University of Diversity

Diversity Certificate for UT Employees

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement in collaboration with the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning present UT’s Diversity Certificate Program.

UT employees are invited to attend 11 sessions to earn the Diversity Certificate or to attend individual sessions of interest. Sessions are facilitated by UT Faculty and Staff who are subject matter experts in various dimensions of diversity. Topics include Cultural Intelligence, Disability Awareness, Successful Aging, Global Citizenship, Harassment and Bullying, Supplier Diversity and Gender.

Spring semester sessions begin February 13. Space is limited, registration is required.  Sessions are free-of-charge to UT employees including Graduate Assistants.

For details and information on registration, please visit the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning website at www.utoledo.edu/offices/oqcl/Professional_Development

Questions?  Contact Jeff Witt, Program Manager in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement;  419-530-8573  Jeffery.witt@utoledo.edu

Model, Activist, and Journalist to speak on “Beauty & Body Image: Cultivating the Whole Person”

The Catharine S. Eberly Yomi AbiolaCenter for Women will kick off its Lecture and Film Series on Thursday, October 30 by bringing Nigerian model, activist and journalist Yomi Abiola to campus. Hosted from 5:30 to 7 pm, the event will take place in Doermann Theatre in University Hall. The talk, “Beauty & Body Image: Cultivating the Whole Person” will focus on transforming how beauty is perceived internationally.

With degrees from both Columbia School of Journalism and Sciences-Po Paris, Abiola is also the founder of Stand Up for Fashion (STUFF), a global campaign that utilizes fashion’s energy, reach and influence to change the industry and the world positively. The free, public lecture will conclude with a Question and Answer session, and is open to students, faculty, and community members. Follow the conversation online on Twitter with #eclfs – and share your thoughts!

Free parking is available in Lot 13.

We look forward to seeing you there!

You can follow the Eberly Center on Twitter and Facebook.Eberly Center Lecture and Film Series: Yomi Abiola

An Evening of Chance: 30-Day Countdown!

Join us on Thursday, October 9 at Parkway Plaza in Maumee, Ohio 7-10 p.m. for An Evening of Chance to support the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center.

Join us on Thursday, October 9 at Parkway Plaza in Maumee, Ohio 7-10 p.m. for An Evening of Chance to support the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center.

Only one month left to reserve your seats! The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center invites YOU to join the inaugural fundraiser, An Evening of Chance. Hosted on Thursday, October 9 at Parkway Plaza, 7- 10 p.m., this elegant “Monte Carlo” –themed night will feature excellent food stations, a Photobooth, silent & live auction, awards ceremony – and, of course, GAMES!

If the sound of tasting martini mashed potatoes or freshly-carved turkey and roast beef doesn’t appeal to you, then come for the silent & live auction items. Generously donated by local sponsors, you can bid on any of the following:

  • UT Football Suite Tickets, donated by Equity, Diversity & Community Engagement
  • Walleye Hockey Suite, donated by Huntington Bank
  • Detroit Red Wings Tickets for Two, donated by External Affairs
  • Desk Chair, donated by Clair David Interiors
  • And more!

Tickets cost only $50, and include playing money. To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/incubator/mbdc/.

Space is limited – so buy your ticket today! Contact the UTMBDC at 419.530.3170 or MBDC@utoledo.edu. Guests can also find out more via Twitter and Facebook.

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The UTMBDC is an integral component of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and the Division of External Affairs. Located at Scott Park Campus Center of Energy and Innovation, its mission is to foster an environment that supports early-stage minority-owned businesses via services such as office space, training, mentoring and a professional network of advisors.

 

Join us for an elegant “Evening of Chance”!

Join the UTMBDC for An Evening of Chance 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Parkway Place in Maumee, Ohio.

Monte Carlo is coming to Toledo! For one night only, join The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center (UTMBDC) for its inaugural fundraiser, “An Evening of Chance.” This elegant night of games, music, and food will be hosted 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 at Parkway Place in Maumee, OH.

After arriving on the red carpet, guests will enjoy a moment of ‘fame’ at the Photobooth before proceeding to play Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Texas Hold’em and more.  Each ticket will provide gaming money, with additional purchases available.

Between playing games, guests can also bid on items in the silent auction. The evening features a variety of delicious food stations and soft bar, as well as a cash bar.  “An Evening of Chance” will conclude with an awards ceremony, highlighting local minority business owners, and a live auction will be held as the culminating event.

Tickets are $50 and are available at http://www.utoledo.edu/incubator/mbdc/.  Interested sponsors can also register through the website.

Space is limited – so buy your ticket today! Contact the UTMBDC at 419.530.3170 or MBDC@utoledo.edu. Guests can also find out more via Twitter and Facebook.

The UTMBDC is an integral component of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and the Division of External Affairs. Located at Scott Park Campus Center of Energy and Innovation, its mission is to foster an environment that supports early-stage minority-owned businesses via services such as office space, training, mentoring and a professional network of advisors.

7th Annual Black Male Summit University of Akron

Earlier this month I had the distinct pleasure of traveling with some of the men of The University of Toledo’s Brother’s on The Rise to attend the 7th annual Black Male Summit at The University of Akron. This conference was designed the highlight the recruitment, retention and achievement of African American males in higher education.

We had the honor of taking 3 UT success coaches, a business leader and entrepreneurial community member, and 11 University of Toledo students on this richly rewarding and inspiring trip to The University of Akron. Some of the seminar topics included:

  • Education and Success With Self Acknowledged Responsibility
  • Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution
  • African American Males Matriculating Through Higher Education and Society
  • Black Male Business Symposium

I truly believe the young men from The University of Toledo who attended were impacted in a tremendous way, and received some valuables insights on what it will take for them to be successful in their educational endeavors. As a staff member of The University of Toledo Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, and a 3 time graduate of UT, I know the impact that Higher Education can make in the life of a student. Attached are a few pictures of the future leaders who attended the summit. Feel free to check out some student testimonials here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N0Rpv6qwCY  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JzvlV0ZCEE

 

David Johns Black Male Summit Black Male Summit PicSummit U of Akron

Want to be a Firefighter?

The University is working with the City of Toledo Fire and Rescue Departments to encourage students or anyone interested in being a firefighter to take the test on May 31, 2014. 

TFD Poster Photo

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Ingman Room in the Student Union.  A presentation by current firefighters, free food, and a fire ladder truck in the centennial mall area will all be part of the festivities.

Please encourage all those interested in learning more about this great career to come over and discuss this profession.

It is a career of a lifetime!

“Waiting” to Make a Difference

 

Members of AWIS at Wait Night.

Members of AWIS at Wait Night.

It was just a few weeks ago that we experienced the best Eberly Center for Women Celebrity Wait Night we have ever had!

More than 350 individuals attended with more than $34,000 raised among 38 celebrity waiters.  Auction items including stays in San Francisco and sailing trips as well as raffle prizes like Toledo Symphony tickets and handmade glass bowls were just a few of the attractions.  The Waiter Olympics was also highly competitive and will not be soon forgotten with the games going into tie breaking heats!

UT Board of Trustee Member Dr. Hussain and Dean Dr. Komuniecki of the College of Graduate Studies.

UT Board of Trustee Member, Dr. Hussain and Dean Dr. Komuniecki of the College of Graduate Studies.

 

However, all of the fun was for one reason…to raise awareness and support for programming for our Eberly Center for Women members.  A couple of hours of fundraising with those valuable tips support programs like our popular computer classes, personal and professional development classes for women like Entrepreneurship U, Self Defense, Social Media Workshop, and our popular Women’s Success Series.   Also supported are Adventure Fridays that include trips to the Toledo Museum of Art, CPR with the Rec Center and American Red Cross, and cooking workshops with Pam’s Corner are just some of the classes that fill quickly. Upcoming classes include two events in our Lecture and Film Series, a summer Golf Clinic and Website Development course and calls are coming in already to take advantage of the programming.

With all that said, women and men who are  coming to the center are coming for support, are thinking about going back to school, and looking to grow.  Thank you to the staff of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement for all their hard work in organizing and to all those who contributed to the night.

Assoc Provost for Online Education Dr. Kopp Miller , her mom, and Dean Dr. Schmoll from the College of Health Sciences.

Assoc Provost for Online Education Dr. Kopp Miller , her mom, and Dean Dr. Schmoll from the College of Health Sciences.

We appreciate you “waiting” to make a difference!

Defending the Dream

2013 MLK Celebration

2013 MLK Celebration

I recently had a chance to review some of my older, archived papers and found that I had kept a copy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s works entitled “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.

I decided to reread the letter and was reminded that he often struggled openly with the lack of actions taken around him.  He called for others to listen to the call to help each other,  to rise up against injustice, and to make a difference no matter the size.  Sacrifices were to be made but that we were always stronger together than separate.

As we join close to 2,000 people this Monday at 9 am in Savage Arena for our 13th MLK Unity Day event, we will once again come together and remember the dream he spoke about in his famous speech 50 years ago.  I encourage everyone to enjoy the music, speakers, and lunch after the event but we also hope you will remember the letter and help give back by bringing a non perishable food item.  You can and do make a difference.

See you Monday and Gooooo Rockets!

Sincerely,

Shanda Gore, Ed.D.

International poetry and medical missions featured…

International Education Week (IEW) is being celebrated at UT November 11-15, 2013.

IEW began in 2000 and is observed in over 100 countries including the U.S.  Objectives for this week-long celebration include the development of broader understandings of world cultures and languages and to highlight the benefits of international experiences in education.

International Education Week at UT begins with poet Ejaz Rahim reading his poem “I, Confucius” followed by a panel discussion and book signing on Wednesday, November 6 at 5 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts recital hall.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and Programs, the Center for Religious Understanding, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity.

Another important program featured during IEW is a lecture by Dr. Mary Kay Smith, director of public and community psychiatry at UTMC.  Dr. Smith will be speaking about her experiences in international medical missions.  This lecture will be held on UT’s Health Science campus in the Health Education Building room 100 on Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 pm.  This event is co-sponsored by the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention, HSC Student Affairs and Career Advising and the Eberly Center for Women.

For more information about International Education Week and to find a full schedule of events, visit the Center for International Studies and Programs website at http://www.utoledo.edu/cisp/iew/

The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center (UTMBDC) is a center of business incubation and activity.

That certainly was the case over the past year when the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center saw its membership & affiliations with local minority-owned businesses increase for the fourth straight year. The UTMBDC is a program established by the UT Office of External Affairs and Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement to aid and assist minority-owned businesses in their endeavor to become successful.

The center provides a number of programmatic activities for its members including monthly members meetings that address key business topics, quarterly workshops intended to provide a more in-depth understanding of business methods and strategies and identifying and participating in an annual business conference. Also, members are required to submit requested assignments; like producing a growth plan and documentation for evaluation such as financial statements.

UTMBDC, located at the UT Scott Park campus, currently serves as home for 13 minority-owned business members while nine other businesses utilize the center’s amenities, including conference rooms, training rooms, etc… UTMBDC members and affiliates accounted for nearly $3 million in revenue and employed more than 50 individuals during the past calendar year

According to Dr. Frank Calzonetti, Vice President for Government Relations, “the center is an important element in The University of Toledo receiving recognition by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities as one of 16 institutions nationwide as Innovation and Economic Prosperity Institutions. This designation helps to elevate the standing of UT nationwide as a leader in working with the community in advancing innovation and prosperity.”

For more information about the UT Minority Business Development Center visit www.utoledo.edu/incubator/mbdc

About The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement strives to create an organizational culture that is welcoming to all individuals regardless of their age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This culture will result in an environment that allows individuals to have the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their academic and professional endeavors.

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