CONTACT:

Tatiana Diaz
Allen House, 2nd floor, Office #1
tadiaz@cedarcrest.edu
610-606-4666 ext.3596

FAQ

Why is there a need for a Center for Diversity & Inclusion?

To serve students  and the college  community in creating opportunities for dialogue and education that highlights the diverse experiences of all our students. The center also has the important role of supporting our diverse students in their transition to college and success at CCC, by creating and supporting spaces for personal growth and engagement.

What is an Inclusion Advocate (IA)?

Inclusion Advocates are paraprofessional student positions that are supervised by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.  These student leaders work to create a more diverse and inclusive campus by educating their peers and representing the CDI's mission through engagement on social media. We hire students annually for this paid position.
 
Who is welcome in the CDI?

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is open to all Cedar Crest College community members. The center can be use by students as a lounge to study or spend time in. The Center’s space will be used by student organization and CCC offices to host programs and events. Most of all the space is intended to be a welcoming space to be used by our students, come and check us out!

How can I find out about programs and events?

Throughout the semester, flyers and emails will be sent to the entire campus to advertise programs and events. Our recurring events like the Talking Circles and Cultural Cafes are also in the student planners.  The Falcon Flyer is sent out by Student Activities each Monday and includes all upcoming events and organization meetings for the week. Please follow us on our social media pages for the latest news on our programs and events.

Does the CDI connect with faculty and staff?

The CDI engages the entire campus community in our awareness and educational opportunities. Faculty and staff facilitate discussions and deliver presentations about national events, films or books that focus on diverse perspectives, and current challenges faced by diverse communities. Faculty and staff members attend Gender and Sexuality Diversity trainings and other workshops related to diversity.

How does the CDI connect with the Lehigh Valley community?

Through our collaboration with the LVAIC (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges) institutions we attend events, lectures, conferences, educational opportunities and film showings at Lehigh University, DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Moravian College and Lafayette College throughout the year. These programs encourage engagement between diverse students across the Lehigh Valley. Transportation to LVAIC events is provided by the CDI.

Is the CDI a fun place?

Yes! Our events are intended to be interactive and educational while also providing students with an opportunity to engage with their campus community in a fun way. Come and see for yourself by joining us at our events!

How can I get involved?

The best way to get involved with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion is to attend our events! If you are interested in becoming an IA(link), please look for our emails and advertisements in the Spring Semester. Our office hours will be posted each semester on our MyCedarCrest page. Stop by to meet with the IAs to learn more about our events and programs or to find multicultural and gender and sexuality diversity resources.

Our number is (610)606-4666 ext. 3596
Email: inclusion@cedarcrest.edu
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cccmulticulturalcenter

Who is included under CCC’s  Harassment and nondiscrimination policy?

Our harassment free environment policy found in our Staff handbook states that: “ It is the College’s policy to ensure that all individuals have the right and opportunity to work and learn in an environment that is free from unlawful harassment of any nature...The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on color, religion, gender or sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial status or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under law."

Our student handbook states that :  “Harassment is a conduct that creates or attempts to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, action(s) or statement(s) that threaten harm or intimidate a person, stalking, voyeurism (or peeping), or any other form of unwanted contact. This policy also applies to harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial status or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under law.”

What is ALANA?

The acronym ALANA stands for: “African-American, Latino, Asian, Native American” and is typically used when referring to students of color. ALANA is used instead of “Minority” because “minority” often evokes the inherent sense of “being powerless” compared to the “Majority.” The use of the term ALANA is also empowering.

What is privilege?

“Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do. Access to privilege doesn’t determine one’s outcomes, but it is definitely an asset that makes it more likely that whatever talent, ability, and aspirations a person with privilege has will result in something positive for them.” ~Peggy McIntosh

Examples of privilege include being able to…

http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/white_privilege.html

Is there a college Chaplain?

The College views a student’s spiritual development as an integral part of her educational experience. To this end, Cedar Crest provides students of all faiths the opportunity to seek avenues of personal growth. The chaplain is available for support and counseling on spiritual concerns and provides programs on campus to address a variety of issues important to our student community. For additional information, please contact Dr. Allen Richardson at 610-606-4666, extension 3320.

Who do I contact for more information on spaces for prayer and services?

The chaplain facilitates on-campus activities for students of all faiths and assists all students who wish to interact with a local faith community. (The Allentown area is home to many religions and denominations.) Campus religious activities include worship services, interest groups, and various other programs. please contact Dr. Allen Richardson at 610-606-4666, extension 3320.  Or you can also contact The CDI as we  collaborate with Chaplain office in supporting students needs, development and programing. Further information can also be found in My Cedar crest Center for Diversity and inclusion. Contact inclusion@cedarcrest.edu 610-606-4666 Ext. 3596

What is Gender and Sexuality Diversity?

GSD, Gender and Sexuality Diversity is a more inclusive term for the LGBTQIAP+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and pansexual) community

How is  Cedar Crest welcoming to LGBTQ+ /GSD students, faculty and professional staff?

CCC is a welcoming community that includes GSD students.  That said there are going to be members of our community who will lack acceptance. However we expect all of our students, faculty and professional staff to embrace our diversity statement . Additionally our harassment policies are inclusive of sexuality and gender among others identities. Any student who feels that they have been victims to harassment or any unwelcome treatment can report such incidences to the Director of Community Standards 610-606-4666 x 3351 or kmsteinmetz@cedarcrest.edu (students)  or the Director of Diversity and Inclusion 610-606-4666 x 3596 or tdiaz@cedarcrest.edu (students). Staff and Faculty can reach out to the Director of human resources 610-606-4666 ext. 3584 Lbgarbac@cedarcrest.edu or Associate Provost 610-606-4666 ext. 3474 RWilson@cedarcrest.edu

How welcoming is Allentown to LGBTQ+ /GSD students, faculty and staff?

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Allentown earned 82 points out of a possible 100 on the 2015 Municipal Equality Index. The index examines the laws, policies and services available. There are also many LGBTQA-friendly events that happen throughout the year in Philadelphia. Allentown also houses Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center that provides cultural, educational, and health promotion programs and direct services to support the LGBT community in five counties in Eastern Pennsylvania (Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe and Berks).  On their site you can also find  out more about community resources

How can I become an ally?

Each semester, we offer Gender and Sexuality Diversity training opportunities that are open to the campus community. To find descriptions of our Gender and Sexuality Diversity 101 and Allies in Action sessions, please go to the events tab.

Is there an LGBTQ+ /GSD resource center or office on campus?

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion serves and supports  CCC’s  LGBTQ+ /GSD community.

What if I have additional questions?

Contact inclusion@cedarcrest.edu 610-606-4666 Ext. 3596