The Office of Student Diversity Initiatives (OSDI) highlights and celebrates the myriad cultures and traditions on the Cabrini campus and hosts events that enrich the campus community. We offer opportunities for creative expression, provide reflective educational experiences and learning communities for students, faculty, and staff to have critical conversations about race, gender identity and expression, sexuality, equity, social justice, and the interaction of power and identity. Below is a list of several of our programs and events:
- The CommUNITY BBQ:
The CommUNITY BBQ is an annual celebration held during the first week of class each fall semester to welcome students and the campus community to celebrate our community and the principles of the Cabrini Pledge of Respect & CommUNITY. Attendees enjoy urban–style block party food, fun, and games such as dodge ball, double dutch, line dancing, jacks, and dominoes. At the event, students have the opportunity to win prizes for trivia, winning competitions at the event’s games, and through a raffle.
- Ally Week
Ally Week – an annual event sponsored nationally by GSLEN – encourages dialogue, discussion, and action to become better allies for the LGBTQIA+ community. During this week, OSDI – in tandem with Spectrum – offers training, dialogues, and other events to create intentional dialogue, support, and celebration of those in the LGBTQIA+ community through an exploration, definition, and development of our roles as allies.
- Day of Silence
The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti‑LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, allies +) bullying, and harassment in schools. On this day, students take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti‑LGBTQIA+ behavior and to show solidarity for those who have been a victim of anti-LGBTQIA+ bullying. This program—sponsored with Spectrum illustrates the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQIA+ students and those perceived to be LGBTQIA+.
- UNITY Week
Unity Week is a week-long celebration of the diverse individual and collective lived experiences and identities at Cabrini University. Throughout this week, student leaders along with campus faculty and staff collaborate with OSDI to create a diverse series of programs that includes marches, music performances, workshops, speakers, and other opportunities for dialogue and community building. This year's Unity Week will take place from April 2, 2017 to April 8, 2017.
Diversity and Inclusion Special Events
- Diversity CommUNITY Town Halls:
Usually planned at the request of students or administrative departments, etc. we hold town hall style campus wide dialogues to address issues of social justice and diversity. These town halls are sometimes in response to greater societal issues, trends or incidents in the media that students faculty and staff want to address in a scholarly context.
- Diversity Family Meetings:
Planned by the OSDI with AHLANA & ACID student leaders, we gather as a community of learners to address issues of social justice and diversity in the context of the Cabrini CommUNITY. We often have healthy dialogue about issues that impact our AHLANA Cabrini family.
- #RealTalk Series
The #RealTalk series (originally known as Ratchet Discussion) is a diversity dialogue about pop culture, music and the perpetuation of microagressions and isms. This discussion series is held in an informal setting to generate dialogue centered around pop culture, social justice, and media literacy; to celebrate, empathize, and respect different identities, and build community and connection between students, faculty, and staff at Cabrini University. Past topics include “She’s SO Basic,” “That’s Bae <3,” and “Inked: A Dialogue about Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, and Tattoos."