Guidelines 2015-2016

Diversity Scholars Program

Program Guidelines

2015-2016

 

These Guidelines are currently being updated for 2016-2017./rkw

 

Diversity Scholar Mission Statement

 

The Diversity Scholars program is designed to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence. The program not only recognizes merit in scholarship but provides students with an opportunity to promote and embrace diversity on and off campus. This program brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds to work on building unity through diversity.

 

Being selected to receive the Diversity Scholarship is an honor. It comes with responsibilities and obligations that are listed below. These obligations are designed to provide you with a greater sense of belonging and membership within the Diversity Scholar group; to provide you with information, expand your knowledge and appreciation of diversity, and give you access to resources that can aid you in being a successful student at Appalachian. 

It is our hope that you will continue to demonstrate the ambition that you indicated when you were interviewed for this opportunity, as you assist Appalachian in creating an inclusive, excellent community.

We are in the process of taking this program to new heights and increasing its visibility and value on campus. Together we can help demonstrate the value of a diverse campus and community.

 

Program Contacts

 

Matt Dull                                                                     Cindy Wallace

B. B. Dougherty Bldg.                                                 B.B. Dougherty Bldg.

8282622060  office                                                  828-262-2060

8287198586  cell phone                                           wallaceca@appstate.edu

dullmc@appstate.edu

 

Traci Royster                                                               Rita Wells

255 Plemmons Student Union                                     B.B. Dougherty Bldg.

828-262-6157                                                             828-262-2060

roystertd@appstate.edu                                                           wellsrk@appstate.edu

 

 

 

 

Scholarship

 

Each Diversity Scholar must enroll in courses totaling at least twelve semester hours each award period and must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Failure to meet this requirement will result in probation or suspension depending on how far below the stated criteria the hours and/or grade point average fall and the attainment level of the other criteria.

 

Community

 

All Diversity Scholars are to attend all scheduled monthly meetings. Class attendance, medical visits, university commitments and/or death in the family that are documented are the only excused absences that will be granted. All other absences will be considered unexcused. Two or more unexcused absences during the course of the academic year will most likely result in probation or termination from the program depending on the attainment level of the other criteria. Students who cannot attend the monthly meetings due to a conflict with a scheduled class or other university commitment should note that they are still responsible for meeting all of the other obligations of the program and for reading all AsULearn correspondence and stay abreast of what was covered and of any requirements that were mentioned. Students who have unexcused absences should note that they are still responsible for reading all AsULearn correspondence to stay abreast of what was covered and of any requirements that were mentioned.

 

Monthly Meeting Times

 

August 21, 2015--2:003:30 p.m.        Welcome, Getting to Know You and Expectations

–169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

Group Photo by University Photographer @ 2:15

 

September 18, 2015--2:00 – 4:00 p. m.         Group Volunteering-Service Day

                                                            –Hunger & Health Coalition, Boone, NC

 

October 23, 2015--2:00 – 4:00 p. m.   International Event

                                                            –169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

 

November 22, 2015—Time TBD        Potluck

–To be Determined

 

January 29, 2016--2:00 – 3:30 p.m.    Topic TBA

–169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

 

February 26, 2016--2:00 – 3:30 p.m.   Topic TBA

–169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

 

March 18, 2016--2:00 – 3:30 p. m.      Topic TBA

–169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

                                                                         

April 29, 2016--2:00 – 3:30 p. m.        Topic TBA

–169 Three Top Mountain-Plemmons Student Union

 

 

Service

 

Each Diversity Scholar is to provide fifteen (15) hours of community service to the university and greater community. We encourage each Scholar to attend universitysponsored events (see the list at the end of these Guidelines) in support of an initiative or event that aids the university in enhancing diversity on the campus. We also encourage our Diversity Scholars to participate in service to the broader community in the high country. Failure to provide fifteen (15) hours of service to the community and university by the end of the spring semester will result in probation or termination from the program depending on the attainment level of the other criteria.   Please note that it is each Scholar’s responsibility to ensure that volunteer hours are communicated by the event contact person to our office within two weeks of the volunteer service date to be counted toward hours of service.  All emails are to be sent to wellsrk@appstate.edu.  As hours are credited toward the scholar’s required hours it will be available to the scholar on their AsULearn site under Grades.

 

Probationary Status

 

All Diversity Scholars notified at the end of the spring semester of their probationary status will need to have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, attend all of the scheduled meetings, complete at least eight (8) hours of service to the university or community  by the last day of classes in the fall semester in order to retain this scholarship. Failure to meet these requirements by the end of the fall semester will result in the loss of this scholarship.

 

All Diversity Scholars notified at the end of the fall semester of their probationary status will need to have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, attend all of the scheduled meetings, complete the fifteen (15) hours of service to the university or community by the last day of classes in the spring semester in order to retain this scholarship. Failure to meet these requirements by the end of the spring semester will result in the loss of this scholarship.

 

University Service Opportunities

 

The following events have been preapproved for this purpose:

 

 

  • Multicultural Prospective Student Day - We need students to be Group Chaperones and talk with students or sit on panels for the Multicultural Prospective Student Day in 2015.  To sign up for this opportunity:
  1. Go to www.multicultural.appstate.edu
  2. Choose Resources at the top of the page, then choose Forms in the column on the left.
  3. Choose MPSD Group Chaperone registration form.

Training is required for both panel members and group chaperones.  Contact Everette Nichols at 828-262-2396 or nicholseb@appstate.edu  for more information.

 

  • Spring Semester Only - Serve as a Multicultural Center Volunteer. Volunteers staff the Multicultural Center and are available to answer questions to individuals who visit the Center. Volunteers must work shifts that are at least two hours in duration. Contact Mr. Everette Nichols for more information: nicholseb@appstate.edu  or 8282622396.  Applications for the position can be found at www.multicultural.appstate.edu.

 

  • The Office of Multicultural Student Development transmits a weekly email newsletter that highlights free upcoming multicultural events, social and volunteer opportunities.  Many of the free lectures, films, and brown bags are perfect for incorporating into your curriculum or attending for class credit.  From time to time, we will also use this tool to ask for your help.  Please get involved, reach across cultural boundaries and volunteer whenever an opportunity presents itself.  You should receive your newsletter via email on Monday afternoons during the semester.

 

  • Serve as an actor or a tour guide during the Tunnel of Oppression. The event date is to be announced. It will tentatively be held from 5:00 – 10:00 p. m. Those who serve as actors will meet the required hours of service. You may contact Ms. Kim Mitchell for more information: mtchllkl@appstate.edu or 8282626252

 

  • Volunteer at the 2016 Diversity Celebration (at least 2 hours of service is required). The Diversity Celebration will be held in the spring 2016 semester from 3 – 9 p.m.   Registrations for volunteers will begin in the spring 2016 semester.  Contact Jeanne Lawrence for more information at lawrencji@appstate.edu or 828-262-6158.

 

  • Assist with the Admissions Phone a Thon by making calls to prospective and accepted students and families from underrepresented populations OR assist with the Online chats with prospective and accepted students and families from underrepresented populations. Contact Mr. Chris Grulke for more information and to sign up for volunteer hours.  (grulkecc@appstate.edu or 828-2627381). At least 2 hours of service is required during one call or chat.

 

  • Assist with the Admissions Open House by helping meet and greet prospective students and their families. Additionally students are needed to help provide directions.  The fall open house will take place on Saturday, September 26th and the spring open house will take place on a Saturday in the Spring 2016 Semester. Contact Ms. Elena Taylor for more information and to sign up.  (tayloret@appstate.edu or 828-2622120). At least 2 hours of service is required during Open House.

 

  • Assist with meeting and greeting of the Diversity Scholar candidates for the 2016-17 cohort during Scholars Day which will be held on a Saturday in the Spring 2016 semester. Sign up will take place during one of our early spring meetings for this opportunity.

 

  • Diversity Scholars are needed to aid students associated with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) in a variety of ways. Volunteer opportunities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with orienting students with visual impairments to campus,  socializing with students who are on the autism spectrum, assisting in connecting students to campus resources, etc. Contact the ODS to place your name on the Volunteer Contact List ods@appstate.edu or 8282623056). This opportunity for service is dependent upon student needs and can be tailored to fit your personal schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Service Opportunities

 

For more information about any of these opportunities,  or to sign up, contact the ACT (Appalachian and Community Together)  Outreach Center at 138 Plemmons Student Union, (walk in hours are MondayFriday 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.), call the Outreach Center at 828-2622193, check out the ACT website for more info www.act.appstate.edu, or email the ACT Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Evans  evanstw@appstate.edu or 828-2623032).

 

The following events have been preapproved for this purpose:

 

  • The BIG Sale Saturday August 15, 2015 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Legends

Work at this event that provides funds to local agencies while preventing over sixty-five tons of waste from arriving in landfills. Add to this that individuals are able to purchase items that they need. The sale runs from 8 a. m. until 2 p.m. and help is needed before, during and after the sale. http://act.appstate.edu/bigsale

 

Be a part of App State history! This Homecoming sponsored service event raised 1,265 pints of blood last year for the NC American Red Cross and we need your help to beat our record this year! Donate blood and/or volunteer to help with the drive.

 

A week of special events intended to increase awareness about issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness.  Sponsored by People Fighting poverty, SGA and ACT.

http://act.appstate.edu/hungerandhomelessness

 

Celebrate this holiday by living out Dr. King’s vision – working sidebyside in our community. Participate individually or as a group in a challenging, daylong service project. Preregistration is required.   http://act.appstate.edu/mlk

 

  • Dance Marathon Registration for 2016 slated to open October 2015!  Dance in Spring 2016. Legends

Be part of this megaevent and dance for 15hours to help local children & families through two local agencies. Pledge to raise at least $150 for local kids. For additional info: Thomas Evans or www.act.appstate.edu/dancemarathon or evanstw@appstate.edu

 

Wondering what to do over your Spring Break? Sign up to take an Alternative Service Experience trip or course (international) ....and be prepared to come back with a new perspective on life. Trip signups are January for domestic trips and in midNovember for international trips (lots of options!)

http://act.appstate.edu/ase and   http://act.appstate.edu/spring-break-international

 

  • Sustainable Farm Day of Service: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sign up through ACT to help “spruce up” the Earth with environmental service projects.  Get involved locally and nationally in environmental action through this day of service.

http://act.appstate.edu/farm-day

 

  • ACTs of Service: monthly throughout year

Looking to test the waters of service without over committing? ACT will offer various service projects throughout the year designed for folks who want to see what service is all about or those who love service but whose schedules are too busy to serve regularly.

http://act.appstate.edu/actsofservice

 

 

 

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