Programs and Services

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers a wide variety of programs and services for the Franklin College campus. For information on how to get involved in any of these opportunities, please contact Terri Roberts-Leonard at troberts@FranklinCollege.edu.

Power of Diversity Lunch and Learn Series

Established in 2019, the Power of Diversity Lunch and Learn Series provides Franklin College faculty and staff with opportunities to learn, dialogue, and develop critical diversity and inclusion skills. The series aims to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement, and civic education. Facilitators will include scholars, community leaders and diversity professionals whose scholarship, leadership, and advocacy enhance the college’s efforts to present diverse viewpoints, ideas and perspectives to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for inclusive excellence. Lunch will be provided. This series is sponsored by the Office of the President, Human Resources, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Diversity Advocates

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 in 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 Terri Roberts-Leonard in CDI.

B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities through Support and Structure) Mentoring Program

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 it’s seventh year in the Fall of 2019! To register for the program, please request an application by emailing diversity@FranklinCollege.edu.

Brother to Brother

This is a peer led role-modeling program designed to aid in the personal, cultural and educational development and retention of minority male students during their matriculation through Franklin College. Brother to Brother seeks to provide a positive atmosphere that will encourage students to exhibit uncompromising character and academic excellence. It also aids in establishing a cultural foundation for minority male students through small group bonding activities. Students will engage in networking opportunities, build connections with one another and set standards of excellence for themselves that they will hold each other accountable for reaching and maintaining. They will also have the opportunity to interact with positive minority male role models from the community in a supportive environment.

Sister to Sister

This is a peer led role-modeling program designed to aid in the personal, cultural and educational development and retention of minority female students during their matriculation through Franklin College. Sister to Sister seeks to provide a positive atmosphere that will encourage students to exhibit uncompromising character and academic excellence. It also aids in establishing a cultural foundation for minority female students through small group bonding activities. Students will engage in networking opportunities, build connections with one another and set standards of excellence for themselves that they will hold each other accountable for reaching and maintaining. They will also have the opportunity to interact with positive minority female role models from the community in a supportive environment.

B.O.L.D. (Building Our Leaders Through Diversity) Living/Learning Community

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration

Franklin College hosts a day of activities in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These activities include: community service opportunities, a commemorative march, a Chapel Service, movie and a keynote convocation lecture speaker. These events are all free and open to the public. MLK Day for 2020 is January 20, 2020.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Lounge

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 on-line system.

Diversity Workshops/Trainings

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides various trainings on different dimensions of diversity throughout the school year. This also includes Safe Zone training.

Scholar of the Month

The CDI Scholar of the Month program encourages high scholastic achievement! 

Resource Library

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.

Diversity Programming Support/Consultation

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion can provide support and/or consultation to faculty and staff with the diversity programming that they sponsor.

Academic Assistance

Are you struggling academically? In collaboration with the Academic Resource Center, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion can assist you in creating a plan to get you back on the road to success!

Mentoring & Support

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.

Multicultural Organization and Adviser Support

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.

Diversity Events

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion does many events covering a wide array of diversity, inclusion and social justice topics.