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UNA’s First Annual Diversity Education Week is an initiative of the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity and is endorsed by the Faculty Senate. Events are sponsored by various departments and organizations.  Diversity Education Week serves to promote awareness and understanding of our nation and world’s diverse cultures and fosters intercultural understanding through a collection of engaging opportunities including workshops, group discussions, film, food and more.  To further equip UNA graduates with 21st century skills, Diversity Education Week advances learning, builds understanding and respect and enhances dialogue in our local and global community.

Monday, March 7- Friday, March 11, 2016.

Monday, March 7

GLBT 101: Introduction to SafeZone training will introduce the topic of safe zones or a safe space where all people feel safe, welcome and included. The workshop aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. Creating safe spaces is a proactive step that schools, agencies and corporations can take to create welcoming, inclusive spaces so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.

For more information call 256-765-6340 or email

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity, Residence Life, and Student Counseling Services
Open to the Public; Free
What better way to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities. By then comparing themes of these messages learned for these different groups, we can then have a much deeper conversation about class, race, educational access, citizenship, ability assumptions, etc. By understanding our language we can hold ourselves accountable to building an inclusive environment for all (regardless of sexual identity).

Learning Outcomes:
• To articulate their own stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
• To identify others' stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people
• To recognize the U.S. cultural need for binaries when examining sexual identities and gender identities
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Sponsored by: Residence Life, Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity, and Student Counseling Services

Tuesday, March 8

“Mix It Up Lunch” .

Provides an opportunity for the UNA community to reach across the lines of style and appearance, the divisions of race, socioeconomic status, gender, generations/cohort groups, and social boundaries to become acquainted with new people. The UNA community is encouraged to “Mix It Up” in the GUC Atrium, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

T-shirts will be given to the first 120 participants; free refreshments will be available, in addition to your regular dining options. .

Sponsored by: Diversity Student Ambassadors, Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity, Staff Senate and Student Government Association. For additional information call 256-765-6340.

Wednesday, March 9

The Diversity Workshop will cover some of the following information:
  • Benefits of inclusively and diversity on a campus
  • Implicit Bias
  • Micro Aggressions
  • Stereotype Threat
  • Active Bystander
  • Inclusive Classroom

2016 Diversity Workshop Information

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity
In this thought-provoking, interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to consider the impact of multiple aspects of their own identities, while hearing and sharing stories and experiences that acknowledge difference, privilege and perspective. As we work to create and participate in diverse and inclusive environments, we need to understand how our own and others’ identities affect our lives and our interactions with each other.

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity

Thursday, March 10

Friday, March 11

Bridging Ireland and Alabama, The State Of Being Human traces the roots of filmmaker David Merriman's own admitted homophobia. Featuring conversational interviews with members of the LGBTQ community in both Ireland and Alabama, Merriman, who remains at the center of the film, works to revise his initially narrow viewpoint and to understand the true cost of bigotry. The documentary also features an unforgettable interview with Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Following the screening will be a Q and A with filmmaker, David Merriman.

Sponsored by: SAFE, Department of Sociology & Family Studies, and Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity