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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 have identified three areas to focus our growth, exploration, and outreach: Disability, LGBTQ, and Food Insecurity.

Fall Semester

  • Monthly Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in Patterson 465. First meeting: September 11th
  • Film Series: “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” film viewing and discussion – Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30pm in the University Center room 342, the Shelby Room. This documentary was inspired by the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that tells the stories of inspiring and courageous individuals taking a stand against oppression. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.
  • Others to be announced. Keep checking back for more information!
  • Disability Awareness Month in October. In-group education and discussion in the fall followed by outreach in the spring!
  • LGBTQ and Disability presentations to the Fresh Connections Learning Community, It’s A World of Difference.
  • Clothing and Food Drives

Spring Semester

  • Monthly Meetings: day and time TBD
  • Film Series
  • Memphis Empty Bowls
  • Disability focused outreach
  • More to be determined!

2013-2014 Diversity Committee Officers:

Christine Jehu, President
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student

Richard DeBord, Vice President
Clinical Rehabilitation Masters Student

Angela Izmirian, Secretary
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student

Jessica Sobieski, Treasurer
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student

Events During the 2011-2012 included:

  • 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.
  • The committee held a campus-wide screening and discussion of a documentary called “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” 

Perspective members could either email Christine Jehu ( information or look for the Diversity Committee monthly emails that come out over the CEPR listserv.

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