FM: A leader

The Diversity and Inclusion Council was established on the FM campus in March 2016. Since that time, the council has been working diligently to provide vision for initiatives that align with the principles and goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have been partners in developing new academic programming, providing professional development, and coordinating events for students and the surrounding community.

We are pleased to announce upcoming events that we hope the campus and community will enjoy. The first is a musical tribute that celebrates Rhythm and Blues music over the last half century. DJ Gustavo will be taking listeners on a musical journey through the decades to present day. This will include classics from the 1950s building toward today’s contemporary artists. We hope you will join us for this musical celebration honoring Black History Month. This event will be free and open to the community on Feb. 7th at 5:00 p.m. in Raider’s Cove located in the Physical Education Building.

In partnership with the Barto Committee, a committee formed to develop meaningful programming and lectures, and the Student Activities Board, we are pleased to announce that Cia Verschelden will be coming to FM on March 12th at 12:30. Cia received her Ed.D. from Harvard University and is the author of Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization. She makes the case that the mental bandwidth of many college students in non-majority groups is depleted by persistent economic insecurity and psychosocial undermining factors, like racism and homophobia. Her presentation will address how we can work together to help students regain bandwidth and be academically successful. This event will be held in the Theater which is located in The Communications and Visual Arts Building. This is also open to the community at no cost.

Also, please check out our Wedding Traditions around the World display in the Student Union Building, Room U106. The display would not be possible without the help of the International Student Program and Accessibility Services. The unveiling will occur on Feb. 14th at 12:30 and will be available for viewing through the months of February and March. We are excited to announce that U106 in the Student Union Building is now FM’s new Multicultural Center. The Center will provide resources on relevant conferences, programming, organizations, and opportunities. It will also be a space for students to use and clubs to conduct meetings.

We are coordinating new events on an ongoing basis. So, please check the FM online event calendar regularly. On behalf of the entire Diversity and Inclusion Council, thank you for your support and partnership in making FM a leader in inclusive excellence.

This article was written by Ronalyn Wilson, associate dean of academic affairs and chief diversity officer at FM.