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Beyond Diversity October 2014

Ferris State UniversityVIDEO: Beyond Diversity Event Scheduled for Oct. 19

Ferris State University’s Beyond Diversity series continues as an interactive exhibit in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center Connector from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Beyond Diversity is a series events hosted throughout the 2014-15 academic year. This year’s Beyond installment is designed to promote Ferris’ diversity. The mission of the Beyond Diversity is to take the university community on a thought-provoking journey to consider global perspectives and explore the true meaning of diversity. Event organizers aim to educate audiences relative to culture, diverse ideas and study abroad opportunities that will allow individuals to be immersed in another culture for firsthand experiences.

“The Beyond initiative is in its third year and the goal is to encourage students to go beyond their comfort zone, to go beyond what they’re learning in the classroom and connect it to experiences outside of the classroom,” said Lisa vonReichbauer, assistant director of the Office of International Education.

Faculty and staff will be present to engage in conversation with students on topics and, in some cases, provide hands-on activities related to the topic.


In an art exhibit-like setup, one to three banners, on the topics below, will be set up for visitors:

  • Beyond Diversity, an introduction
  • Benefits of Diversity
  • Diversity and Ambiguity
  • Diversity in Communication
  • Benefits of Study Abroad    
  • Diversity of Languages
  • Literature and Diversity
  • Diversity of Religion
  • Diversity in Sustainability
  • Diversity of Social-Ecological Systems
  • Diversity in Age
  • Genealogical Diversity
  • Diversity in Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning Styles
  • Geography of Diversity
  • Jim Crow Museum
  • (Mis)Representation of Race
  • The Constant Battle for the Right to Vote
  • Diversity in Sport
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Diverse Perspectives of Mathematics
  • Diversity in Perceptions of Beauty
  • Marketing and Diversity
  • Diversity in Healthcare
  • Art and Diversity
  • Diversity in Technology
  • Diversity of Gender
  • Diversity of Abilities

Beyond Diversity is co-sponsored by several Ferris departments, including: the Diversity and Inclusion Office, the Office of International Education and the Office of Multicultural Student Services. The Sunday, Oct. 19 exhibit is a five-star campus event as designated by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services.

“Ferris State University challenges students to be successful in a diverse and globalized world and part of this effort is what goes beyond the major and outside of the classroom,” said Peter Bradley, director of the Honors program. “Beyond Diversity challenges students to do co-curricular activities that are connected to their classroom experience, but are extended in some interesting and important ways.”

Anybody with questions about this event should contact Katie Davidson in the Office of International Education at (231) 591-2450 or by Katie's email, here.

A video preview of the event can be viewed here.