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Student Diversity & Inclusion Council


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As an organized body of student advocates and allies, the mission of the Student Diversity & Inclusion Council (SDIC) is to support the development of an inclusive culturally pluralistic campus environment, where diversity is not only tolerated, but also celebrated. 

The Objectives of the Student Diversity & Inclusion Council are:

  • To plan and execute educational and informative programs and activities intended to increase students' awareness, knowledge, and skills around the celebration of human differences.
  • To serve as an organized body of student advocates and allies committed to supporting the development of equitable and fair policies and procedures.
  • To inform the Office of Diversity & Inclusion of any campus issues reflecting cultural insensitivity and or biasness.
  • To assist student organizations with developing a greater comfort and competence when working with and recruiting members from various social identities and backgrounds.

The Student Diversity & Inclusion Council (SDIC) Five Core Values  

  • Social and Intercultural Consciousness
  • Equity, Equality and Access
  • Tolerance, Acceptance and Celebration of Diversity and Human Difference
  • Freedom of Civil and Ethical Expression
  • Personal and Civic Responsibility                                                           

Council Structure 

The Student Diversity & Inclusion Council (SDIC) is open to all Longwood students who are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across the campus community. The primary goal of SDIC is to create a campus environment where cultural differences are not only tolerated, but also celebrated. Each member of the council will actively display their commitment to the mission through the planning and execution of culturally rich programs and activities designed to increase the awareness, knowledge, attitudes and skills of students around human differences and cultural expression.


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Member Application to join SDIC


SDIC Officers

Chair - Emily Grandfield Emily.grandfield@live.longwood.edu

  • Provides leadership and guidance to the council
  • Serves as the student spokesperson for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Participates as an active member of the University Diversity Council


Co-Chair - Kathryn Gerbus Kathryn.gerbus@live.longwood.edu

  • Presides in the chair's absence
  • Plans, organizes and oversees at least two university town hall meetings a semester
  • Participates as an active member of the annual MLK Celebration Committee
    Establishes and maintains good stangdings with other organizations 



Treasurer (Fund Raising Chair) - Quincy Goodine Quincy.goodine@live.longwood.edu

  • Responsible for communicating with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in reference to fiscal expenses and financial needs
  • Coordinates the purchasing of items needed for SDIC programs and activities
  • Reviews and approves all spending endeavors of the council
  • Reports budget updates at every executive and general body meeting
    Heads grant applications


Secretary (Recording and Corresponding) - vacant

  • Maintains an attendance roster of all SDIC meetings and university town hall meetings
  • Maintains an accurate and readily available record of all SDIC meetings and university town hall meetings
  • Forwards all SDIC meeting records to the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion within 48 hours of the conclusion of all meetings
  • Develops all student focused correspondence from SDIC to the Longwood student community
  • Communicates with members of the council concerning organizational news, events, or updates


Social Activist Chair - Jessica Gangitano Jessica.gangitano@live.longwood.edu

  • Remains aware of student issues and or concerns on campus related to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Provides guidance to the council on opportunities to serve as allies and or advocates for student concerns around diversity and inclusion
  • Develops student campaigns and or rallies around campus issues of diversity and inclusiveness
  • Remains aware of national social trends and occurrences dealing with historically underrepresented populations
  • Organizes at least one socially-just project each semester


Programming Chair - vacant

  • Responsible for leading and overseeing council programming efforts
  • Plans and develops at least three programs a semester pertaining to issues concerning diversity and inclusivity
  • Locates and develops collaborative and creative programming opportunities between SDIC and other campus and community entities
  • Advertises and markets all programs and activities developed from the council


Public Relations Chair - Haley Moore Haley.moore@live.longwood.edu

  • Responsible for advertising all SDIC events
    Plans and organizes Oktoberfest and Spring weekend activities
    Works with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to create calendars
  • Develops and manages all social media



Advisor - Courtney Jones-Addison, jonescs2@longwood.edu


Heritage Months

Hispanic Heritage Month (September)

2012-2013 Program

LGBT History Month (October)
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2012-2013 Program

Native American Heritage Month (November)

2013-2014 Program

Black History Month (February)

2013-2014 Program

2012-2013 Program

Women's History Month (March)

2012-2013 Program

Asian Pacific Islander (April)

2013-2014 Program