The Allegheny Campus Diversity Subcommittee under the umbrella of the OIDI was very active during the spring 2011 semester. Under the leadership of John Wallace, campus diversity officer, the subcommittee organized and hosted a compelling and comprehensive speaker’s series for the Allegheny Campus community. The subcommittee sponsored speakers, representing different diversity issues. In February, Ralph Proctor, PhD, presented a workshop on dispelling cultural myths.
In March, the campus was informed about a dimension of diversity that is often overlooked, Women in the Military. This workshop was presented by Chico Ficerai, coordinator, Veteran’s Center for Excellence grant at CCAC. Also in March, a presentation on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project was facilitated by Lucille Adkins, director of Advising, Allegheny Campus. This event was especially moving as staff and faculty read poems from the project lending voice to women who are oppressed and marginalized every day in war-torn Afghanistan.
In March, the series focused on the issues of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. This enlightening workshop was facilitated by Melissa Perkins, consultant, Persad. Persad is the oldest LGBT advocacy and resource organization in the region.
Finally, the semester long series concluded with an informative workshop on Disability Awareness presented by Mary Beth Doyle, coordinator, Supportive Services, Allegheny Campus. A little known fact is that individuals with disabilities, both physical and intellectual, represent the largest minority population in the country.
The success of this speaker’s series has motivated the Allegheny Campus Diversity Subcommittee to make this an annual event.