Celebration of Achievement
The University of Mississippi’s Celebration of Achievement is an opportunity for family, friends, and the University community to come together in honor of graduates. In anticipation of commencement, this event brings together students from historically underrepresented populations. The 2018 Celebration of Achievement will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018 in The Manning Center. Registration for graduates is now open and will close on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Family, friends, faculty, staff, alums, and continuing students are welcomed to join us for this special occasion.
Lavender Graduation Celebration
Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ+ students who have successfully navigated the college experience. During the ceremony, we will honor graduating seniors and graduate students with lavender cords and a reception. We envision an event where students, family, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend, establishing a new tradition at The University of Mississippi. The Lavender Graduation Celebration is co-sponsored by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, the UM Pride Network, Queer People of Color, the Department of Student Housing, and supported by the newly formed Ole Miss LGBTQ Alumni & Friends organization. The 3rd annual ceremony will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Registration for graduates is now open and will close on Friday, April 20, 2018. Family, friends, faculty, staff, and continuing students are welcomed to join us, but must RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018.
Heritage Month Celebrations
Throughout the academic year, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will celebrate the achievements and heritage of diverse populations. We currently coordinate programming for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), LGBT History Month (October), Native American Heritage Month (November), Black History Month (February), and Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May). We also support programming for Women’s History Month (March) and Disability Awareness Month (April). We encourage departments and student organizations to submit programs and events to be included on the campus-wide Heritage & History Month calendars. The 2017-2018 Calendar Submission Forms are now available.
- Hispanic Heritage Month Submission: Due Thursday, September 7, 2017
- LGBT History Month Submission: Due Thursday, September 14, 2017
- Native American Heritage Month: Due Thursday, October 19, 2017
- Black History Month: Due Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat
In partnership with various departments and student organizations, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will host the 3rd annual Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat on Friday, March 23, 2018. The retreat will address issues that impact African American woman on campus and in the local community while also highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with attending an institution of higher education. The mission is to provide a forum for engaging and interactive discussions regarding personal, social, and academic responsibility while attending the University of Mississippi.
Registration is now open for University of Mississippi students, faculty, and staff: Sister2Sister Leadership Registration Form. Registraion will remain open until capacity is reached. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-1689.
Throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to visit cultural sites and explore diversity issues that exist near the University of Mississippi. Cross-Cultural Adventures will offer new and different perspectives on diversity and inclusion. Past trips include:
February 2018 – CICCE to Memphis: The Color Purple (The Musical) at the Orpheum Theatre
April 2017 – CICCE to DC: The National Museum of African American History and Culture
February 2015 – CICCE to Memphis : The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
Brother2Brother Leadership Retreat
The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will be hosting the inaugural Brother2Brother Leadership Retreat on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the University of Mississippi. The mission of this retreat is to provide a forum for engaging and interactive discussions regarding personal, social, and academic responsibility while attending the University of Mississippi. This program will address issues that impact men of color on the campus and local community while also highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with attending an institution of higher education. In addition to a retreat, attendees will have the opportunity to visit historic Emmett Till landmarks on Saturday, November 4th.
Registration is now open for University of Mississippi students, faculty, and staff: Brother2Brother Leadership Retreat
Registration will remain open until October 23rd or when capacity is reached. For more information, please contact the Center for Inclusion at email@example.com or 662-915-1689.
Pride Camp is designed to provide fun networking opportunities and exposure to campus resources to students who are members of the LGBTQ community. Pride Camp is a place to meet like-minded people and form friendships to last a lifetime! The 4th annual Pride Camp will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018. More information will soon be available HERE.
Passport to Diversity (formerly Multicultural Perpective Program)
With a particular focus on the success of underrepresented first-year student populations, the goal of this Welcome Week program is to provide information about the diverse academic and co-curricular opportunities and resources that the campus has to offer. It is also a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and administrators to meet and network with one another. The 2017 Passport to Diversity will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Bryant Hall, Jan & Lawrence Farrington Gallery.
Identity Across the Curriculum Conference
The Identity Across the Curriculum Conference is student-led with the support of the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement. It was founded by Matthew Fernandez, 2015 University of Mississippi graduate. The Identity Across the Curriculum Conference allows undergraduate and graduate students to present on a variety of issues and themes related to identity. The inaugural conference was held in April 2015. The next Identity Across the Curriculum Conference will be held during the 2017-2018 academic year. More information can be found HERE.
Are You Ready? Dialogue Series
Let’s start the conversation! Join us each month for an honest dialogue surrounding topics such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and class.
New dates and topics are also added throughout the semester. Past topics include:
- The Evolution of the #metoomovement and Sexual Harassment & Assault Prevention Resources at the University of Mississippi
- DACA & Dreamers
- Who Owns the Past?
- Ferguson: Isolated Incident or Historical Regularity
- Telling Our Stories: LGBTQ at the University of Mississippi
- 10 Things You Never Knew About Native America
- The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
- Reflections & Lessons from The University of Oklahoma
- #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter
- 50th Anniversary LGBTQ Rights Movement
- ‘Indian’ Cultural (Mis) Appropriation
- Reactions & Reflections from Mizzou
- #BlackLivesMatter vs. # AllLivesMatter PART II
- Appropriation vs. Appreciation
- Olivia, Annalise, & Cookie
- Bill Cosby, Daniel Holtzclaw and the Impact of Sexual Violence on Women
- Blue & U: Perceptions, Misconceptions, & New Directions
- Religion & LGBTQ
- American Indians Appropriation in Film, Media and Literature