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This calendar displays Shawnee State University's cross-collaborative approach towards increasing transparency and tracking efforts that promote diversity, equity and inclusion programming and training on campus.

If you have programming or training needs relating to DEI or would like to to add your DEI event to the calendar, please fill out the appropriate form. Questions can be sent to dei@shawnee.edu.

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Upcoming DEI Events and Trainings:

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Café Y Carreras: HOLA (Hispanics of Lenovo Association) Event

  • October 6, 2022 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Virtual

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This session will feature the opportunity to network and converse with early-career professionals and the HOLA Employee Resource Group. HOLA focuses on empowering, developing, and advancing the next generation of Lenovo leaders of Hispanic/Latino descent. It facilitates roundtable discussions led by executive sponsors, giving employees an opportunity to share their experiences around networking, professional development, and work/life integration.

Equity Talks: When Minimum Wage Doesn’t Meet the Minimum

  • October 11, 2022 | 7:00pm - 8:15pm | Virtual

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Is upward mobility an illusion? Equal opportunity can feel like a sham when the wealth gap is so wide, and the rich only get richer. George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic, knows that systemic inequalities can prevent the average American from getting ahead. Join us to hear from Packer as he explores the case for better public institutions, better public schools, and better living wages as the key to fixing the inequality gap.


KPMG My Diverse Life: Pride and Power: Intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ Community

  • October 14, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Virtual

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Connect with KPMG's pride@KPMG Business Resource Group (BRG) following the discussion ‘Pride and Power: Intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ Community’.

Evolve: Eroding Inequities through Financial Literacy

  • October 18, 2022 | 7:30pm - 8:45pm | Virtual

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Yanely Espinal (@missbehelpful) is on a mission to create widespread change around systemic financial barriers. Financial literacy is essential to social mobility and the creation of generational wealth. But how many of us learned how to open a credit card, take out a loan or balance a budget in school? A lack of access to financial literacy disproportionately affects marginalized communities and only widens the wealth gap. Join us to learn more about how you can avoid financial pitfalls and explore tips for your own personal finances.

Join us to learn more about MTR's work toward Equal Education

  • October 19, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Virtual

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Memphis Teacher Residency is pleased to host a Virtual Preview Day for prospective applicants to learn about MTR's work towards Equal Education. MTR offers 3 ways to get involved in the work of Equal Education: 1 job for college seniors & graduates and 2 paid summer opportunities for current college students. For additional information, please contact Paige Gautreaux at paige@memphistr.org

Siemens | Society of Women Engineers Conference

  • October 20, 2022 | 3:00pm | Virtual
  • October 21, 2022 | 4:00pm | Virtual

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Siemens is a global innovator focusing on digitalization, electrification and automation for the process and manufacturing industries, and is a leader in power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure, and distributed energy systems. The Siemens team is looking forward to connecting with SWE talent. Learn more about the many opportunities to transform the everyday with us.

Fisher Investments: Women in Finance Panel

  • October 21, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Virtual

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Are you exploring ways to launch your career in the finance industry upon graduation? Do you have a desire to find a company that encourages lifelong career progression, development and opportunities to better the lives of their clients? Join our panel of women leaders from across the firm for a meaningful conversation designed to empower and celebrate women launching their careers in finance. We value diverse perspectives and encourage innovation. And we are proud of the fact that 60% of our Senior Executive VPs are women!

Employee-Only Events

SSU International Student Advising: A Catch All training session for SSU Staff and Faculty

  • October 12, 2022 | 1pm-2pm | CML 204

With the increased enrollment of international students on SSU’s campus, the Center for International Programs will be providing a workshop on ways to better support and advise our international student population. This workshop will cover topics such as: Immigration Policies, Academic Advising, International Money, Cultural Differences within the Classroom, and International Student Retention. Contact Ryan Warner, rwarner@shawnee.edu, for more information.

International Student Forum

  • October 14, 2022 | 1pm-2pm | LIB 244

Please join the Center for International Programs in hearing the experiences of international students on campus. This forum will include direct feedback from international students while focusing on retention and how we can better serve new students in the future. Please register for one of these forums

To encourage student engagement, attendance is limited to 15 people per session. The first 15 that register will be sent an invitation. Others will be notified and given the opportunity to register for another open session. Questions can be sent to Ryan Warner, rwarner@shawnee.edu

Safe Zone Training

  • October 11, 2022 | 9am-11am | MUC 214
  • October 17, 2022 | 9am-11am | CML 244
  • October 20, 2022 | 9am-11am | MUC 214
  • October 24, 2022 | 9am-11am | CML 244
  • October 26, 2022 | 9am-11am | CML 244
  • October 28, 2022 | 9am-11am | CML 244

This training provides the opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ identifies, gender, and sexuality. It addresses assumptions and stereotypes while increasing awareness and allyship.  Please register for one of these trainings. Each individual will receive a certificate of completion.

To encourage employee engagement, attendance is limited to 15 people per session. The first 15 that register will be sent an invitation. Others will be notified and given the opportunity to register for another open session. Questions can be sent to dei@shawnee.edu.

Entire Campus Community Events

LGBTQ History Month Display

  • All Month | Clark Memorial Library

To commemorate LGBTQ History Month, the library will have a display of books that can be checked out by employees and students. 

LGBTQ History Month Trivia

  • All Month | Women’s & Gender Equity Center

Be on the lookout to answer trivia questions in your inbox!  Winners will receive rainbow bear t-shirts.

Silent Witness Ceremony

  • October 5, 2022 | 11:30am-1pm | Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

Please join the Title IX Office, the Women’s and Gender Equity Center, and the Peer Drop-In Center to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The ceremony includes a silhouette exhibit, speakers, and singers. Refreshments will be served.

Allyship Week

  • October 10-14, 2022 | WGEC & SAGA

Show your support of the LGBTQ Community by wearing your rainbow colors. Wear red on Monday, orange or yellow on Tuesday, green on Wednesday, blue on Thursday, and purple on Friday.

Rainbow Bear Family Photo Day

  • October 11, 2022 | 12pm | Outside Stairs of Massie Hall

Wear your SSU rainbow bear shirt and come take a picture with us to show your support for Coming Out Day.

Drag Show

  • October 20, 2022 | 6pm | MUC Ballroom

Enjoy the fun and acceptance at the annual Drag Show where students participate for prizes and employee allies are the judges.