Cultural Competency Advisory Committee

Community Resources

Upcoming DEI Events (Courtesy of Michelle Johansen)

Event Details

  1. August 15th – Opening for “Students to Soldiers: Delta State Teachers College During World War II” @ Capps Archives and Museum @ 12 PM
  • Ashley Jenkins, a DSU Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) student, created an exhibit about Delta State’s role in World War II. The exhibit will run from August 15 to December 9, 2022.
  • This event is free and open to the DSU campus and general public. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Sponsored by: Capps Archives and Museum
  • For more information, please contact Prof. Emily Jones at
  1. Sunday, August 28th – Community Memorial Event for Emmett Till @ Drew, Mississippi @ 10 AM – 2 PM
  • We2gether Creating Change and the Emmett Till Interpretative Center are hosting a memorial service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Drew, Mississippi, on Sunday, August 28.
  • This event is free and open to the general public.
  • DEI and the Division of Social Sciences and History are providing a van for 10 DSU students to attend the event. Students can register for a van seat using this link.
  1. Saturday, September 10th – “A Day of Dialogue for Racial Healing and Relationship Building” @ Calvary Episcopal Church @ 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Calvary Episcopal Church, the Racial Reconciliation Taskforce of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, and DEI are hosting a workshop on Saturday, September 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church at 409 S. Court Street in Cleveland.
  • This is an opportunity to participate in a day-long, shame-free spiritual formation workshop. Whether you are part of an organized faith community or not, all people are welcome to attend and share in the process of enhancing loving speech, compassionate listening, and healthy dialogue to foster racial healing.
  • Lunch for DSU participants will be sponsored by DEI.
  • The event is open to the DSU campus and general public.
  • To register or for more information, please contact Michelle Johansen or Les Hegwood at, or use this link.
  1. Wednesday, September 14th – Virtual Dementia Tour @ Interprofessional Center for Empathetic-Action Simulative Education (EASE)™ in 1st Floor Kethley Hall @ 10 AM – 6 PM
  • From the website: “The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) is the original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care.” More here.
  • Virtual Dementia Tour slots are offered every 15 minutes.
  • The event is free and open to the DSU campus and general public.
  • Sponsor: DSU Department of Social Work
  • For more information and to book a 15-minute slot, please contact Dr. Jana Donahoe
  1. Thursday, September 15th – World Afro Day @ 2nd Floor Union @ 11 AM – 6 PM
  • World Afro Day is a global day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair, culture and identity. Everyone is welcome on this journey.”
  • “As of July 27, 2022, eighteen states have passed the CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots.”  Read more about the CROWN Act.
  • Student volunteers are welcome to help at this event! Sign up here.
  • This year’s schedule includes pop-up shops, networking opportunities, a panel, special guest speaker, giveaways, painting, and more!
  • This event is free and open to the DSU community and general public.
  • Sponsor: DSU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • For more information, please contact Eboni Jones (DSU student leader) at

 Wednesday, September 28th – “In Her Shoes” Domestic Violence Workshop @ Multi-Purpose Room in Young-Mauldin Hall (Cafeteria) @ 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

  • This workshop is an experiential learning activity based on the real life experiences of survivors of domestic violence and controlling relationships. Participants can learn about persistent myths and misconceptions about domestic violence and how to engage in meaningful change.
  • The workshop will last two hours.
  • Sponsor: Department of Social Work
  • For more information, please contact Prof. Taylor Skelton at