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Welcome to the Global Diversity and
Inclusion Department at Columbus State!

At Columbus State, we value diversity and believe our differences help create a better learning environment. By collaborating with other offices and groups on campus, the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department seeks to support our diverse community, build relationships and provide educational opportunities. Our efforts include cultural celebrations, employee development, support/membership groups, campus training and much more.

 Check out our upcoming events and list of programs to 
see how you can get involved!


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                                                         "Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King,                                                                Jr.: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now."

MLK.statueDCDr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Americans from all walks of life work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Columbus State has planned a week of programs focused on education, action, and reflection. The theme of this year's program is: "Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now." The activities are hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement and Leadership, Service Learning OAA Committee, Honors Program, Student Conduct, Title IX, Cougars for the Community, and the African Descendants Union.

Serve Your Community and Take Action
Monday January 12 – Wednesday January 14, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall Atrium
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership
Please recycle and drop off plastic grocery bags to create mats for the homeless.

2015 MLK Save the Date Lincoln TheatreThursday, January 15, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
MLK Annual Celebration
featuring Rev. Al Sharpton
The Lincoln Theatre (Info on provided transportation below)
Hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion

Circle your calendar for Thursday, January 15, at 9:00 a.m. when Columbus State will welcome Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This celebration honors the memory and life of Dr. King and features an array of musical special guests and speakers. The event is free and open to the public.The Celebration will be held at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long Street. Shuttled transportation will be provided free of cost to transport individuals from Columbus State to the LIncoln Theatre. Shuttles will pick up individuals at Columbus State at 8:30am, 8:45am and 9:00am in front of Nestor Hall facing Mt. Vernon Ave. Return shuttles will resume at the conclusion of the celebration at 11:30am. 

Selma Film Screening and DiscussionSelma_poster
Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Gateway Theater, South Campus Gateway, 1550 N High St.
(Info on provided transportation below)
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership
as well as Global Diversity and Inclusion

Transportation will be provided at 12:30 p.m. - meet in front of Nestor Hall, facing Mt. Vernon Ave. This film expresses the story of Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America. Following the film, there will be a 20-minute question and answer session. Seating is limited. RSVP in OrgSync by January 16. A $3 suggested donation will benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Milo-Grogan.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, March and City of Columbus Celebration
Monday, January 19, 12:00 p.m. - 5:15 pm.
King Arts Complex & Lincoln Theater
Service Project hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership, Cougars for the Community and African Descendants Union. March and Celebration hosted by the City of Columbus and Community Relations Commission.

The campus body is invited to volunteer during the Annul MLK Open House at the King Arts Complex. This free community event is an excellent opportunity for children, families and friends to enjoy musical and live theater performances, watch films and 10620313_10152846847233864_2181632119023623411_ovideos, learn about the civil rights movement, participate in hands-on studio art activities, view art exhibitions and meet new friends. Volunteers will be making signs for the march; handing out materials, provide directions during the march and/or other responsibilities.The celebration will kick off with the annual Martin Luther King Day March which will begin from The King Arts Complex at 3:45 p.m. immediately following the march, The City of Columbus will host the free Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Lincoln Theater from 5:15-6:15 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Julian Bond.

MLK Global Café: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now
Wednesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, West Lounge
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership

The Global Café will inform students about becoming engaged citizens through freedom of speech and by learning the steps to promote social justice on campus and in the community.

Please register for these programs in OrgSync; visit for more information.