Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters

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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 | Helena Aarts
Katelyn Powell
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 | Helena Aarts
Jeremy Flemming
Director of the Center for Inclusive Communities Leaving Furman
Deborah Allen, inaugural director of the CIC, is leaving Furman. Learn more about why she is leaving, her accomplishments while at Furman, and what she hopes for our community moving forward in her absence.
Oct. 27, 2021 | Reilly Murtaugh
Helena Aarts
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 | Helena Aarts
Lindsey Cottle
Campus Inclusion and the Importance of Furman’s International Student Community
Perhaps most meaningful, there are mixed thoughts among the international students about community inclusion at Furman.
Oct. 13, 2021 | Emma Johnston
Lydia Morris
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 | Helena Aarts
Furman News
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 | Helena Aarts
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Mental Health for Students of Color: Statistics, Stigma, & Support on Campus
To combat mental health disparities for minority racial and ethnic students, Furman students must utilize safe spaces on campus. Learn more about Barbershop, a weekly support for students of color through the Counseling Center.
Sept. 30, 2021 | Soukeyna Pitroipa
The Return of AKA: Significance, Service, & Sisterhood
“AKA is a legacy of intelligent, strong African American women choosing to undertake a lifelong bond and commitment to not only each other, but to serving our communities and university.”
Sept. 20, 2021 | Emma Johnston
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 | Helena Aarts
Building Community through the Inaugural Furman University POC Picnic Social
This POC Picnic Social will provide a foundation for building community, connecting with potential mentors, and building lifelong friendships to enrich your Furman experience.  
Sept. 01, 2021 | Abby Magoola
A Different Message at Convocation: Reconciliation with History, Building Community
From renaming Furman Hall and Clarke Murphy Housing Complex, to new advice from President Davis and Student Body President Asha Marie, this year’s Opening Convocation ceremony looked different than previous years.
Aug. 30, 2021 | Helena Aarts
Furman Looks to the Future with Gender-Neutral Housing
Conversations have begun between student groups and President Davis about gender-neutral housing options for students.
May 05, 2021 | Reilly Murtaugh
Silent With a Purpose: Quiet Activism on Campus
The Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration to protect the discrimination and harassment faced by LGBTQ students schools.
April 23, 2021 | Reilly Murtaugh
More Than a Statue: The Light of Vaughn’s Legacy
The Joseph Vaughn Plaza serves as a reminder that I am capable of succeeding in an environment in which I am different, just as Vaughn did.
April 22, 2021 | Drew Washington
Innovative Assistive Resources on Campus
SOAR works to create an accommodative environment on campus by removing barriers. Here are some of their innovations:
April 19, 2021 | Anna Blackman
The Man Behind the Statue
Remembering Joseph Vaughn’s life and legacy.
April 16, 2021 | Helena Aarts and Evan Myers
Native American Representation and Recognition at Furman
Native American alumna, professor, and current student share their experiences at Furman.
April 14, 2021 | Chloe Sanderson
Gospel Music: Why It Matters & How You Can Learn More
Furman University Gospel Ensemble provides community and support for African American students through the tradition of gospel music.
April 13, 2021 | Abby Magoola
Learning From Our Past: The Start of the Task Force on Slavery and Justice
In 2016, Marian Baker ’17 argued why Furman must acknowledge its ties to slavery. Here’s how her opinion changed the University forever.
April 09, 2021 | Helena Aarts
Autism Awareness Day: A Student Perspective
Amanda Cameron ’21 shares her experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome, and ways Furman students could support individuals with ASD.
April 02, 2021 | Helena Aarts
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