The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers a wide variety of programs and services for the Franklin College campus.
Diversity Advocates are undergraduate peer educators committed to promoting diversity and social justice, increasing awareness and knowledge of diversity-related issues, creating dialogue that explores the definition and perception of diversity, and working to strengthen the Franklin College community. Diversity Advocates conduct educational workshops and lead discussions. Diversity Advocates are students who believe in bringing more awareness to the campus environment around issues concerning diversity and believe in bringing appropriate change to our campus, but more importantly to themselves as individuals. They believe in breaking barriers and exposing stereotypes for what they are and extending the awareness of our differences in order to see our similarities. If you are interested in booking a Diversity Advocate to visit your class or student organization, please feel free to contact Kalyn Johnson, Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
The B.O.S.S. Mentoring Program pairs Franklin College students with professionals. The purpose is to provide students with an adult mentor to expose them to successful individuals whom they may not have otherwise encountered. It also serves as an additional level of support. The program will be starting its tenth year in the Fall of 2022! To register for the program, please request an application by emailing diversity@FranklinCollege.edu.
The Building Our Leaders through Diversity (B.O.L.D.) living/learning community, located in Johnson-Dietz Hall, aims to promote an understanding and respect for multiculturalism and diversity and to provide intellectual, social, and cultural programs focused on multicultural enrichment. The B.O.L.D. community is an additional support system for underrepresented students and their allies to develop a sense of belonging, in addition to effective leadership and communication skills. CDI is the sponsor of B.O.L.D., providing funding and advising; broadly, living and learning communities fall under the office of residence life.
Arthur Wilson House, located in Maple House, is a living/learning community that houses a group of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who connect around the common experience of being racially Black. It aims to make meaningful connections with peers and Black individuals, network in the Franklin community, participate in community collaborations through service projects and events that empower Black People, and engage with the campus community for institutional change.
In 2021, the Center for Student Success, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and other campus partners piloted THRIVE, an Orientation for Students of Color. THRIVE was designed to help foster a strong sense of community and belonging, and give students of color an opportunity to start building peer networks, engage in conversation with student leaders and key administrators, and learn about programs and resources available through campus partners such as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Success and others.
Beginning in September 2021, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion started a monthly internal newsletter for the Franklin College campus community called “What’s the DiversiTEA.” In this, we highlight members of the Franklin College community, inform readers of our upcoming events, highlight some DE&I in the news, showcase upcoming DE&I holidays, and so much more.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion opened in February of 2017. The multicultural lounge includes a full kitchen, furniture and a computer station. Students visiting these spaces will be exposed to an environment that encourages their participation in academic and co-curricular experiences that emphasize diversity, multiculturalism, social responsibility, self-awareness, cross-cultural dialogue, and community building within and outside of this space and the larger college community. The spaces are open for everyone and can be reserved through the online system.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides various training on different dimensions of diversity throughout the school year. This also includes Safe Zone training, which you can learn more about here.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has a small but growing resource library available to students, faculty, and staff. Individuals are able to check out these resources for a limited amount of time.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion can provide support and/or consultation to faculty and staff with the diverse programming that they sponsor.
Do you just need someone to talk to? The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is here to listen. We want you to have a great experience here at Franklin College and will do all that we can to help ensure your success.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is available to provide assistance and/or training to advisers of multicultural organizations on campus as well as to the organizations themselves on various topics related to diversity and multiculturalism.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion does many events covering a wide array of diversity, inclusion and social justice topics. Past events include: Akwaaba (Welcome Back Dinner) with BSU, Themed Community Open Houses, Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Power Hour Discussion: Why are we so obsessed with the Gabby Petito case?, Student Association for the Support of Minorities (SASOM) Alumni Panel Discussion, Homecoming Tailgate, DONUT Be Afraid to Stand Out with FCPA, Culture and Canvas: Día de los Muertos, Courageous Conversation Dinner, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Trivia Night, End of Semester Final Get Together, and much more.