Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a group of people engaged in critical conversations about multicultural issues within ourselves, within the group, and in the community around us. Our mission is to equip individuals for educating, mentoring, serving, and actively engaging in opportunities that challenge stereotyped beliefs, reduce ignorance, and create an atmosphere of openness, curiosity, inspiration, responsibility and concern for others.

The Diversity Committee was formed out of a need to engage University of Memphis graduate students in active dialogue on diversity issues. It has been many things over the years including a space for students to examine their own views, biases, and assumptions with support from peers, as well as a resource within the department to spearhead multicultural activities. The Diversity Committee aims to illuminate multiculturalism through explicit conversation within the campus community and active service to the community. Through our mission we also hope to be an integral catalyst for the training of internationally competent professionals steeped in the knowledge of social justice issues.

The Diversity Committee is housed in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. Membership is open to any University of Memphis graduate student who is committed to the mission stated above regardless of their educational department. Please feel free to join us at a meeting or contact the committee officers for more information!

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Upcoming Events

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Calendar

Mid-South Pride – Sept. 30, 2017

"The Mask You Live In" documentary – Friday, Nov.3, 2017
Contact Whitney Shuman

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend (Volunteer or Running) – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Contact Jennifer Yeoward

Empty Bowls Set-Up– Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Contact Rami Steinruck

More Events Will be planned throughout the Semester – Keep Your Eyes out for Emails!!

2017-2018 Diversity Committee Officers: 

Rami Steinruck, President
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
rstnruck@memphis.edu

Mae-Lynn, Vice President
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
mlgerman@memphis.edu

Jennifer Yeoward, Secretary
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
jyeoward@memphis.edu

Whitney Shuman, Treasurer
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
washuman@memphis.edu

Dr. Laura Reid Marks, Faculty Adviser
LRMarks@memphis.edu

First Year CPSY Representative – TBD

Counseling Master's Student Representative - TBD

Previous events include:

  • St. Jude Marathon Volunteers: Spirit stations
  • Volunteers for the Refugee Empowerment Program (REP)
  • Volunteers for "Memphis Empty Bowls," an effort to support the Memphis Food Bank and other organizations that provide food to the 1 in every 5 Memphians who go hungry every day. The event raised $18,000 and the Diversity Committee received special recognition for our participation!
  • Presentation on diversity and disability to the Fresh Connections Learning Community, It's A World of Difference, composed of first-time full-time University of Memphis students. Utilizing both a lecture format and experiential exercises, students were allowed to dialogue about people-first language and how to move past perceived obstacles to a better understanding of people with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.
  • Campus-wide screenings and discussions of documentaries including "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" and "The Hunting Ground"
  • Yearly attendance at the Mid-South Pride Festival

Prospective members can email Rami Steinruck (rstnruck@memphis.edu), look at our Diversity Committee Facebook page, or look for the Diversity Committee emails that come out over the CEPR listserv for more information.