Helena Aarts

Diversity Matters Editor


Helena Aarts is the Diversity Matters Editor at The Paladin. A senior Health Sciences major, Helena also serves as the Diversity Fellow for Mosaic and on the executive board for First Generation Student Alliance at Furman. Helena joined The Paladin in 2020, creating data visualization for COVID-19 and covering public health on campus, and she joined the Editorial Board in January 2021. The Diversity Matters section aims to feature different events, opinions, and experiences related to diversity on Furman's campus. For anyone interested in writing, or story tips, please contact helena.aarts@thepaladin.news


A Letter to the Class of 2022
A reflection on the past four years as seniors count down the days to graduation. 
April 26, 2022 | By Helena Aarts
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Campus Climate Assessment for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Last Fall, the University conducted a Campus Climate Assessment to measure our progress towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. President Davis announced the upcoming meetings to discuss the results and recommendations of this Climate Survey in April.
March 30, 2022 | By Helena Aarts
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2022 Yard Show
On Feb. 25, Black Greek Letter Organizations will participate in a yard show on Furman’s campus. Learn more about the significance of this event from a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Feb. 24, 2022 | By Helena Aarts
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Staffing Changes to Center for Inclusive Communities
Following departure of Director of the CIC, Deborah Allen, Connie Carson announces further personnel changes and plans for the Spring semester.
Feb. 04, 2022 | By Helena Aarts
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Racial Reckoning Revisits Campus with Bias Incidents
Defaced BLM flags and white nationalist stickers found on campus lead University to offer $1,000 reward for information.
Nov. 19, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
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First-Year Student Harmed by Anti-LGBTQIA+ Bias Incidents
“I felt unsafe. This felt like I was being targeted,” explained the first-year student who experienced the bias incidents.
Nov. 15, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
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Furman Justice Forum Makes Stance on Joseph Vaughn Plaza
Furman Justice Forum’s latest event makes bold claims about the state of race relations at Furman University.
Oct. 21, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
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Paladin Profile: Prostheses, Orthoses, and Disability Advocacy
Lydia Morris ’20 is using skills and experiences gained during her time at Furman to advance disability advocacy for individuals who use prostheses and orthoses.
Oct. 07, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
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Shifting Administration: Ken Peterson and Michael Jennings Transition to Faculty Positions
Since August, both the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost (Peterson) and Chief Diversity Officer (Jennings) have transitioned from positions in Administration to faculty positions. President Davis shared her perspective.
Oct. 05, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
diversity matters | campus
Rosh Hashanah
Members of Jewish Student Alliance of Furman were able to celebrate Rosh Hashanah together this year. Learn more about the holiday and how students at Furman celebrated Jewish New Year.
Sept. 10, 2021 | By Helena Aarts
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