Safe Zone Training
The Safe Zone program, designed to create a community of people who are supportive, trustworthy, and confidential resources for the LGBTQIA community, began in January. After training, participants are able to provide assistance, advice, and open minds and ears. Training also includes skill development in addressing homophobic comments and in confronting issues from an educational perspective. Safe Zone training has a broader, ultimate goal of creating a more supportive and inclusive campus environment. Thus far, 144 faculty and staff members have been trained.

R.E.A.L. Early College High School
The R.E.A.L. Early College High School is a collaboration between the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District and John Carroll University. Students in the program take courses in science, math, social studies, and English during ninth and tenth grades. During the first phase, students visit John Carroll University for campus tours, allowing them to become more familiar with JCU support centers and campus life activities. CSDI sponsored 25 students to shadow Pathways program graduates, as well as attend a Blue Streaks sporting event.

NASC Conference
Six John Carroll University students attended the Not Another Statistic Conference (NASC) at Mount Union University from November 16-17. Mount Union student organizations including the Student Diversity Council, Association of Women Students, Association of International Students, Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Hispanic Organization Latino America, Spiritual Life Leadership, and See The Ability, Not Disability sponsored the conference. The conference was an opportunity for post-secondary students from Ohio and surrounding states to come together and explore various issues of diversity on college campuses.

MLK Event
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program drew a crowd of over 200 faculty, staff, students and community members. The theme for this year’s event was “The Enduring Legacy of Dr. King,” presented by Dr. Roy L. Brooks from the University of San Diego.

Fall Intern
During the fall semester, CSDI benefitted from the work of an intern from Bowling Green State University. Jasmine Hamilton, who is in the second year of her Master’s program, developed a great rapport with students and staff in addition to creating a resource guide that included businesses, restaurants, and services that focused on the needs of students of color.