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Programs and Services

“Let’s Talk About It…”

“Let’s Talk About It” is a dialogue program where students, faculty and staff openly discuss subject matter surrounding systemic issues and/or national incidents directly impacting the campus community. Two sessions are generally scheduled for fall and spring semester. Subject matter experts from the University or Jacksonville community are invited to provide a basic contextual background for the topic before our open discussion begins. This dialogue series supports our University, Division and Department missions by providing opportunities for scholarly engagement, identity exploration and celebration, and addressing multicultural issues in a co-curricular setting.


Multicultural Student Welcome

Multicultural Student Welcomes are hosted during the first couple weeks of fall, spring, and summer semesters. These receptions provide an informal space to assist multicultural students in building a sense of community from the onset of their collegiate experience and introduce opportunities for engagement with other students from underrepresented identity groups. Students are invited to mix and mingle with multicultural students, faculty and staff from across campus as they learn about resources and programs specifically designed to address their needs.


Student Round-Up

Calling all students! The annual Student Round-Up provides an informal and relaxed environment for students to learn more about student-led clubs and organizations that have a direct focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. This lively event started in 2013 as a collaboration with the African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA). AAFSA remains a proud supporter of the Student Round-Up and continues to participate each year.  


Campus Support Pop Ups

The Department of Diversity Initiatives is dedicated to creating a campus environment that is safe, respectful, affirming and welcoming to all. An essential component of actualizing this commitment is hearing from students on issues important to our University community. Introduced in 2017, Campus Support Pop Ups offer opportunities for students to address concerns with University administrators, faculty and staff within common spaces frequented by students. 


End of the Year Extravaganza

Join the Department of Diversity Initiatives each spring as we celebrate the contributions of individual students, student clubs & organizations and campus partners who have been outstanding upholders of inclusive excellence. This annual celebration brings the campus community together as we recognize the achievements of those who have embodied the University’s core values of diversity and mutual respect & civility through their work. Graduating seniors who have actively engaged with the Department of Diversity Initiatives throughout their tenure are honored with a unique diversity cord to be worn at graduation.

The Lounge & Lounge 2.0

DDI houses two areas for students to come hang out, do homework, socialize, or even take a nap: The Lounge and The Lounge 2.0!


The Lounge is located in Building 2, Suite 2100. It houses hundreds of books on gender issues and feminist theory, which students can check out similar to the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. The Lounge is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.


We also have a second lounge, called The Lounge 2.0! Located just downstairs from The Lounge in Suite 1400, The Lounge 2.0 also features a small library of interfaith resources that students may also check out, as well as a Reflection Room for prayer, meditation, or thoughtful reflection available to students of all faiths or non-faiths. The Lounge 2.0 is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.