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Learn more about Diverse Social Identities and Inclusive Environments

Recently, when facilitating a conversation with students about “our changing community,” a student asked “what can she do to learn more about different social and cultural identities.” I answered her question and thought that I would share my answer with others who might be interested.

First of all, when I’m facilitating conversations like this with students, I explain that cultural/social diversity happens when different identity groups are represented in the population you are examining. For instance, there is an appropriate representation of people from different ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, etc.  I explain that when we are exposed to diverse populations, chances are that we will be more open minded and more likely to thrive in diverse work environments. Continue reading

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Diversity Lecture Series: Navarro to Speak

  • Book display photoDiversity Lecture Series: Political Outlook
  • Speaker: Ana Navarro
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Fountain Street Church
  • Lectures are free and open to all.  Book signing to follow.

Ana NavarroAna Navarro is a: Republican strategist; political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español; and, a political contributor on ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful.”

Add this lecture to your calendar!  Before you go, take a look at the book display that librarian Sophia Brewer curated to support this event.  Books on display CAN be checked out!

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American DREAMer Book Display

Arce headshotNext week’s Diversity Lecture Series author, Julissa Arce, is a author of “The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street and Immigration Advocacy.” Arce advocates for immigrant rights and education. Check out our book display on this timely topic, located on the Library’s first floor.

For more on this author and other authors in the series, visit the The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion  web page and for resources on this topic, visit the  Diversity Lecture Series Subject Guide.

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TONIGHT: An Evening with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

By Marcia Lee, Serials Specialist

“We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes — and we must.”

Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture

For the first event of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series for the 2014-2015 school year, this evening in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, located on the downtown campus, the school will host former president, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  The book signing will begin at 3:45 pm in Calkins Science Center on campus, followed by the lecture in the Fieldhouse at 5 pm – both are sold out.  Below are a handful of quick facts about Jimmy and Rosalynn’s lives, personal and professional.

 Personal Life:

  • James Earl Carter Jr. born on October 1st, 1924
  • Parents were James Sr. and Lillian Gordy Carter
  • Married Rosalynn Smith in 1946
  • Has 4 children with Rosalynn
    • John William (Jack) born in 1947
    • James Earl (Chip) born in 1950
    • Donnell Jeffrey (Jeff) born in 1952
    • Amy Lynn born in 1967

 Highlights of Professional Accomplishments:

  • Graduated in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy
  • Georgia State Senator (2 consecutive terms)
  • Georgia Governor
  • 39th President (1977-81)
  • Nobel Prize of Peace (2002)

Jimmy and Rosalynn founded the Carter Center with the mission to, “wage peace, fight disease, build hope”, in 1982.  For more information about current projects, previous accomplishments and future plans for the Carter Center click here to be taken to the organization’s website.

For more information about this and any of the other upcoming events for the Diversity Lecture Series, click HERE.

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Diversity Lecture Series: LZ Granderson


By Nan Schichtel
Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian

From the Diversity Center:

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.  He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

Mr. Gunderson is presenting on Dare You to Move this Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Fountain Street Church.

For more on Granderson and his writing, see the library’s Diversity Lecture Series Subject Guide.

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