Newsletter 6: October 10th, 2018


Welcome to Our New CDI Coordinator
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is pleased to welcome its newest team member, Willy Palomo, CDI Coordinator! Willy is a recent graduate of Indiana University where he earned his MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies and an MFA in Poetry, he also served as a creative writing instructor at IU. William has a wealth of experience advocating for marginalized students particularly through the arts and we are thrilled to have him as a part of the team. If you haven't had a chance to stop by and say hello, please do!
CDI Student of the Month
Congratulations to our September Student of the Month Meshak Gaisoa! Shak, as he’s affectionately known, is proud to be from Samoa. He is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies. Shak serves as a Resident Assistant, SUSSA’s representative for University Housing, Vice President of Academics for Poly Club, all while maintaining a 3.7 GPA! As one nomination said, “His positivity, pettiness and style bring a smile to my face. He’s got my back and brings the best out in me.” Shak is truly a friend to all, he’s always wearing a smile and keeps everyone around him laughing. Thank you Shak for being a light to us all and congratulations on being selected as the October CDI Student of the Month!

Nominate November Student of the Month HERE

Miss SUU 2018
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Miss SUU, India Mack! India is 2nd year MFA Arts Administration student from New Orleans, Louisiana. She also serves as SUUSA’s Graduate Senator, Black Student Union’s Graduate Mentor and is a proud mother of two. Congratulations India!  

Indigenous Peoples Day

On Monday, October 8th, 2018 the Center for Diversity and Inclusion celebrated Indigenous People’s Day, a day meant to honor indigenous peoples. It is a reminder to resist versions of American history that erase the contributions of indigenous nations and the violence of colonialism. We challenge celebrations of colonizers like Columbus and stand alongside indigenous communities who continue to protect our natural resources and struggle for liberation.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. From September 15 - October 15 we honor and recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans which continue to enrich our nation. Stay tuned for some great programming from our very own Latino Student Alliance!



Do you need help writing essays for scholarship applications? Come munch on some chips and get some tips about scholarship essay writing. Join financial aid counselor Jayson Matlock and the CDI on Thursday, October 11th from 6-7 PM in the CDI (ST 101).
A.P.E.X. Event: Alumni Mvemba Phezo Dizolele
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist. He is a professorial lecturer in African studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Formerly, he was a Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the author of the forthcoming biography, Mobutu: The Rise and Fall of the Leopard King. Come hear Alumni Dizolele's APEX event on Thursday, Oct. 11th at 11 AM in the Great Hall.
Diversity and Inclusion
Session 1: Unpacking Your Cultural Baggage- October 30th from 12-1 PM

The purpose of this training is to discuss the impact bias, stereotypes and prejudice can have on people. We will spend time exploring how our own cultural views create assumptions that impact the way we see and respond to others and how this can raise unnecessary hurdles in our cross-cultural communication with others. We will also share strategies for responding to situations where stereotypes are used.

Session 2: Identifying and confronting microaggressions- October 31st from 11-12 PM

The purpose of this training is to define and discuss microaggressions. We will spend time exploring how microaggressions effect us in society (work, school and home). We will also share strategies for responding to situations where microaggressions are used.

Location of sessions: Red Hills Room (Hunter Conference Center)
RSVP here

Gaming Fridays
Gaming Fridays are back! Do you like to play video and/or board games? Come join us every Friday from 12-5 PM in the CDI (ST 101).


CDI Student of the Month (October)
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is excited to highlight some the amazing students who are a part of the T-Bird family. This year we will begin a Student of the Month initiative where outstanding students can be nominated and featured throughout the month. Nominations will be accepted from any SUU faculty, staff, or student. Winners will be chosen by the CDI team and will be recognized physically in the CDI, in the electronic newsletter, and will be awarded a gift card in appreciation. To nominate a student who you believe deserves this recognition, click here.

Our Clubs!

Black Student Union (BSU)
Meeting: Wednesday's at 6:30 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Sunny Sims
Social Media: BSU Facebook, IG/Twitter @suu_bsu

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Meeting: Wednesday's at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Selina Payan-Jurado

Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Meeting: Every Tuesday at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Tylor Garcia

Social Media: NASA Facebook
Polynesian Club
Meeting: Every Third Monday at 7 PM in the ED 111
Club President: Aoise (Ise) Talamoni
Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly

Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Meeting: Thursday's at 11 AM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Braydon Rawlings
Social Media: PAEC Facebook

African Union Club
Meeting: Friday's at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Lisa Muisimbi
Social Media: IG: suu_a.u.c

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) exists to validate the multiple identities present on our campus, while integrating the voices and experiences of marginalized people. We provide emotional, social, and financial support to students from historically underrepresented communities (e.g. students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first-generation college students, etc.)

The CDI collaborates with campus partners to foster a learning environment that respects multiple perspectives and differences through multicultural clubs, workshops, trainings and cultural programming. The CDI invites members of the campus community to join in conversation about how to cultivate an inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus culture.


Sharwan Smith Student Center, Room 101

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