Welcome To Diversity Passport
Explore the world within the university using our new Georgia State University Diversity Passport.
Each year the Diversity Passport will have a different theme and will be updated with activities and events. Through this passport program, we become part of a community that is participating in self-guided diversity learning opportunities to broaden our ability to be effective citizens of the university and the world.
The more we learn about the interesting and different ways people live and interact with one another, the better equipped we are to “travel” in this increasingly complex world, with true respect and appreciation for our similarities and differences.
Let the Diversity Passport guide you to new places, conversations, events, movies, books, restaurants and more. Each month, take time to reflect and allow your new experiences to broaden your thinking and enrich your life. Share your observations with your family, friends and co-workers and listen to their thoughts as well.
“I can see myself in all things and all people around me.” — Sanskrit Proverb
“Finally, I believe that you and I are ONE; Differences, boundaries, and separations are merely myths over our common bond.” — Preston Che Ping Ni
Note To Travellers
Participation in the Diversity Passport is voluntary. For support to participate on work time, please consult your supervisor. Listed activities and events are suggestions for ways to participate in diversity-based learning each month. You can invent your own activities as well. Any individual may choose whether or not to share contents of the passport with the Diversity Passport Program or anyone else.
Here are some ideas you may try:
- What if you invited staff to bring their Diversity Passport into your next staff meeting?
- You could each talk about what you did and maybe come to some new understanding your work group.
- Food is a great way to bring work groups together to share international food and stories of our heritage.
The Diversity Passport originated from a program used by the University of Michigan. Georgia State has adapted its program from the University of Michigan, the University of Richmond and the University of Alabama.
- Register online. Registration connects you with our growing Diversity Learning Community and enables you to receive valuable updates, announcements, communications and resources.
- Participate in at least one activity or event each month. Information and suggestions have been provided, but feel free to invent your own way of participating.
- Take some time to write a journal or use the Reflections template. Note that your passport and reflections are yours and will not be collected at any time. Participants may be asked to share excerpts voluntarily.
- Authenticate: Upon completing at least one event or activity per month, validate by telling someone about what you did, what you learned and something you will do based upon what you learned.
- Evaluate your experience when the passport program ends in June. Watch for details.
Ways To Participate
Participate in at least one diversity-related activity each month. Themes, special days, events, programs and “Local Events” activities are suggested to help you get started. “On Your Own” ideas are included because some of us are not able to attend programs during the work day and these can be done anytime. You’re encouraged to find your own ways of getting involved.
Monthly Theme: Each month features a national or international theme, heritage celebrations, holidays, religious, cultural, or other events that highlight opportunities to learn something new.
Local Events: These are suggestions of things you can do within the university and Atlanta. The ideas include ways to learn about a lifestyle, culture, celebration, observance, etc., that may be different from your own.
On Your Own: This is a way for you to participate in local events and add your own ideas for diversity and inclusion. The possibilities are endless.
Note: Themes, events and activities presented in this passport are suggestions to help you participate. Many sources were consulted (websites, calendars, diversity resources, etc.) and every effort was made to ensure inclusion and accuracy. The list is not exhaustive. Send events, ideas, books and movie suggestions to share with fellow travellers to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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