The Eastern Kentucky University Student Government Association will be hosting its inaugural Diversity Week during the week of Feb. 25 to start conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

In the past, SGA has hosted a one-day diversity panel. This year they have decided to turn their diversity panel into a week long event in honor of  Sheila Pressley, the former dean of the College of Health Sciences, who recently passed away. The diversity week will be titled: ‘Dr.

Sheila Pressley Memorial Diversity Week.’

Student body president Madison Lipscomb said, “Dr. Pressley was someone that I worked closely with. I got to see how she affected students and how she was able to support them. So, I think it was a really good idea for us to honor this Diversity Week for someone who was such a big advocate for underrepresented minority students.”

The ‘Dr. Sheila Pressley Memorial Diversity Week’ will be Feb. 24 toFeb. 28. Each day will have its own special event in celebration of the week.

Monday, Feb. 24 will be the Diversity Week kick off. SGA will be unveiling their Initiative for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Representatives from the Board of Regents, the President’s Council and other departments on campus will be in attendance.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 will be the Second Annual Inclusion Panel in Education Equity. The panel will be hosted in O’Donnell auditorium in the Whitlock Building at 7 p.m. 

The panelists include Dawn Offutt, director of initiatives for diversity, equity  and inclusion at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education; John Bowes, the chair of EKU’s Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion Studies; and Lindsey Carter, EKU director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion and deputy Title IX coordinator.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 SGA will be hosting a movie night, also located in O’Donnell Auditorium at 8 p.m. The movie showing will be “Harriet.”

On Thursday, Feb. 26 SGA will be hosting a Fire Side Chat in Martin Hall. As of the print deadline the time is yet to be determined, but SGA is planning to have a diversity training during this event. 

All registered student organization leaders are welcome to attend, as well as any other students who are participating in leadership roles.

The last event for diversity week will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 27. This event is the Diversity Block Party which will be in the Powell building at 3 p.m. 

The event will be highlighting two Greek-life councils: the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council. Fraternities such as Phi Lambda Chi and Sigma Lambda Beta, the Latinx fraternity and sorority will be in attendance, as well as others.


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