Diversity Awareness Committee
The mission of the Diversity Awareness Committee (DAC) is to provide educational programs, training sessions, and experiential activities on issues of diversity relevant to our campus community and in our society. The Committee strives through these events to bring positive change to attitudes, values, and behavior. The Diversity Awareness Committee also explores issues of advocacy and leadership in enhancing the expansion of diversity.
DAC Funding Support for Diversity Events and Activities
We provide funding and other types of support for events and activities that encourage positive thought and action related to diversity. If the event you are planning fits this mission, we encourage you to apply for DAC funds. Please download and complete the Diversity Awareness Committee Support Request Form located on the sidebar of this page. The application should be emailed to Interim DAC Co-Chair David Dray and DAC Co-Chair Paula Ioanide for consideration.
The DAC can provide funding for diversity related events at a maximum of $300 for the 2012-2013 academic year. While we prefer not to be the largest donor, in making its decision the DAC Funding Allocation Committee will consider the possibility of becoming the largest donor if your event cannot obtain money from other requested sources. If your proposal includes the request for DAC to be the largest donor, please provide as much detail as you can in your proposal about the status of your other funding sources. The committee may, in certain circumstances, fund up to 40% of your request, not to exceed $300. We prefer to receive requests 2 months before the date of the event. Our deadline for proposal submission is 2 weeks prior to the event.
For more information about diversity goals at Ithaca College and the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity please see: www.ithaca.edu/sacl/diversity/
DAC Member General Meetings, Spring 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Six Mile Creek Room, Campus Center
Friday, March 1, 2013, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Six Mile Creek Room, Campus Center
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Six Mile Creek Room, Campus Center
Friday, May 3, 2013, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Six Mile Creek Room, Campus Center
DAC Launches Talking Circles on Race and Racism, Spring 2013
The Diversity Awareness Committee has launched an initiative where students, faculty and staff can come together in a safe environment to share feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a sustained, confidential, frank dialogue about race and racism. The Student Talking Circle and the Staff/Faculty Talking Circle (co-sponsored by Human Resources) are facilitated by professionals from the Multicultural Resource Center. Each Talking Circle will be made up of 20 racially and ethnically diverse people who will meet once a week for five consecutive sessions to self-reflect, share experiences, and learn from others’ perspectives and attitudes.
Thank you to all students, faculty and staff who submitted applications!
The Student Talking Circle meets on Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Feb 5, 2013-Mar 5, 2013
The Staff/Faculty Talking Circle meets on Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Feb 6, 2013-Mar 6, 2013
Below are some student quotes from the DAC's Talking Circles on Race & Racism held during the Spring 2012 semester:
“The facilitators were great listeners and had great insight with perspectives that differed from mine.”
“This was a great experience – I was finally able to meet people on my own campus who share similar racial struggles.”
“I valued the understanding, the willingness to accept differences, and the mutual respect of the facilitators. They were good at keeping the conversation going and being open.”
“I’ve studied race related issues before my participation and the Circles helped me get in contact with others who knew what I knew.”