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Diversity Inclusion Week to kick off with Jan. 25 keynote

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will kick off its Diversity and Inclusion Week Jan. 25 with a keynote presentation from Erik Malewski, the chief diversity officer for Kennesaw State University.

Malewski’s address represents the official rollout of the diversity plan the college has begun to implement this year after a three-year process that included focus groups, surveys and planning

The plan will be phased in through 2018.

“Diversity and inclusion is a critical component of our college’s overall mission to advance the well-being of individuals and families over their life span and strengthen communities,” said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. “I applaud the work of the Faculty Advisory Committee members who worked so diligently on this plan going back to 2012, and for all of our faculty, staff and students for embracing and supporting this important initiative.”

The college will host several diversity-themed events throughout the week as part of the celebration.

Prior to Malewski’s speech, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Room 110 of Dawson Hall, several students will give a “PechaKucha” presentation involving dialogue and slides to draw attention to diversity issues.

The textiles, merchandising and interiors department will host an exhibition in the Barrow Hall gallery showcasing garments from around the world beginning Jan. 25.

On Jan. 26, the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department will host a presentation by Kenneth White Jr., a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 310 of Dawson Hall.

The foods and nutrition department will display and provide culturally diverse foods on Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 216 of Dawson Hall.

Melissa Landers-Potts from the human development and family science department will lead a panel discussion on teaching for diversity on Jan. 29 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Room 208 of Dawson Hall.

The FACS diversity plan can be viewed at