Catholic Campus Minister
"I grew up in an isolated environment in the Northeast (Pittsburgh) where, as the saying went, there was a Catholic church on every corner, but the world has changed dramatically since then.
Now you can communicate with anyone at any time anywhere in the world. God created all of us - white, black, brown, red, yellow, whatever. We are all his children, and there shouldn't be things in the world that separate us from one another. My work with the Diversity Council has taken away barriers and, I hope, brought some unity."
Activities with which Mr. Zupanek is involved:
Catholic campus minister for Longwood and Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC); member of Longwood Diversity Council; chair of the Campus and Young Adult Ministry Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond; and works with Theolog, an H-SC-based group made up of local ministers and religion professors.
Freshman, Biology Major
There's a quote I live by: 'Emulate those whose knowledge and success you wish to gain and one day surpass.' When I think of this quote, I think of a hero of mine, Malcolm X, who fought for ideals in which he believed. Malcolm X had an active and assertive preconception of the world around him, unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose motives were peaceful. Through trials and tribulations, Malcolm X was able to see that his ideals were flawed by ill intentions and eventually was able to find respect for all diversity.
We can't live in the past; a more diverse world awaits us. We have to remember our past but also learn from our past. As individuals grow, accepting our faults and preconceptions are the first steps to moving toward a more diverse world in which we can all take part.
Activities with which Mr. Marrow is involved:
Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars, Honors Student; Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honor Society), Member; Aramark Dining Services, Student Employee
As a teacher, I believe my role is to provide students with the critical and creative thinking / writing skills they need to question and advance their understandings of social constructs set both by society and the individual. In the classroom, we explore elements of both individual identity (including one's race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, and so forth) as well as collective identities (what it means, for example, to be American or what it means to be a Capitalist).
I encourage free and open debate in the classroom, and I expect my students to articulate problems they have noticed within their chosen professions and the public sphere and to formulate practical solutions to those problems.
Activities with which Ms. Stinson is involved:
Revising a memoir; presenting at the Spring 2010 Southern Humanities Conference; serving as the faculty advisor to the Longwood Student Veterans group; serving as a confidential resource for GLBTQ students; volunteering with the Southside Chapter of The American Red Cross; traveling abroad
Maggie K. Butler
Director, Office of Disability Services
As a Disability Service Provider on the Longwood campus I am charged with promoting inclusive learning, physical and social environments. Through collaboration, education and empowerment the Office of Disability Services partners with students, faculty and staff to focus on abilities rather than disabilities. With a campus community eager to learn, full participation of individuals with disabilities can be achieved through a community effort.
Activities with which Ms. Butler is involved:
Board member and Membership Chair of the Virginia Rehabilitation Counselor Association, Active member of the Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Leadership, and Beginning Sign Language Instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University's Summer Enrichment program for inner city youth
Senior, Education Major
It is my goal to promote the inclusion and understanding of the diverse community at Longwood University. The Council promotes these same goals and allows me an opportunity to connect with others who support the same ideals. I simply don't believe in limitations.
Activities with which Ms. Prince is involved:
Longwood Special Education Ambassador, SANKOFA Ambassador, member of Council for Exceptional Children, Phi Kappa Phi, member of Longwood University Council
Dr. "Dee" (Deneese) Jones
Dean and Professor, College of Education and Human Services
It is my personal and professional belief that even though we are on the brink of the twenty-first century, most of our universities and colleges struggle with the challenge of becoming multicultural institutions of higher education within these United States. This presents significant barriers for our efforts to provide equitable education for all students. Ultimately, we must collectively engage in deliberate strategies for eliminating this crisis within our own spheres of influence. I attest that failure to confront the barriers to the full realization of these ideals would mean a failed educational system for everyone.
Activities with which Dr. Jones is involved:
Founder - College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) Call Me MISTER program (Longwood University); Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Presidents' Diversity Advisory Committee - 2009 (Longwood University); Founder - CEHS Sankofa Lecture Series (Longwood University); Chair, Presidents' Commission on Diversity (University of Kentucky); Associate Dean, Graduate School-Recruitment & Diversity (University of Kentucky); Director and Co-Founder, Center for the Study of Academic Achievement in Learning Environments (SAALE) (University of Kentucky); Author: Preparing Student Teachers for Pluralistic Classrooms (1998), Allyn & Bacon
Mr. Lacy B. Ward Jr.
Director, Robert Russa Moton Museum
A commitment to diversity represents our contemporary approach to resolving the internal conflict of our nation's two seminal founding documents the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The pronouncement of equality as expressed in the declaration was as we know eclipsed by our Constitution's formula for citizen enumeration, which parsed humanity and imbedded inequality in our supreme governing document.
Ours is indeed a glorious 200-plus year history of successfully moving toward reconciling the ideals of 1776 and the realities of 1787. Commitment to diversity is where we stand today in this long march. I am committed to doing my part in advancing America along this march.
Activities with which Mr. Ward is involved:
Longwood University, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science; APVA/Preservation Virginia, Vice President; Virginia Association of Museums, Council Member; U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Virginia Advisory Committee Member
Dr. Naomi Johnson
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
As a teacher and a student mentor, I believe one of my most important duties is to promote knowledge and understanding of multiple genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, socio-economic classes, and other aspects of identity. Through open and frank discussion, we can work to acknowledge the stereotypes we all hold and challenge them to promote a more equitable world.
We need to acknowledge those whom we largely have omitted from social dialogues and recognize past injustices. Only then can we draw upon the bounty of diverse and unique viewpoints to seek social justice on interpersonal, community, and national levels.
Activities with which Dr. Johnson is involved:
Teaching media literacy to middle school children to combat racial and gender stereotypes in television and advertising; Conducting various workshops focusing on critiquing stereotypical representations of identity within mass media and diversity issues; Discussing my research on gendered stereotypes in interviews with The New York Times, Newsweek, NPR and regional news sources; Teaching many courses related to diversity; Working as the annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium commemorative speech reading coordinator; Serving as a confidential resource for GLTBQ students
Junior, Communication Studies Major
As a member of the Black Student Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first black Greek sorority on Longwood's campus, enhancing diversity is an issue very close to my heart. I strive daily to increase awareness on campus through my organizations as well as in the classroom. As a member of the University Diversity Council I work with the other members to help ensure that Longwood represents diverse and pluralistic viewpoints at all times.
Diversity comes in many forms and it is up to us all individually to make sure it is expressed freely. It may seem idealistic, but it is important for everyone to be able to look around and see others to whom they can relate.
Activities with which Ms. Carr is involved:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Vice President; Black Student Association, President; University Diversity Council; Peer Mentor; National Pan-Hellenic Council; Student Government Association
Junior, Liberal Studies Major
I believe in promoting diversity on campus to create a more open and unified environment. Part of being a student leader is encouraging a safe environment where everyone can express their opinions openly and honestly.
By being involved in a variety of different activities on campus I try to promote ties between organizations and further the sense of community that is already here at Longwood.
Activities with which Ms. Ratliff is involved:
Unity Alliance, Vice President; Student Government Association, Multicultural Affairs Representative; University Diversity Council, Council Member