Diversity Week began as Disability and Diversity Awareness Days in 1999 and transformed into Disability and Diversity Awareness Week in 2000. These activities were co-sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity Programs and the Office of Disability Services. These events were designed to promote heightened awareness, acceptance, and understanding of persons with diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities within the Georgia Tech Community.
Diversity Week debuted in 2008 with the theme, “Latitude Adjustment,” and the Office has been using this theme every year. Stephen Covey writes, “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are --- or, as we are conditioned to see it.” Sometimes we have to move to different place to see the world as it really is. One major goal of the Office of Student Diversity Programs is the prepare students to live, learn and work in a global world. Each year the Office sponsors and co-sponsors several workshops, programs and trainings to prepare our students to be global citizens and global leaders. We would like to thank General Motors for being our corporate partner last year.
Calendar of Events for 2021
11:00am – Noon
Combating Gentrification: How Can You Get Involved?
This month’s Context event that will center on Gentrification at the intersections of race and class in Atlanta. You will learn more about three organizations who are working in and around Atlanta and how you can get involved in their efforts. Our panelists include
- Jay Perlmutter - Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.,
- Tarnace Watkins - Grove Park Foundation, and
- Suzanne Burnes - Partnership for Southern Equity.
This event is being sponsored by Black Lady Planners, Student Planning Association and Inclusion, Advocacy, and Support Programs in the Division of Student Life.
6:30 – 8:00pm
Super Geek Trivia Fight Night facilitated by Atlanta’s Geekiest Geek – Abe Grier
Get Your Geek On! Think you have what it takes to be the Champion of the Geeks? Then gather your geekiest friends and join the ultimate battle of wits. Register as a team of 5 or register as 1 and be randomly assigned to a team.
Student Government Association: Culture and Diversity Committee
Inclusive Leadership Conference
The theme of the conference is digital diversity. They will be exploring the nuances of identity, representation, and accessibility on the internet. Follow CDAC at Insta@sga_cdac.
11am – Noon
Indigenous Students Meet & Greet
The Offices of Hispanic Initiatives and Student Diversity Programs would like to invite students who identify as Indigenous Peoples, Native Peoples, Alaska Natives or First Nation Peoples to a Meet & Greet to identify common interests and need.
1 – 2:30pm
Understanding White Privilege
Presenter: Yvette Upton, Ed.D.
This workshop will address the larger conversation of racial justice in America through examples of white privilege, common reactions when that privilege is challenged, and strategies to create a just world.
Yvette Upton, Ed.D., is a highly collaborative leader and educator with a passion for gender and racial equity in our world. She served as the founding director of the Georgia Tech Women’s Resource Center, and she is delighted to return to dialogue with Georgia Tech students and colleagues.
3:00 – 4pm
VERZUZ through the Decades with DJ J-Smoov
Since the pandemic Verzuz webcast series has gained the attention of music lovers all over the nation. We are reinventing and putting a twist on our own! Please join us for a virtual DJ battle where we will live in nostalgia of classic music from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.
3:00 – 4:30pm
Lovecraft Country and Black Imagination as a Tool for Liberation
Presenter: Dr. Renee Alexander Craft
Using key themes from the 2020 HBO hit series Lovecraft Country as our inspiration and springboard, this workshop and discussion will focus on the following four questions:
- How do Black communities work toward individual and collective healing from the generational trauma caused by white supremacy and anti-Black racism?
- How are women’s mobility and agency central to Black liberation?
- What work do monsters, burning houses, and cyborgs do in a Black liberatory toolkit?
- How do we apply lessons from Lovecraft Country to our own struggles for greater freedom(s)?
Dr. Alexander Craft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Curriculum in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill