A Welcoming EnvironmentODI Green DayIn front of the library

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Response to Hate Crimes Towards Asian Communities - March 18, 2021

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion stays true to our commitment to "educate our campus community on issues relating to social identity development— in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status and ability — and how those factors can impact one's college experience.

ODI denounces not only the violent hate crime which occurred in Atlanta, Georgia where 8 individuals were murdered, 6 of whom were of Asian descent, but also the numerous targeted acts of violence experienced by communities of Asian descent. As our office addressed on April 13, 2020, we made it clear that there is no place for hate and discrimination that is targeted against any community member. ODI yet again reminds all Hatters to please treat all community members with care and empathy. Resist the tendency to make broad generalizations about people.

ODI is calling upon all Hatters to raise our voices and to act intentionally in response to the rise in anti-Asian violence, discrimination and racism facing Asian and Pacific Islanders across the country. Please remember that social support is critical as we continue to strive for a Stetson family that is mutually respectful, physically safe, broadly inclusive, socially connected and morally accountable.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion call on our community to continue striving for a Stetson family that is mutually respectful, physically safe, broadly inclusive, socially connected and morally accountable.

Awarding winning Lao–American writer, Bryan Thao Worra, reminds in his work, Notes Regarding the Living Heart, that, "A single seed can turn into a forest. A single heart can transform a nation."

ODI reminds our community that support and transformation starts from within and can inspire our Hatter community.

Peace,

Joanne Harris-Duff
Director Office of Diversity and Inclusion, jharrisduff@stetson.edu

About the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The primary mission of the Office Diversity and Inclusion is to educate our campus community on issues relating to social identity development— in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status and ability — and how those factors can impact one's college experience. Through compassionate education, our office is invested in partnering with various offices, departments and student groups to provide programs, training and workshops to further inclusive excellence on our campus.

Housed in the Cross-Cultural Center, or the Tri-C, our office is a safe space open to all university students, faculty and staff. We are home to the:

  • Multicultural Student Council — comprising of nine student organizations and a student-led executive board
  • WISE Program — facilitating academic fortitude, social awareness, and financial growth through mentoring underrepresented student populations
  • Gender and Sexuality Resources — educating and developing awareness for LGBTQ+ identities through Safe Zone training and the Gender and Sexuality Diversity Conference hosted with the Department of Counselor Education at Stetson University

Welcome Letter From the Director

As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Stetson University. Whether you are a prospective or current student, family member, alum, or colleague, the information contained within our site should be useful in providing you with a comprehensive overview of our programs and resources. The initiatives that are sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center are geared towards educating our campus community on issues relating to social identity development— in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status, and ability — and how those factors can impact one’s college experience.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as a catalyst to weave diversity and inclusion efforts into the experiences at Stetson University and ensuring our students possess the necessary skills to be successful in a global society. All Hatters are invited and encouraged to embrace the many diverse opportunities offered through fellowship, leadership, and education that make us a strong and forward-thinking community.

For more information, stop by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Cross Cultural Center. We invite you to visit to make new friends, host a meeting/study group, or just hangout. I can be reached by phone at 386-822-7402 or via e-mail address at jharrisduff@stetson.edu.

Best,

Joanne Harris-Duff

Director of Diversity and Inclusion