Building Bridges

A Town Hall Forum Series: Conversations about Longwood and the Local Community

 This is a forum series where we discuss key issues related to

  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Social justice 

What are we doing well with regard to communication, diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues as well as what can be improved?  We focus on identifying meaningful actions we can take to address these issues, improve communication, and most importantly share with each other our experiences around campus and in the classroom. 

Crash on Campus: MultiCultural Preview Weekend 

Crash on Campus is an annual event co-sponsored with the Office of Admissions where historically underrepresented students who have been accepted for admission to Longwood University have the opportunity to experience "a day in the life" of the Lancer community.

During their overnight stay, prospective students have the chance to

  • Attend a class
  • Participate in a variety of on-campus academic and social activities
  • Interact and engage with the university community

Cultural Heritage Months

A culture celebration that helps to explore and explain the stories and history of each culture, the celebration provides an opportunity to recognize the complex and richness of each cultural identity.  The heritage months help to understand and appreciate the stories and experiences with a greater American narrative.

During the academic year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs celebrates a variety of cultural heritage in the United States.  

In addition, Greenwood Library offers special displays of books, DVDs, research guides and other resources for each featured culture.

Fall Semester

  • SEPTEMBER is Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • OCTOBER celebrates PRIDE Month & Disability Awareness Month
  • NOVEMBER is Native American Heritage Month

Spring Semester

  • JANUARY is Middle Eastern Heritage Month
  • FEBRUARY celebrates African-American History Month
  • MARCH focuses on Women's History Month
  • APRIL is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Cultural Immersion Trips

Participate, Learn, Celebrate

Cultural Immersion Trips (CIT) provides an experiential learning opportunity to students and expose them to various cultures. Each trip offers interactive learning environments and promotes understanding, open communication and personal reflection through small group experiences. Participants expand their cultural knowledge and awareness but also increase their own self-awareness, self-understanding, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence

Past trips include:

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Through CIT, we discover that our own cultural values and norms are just a tiny glimpse of the huge diversity that exists.

Exploring the way others live by surrounding yourself with the culture of an unfamiliar place, participating in their traditions, learning new skills and celebrating the people and ideas make every place unique is an opportunity to practice compassion and connect with others, something that is essential in the world we live in today.

Here's how you can expect to grow:

  • Increase your cultural knowledge and awareness
  • Develop a better understanding of your own identity and how it relates to others
  • Articulate the dynamics of oppression and privilege within a culture

Donning of the Kenté Multicultural Gala

Graduating seniors celebrate their accomplishments and positive contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice on Longwood’s campus with food, music and fun!

Longwood’s NAACP: Youth and College Division and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are proud to sponsor the annual Donning of the Kenté Multicultural Gala.

#IASK Consent March and Rally

An interactive opportunity for our community to raise awareness about the serious causes, effects and remediation of sexual misconduct, specifically focusing on consent. 

The hashtag and image, “#IASK”, is used to market the event, encourage the main goal of the event, and continue the conversation after the event.

The Consent Rally & March will afford the campus community time to learn more about consent, ask the tough questions and show their support of healthy relationships.

MLK Week

The Office of Multicultural Affairs dedicates the third week in January to a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Longwood students participate in an exciting and educational week of service, community building, fun, conversation, and learning.

Our week begins with a Saturday MLK Service Challenge, a "day on" and not a day off where faculty, staff, and students give back to their local community. 

On University Sunday, the Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with our culturally based clubs and organizations, engage in a full day of community building, fun, and games to help bring underrepresented students together.

The week includes various events such as:

  • An after-hours student-led gallery walk to special exhibits at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts downtown
  • A visit to the Robert Russa Moton Museum to better understand the local Legacy of Mass Resistance (1955-1959) and its continuing effects on Prince Edward County and the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • A student-led panel discussion on activism
  • The MLK Keynote Address (past speakers have included: Dr. A.D. Carson Joy DeGruy, Mr. Roland Martin, and Mr. Tim Wise)
  • Slam Poetry and Spoken Word Performances, plus a Student Open Mic

Our week concludes with a culturally immersive (and free) MLK Bus Trip on Saturday.

Past trips included:

  • The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, the Valentine Museum, and a contextualized stroll down Monument Avenue in Richmond
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC
  • The International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C.

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone Training is designed to educate the campus community on how to create and support spaces and environments that are more inclusive of the lived experiences of students who belong to the LGBTQ+ community.

This program fosters a safer and more LGBTQ + affirming campus climate through the development and support of a network of allies who offer education and resources on LGBTQ + issues to the university community.