Social Entrepreneurs Council

May 2015 Newsletter

This monthly newsletter serves to inform the Social Entrepreneurship Council of current initiatives on the ODU campus concerning issues of diversity, equity, and social justice.

Silhouette Stories

On April 20th, narratives from the Mace & Crown Allyship ODU project were displayed in the Webb Center alongside silhouettes highlighting the theme of the narrative. Silhouettes were created from old Mace & Crown prints, as well as black acrylic paint. There were approximately 50 student,s faculty, and staff in attendance over the course of the hour-long display. Feedback from observers was very positive, with one student stating "I wish ODU did more stuff like this." Through this event, students were able to learn a working definition of allyship as it applies to varying social identities, as well as examples of allyship through the displayed narratives. Should this event happen again, it was suggested to host it during activity hour, then have the narratives displayed in various locations around campus after the initial event.

Diversity Institute Graduation

On April 15th, eighteen ODU students joined over 300 individuals who have completed the ODU Diversity Institute. Cohort 15 enjoyed dinner, remarks from Provost Simpson & Vice Chancellor Neufeldt, as well as closing testimonials from peers. This semester's cohort has been very active in programming around campus involving social justice, equity & inclusion, and community building. Below is a list of the Spring 2015 graduates:

Alex Boateng

Spencer Boyce

Kenneth Brandon

Courtney Brown

Amirah Delwin

Taylor Hooker

Bryony Jimenez

Nevin Mapp

Eden Moorehead

Megan Palko

Rebecca Perloff

Angeline Sandor

Tonya Schmel

Mehmet Simsek

Briana Smith

Sami stanekzai

Kendrick Starks

Dylan Zhang

Allyship in Action Workshop

On April 22nd, Jason Lynch partnered with Dr. Stephanie Sanders to facilitate a workshop on building skills as an ally. Attendance was low, with only 4 students; however, the students who attended were incredibly engaged, and stayed for an extra hour because they wanted to engage in further dialogue about how to be better allies to various social identity groups. This workshop specifically focused on establishing a working defintion of allyship, do's and don'ts of good allyship, the role of intersectionality, and practical goal setting.

diversABILITY Pilot Training

On April 15th and 17th, two pilot trainings took place for ODU diversABILITY. The first session, for faculty/staff, had an attendance of 8. The second session, for selected student leaders, had an attendance of 8. Both sessions were incredibly successful, leading to deep and transformative dialogues about creating a more inclusive community for those with disabilities at ODU. Each training lasted approximately 4-5 hours. Participant feedback indicated that they found the training interesting, engaging, and informative. Comments included "All was great, thought provoking" and "...I would recommend others to take this [training]." If you are interested in being trained, or would like your office/department to participate in a training, please contact Beth Ann Dickie (edickie@odu.edu) or Jason Lynch (rjlynch@odu.edu). You may also contact them if you would like a more comprehensive explanation of assessment data.
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New Graduate Assistant

OIR has hired a new Graduate Assistant for Diversity Institute and Social Entrepreneurship. After August 9th, Christine Gilroy-Reynolds will be taking the place of Jason Lynch. Jason will still serve as a GA in OIR through the summer, after which he will be serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Monica Esqueda, newly appointed faculty member in the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership. Please feel free to reach out to Christine to welcome her (cgilr001@odu.edu).

GA Position Available: African American Graduate Assistantship

OIR is currently accepting applications for the African American Graduate Assistantship. This 20 hour GA works directly with the Black Movement Council, and is charged with helping to foster community among black students on campus. The successful candidate will have experience working with this student population, solid programming skills, and experience working in a multicultural environment. If you know of qualified and interested graduate students, please have them email Lesa Clark at lclark@odu.edu

Social Justice Training Institute


November 30-December 4, 2015

Long Beach, CA

Adams, Bell and Griffin (1997) define social justice as both a process and a goal. "The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure."

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

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NASPA Multicultural Institute


December 10 – December 12, 2015

Hyatt Regency Miami - Miami, Florida

The NASPA Multicultural Institute will provide an interactive forum combining thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing between multicultural educators across the academy including academic affairs.
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National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)


May 26-May 30, 2015

Washington, D.C.

In 1988, The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched the first Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®) to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. Since its inception, the conference has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and European Americans representing campuses across the United States.

The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE® is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.

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