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CSDI hosts a beginning-of-the-year Welcome Celebration for all of campus to attend.

2022 Photos: Album

2021 Photos: Album

2020 Celebration: Video

2019 Celebration: Photo

2018 Celebration: Video

2017 Celebration: Video

Join us for an exciting and memorable overnight program at John Carroll University on February 23-24, 2023! You'll have the chance to learn about the campus and its offerings, attend a class and meet current students, and spend the night in a residence hall. Plus, you'll get to hear from the Voices of Inclusion Black History Month keynote speaker, Keith Beauchamp, filmmaker of the poignant movie, Till. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for college life at JCU and discover all that it has to offer.Register here


The program is currently on pause for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

What wisdom would you try and impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? Join us for the Last Lecture series where we will engage a diverse group of campus faculty and staff to answer that very important question. Past Lecturers:

  • Chris Wenzler
  • Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D. 
  • Angie Canda, Ph.D.
  • Michael Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Amy Wainwright
  • Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D.
  • Andy Welki, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Palmer, Ph.D.
  • Chai Yuh-Cherng, Ph.D.
  • Susan Long, Ph.D.
  • Phil Metres, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Drenovsky, Ph.D.
  • Priscilla Drake

Since 2012, the LGBTQ+ panel has been a program featuring current JCU students, staff, and faculty sharing their campus experience as LGBTQ+ persons. The session is moderated by CSDI Staff and the program can be tailored to one or one-and-a-half-hour sessions. To request a panel please contact


The LGBTQ+ Student Panel will:

  • Establish commonalities between panelist and audience members.
  • Stimulate questions from audience members.


Audience members at the LGBTQ+ Student Panel will:

  • Differentiate their understanding of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction.
  • Propose questions related to biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction in a classroom setting.

Speakers in the LGBTQ+ Panel will:

  • Author a personal vignette detailing their identity development related their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, race, socio-economic class, ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, etc.
  • Express their understanding and experience with biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction in a classroom setting through dialogue with audience members.

Community Meetings are a direct response to internal and external events that impact the student experience at JCU, especially students from historically marginalized backgrounds. At these meetings, student leaders and CSDI create a dynamic space to engage in current issues while also exploring action items that are then shared with the senior leadership team in the Division of Student Affairs. Community Meetings are open to students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds.

Past Community Meetings

June 3, 2020 | Black Lives Matter | 5 p.m. | Virtual |  Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm

September 11, 2019 | Drag Show Cancellation Fall 2019 | 8 p.m.| CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm 

October 22, 2018 | Impact of Speech on Campus | 4 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm

February 7, 2018 | Inclusive Excellence Strategic Planning| 5:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2017 | DACA | 5:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Meeting Agenda | Community Brainstorm

December 9, 2016 | Campus Diversity | 2 p.m. | Marinello Little Theatre

March 18, 2016 | World Around You & Current Cultural Organizations | 12:30 p.m. | CSDI

December 1, 2015 | Beirut, Paris, & Islamophobia | 4 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Community Brainstorm

February 12, 2015 | Chapel Hill Shooting & Islamophobia | 5:30 p.m. | O’Malley Basement

November 25, 2014 | Decision on Ferguson | 12:30 p.m. | CSDI Lounge | Community Brainstorm

Since 2012, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion has provided the campus with an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Speaker.

2023: Maltz Museum Visit 

2022: From Labs to Literature: An exploration of Purpose, Identity, and Passion with Nicola Yoon " Author of books Everything, Everything, and The Sun is Also a Star

2021: Mr. Delanté Thomas, Esq.: Examining the Legacy of Slavery Through the Lenses of Sports After 400 Years of Skirmishes 

  • Community Hangout: African American Read-In featuring Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County Honey Bell-Bey and author Chelbi Graham '19

2020: Nic Stone "Get LIT!" the author of "Dear Martin" 

2019: Samaria Rice. "An Evening with Samaria Rice- Mother of Tamir Rice"

2018: Day of Discovery Across Northeast Ohio:

  • Excursion 1: Discovery Day @ University Circle
  • Excursion 2: Hear Our Voices @ Maltz Museum
  • Excursion 3: Rock& Roll and the Civil Rights Movement @ Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
  • Excursion 4: On-Campus Film Screening of "Not Just A Game" (2010)

2017: Bishop Edward K. Braxton. "On the Racial Divide in the United States"

2016: Arun Gandhi. "Lessons Learned from my Grandfather: Nonviolence in a Violent World"

2015: W. Kamau Bell. "Ending Racism in About an Hour"

2014: Stefan Bradley, Ph.D. "African American Youth Movements in the 20th Century"

2013: Roy L. Brooks, Ph.D. "Racial Justice in the Time of Obama"

2012: Diane Nash. "Looking at Our Past, Examining Our Present, Creating Our Future”

    This event is designed to recognize multicultural students and allies who are: graduating seniors, cultural student leaders, students on the Dean’s List, and students with a 3.0+ GPA. Participation is by invitation only.


    Students and families at large graduation event.

    11th Annual Multicultural Recognition Program Friday, May 19, 2023: Save the Date