of Mathematics and Statistics faculty at AU are making arrangements to visit AUST to guide short courses and seminars beginning the fall 2009 semester. The committee that developed the partnership and collaborative mathematics and statistics program consisted of Dr. Asheber Abebe, Dr. Geraldo de Souza, Dr. Overtoun Jenda, and Dr. Michel Smith of AU Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Dr. Charles Chidume of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and now the acting provost at AUST. For more information about the partnership, please visit http://aust.edu.ng/content/our-sponsors-partners andhttp://www.math.auburn.edu/ .

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Auburn University Agriculture & Nursing Host Visiting Fulbright Scholar from University of the West Indies

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dr. Neela Badrie, a Fulbright scholar and  senior lecturer/researcher from the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is at Auburn University, Auburn, AL to collaborate on research.  She was the recipient of the 2009 Fulbright Awards for University Lecturers and Research Scholars from the Caribbean and Central America region in the field of agriculture.  The Fulbright grant is awarded based on academic, professional leadership and leadership potential. Dr. Badrie has been a prolific researcher with many refereed publications, regional and international presentations and chapters in books. She is serving as associate editor and reviewer of many international refereed journals.   She has been the recipient of many outstanding awards.  The areas of research and teaching areas are on food safety and quality with emphasis on food microbiology, tropical food processing (industrial food product development) sensory evaluation of foods, nutrition and consumer studies. She is the first female to graduate with a Ph.D in Food Science from the Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and Trinidad and Tobago.  

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.  It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright experience is expected to be of intrinsic value to the scholar, the recipient’s home institution, its faculty and its students, as well as to the U.S. host institution. Fulbrighters are considered ‘cultural ambassadors’ to their host countries and are expected to become active and involved members of their communities upon returning home.

About the Collaborative Research at Auburn University

The collaborative research at Auburn University, Auburn is focused on ‘Consumer Awareness, Perception Knowledge and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in the Blackbelt, Alabama: Functional Properties ’ and ‘Quality Evaluation and Antioxidant Properties of Fruit Juices’. The researchers at Auburn University are:  Dr. Curtis Jolly, a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, College of Agriculture, Dr. Floyd Woods, an Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks, a Full Professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing.  The market for functional foods in the United States is estimated at $10 billion. Consumer knowledge regarding enhanced health effects of consumption of functional foods is limited. Belief in the health On July 22nd, 2009 Dr. Badrie presented on the  topic ‘Some Food Safety Challenges affecting Exports from Small  Caribbean Economies’ at the School of Agriculture.

About the University of the West Indies

The University of the West Indies is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean with over 40,000 students and with main campuses in Cave Hill Barbados, Mona Jamaica and St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago, and Centers in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

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'Cry, the Beloved Country' to be shown at Student Center

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The acclaimed 1995 film, "Cry, the Beloved Country," will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Student Center ballroom. Sponsored by the Honors College, the movie, which illuminates the rigid and racist structures of society in South Africa that would later give rise to apartheid, is open to the campus community and is free of charge. Overtoun Jenda, a native of Malawi and head of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will offer introductory remarks. A group discussion will follow the film. Based on Alan Paton's classic 1948 novel, the film stars James Earl Jones and Richard Harris in their most memorable roles. Harris gives a sharply drawn performance as a hard-nosed, well-to-do landowner in 1946 South Africa with a negative attitude toward the native population. Jones gives a sensitive performance as a simple, country preacher who is described by a colleague as simply the "best man he ever met." The film explores the detrimental effects of fear on human nature and society, not just in South Africa but everywhere. Paton wrote his novel just months before implementation of the apartheid political system in South Africa. His book enjoyed critical success around the world, except in South Africa, where it was banned. For more information, contact James Hansen at 844-5862 or hansejr@auburn.edu.

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Third Annual State-Wide Higher Education Diversity Enhancement

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The University of Alabama System

Third Annual State-Wide Higher Education Diversity Enhancement Conference

"Best Practices for Identifying, Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging Under-represented Faculty, Staff, and Students"

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=1F82YY1GI61h17wLOJjxQg_3d_3d

Monday, November 9, 2009

8:30 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Hill University Center

Great Hall

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

1400 University Boulevard

Birmingham, Alabama 35294

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Auburn University posts highest enrollment and freshman ACT scores to date

Monday, September 21, 2009

AUBURN - Auburn University has achieved its highest enrollment in history this fall, and its freshman class boasts the top ACT score of any previous class, according to numbers released today by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Enrollment is 24,602 among all students groups – undergraduates, graduate students and those enrolled in professional schools – which is up from 24,530 in fall 2008.

New freshman enrollment consists of 3,918 students, who compiled an average score of 26.2 on the ACT college entrance exam, outpacing last year's then-record of 25.9.

This year 477 new minority students are enrolled, up 15 percent from last year's 416, a number which includes all students of color. The number of new transfer students also increased, with 1,377 enrolled as compared to last fall's 1,305.

"Our goal is between 3,700 and 4,000 freshmen a year, so we're right on target," said Wayne Alderman, dean of enrollment management. "We are extremely pleased with the caliber of our freshmen. They are among the nation's top students."

He added that the university has been working through its Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity to increase Auburn's number of students of color, and the effort appears to be working.

Graduate school enrollment increased 4.8 percent to 3,689 from 3,519 last year; the number of professional students is 987, up 1.3 percent from 974; and undergraduate enrollment marks 19,926, down slightly, 0.6 percent, from 20,037.

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Jule Collins Smith Museum to screen film exploring civil rights struggle

Monday, September 21, 2009

AUBURN - The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present the documentary film "Dare Not Walk Alone" on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. as part of the Southern Arts Federation's Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Following the screening of his film, producer/director Jeremy Dean will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.

The Museum Cafe will offer its lunch menu before the movie from 5 -6 p.m. Go towww.jcsm.auburn.edu for the menu.

"Dare Not Walk Alone" uses interviews and rarely seen news footage about an incident in St. Augustine, Fla. in the mid-1960s that received worldwide publicity and may have influenced passage of the Civil Rights Act into law.

On June 18, 1964, a white hotel owner in St. Augustine poured acid into a swimming pool filled with black and white youths conducting a civil rights demonstration. Photographs of this incident were on the front page of major newspapers around the world and broke the filibuster in the Senate allowing President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law. "Dare Not Walk Alone" reveals the story of the St. Augustine movement that led to this historic legislation.

The film also looks at the aftermath of desegregation and the realities of life today on streets where those campaigns were fought, in a place that symbolizes what Barack Obama has called "the gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of our time."

As the son of missionaries, Jeremy Dean spent his youth traveling the world and was exposed to numerous cultures and the struggles of indigenous peoples. He was immersed in the jungles of Central and South America and Asia. He also traveled throughout Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

He had to learn to survive by dealing with tribal customs and local traditions that sparked an interest in finding connections between diverse parts of the world. Dean returned to the United States to finish his formal education, receiving his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Flagler College in St. Augustine in 2002. In 2003, Dean attended the University of the Nations School of Digital Filmmaking in Kona, Hawaii where he wrote and directed the short film "Vanity."

On his return to St. Augustine, Jeremy moved into a largely impoverished African American neighborhood and subsequently learned of the momentous civil rights struggle that took place in that community 40 years earlier. He joined a local church, formed friendships and began to document the life stories of people who had led the way for freedom so many years ago. These stories became the basis for his first feature-length film, "Dare Not Walk Alone."

The film has screened at numerous festivals, including the Atlanta Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival, Sarasota International Film Festival, Connecticut Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Western New York Black Film Festival. It received the Audience Award from Deep Focus Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visitwww.southarts.org.

The film series is presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jule Collins Smith Museum. For a listing of upcoming films in the series, go tohttp://jcsm.auburn.edu/edu/09_09_sc_film_festival.php.

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