Students to Discuss Diversity at Tonight's Symposium
Vice Provost of Academic Diversity, Students To Speak
Posted November 13, 2009 | Atlanta, GA
Finding Common Ground, the Diversity Forum, and the Student Government Association are sponsoring the Student Diversity Symposium tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
"We felt that the Faculty Diversity Symposium deserved a follow-up from a student perspective," said Travis Horsley, Georgia Tech student and Executive Chair of Finding Common Ground. After a discussion with Georgia Tech's Dean of Diversity Programs Stephanie Ray, Horsely and others decided to sponsor a discussion-based forum to give students the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about diversity at Georgia Tech.
The symposium's program includes student-led roundtable discussions addressing intellectual, cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity, as well as a speech from Gilda Barabino, Vice Provost for Academic Diversity and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Walter H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. "We chose the topics for discussion based on some of the key principles of diversity President Bud Peterson highlighted at the Faculty Diversity Symposium," said Horsley.
Allowing students the opportunity to engage in discussions with their peers about issues that impact their lives is one of the symposium's primary goals. "We hope to make students more aware of the diversity on campus," said Horsley. "We want to develop an inclusive definition of diversity. Student input can change the future of Tech."