Lindenwood University’s new Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) will officially open at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Evans Commons Room 3110.
The event will include remarks by Lindenwood University President John R. Porter and the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award by the university’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
“The mission of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion is to support Lindenwood University’s core value of community and foster a welcoming culture by serving as a resource and liaison for students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through advocacy, outreach, collaboration, training, and education,” said Dr. Shane Williamson, associate vice president for student life and diversity and chief diversity officer. “The CDI is dedicated to enhancing the intersectional identities of first-generation, gender, international, LGBTQ+, and multicultural experiences on campus.”
Effective Jan. 15, Jen Spellazza will be the coordinator for the center, which will execute, organize, and serve as a central hub for diversity, equity, and inclusion events and programs, including Safe Zone, Safe Zone 2.0, and Implicit Bias training, as well future training programs.
The center is also home of the university’s new Little Free Pantry, which provides food and personal care items to students in need.