Diversity Programming Events

Mission

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.

Rationale

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.

FALL EVENTS

Javon Jackson

POETRY SLAM,  October 27

UNIVERSITY WIDE COMPETITION
(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

POETRY EVENTS, October 28

POETRY WORKSHOP
LOCATION: TBD
TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

POETRY SLAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
LOCATION:
Belle Air Terrace
TIME: 7:00 pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - JAVON JOHNSON
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.