Bush School SGA Diversity Committee Highlights Importance of Diversity and Inclusivity

December 15, 2015

  The Bush School Diversity Committee

The Bush School Diversity Committee

The issue of diversity in society—and in academia in particular—is an important issue for students, faculty, and staff throughout the University. As future leaders, the Bush School’s SGA Diversity Committee has addressed the topic by hosting events representing a range of diversity-related topics, enabling students, faculty, and staff to participate in lectures and social activities that highlight the importance of having a diverse and inclusive learning environment. During the month of September, the committee hosted its first interest meeting; and students provided feedback on what they would like to see from the Bush School related to diversity and the committee’s future activities.

On October 5, 2015, Dean Ryan Crocker was the first speaker for the Diversity Committee’s Brown Bag Lunch Series. He discussed the importance of diversity in public service and shared some of his personal leadership philosophies. In celebration of National Coming-out Day, on October 12th, the GLBT Resource Center presented “LBGT 101.” Students, faculty, and staff were in attendance and gained valuable information on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. The Diversity Committee celebrated World Food Day on October 16th with the inaugural World Food Day Challenge, held in collaboration with the Foreign Language and Culture Society. Six foreign language groups prepared signature dishes from the countries in which the language they studied is spoken. Participating languages included Mandarin (2), German, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Swahili. Students had the opportunity to taste test the dishes and vote on their favorite. The Dutch group won and received Starbucks gift cards.

On November 2, the Committee hosted its second Brown Bag Lunch Series talk with Dr. Valerie Hudson as the featured speaker. This event, in recognition of United Nations Day, was a continuation of the conversations held at the National Security and Women’s Insecurity Conference hosted by the Bush School in September. The committee also joined forces with the Public Service Organization to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 and the Brazos Valley Worldfest on November 20 and 21.

The Bush School SGA Diversity Committee is steered by Priscilla Barbour, MPSA ‘16, and Rainie Spiva, MIA ‘16.

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