As a compassionate university, we value our caring, inclusive learning environment. In 2010, by student request, the Diversity Consciousness Action Group (DCAG) was created. This group of students, staff, and faculty brings awareness to and takes action on the “isms” (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.).
“We work to ensure that our entire community feels welcome and safe on campus,” says Jennifer Jewell, DCAG Chair. “We want Spalding to be a safe zone where everyone can see themselves favorably represented.”
Since beginning, DCAG has hosted internationally renowned speakers, such as Tim Wise, Lee Mun Wah and Robin Ochs; held numerous workshops, such as Hip Hop and Activism and the Compassion in the World’s Religion series; and sponsored events such as the Welcome Back Bash with Rebel Diaz, a bilingual hip hop group from the Bronx.
This spring, there will be a university-wide read of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. The book of poetry will provide a common learning experience among students across disciplines, creating a campus that is intellectually challenging, but mentally and physically safe.
“The growth of the university and our success is heightened when students are involved,” says Ron Jackson, DCAG cochair. “We hope that all students know they can be a part of this process.”