Meet the Chairs: Jordan Jackson + Emily Marshall
I am a fourth year Foreign Affairs Major and Religious Studies minor from Washington, DC. I joined Diversity Initiatives at the end of my first year in order to get involved on grounds and work towards promoting diversity at UVa. In addition to our signature events, such as The Diversity Network, I would really like to see our committee create more successful initiatives in order to reach out to more students. Any initiative, even something small, such as our Positivity Posts located near Newcomb Hall can brighten someone’s day. I would also like for our community to be an approachable resource for students with questions or concerns about diversity. We would appreciate suggestions and cosponsoring opportunities with other CIOs.
Aside from school and StudCo, I am a sister of Sigma Delta Tau sorority and I work part time at the Urban Outfitters at the Downtown Mall. Come visit!!
Foreign Affairs ’14
The Diversity Initiatives Committee is responsible for promoting initiatives to improve the diversity of the University, and bringing issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion to the attention of the University.
Recent News & Updates:
- New Year! New Ideas!
- Positivity Tree! Spreading love….one tree at a time
- DI’s Doing It…Again
- The Commemoration: Preserving Our Past, Framing Our Future
- Staying In Charlottesville Over Winter Break?????
Upcoming Events: [show-ics-events cal=7]
Past Committee initiatives include:
- Non-Discrimination: The committee would like to see the non-discrimination policy changed to reaffirm protections for “sexual orientation” and expand the policy to include “gender identity.” The committee helped research policies of the top 50 ranked schools. The committee also has endorsed Resolution SR 10-02 which was unanimously approved by Student Council.
- Handicap-Housing: The committee has secured a $2,000 joint donation from the Office of the Dean of Students, Wade Apartments, Woodard Properties, and Grandmarc at the Corner for a fund from which students with disabilities may draw to make necessary modifications to their off-grounds apartments. The committee has also created a print database of off-grounds handicap-accessible apartments and is finalizing an online version.
- The Memorial for Enslaved Laborers: The committee has successfully passed a resolution through student council articulating support for the construction of a new, more appropriate and prominent Memorial for Enslaved Laborers. The committee completed a survey of nearly 1,000 students which indicated the need for more education about the history of slavery at UVA. A very moving and well attended forum was held on April 5th that shared expert historical research by University professors.