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Diversity and Inclusion Week 2021 “Unity through Diversity”

Jan 11, 2021

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 18 The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to celebrate another Diversity & Inclusion week at Flagler College! Whether you are a faculty member, staff member, student, or a student organization, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Starting in November, accepted proposals were reviewed for new ideas on programming. As a result, we have a unified week of offerings to highlight the ways in which we can recognize and celebrate our diverse community. Check out the overview schedule below with more details on the webpage here. Please note that all events listed are virtual unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, Jan. 18 

36th Annual Commemorative Brunch, 9:30 – 11: 30 a.m. 

Tuesday, Jan. 19 

Joy Harjo Presentation, 1 – 3 p.m., Hybrid 

Joy Harjo Presentation, 7 – 9 p.m., Hybrid 

Wednesday, Jan. 20 

Diverse Alumni Flagler Panel, 5 – 7 p.m. 

Thursday, Jan. 21 

Deaf College Student Panel, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Promoting Diversity in Higher Education: Recruiting and Retention Strategies for Diverse Faculty and Staff, 2 - 3 p.m. 

Fearless Conversations: Inequity in Public Policy, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Friday, Jan. 22 

Cultural Celebration, 1 - 2 p.m. 

Full schedule with Zoom Links will be provided this week! Please refer to Saints Connect for more information and registration.   

The week will kick-off with the partnership event with the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of St. Johns County, Inc. to host the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast which is completely virtual this year. Civil Rights Leader, Educator, Author, Producer and President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the keynote speaker. 

On the decision to support the community partnership eventVice President of Student Affairs & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Sandra Miles said, “As Flagler continues to work to become more involved in the community and its focus on diversity and inclusion specifically, it’s important to match our words with our actions.” 

The week continues with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in two virtual events on Jan. 19. Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate in 2019, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Okla., Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. 

Visit the D&I webpage here for more information. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to direct them to Mary Rose Pedron, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at mpedron@flagler.edu. 

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