Greensboro College is host to students from more than 20 countries and 29 states, with 41% of those who share their ethnicity identifying as students of color. These aren’t the only ways we define diversity, but it’s always good to know that we are taking intentional strides to better understand our community and provide the services and programs that speak to you as a full person.
The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is to provide advocacy, programming, and services to enhance campus climate and support the retention of under-represented and/or marginalized populations.
SUPPORT: Increasing access and removing barriers for success for first-generation students, students of color, and other under-served populations.
EDUCATION: Facilitating the exploration of privilege and intersectionality among community members.
AFFIRMATION: Strengthening the community through validation, visibility, and development of student agency.
The mission of The Sankofa Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (The Sankofa Center) is to foster leadership development to incite positive social change.
Hours of Operation: Opening Fall 2020
Located on the first floor of the newly renovated Student Center, The Sankofa Center is the newest center for the Greensboro College community. It is based on the word sankofa (pronounced SAHN-koh-fah) in the Twi language of Ghana and translates to “Go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take). It also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backward while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Programming in the space will consist of Network events, a leadership development program, and open lounge hours, all theoretically based in the Social Change Model, Critical Race Theory, and Kwanzaa.
The Sankofa Center Networks serve as micro-communities where students who have things in common can get to know others in the Greensboro College community, empower each other, set new goals, and forge paths they may not have pursued alone. To join the networks, visit the “Organizations” tab in the Greensboro College App (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play). Each network will also host programs and activities for those in the networks to gather and build community.
Being the first in the family to go to college is an achievement, but sometimes it’s overwhelming. It helps to know that you are not alone in this journey. Those in this group will not only be able to connect with other first-generation students, but also college faculty, staff, and alums who were the first in their family to attend college.
This network seeks to provide the social and emotional support to serve as a source of brotherhood and encouragement to propel men of color toward success, as students and beyond. Each of these men’s experiences is unique, but together they create a force to be reckoned with.
The Brown Sugah Collective is a community space for reflection, venting, support, and celebration for women of color. As a member of the less privileged based on gender and race, women of color can face numerous challenges that others simply don’t understand. By coming together, these women will gain from the power and strength of each other.
To assist in fulfilling the mission of the center, the Sankofa Leadership Certificate is a competency-based program for students to increase their personal awareness, knowledge, and skills in leadership. To complete the program, students must attend a series of workshops, complete 5 hours of community service in collaboration with Village 401, and complete a reflective presentation of their choice. Examples could include a poster, essay, video, or performance. Student leaders from across campus are encouraged to participate.
Certificate workshops are open to any student, whether they are completing the program or just attending as a drop-in. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Swahili, rafiki means friend. It’s also the name of the wise baboon from The Lion King.” Naming this newsletter “The Rafiki” is to honor the sense of community to which we will be striving to elevate. Content includes advertisements for events taking place around campus, links to articles and videos, and other tidbits, all with the hopes of educating and exposing the campus community to topics involving social justice, diversity, advocacy, equity, identity, and inclusion. To subscribe to The Rafiki newsletter, click here.
We are one Pride, which is a community where no one should go at it alone. That means it’s our responsibility to help you feel a sense of belonging and pride in our community. To do that means educating students, faculty, and staff about the benefits and complexities of diversity. It means challenging ourselves to fight systems of oppression. And it means recognizing where we, as a campus, fall short and making strides to be better. That’s Greensboro College in action! Think critically. Act justly. Live faithfully.
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