Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Shirley Seaton Cultural Awareness Series

The Dr. Shirley S. Seaton Cultural Awareness Series illuminates various cultural perspectives to help sharpen an understanding of the ways in which we are all interconnected. These events provide exciting opportunities to engage the campus community in outside-the-classroom learning.


 Isabel Wilkerson | The Warmth of Other Suns

  •  Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 5:30 pm | Book signing at 7:00 pm
  •  Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology


Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is author of The Warmth of Other Suns, the New York Times bestseller that tells the true story of three people who made the decision of their lives during the Great Migration, a watershed in American history.  Wilkerson spent 15 years interviewing more than 1,200 people to tell what she calls one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century.


Ghandi-PHOTO Arun Gandhi | Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World

  •  Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 5:30 pm | Reception at 7 pm
  •  Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology


Gandhi. Few names in world history evoke such powerful images of integrity, courage, social harmony, and – perhaps most of all – hope. The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will feature Arun Gandhi sharing his reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi, helping set forth a message of integrity, social harmony, nonviolence, inclusion and peace in the wake of terrorism, international conflicts, immigration debates, and religious, political, and ideological differences threatening our future.


eric-deggans- photo-772x1024 Eric Deggans | Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

  •  Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm | Book signing at 7:30 pm
  •  Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology


Race-baiter is a term coined by the conservative media to describe a person who uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic. Eric Deggans will dissect the powerful ways modern media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate.  Even as the election of the first Black President forced us all to re-evaluate how we think about race, gender, culture, and social class lines, some areas of modern media are working hard to push the same old buttons of conflict and division for new purposes.

 Past Speakers