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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 the Counseling Psychology Department in active dialogue on diversity issues. It has been many things over the years including being a space for students to examine their own views, biases, and assumptions with support from peers, a resource within the department to spearhead activities with the purpose of illuminating multiculturalism and eliciting explicit conversation surrounding these issues within the campus community, and as a component integral in training internationally competent professionals steeped in the knowledge of social justice issues through study abroad efforts.

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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Events Planned for the Year

This year we plan to attend the National Civil Rights Museum, hold discussions about "isms" we experience, hold a food and clothing drive, and serve at a soup kitchen, among other things.

2014-2015 Diversity Committee Officers:

Angela Izmirian, President
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
izmirian@memphis.edu

Richard DeBord, Vice President
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
rdebord@memphis.edu

Danielle Miro, Secretary
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
danielle.z.miro@gmail.com

Wally Cole, Treasurer
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
fcole1@memphis.edu

Events During the 2011-2013 included:

  • Campus-wide fundraiser for the refugee population in Memphis. 
  • 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 recognition for their 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 screening and discussion of a documentary called “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” 
  • Girls Night In: A discussion about race on Rhodes College

Perspective members could either email Angela Izmirian (izmirian@memphis.edu) for information or look for the Diversity Committee emails that come out over the CEPR listserv.

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