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We believe that Wright State University is built and sustained by thousands of individuals with diverse backgrounds, personal characteristics, abilities, opinions, interests, and outlooks. Together these individuals are a part of the WSU community, and it is this essential quality that makes Wright State one of the great universities in the country.
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to promoting a caring, cooperative campus environment that values diversity and reflects an appreciation for the dignity of all people. As members of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee, we are committed to advancing the Divisional Mission and the Wright State University mission by planning and participating in activities that enlighten, engage and inspire the WSU community.
Please take an opportunity to review our website and the information contained herein. We hope that you will find it informative. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Student Affairs Diversity Committee or any information found at our website.
Valita F. Wilhoite
Assistant Director, Student Support
Services & OCSSC
Office of Disability Services
Co-Chair, Student Affairs Diversity Committee
Simone G. Polk
Assistant Vice President for Student Services
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Co-Chair, Student Affairs Diversity Committee
The role of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee (hereafter the Committee) is to provide leadership by promoting understanding, appreciation and celebration of diversity at Wright State University.
Further, the Committee will collaborate with members of the campus and the external community to broaden individual and collective opportunities for diverse experiences at WSU.
The Committee exists to plan, develop and implement educational programs, activities, presentations and events, which educate, engage, heighten awareness and synergize multi-cultural populations at Wright State University.
- Jessica Baker, Graduate Student, SAHE
- Kelsey Bowling, Graduate Student, SAHE
- Diane He, Director of Campus Culture, Student Government
- Wisnu Sugiarto, Community Director, Residence Life & Housing
- Char Thornton, Student Services Coordinator, Career Services
- Carine Verlin, Graduate Student, SAHE
- Taylor Watkins, Graduate Student, SAHE
Student Affairs Diversity Committee By-Laws
The role of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee (hereafter the Committee) is to provide leadership by promoting understanding, appreciation and celebration of diversity at Wright State University. Further, the Committee will collaborate with members of the campus and the external community to broaden individual and collective opportunities for diverse experiences at WSU.
The Committee exists to plan, develop and implement educational programs, activities, presentations and events which educate, engage, heighten awareness and synergize multi-cultural populations at Wright State University.
The Committee shall consist of minimally five (5) members, and no more than fourteen (14) regular members recruited from the several departments/offices that comprise the Division of Student Affairs and its affiliate departments/offices. Additionally, the Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Assistant and the Student Government Diversity Chair/Director of Diversity or Associate Diversity Chair/Associate Director of Diversity will be invited to participate as Committee members during their year(s) or employment or service.
The members shall serve 2 year terms. Committee membership terms shall begin with the first day of August and conclude the last day in June.
Recruitment of New Members
Members shall be recruited each May when it is apparent that a Committee membership seat will become vacant at the end of a term that concludes in June. The exiting Committee member will advance the name of their replacement to the Committee Chair and Co-Chair. The nomination will include but is not limited to the name of the nominee, title, department or office, a statement reflecting the Committee members’ recommendation and a self-promoting statement from the individual that reflects their interest in participating on the Committee and the attributes or assets that the nominee would bring to the Committee. Former Committee members are required to wait one year (1) before initiating an opportunity to rejoin the Committee.
The call for nominations shall begin in April. Nominations will be submitted for consideration by the Chair and Co-Chair by May 1 of each year. The nominations that are approved by the Chair and Co-Chair will be advanced to the full Committee during its May Committee Meeting for consideration, question and confirmation.
The first meeting for newly appointed members shall be the first meeting of August.
Meeting Time and Location
The Committee shall meet bi-monthly on the last Wednesday of the month, with additional meetings to be called by the Committee Chair. The standard location for each meeting will be determined, as Committee members will be responsible for hosting a meeting at least one (1) time during the academic year. When necessary or desirable, the meetings deemed may be rescheduled and or held in a different location.
Chair and Co- Chair
A Chairperson will be selected by the VPSA and Co-Chair of the Committee will be selected by the Chairperson from amongst the regular Committee members during the May meeting as confirmed by the entire Committee and shall serve for a term of one (1) year. The term shall begin the first of August and conclude at the end of the June. During this term, the Chair shall be responsible for scheduling a meeting location, preparing the agenda for the designated meeting, designating a taker of the minutes, distributing the meeting minutes and attending the University Diversity Advocacy Council (UDAC) meetings. The Vice-Chair will assist the Chair in his/her duties, will lead meetings and attend UDAC meetings in the Chair's absence.
Committee Member Duties
Discussions at Committee meetings shall be open and civil. All Committee members will have the responsibility to participate fully and completely at meetings.
Minutes from each regular meeting shall be distributed to the committee in advance of the next meeting for approval for the official record as well as for inclusion on the website. This may result in two sets of minutes.
To facilitate Committee business, educational programs, activities, presentations and events, members shall organize various standing and ad hoc subcommittees. Each member is expected to serve on at least one (1) subcommittee.
The Committee's budget shall be allocated from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Chair shall have responsibility for overseeing the budget and signing any authorization of expenditures.
Committee meetings shall be open to all Student Affairs Staff. Those wishing to attend Committee meetings shall be asked to inform the Committee a minimum of one (1) day before the scheduled meeting. Guests shall be allowed to take part in Committee discussion but not allowed to have confirmation authority. The Committee shall reserve the right to excuse guests when confidential issues are to be discussed. The Committee may also invite others from the community to meetings as guests to discuss matters of interest.
Annual Diversity Award
Each year, the Committee shall recognize an individual or group with the Annual Diversity Award, who has made a significant contribution to Division of Student Affairs Diversity programs. Nominations shall be solicited from throughout the Division of Student Affairs during the month of June. Nominations will include supporting statements outlining the nominees' contributions to diversity programming and service to diverse populations. The Committee shall vote on the nominations and inform the Chair of the results. The Award shall be presented in the summer of each year at the Annual Divisional Breakfast. Nominees will be recognizes and the award recipient(s) will receive a plaque and gift card. Recipients will be recognized through inclusion on the Student Affairs Diversity Award plaque, at staff events and by the UDAC. Current Committee members are ineligible for the award.
Amendment and Adoption
- Amendments to these By-laws shall be made by a two-thirds vote of the entire Committee through a formal vote.
- Copies of these By-laws will be given to each Committee member and posted on the Committee’s website.
- These By-laws shall supersede all previous By-law documents and shall go into effect upon the approval of two-thirds of the entire Committee in a formal vote.
- The Wall of Transformation Project
- Quest for Community: A Call to Action Diversity Conference
- The Welcome Project
- Shakti Butler, Film Producer & Director
- Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
- The Way Home
- Light in the Shadows film/discussion event
- Katrina Brown, Film Producer & Director
- Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North
- The Dayton Dialogues on Race Relations
- Film Screening of “Bully”
- Faculty & Staff Development: 35 Dumb Things People Say-Surprising Thins We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap by Dr. Maura Cullen
It is noted that the greater the level of multicultural competence of Student Affairs staff, the greater will be their ability to have long term impact on the quality of their leadership, advocacy, policy review & writing, recruitment, selection & retention of diverse staff, setting multicultural competency expectations for direct reports and establishing multicultural competency training opportunities with expected outcomes.
Further, as the above goal is accomplished, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of Student Affairs professionals who contribute to the field of multiculturalism through their scholarly work, professional writing, or presentations that reflects upon their commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in Student Affairs and to Wright State as a transformative individual and collective process; overtime.
Therefore, the Student Affairs Diversity Committee is providing you with a list (not inclusive) of multicultural staff development opportunities that we hope you will consider participating in over the upcoming academic year!
- Attend the Wright State University Presidential Lecture Series
- Attend the Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference
- Attend Wright State University’s Tunnel of Oppression
- Take the “Project Implicit” Implicit Association Test
- Attend The Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio & The Columbus Bar Association—Conflict Resolution & Mediation Training
- Attend a Dialogue on Race hosted by the Dayton Area Dialogue on Race Relations
- Attend SAFE Space training
- Visit the GLBTQA Resource Library – Student Union 016
- ATH 3100 Anthropology of Sex and Gender
- COM 4320/6320* Race, Class and Gender in Communication
- ENG 4430/6430* Studies in Literature, Gender and Sexuality (Various titles; Third Wave Feminist Theory & Lit; Feminist Theory: Writing the Body; Families & Society in Literature)
- ENG 4460/6460* Studies in Literary Genres and Themes (Various titles; Gay and Lesbian Literature; Gays and Lesbians in Film; Feminist Science Fiction & Dystopia)
- ENG 7140* Women’s Studies: Theory and Literature
- ENG 7320* Seminar in Literature and Gender
- HST 3800 Introduction to Gender History: Special Topics
- HST 4830/6830* Topics in Gender History (Various titles; Sex and Gender in American History)
- PLS 4160/6160* Sex and the Law
- PSY 2110 Human Sexuality
- PSY 2420 Psychology of Men and Women
- PSY 2510 Stereotyping and Prejudice
- PSY 2920 Hormones and Behavior
- PSY 4950 Sexuality and Endocrinology Capstone
- SOC 4090/6090* Studies in Selected Subjects (Various titles; Gender and Sexuality: Global Issues)
- SOC 4600/6600* Sociology of Sexuality
- SOC 4610/6610* Gender and Crime
- SOC 4830/6830* Sex, Drugs and HIV
- UH 2010 Studies in the Humanities (Various titles)
- WMS 2000 Approaches to Women’s Studies
- WMS 3010 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
- WMS 3990 Studies in Selected Subjects (Various titles)
- WMS 4000 Women in International Perspective (Various titles; Gender & Sexuality: Global Issues)
- WMS 4005 Women in International Perspective (Various titles; Gender & Sexuality: Global Issues)
- WMS 4500 Feminist Thought
- WMS 4890 Studies in Selected Subjects
- WMS 5990* Studies in Selected Subjects (Various titles)
- WMS 6890* Studies in Selected Subjects (Various titles)
- WMS 7000* Feminist Theory
- WMS 7200* Seminar in Selected Subjects
*Denotes graduate-level course
- Audit a Foreign Language Course
- $mart $tart Salary Negotiation Workshops for Students – Become a Facilitator!
- Be a Study Abroad Chaperone
- Attend the International Festival (formerly International Friendship Affair)
- Attend the Wright State University Multicultural Centers’ Events:
- Always review the WSU Calendar of Holidays, Festivals, & Ethnic Celebrations