(TU)nity at Diversity Symposium

Known for its melting pot persona, “Diversity University”, also known as Temple University, organized a thought-provoking symposium designed to give it’s students, faculty, and staff a voice on ways to further develop its diverse culture.

When it comes to understanding diversity, Brittany Boston, a junior Journalism major said, “I think understanding peoples different social economic level, their education level, and also you know their backgrounds; what neighborhoods are they from, and their nationality.”

The event consisted of various booths and tables where students were given index cards to record their opinions on how to improve diversity at the University level.

“At booth two [students] are basically giving their feedback on ways they think the student body and Temple can improve” said Eva Williams, a senior Sports Tourism and Hospitality major.

Various stations such as booth two were designed to challenge students to step outside the box and identify opportunities to overcome barriers to diversity. Due to the great turn out, facilitators have over 16 hundred index cards with statements. This high level of student and staff engagement provides a strong base for improvement.

“Were getting some really good data. Administrators have [asked] how we can share this, how we can disseminate this data. That’s the best part of this kind of research–everybody’s voice matters” said Theatre major, Kimmika W. Witherspoon.

Mayor Michael Nutter made an appearance at the event, christening Tuesday October 28, 2014 as “T-Unity Day,” a play on Temple’s initials.

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About Keshroy Spencer 3 Articles
Keshroy Spencer is a Media Studies and Production major in Temple University's School of Media and Communication. He's originally from Jamaica but grew up in Philadelphia. His undergraduate journey led him to transfer to Temple in 2012. He started out as a Computer Information Systems major, but with an interest in production, he took a risk and decided to switch. Upon transferring, he quickly got involved on-campus, joining the Main Campus Program Board and he eventually served as an on-campus co-chair for the group. Over the years, he's worked as Chief Audio Engineer for W.H.I.P. Radio's broadcast of varsity sporting events and has also served as aTechnical Director and Floor Director for TUTV's Temple Update. Outside of school, Keshroy volunteers in a number of capacities at True United Church in Philadelphia where he's participated in various community outreach events and programs. He works with youth and young adults, serving as both a Youth Leader and a Basketball Team Captain for a combined 10 years. He also works as an Assistant Producer and an Assistant Audio Engineer for services, concerts, special events, and other production sessions. Upon graduation Keshroy hopes to work in the media and communication field utilizing his skills and passion for production. His ultimate goal is to become the President or CEO of a media company.

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