Monday, November 7, 2011

Diversity Week 2011

Diversity Week 2011: A Latitude Adjustment
Office of Diversity Programs

Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, November 7
11:00 – Noon; Student Services 117
Student Affairs’ Approach to Developing a Multicultural Competence Strategic Plan
This program will provide an overview of the Multicultural Competence Strategic Plan in current development for the Division of Student Affairs. An overview of the strategic plan will be provided and the process for engaging participants in developing the plan will be highlighted as a model for developing a multicultural strategic plan for other departments and divisions at Tech.
Presenters: Dr. Ruperto Perez – Counseling
Center & Stephanie Ray – Diversity Programs

Monday, November 7
1:00 – 3:00 PM; Student Center 301
Micro-Inequities (The Power of Small Slights)
During this interactive workshop,participants will become more aware of the significant impact their words and actions (as well the “little things” they intentionally or unintentionally do) have on other people, begin dealing with micro-inequities in a forum where they are safely brought to the forefront for discussion, and develop skills/strategies to send more constructive messages, and respond more effectively to negative messaging that can undermine their success.
Presenters: Dr. Archie Ervin – Vice President for Institute Diversity
& Cheryl Cofield, J.D., Pearl Alexander, J.D. –
Human Resources

Tuesday, November 8
Noon – 1PM; Clough 125
Can White People Talk About Race?
This interactive panel discussion focuses on engaging and connected conversations about race. Panelist will also discuss what is missing from conversations regarding race and ethnicity. Refreshments will be served.
Panelists: Dr. Nelson Binggeli, Christina Noble, Eckart Werther – Counseling Center
& Andre Dickens – OMED

6:00 PM; Student Center Theatre
Dinner and a Movie, “ Arranged: Friendship has no Religion”
ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn.
Sponsored by the Jewish Student Union & the Muslim Student Association

Wednesday, November 9
11:00 AM – Noon; Student Center 321
Embracing All Your Attributes
When it comes to looks, race, interests, areas of expertise, how do we embrace diverse aspects of our personas, and stop feeling we have to put ourselves in one "box" as women? Shigley will share several case studies of famous women she interviewed from her book, The Go- Getter Girl's Guide, and how embracing the diversity within themselves impacted their career paths.
Guest Presenter – Debra Shigley, J.D. – mom, wife, author, attorney & fashion editor

Wednesday, November 9th
1:00 – 3:00 PM; Student Services 117
Creating your I3 Toolbox: A Workshop Examining Identities, Intersections, and Inclusion
Intersectionality allows us to recognize and understand that people have multiple, layered identities derived from personal and social relationships, history, and systems of power. People belong to many communities at the same time, and as a result, experience both privilege and oppression simultaneously. Using interactive discussion and activities we will explore the ways that privilege and oppression operate in our personal and professional lives. Together we will identify intersectional approaches to leadership, advocacy, programming, and interactions with one another that will strengthen our work and contribute to creating a more inclusive Georgia Tech community.
Presenter: Melanie DeMaeyer – Women’s Resource Center

Wednesday, November 9th
5:00 -7:00 PM; Student Center 301
Social Justice 101 and Student Leaders: Knowing Yourself, Your Community, and How You Can Affect Change
This program will introduce student leaders to the concept of social justice, diversity and difference at Georgia Tech. Students will begin first by learning the main areas of difference recognized by the Institute. Additionally, they will examine their own identity, dominate and subordinate identities and socialized behavior in relation to difference. Students will then consider why social justice is important for establishing and supporting a vibrant and healthy community at the Institute and beyond. Finally, they will discuss how they as leaders can impact change.
Presenter: Chris Schmidt – Office of Student Integrity

Thursday, November 10
11:00 AM; Clough Commons 205, U G Studies Resource Room
This I Believe with Billiee Pendleton-Parker
The presenter will give an overview of a specific topic that has meaning to them,after which participants will break into small groups to discuss. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome and highly encouraged to attend to discuss their own thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and life experiences.
Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies

Thursday, November 10
2:00 – 3:00 PM; Student Center 301
Passing and Privilege
This presentation will address issues of privilege and passing, and facilitate critical dialogue around the seen and unseen identities.
Presenters: Christina Noble, Eckart Werther
& Franco Dispenza – Counseling Center

Thursday, November 10
8:00 PM
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech; GO JACKETS!

Friday, November 11
Noon – 2PM; Student Center 301
Safe Space Training Part II
The main objectives of this program are to inform members of our community on how to provide a more supportive environment for LGBTQ members of the campus community, to dispel negative stereotypes and present factually accurate information about members of LGBTQ community, and to publicize other support resources or structures that are available on and off campus. Participants must have completed Safe Space I. R.S.V.P. at

Saturday, November 12
6:30 PM; Carter Center
The Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization’s Legends and Leaders Black Tie Celebration
This milestone event marks the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the integration of Georgia Tech in 1961 and helps GTBAO to raise funds to support the next generation of Tech students. This is a ticketed Event, and for more information visit

For more information call the Office of Diversity Programs at 404-894-2561 or TDD 404-894-1664. Please let the sponsors know if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these programs. For a detailed description of these programs visit

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/11 Events on Campus

10 Years Later: How safe are we?
Marc Thiessen’s 15-year national security career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the West Wing, where he served on the White House Senior Staff as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush. His interviews with Senior Bush officials and CIA officials reveal the secrets and successes behind the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques that provided information pivotal to ensuring our national security. How vulnerable is our nation to another terrorist attack today?

Speaker bio: Former Member of the White House Senior Staff, chief speechwriter to the President and Secretary of Defense
Author, “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe & How Barack Obama Is Inviting The Next Attack”
Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution
National Security/Public Policy Expert

Thursday, September 8 at 6:30pm
LeCraw Auditorium (College of Management 100)
Lecture open to public

9/11 Memorial Vigil
Please join the Georgia Tech Community on the evening of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks to honor those who lost their lives that day and those who continue to fight for our country today. This reflective vigil is open to all and if you would like to share a personal story, please contact Kristen at
Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm
Open to public

These events are sponsored by the Georgia Tech College Republicans, the Office of Diversity Programs, and Young America’s Foundation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Summer Camp Resources

Faculty and staff looking for summer camps can visit to find great resources on Georgia Tech summer camps and camps throughout the metro-Atlanta area.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Programs for Children at GT

There are many programs available for children at Georgia Tech. From summer camps to science clubs kids can have a great time and learn about many topics before they attend college. The Office of Community Relations maintains a list of programs on their website. Look for a link to K-12 and Beyond.


Here is a link to information about the various GT Athletics camps.

GT Savannah

Did you know that there are a variety of programs available for children at GT Savannah? From Robotics to Technology camps, you can find information about several K-12 Outreach programs online.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Diversity Week 2010

November 8 – 12, 2010
Diversity Week 2010
sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs

The Office of Diversity Programs is pleased to be able to announce Diversity Week 2010. There are 11 new cutting edge programs to assist you and your students in increasing your multicultural competence including a panel discussion on November 11 relating to “The Effects of Microaggressions in the Workplace”.

Thursday, November 11
Guest Panel to Discuss, “The Effects of Microaggressions in the Workplace”
11:00 AM – Noon, Student Center, Room 301

Pearl Alexander – Senior Director, Employee Relations, Georgia Tech
James Nelson, Ph.D. – Chief Diversity Officer, Centers for Disease Control
Phebe Neely Ciulla, CPA, CFE – Governance & Risk Management, Deloitte
Micheal Mosely, Senior Staff Engineer Caterpillar

Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain populations. These exchanges are often subtle in nature, and can be manifested in the verbal, nonverbal, visual, or behavioral realm and are often enacted automatically or unconsciously.

Panelists will explore the evolution and classes of microaggressions. In addition the dynamics, dilemmas, and implications of these demeaning behaviors will be explored.

Other Programs

* A keynote address by Tim Wise on Thursday, November 11 , 2010 at 7:30 PM at the College of Management LeCraw Auditorium. Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers, speakers and educators in the United States.

* A book discussion and documentary on Stieg Larrson's, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

* A lecture by GT faculty member, Dr. John McDonald and his research team's Findings on Ovarian Cancer. Please note this research is being conducted on our campus and is very cutting edge.

* A lecture by Marisela Martinez on, "Dangerous Distortions: A Comparison of the ways African Americans, Latinos and Asians are Misrepresented in the Media ".

* A workshop on Indian Culture and learning how to pronounce Indian names. Dr. Han Zhan will be conducting a workshop on, "Dissecting the Rise of China".

* A Corporate Panel (Deloitte, Caterpillar, Proctor and Gamble and GT) Focusing on the Effects of Microaggressions in the Workplace. Microaggresions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain populations. These exchanges are often subtle in nature, and can be manifested in the verbal, nonverbal, visual, or behavioral realm and are often enacted automatically or unconsciously.

* Adapted Sports and Recreation Equipment. This presentation will introduce participants to the different types of sports and recreation activities that individuals with physical disabilities can participate.

* Diversity in Study Abroad

* Film Screening and Student Panel Discussion

* Safe Space Training II

* Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

For a full description of programs and times please go to

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Human Subject Research Compliance Training

The Office of Research Compliance provides training resources for those conducting human subjects research. Completion of online modules (linked from is required, as is advance review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Researchers who will possess or access personally identifiable health information (PHI) need to be aware of recently heightened HIPAA federal regulations and new penalties for improper disclosure. They will need to complete the module, “Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Biomedical Research Investigators.” Presentations and workshops on protecting human subjects are available through the Office of Research Compliance. For details, contact Barbara S. Henry, Director, at 404 / 894-6949, or send email to

Friday, March 26, 2010

2010 CultureFest: Week of April 2-9, 2010

2010 CultureFest: Week of April 2-9

International Food Festival (Monday Lunch, April 5th)
Language Lunch (Tuesday Noon, April 6th)
International Film Series (Ap. 6, Ap.7, Ap. 8, Ap.9)

Night Market Sponsored by TASA (Friday Night, April 9th)

International Food Fair and Global Village- Monday, April 5th
11am @ Yellow Jacket Park, adjacent to the Georgia Tech Campanile

Tented lunch buffet with dishes prepared by 12 different multicultural student organizations at GT.

Event Cost: $5

CultureFest is once again proud to present the International Food Fair. The Food Fair an old Tech tradition during which Tech students, faculty and staff have an opportunity to treat their taste buds to a variety of delicious cuisines.
Delicious Samples

More than 12 different cultural and ethnic organizations will be participating in the Food Fair by providing food dishes that represent their country or ethnicity. Therefore the Food Fair is a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of cuisines at one place at just a minimal entry cost of $5.

AIESEC's Global Village is an international event involving on-campus multicultural organizations creating booths to represent a country, with international food, clothes, presentations, performances, games and crafts. Occuring at the same time an location as the Food Fair, the Global Village will offer booths and showcase the international internships AIESEC offers, which are now open to campus

Language Lunch- Tuesday, April 6th
11am-2pm @ Skiles Walkway

An outdoor event with booths showcasing the languages of various cultures or nationalities.

Admission to this event is Free

This year Culture Tech launches a new event called the Language Lunch. This event is schedule to take place on Tuesday during lunch when different cultural organizations showcase thier language at a kiosk along Skiles Walkway. Along with the assistance of students at the Georgia Tech Language Institute, Cultural Clubs will share a sample of conversational basics in different languages. This serves as a great recruitment opportunity for every club and fosters better communication with the students around campus.

Film Series - Monday-Friday, April 5th-9th

Tuesday April 6: J.S.A.: Joint Security Area
Wednesday April 7: Good Bye Lenin!
Thursday April 8: Lagaan
Friday April 9: Ten Canoes

Foreign film screenings with light refreshments and post-screening discussions, presented by different multicultural student organizations at GT.

Admission to this event is Free

The International Film Series during the week of Culture Fest will showcase a collection from across the globe. It will be held from Monday, April 5 to Friday, April 9 in the Student Center Theatre (across from Pizz Hut) or the Cleary Student Success Center Theater at Georgia Tech. Films will be shown each afternoon. The films will be selected based on their ability to illuminate the intricacies of a particular culture and elucidate the importance of the integration of language in that culture.

These evenings are intended to celebrate and explore the culturally diverse student body at Georgia Tech and its surrounding community in an effort to highlight the human characteristics that we all share.

Night Market sponsored by TASA
- Friday, April 2th
7pm- 10pm@ Georgia Tech Biotech Quad

A night of live musical, instrumental, and dance performances presented by different multicultural organizations at the Ferst Center.

Admission to this event is ticketed

Sponsored by the Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA) at Georgia Tec, the event will be hosted at the Georgia Tech Biotech Quad (with the IBB, Whitaker, Ford, and MS&E buildings) on Friday night, April 9, 2010 from 7-10 PM.

Night Market is meant to simulate a real-life night market as found in Taiwan. In this event, each organization will set up a booth with 1-2 tables and sell a food, activity, and/or trinkets meant to showcase their culture. Selling will be done using a ticket system instead of direct cash. At the end of the night, the number of tickets collected by each organization will be counted and exchanged for cash.