Diversity Programming Events


The Villanova Diversity Programming Committee aims to create programs that will engage the Villanova community, challenge perceptions, heighten empathy and create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. All proposed projects and programs are intended to educate and promote understanding with the purpose of dissuading prejudice and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, body type, mental or physical differences, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age and other social identifiers.


The population of our country is rapidly changing. Across the business and academic world, diversity programming has also increased to ensure that with these demographic changes, individuals work together effectively and thrive personally in diverse and, sometimes, challenging work and learning environments. Institutions of higher education must take the lead in creating programming geared towards learning, understanding and the acceptance of personal, ideological and cultural differences. Villanova University strives to develop a “diverse community of scholars” conscious of social justice and working as active and engaged global citizens.


Javon Jackson

POETRY SLAM,  October 27

(open to students, faculty and staff)
TIME: 7:00 pm (To pre-register email poetryslam@villanova.edu, or sign-up at 6:30 pm that evening)
LOCATION: Belle Air Terrace
GUIDELINES: see info below


LOCATION: Radnor/St. David’s Room, Connelly
TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Belle Air Terrace, Connelly Center
TIME: 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Belle Air Terrace
Time: Immediately Following Championships

Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Performance Studies, with a cognate in African American Studies and a certificate in Gender Studies, from Northwestern University. He is a back-to-back national poetry slam champion (2003 & 2004), has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOne’s Verses & Flow, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. He has written for Our Weekly, Text & Performance Quarterly, The Root, and is currently working on his book about how Blackness operates in slam and spoken word poetry communities.


  • Each poem must be of the poet's own construction.
  • Pieces may be performed individually, in pairs, or in groups. If a group or pair wins a prize, this prize will be split amongst the team of performers.
  • Each poetry piece is allotted three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem.
  • The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.
  • Only one entry is allowed per person, so select your best piece!
  • Poets are encouraged to memorize their pieces, but this is not required. Delivery of pieces will be part of the criteria on which performers will be judged, so please take this into consideration.
  • Creativity is encouraged!
  • While we encourage creative expression, please be mindful of language and the audience you are presenting to. We are community that honors and respects one another, as such; demeaning and offensive language that does not serve to advance the message of the poetry is strongly discouraged.
  • Contestants will be judged on:
    • Physical presence,
    • Voice & articulation,
    • Dramatic appropriateness,
    • Level of complexity,
    • Content and facility with language,
    • Evidence of understanding, and
    • Overall performance.