Diversity Week • March 4-7

Germanna’s Diversity Week is designed to celebrate, bring awareness to, and understand the different cultural experiences present on our campuses. This week allows us to explore various cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and honor the contributions made by people of all identities and experiences. Join us as we celebrate our differences during Diversity Week 2024.

Monday, March 4

Karrin Felton

Women in STEM

With Karrin Felton

11:30 a.m. · Virtual

Join Karrin Mayfield Felton as she shares her inspiring journey as a woman of color in STEM. With over 20 years of experience in engineering and technical leadership, Karrin has overcome challenges and achieved success in fields such as process optimization and program management. As the Founder of Feet Planted, LLC, she is dedicated to helping others conquer self-doubt.

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Jessie Harper

Intersectionality of Life: From a Girl to a Man

With Jessie Harper

1 p.m. · Virtual

Embark on a transformative journey with our speaker as they share their personal narrative of transitioning from growing up as a girl to embracing their identity as a man. Jessie will explore shedding societal expectations and discovering authentic selfhood.

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Tuesday, March 5

Wendy Bundy

First Generation Student: From 911 to Higher Ed (and Everything in Between)

With Wendy Bundy

1 p.m. · Virtual

Join Wendy as she shares her remarkable path through higher education. From starting night shifts at a local dispatch center to becoming an adjunct professor, librarian, mental health advocate, and more, Wendy will talk about overcoming challenges in rural America and being the first in her family to pursue higher education.

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Wednesday, March 6

Dr. Don Trahan Jr.

Privilege Walk

With Dr. Don Trahan Jr.

3 p.m. · In-person and Virtual

Join Dr. Don Trahan Jr., a seasoned diversity practitioner, for a powerful exploration of privilege through the Privilege Walk activity. Utilizing a priority-based DEI implementation approach, Dr. Trahan will guide participants in understanding and addressing social privileges that influence our academic and social landscapes.

Locust Grove Campus: Room 114
Fredericksburg Area Campus: SP1, Room 211

General Lafayette

Diverse Participation in the Revolutionary War

Panel Discussion

7 p.m. · Virtual

Join Dr. Gaila Sims, author Aly Riley, Dr. Will Mackintosh, Professor Edwin Watson, and Professor David Marsich in celebration of the Fredericksburg Area Museum's exhibition, Lafayette's World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom. This panel will explore contributions by African Americans, women, Indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to the American Revolution.

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Thursday, March 7

Christine Contrada

All Roads Lead to Rome: Embracing Diversity Through Cross-Cultural Professional Development

With Dr. Christine Contrada

1 p.m. · Virtual

Join Dr. Christine Contrada as she shares insights from her dual role as a history professor at Germanna and an instructor for professional development courses within the prestigious Erasmus+ program in Rome, Italy. Discover how fostering a global perspective can equip educators with practical tools to celebrate cultural diversity in tangible ways.

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Rachel Pretlow

Autism 101

With Rachel Pretlow

3 p.m. · Virtual

Join us to gain essential knowledge and practical strategies for supporting Autistic individuals in the college environment. Rachel will delve into common characteristics of individuals on the Autism spectrum and explore methods to overcome barriers to their participation on campus, including communication techniques, sensory accommodations, and effective preparation strategies.

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An abstract, multicolor painting

Poetry and Visual Art Competition

5 p.m. · Sealy Auditorium

Join us for an evening celebrating the diversity of the arts with poetry performances and artwork exhibitions. Germanna students will present original poetry and artwork on the theme “I Belong.” Winners of the competition will go on to represent Germanna at the state-level competition. 

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