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Global Diversity and Inclusion Campus Life Programs

      Columbus State Community College is rich in diversity and committed to appreciating all of its constituents. Global Diversity and Inclusion is home to many of the Diversity Programs that Columbus State has to offer. Global Diversity and Inclusion is also home to the Events/Programs that celebrate the many Cultural and Heritage Months throughout the year.

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PONO Learning Community

The PONO Learning Community is is a space for students, employees, staff and faculty at Columbus State to build community and participate in an open dialogue about diversity related topics during the course of a semester. There are two opportunities to join a PONO session each school year: Autumn and Spring.

MAN Initiative

The Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative is a retention program that focuses on character-building and leadership development. The program is intended for male students at Columbus State who are interested in getting involved on-campus, connecting with other Columbus State men and receiving mentorship opportunities.



CSLS Advanced Experience

Columbus State Leadership Society- Advanced Experience is the second cohort of the two part program known as CSLS or Columbus State Leadership Society. This program focuses on leadership development through a diverse lens. Click the header for more details and application.

Women's Connection

The Women's Connection will be a support system for the women of Columbus State. Opportunities will be provided for students to experience the power of connecting with female peers, community leaders and a core group mentor.


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Diversity Peer Educators

The Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion has recently announced a new Diversity Peer Educator program. Diversity Peer Educators are student employees who help foster a greater appreciation for diversity on campus and provide welcoming and inclusive opportunities for their peers of all identities. The students receive ongoing support and professional development to help them successfully coordinate and lead diversity programs, trainings, events, and new initiatives.



SafeZone is a series of interactive trainings aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training participants are challenged to listen, share and grow.

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Dream Network


The DREAM Network

This new initiative at Columbus State is specifically for students who are undocumented, have DACA status, or are interested in immigration reform. This program offers a great place for students to get up to date information about immigration policies, connect with students of similar experiences and hear from helpful campus and community resources.



MLK Celebration

Join Global Diversity and Inclusion for Columbus States Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This celebration honors the memory and life of Dr. King and features an array of Keynote Speakers each year.

Black History Month

Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Since its inception, Black History Month has always been celebrated in February. Columbus State's Global Diversity and Inclusion Department and English Department host multiple events to honor Black History Month throughout the month of February.



Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8. Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. Columbus State's Global Diversity and Inclusion Department and English Department host multiple events to honor Women's History Month throughout the month of March.


Diversity Celebration: Week of Welcome

During each semester, Columbus State has a Week of Welcome featuring many events and activities for students to get involved on campus. Global Diversity and Inclusion department hosts a Diversity Celebration where diversity is celebrated through various outlets such as games, music and treats.


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Film Screenings & Keynote Speakers

Global Diversity and Inclusion department at Columbus State hosts, co-hosts and sponsors many various film screenings and presentations that highlight various keynote speakers.