Diversity

The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads and supports the College in interweaving diversity into the very fabric of our daily operation and into every aspect of our collegial practices.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads and supports the College in interweaving diversity into the very fabric of our daily operation and into every aspect of our collegial practices. The office strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone by providing curricula and special programming that teach a fuller appreciation of the uniqueness among diverse groups.

Latest Multicultural News

Contemporary Classroom Advice from a Transgender Student
December 3, 2018
In August, Ashton Black and I began a new school year at Piedmont College, he for the first time, and I for the Nth time. I have been teaching since I was 21, and now, as the French say, I am a woman of a certain age. This is only important because there’s no male equivalent in discussions of being middle aged. Identity is so firmly rooted in gender stereotypes that we can hardly free ourselves from invisible habits. That was until Generation Z made those of us simply going through the motions look up from our college-ruled notebooks and take note.
Penn State Millennium Scholars Recognized for Research at ABRCMS 2018
November 28, 2018
The Millennium Scholars Program, now in its sixth year, had 10 ten students present research at ABRCMS 2018 (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students). ABRCMS encourages minority, first generation, veteran and students who are disabled to pursue higher education in STEM. The annual conference was held November 14th through the 17th in Indianapolis, IN. Students had an opportunity to network with STEM faculty and professionals and to hear about current research. Ten Millennium Scholars attended the conference eight presented research posters and two presented their research oral presentations. The group included two seniors, 3 juniors, and five sophomores. Donovan Brown (sophomore, biology) received a prize for his poster presentation on Purification and Crystallization of the Staphylococcus aureus Heme-Regulating Proteins HemA and HssR. Cuyler Luck (junior, chemistry) and Talia Seymore (junior, toxicology) each earned a $300 prize for their oral presentations. Cuyler presented on Quantifying Minimal Residual Disease in Breast Cancer Dormancy and Talia discuss her work on The Effect of Prenatal Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Phthalate Mixture on Testosterone Levels in Adult Male Mice. Also presenting posters were: Ouniol Aklilu (sophomore, biomedical engineering) Teniola Idowu (junior, biochemistry and molecular biology) Talayah Johnson (senior, biology) David Lee (senior, biochemistry and molecular biology) Ilana Mosely (sophomore, veterinary and biomedical science) Monique Porter (sophomore, microbiology) Crishon Washington (sophomore, computer science)
What Educators Need To Know About Teaching Thanksgiving
November 26, 2018
Large community potlucks and school plays where students dress up as Pilgrims and Indians help students learn the familiar story of the very first Thanksgiving. The holiday gives schools an opportunity to bring history to life for their young students. Although it wasn't called Thanksgiving in 1620, the story celebrates Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together to celebrate a successful harvest. But Thanksgiving isn't a celebration for everyone, particularly Native Americans, and navigating that nuance can be difficult for some educators