Office of Diversity And Social Justice
The Office of Diversity and Social Justice advances Millersville University’s commitment to social justice, inclusive excellence and numerical, intellectual and interactional diversity by serving as an integral component of the Office of the President. One of the primary functions of the ODSJ is to support Millersville’s community of learners, teachers and leaders by cultivating a climate of collaboration and collective problem-solving related to diversity and social justice issues.
By working with the three Presidential Commissions on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Status of Women, and Gender and Sexual Diversity, the ODSJ provides strategic support to the President and campus leaders in expanding the opportunities for learning, leadership, and professional development for students, faculty, staff and community members. The ODSJ works with campus leaders to assess campus needs and identify opportunities for new or strengthened programs, activities and services related to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and social justice.
New CDO Announcement
Chief Diversity Officer Announcement
Appointment of Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood as the New Chief Diversity Officer by Millersville University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah.
"I am pleased to announce that Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood joined our campus as the Chief Diversity Officer on August 1, 2019.
Dr. Brown-Haywood’s appointment was the result of a national search. She will fill an important position on my Cabinet and provide strategic leadership for the Office of Diversity and Social Justice. I wish to thank Mr. Dwight Horsey, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services, and the search committee for their efforts to bring the search to a successful outcome. I would also like to give special thanks to Drs. Karen Rice and Tyrone Washington for their dedicated service this semester in the Office of Diversity and Social Justice.
An accomplished higher education administrator with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Brown-Haywood’s draws from a wealth of experience in student development and engagement, equity and intercultural affairs, student leadership, and Title IX. She currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer – Thought Leader and Strategist, Penn State University-Harrisburg and teaches as an affiliate graduate faculty member in Penn State-Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education.
Dr. Brown-Haywood holds a Doctor of Education in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning from Penn State University, a Master of Science in Professional Counseling /Student Personnel from Shippensburg University, and a Master of Divinity in Theology/Pastoral Counseling from Virginia Union University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Cheyney University. In addition to her educational credentials, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Brown-Haywood’s to Millersville University."
Dr. Daniel A. Wubah
President of Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Anti-Racism Book List
The death of George Floyd has left us all with a heavy heart, and a troubled mind. We recognize as a community the need to actively work towards a path of anti-racism, and in the words of the great Angela Davis, "It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist." The Office of Diversity and Social Justice is committed to the dismantling of racism and systemic oppression, to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. For those who wish to take steps towards anti-racism action, we share a collection of literature gathered by Jane Mount to assist you in the journey of becoming an aspiring ally.
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
- America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Good Talk by Mira Jacob
- Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
- When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Mindful of Race by Ruth King
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand
Office of Diversity and Social Justice Fall 2020 Resource Guide
Dear MU Campus Community,
On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Social Justice, we would like to welcome you back to campus. For those of you joining the MU Community, we are fortunate to have you as members of our campus and wish you the best! To assist you in your role (faculty, staff, student, administrator), and to ensure the success of all our students, we would like to once again share MU Resource Guide Fall 2020, a list of resources that we are fortunate to have available to our students. We hope you find this Resource Guide beneficial. We recognize this guide may not be exhaustive. Have a wonderful semester and best wishes!
Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood
Chief Diversity Officer
Social Justice Summit for Educators
K-12 teachers are uniquely poised to help students understand race and racism. Now is the time to be the change!
Join the Social Justice Collective at Millersville University for their second virtual summit on Thursday, September 3rd at 7pm. Whether you are new to the concept of social justice education, or a veteran of many years engaging in culturally sustaining pedagogy-this summit is for you. We will address a wide range of topics, such as what exactly is meant by the term “white privilege” and how can we create schools that are sites of anti-racism. There will be several break out rooms, each scaffolded to support you in your current stage of your social justice journey.
More good news, this event is FREE! Please bring a friend. Education is hard work, and social justice education is even more so. This summit hopes to be the first step in building a powerful online community to support teachers, staff, and school administrators as we work collectively to create a more just society through our schools.
For more information, please visit the Social Justice Summit Website at http://socialjusticeforeducators.com/ and you may register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-justice-summit-for-educators-tickets-117259118179
Disability Film Festival
Join us for the Disability Film Festival!
September 10th at 6:00pm- Finding the Way Home
Focusing on the stories of eight children who have been reunited with family members or placed in loving foster homes after experiencing the trauma of institutionalization, Finding the Way Home highlights the painful realities of the eight million children living in orphanages and other institutions around the world.
Register in advance:
October 28th at 6:00pm- Finding the Way Home
Will Lautzenheiser was chasing the loves of his life. When Will visited the hospital for what he assumed was a painful muscle pull, he had no idea that pain was being caused by a life-threatening bacterial infection. When Will’s organs started shutting down, and his limbs began dying, doctors amputated his arms and legs to save his life. Filmed over four years, STUMPED explores themes of resilience, committed caregiving, and the life- changing potential of pioneering medicine.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
All Things Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Millersville University
Is your department or office facilitating classes, programming, or initiatives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, the Office of Diversity and Social Justice invites you to our virtual gathering where we will work to create continuity and a support system for all institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Black Lives Matter at MU
Save the Date
A two-part series this fall focused on Black Lives Matter at Millersville, the September session will feature Black students and Millersville University alumni across decades who have come together to share their experiences with structural racism during their educational journey. We will hear stories from oral histories collected with Black alumni in the late 1950s and early 1960s, through to the 1970s and beyond. Following these stories, attendees will move to breakout rooms for discussion with the presenters led by dedicated facilitators.
RSVP by September 21 to Virginia.Brooks@millersville.edu
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Social Justice Archives and Special Collection, McNairy Library
Local Business Spotlight- October
The intersection of arts, culture, literature and wine
A Concrete Rose Book Bar, co-founded by Evita Colon and MU Alum Solise White, merges a bookstore, urban winery and live entertainment venue under one roof; a book bar but so much more! The bookstore will feature books and art created by authors and artists of the African diaspora providing the community with the opportunity to learn about different cultures through the immersion of literature and art. They aim to provide the community with a place to freely express themselves and showcase their work on a regular basis. The inclusion of wine intersects a sophisticated experience with a casual experience giving our space a unpretentious vibe for all to enjoy. Their vision is to establish a passion and appreciation for culture, literature and the arts through the wine bar and bookstore. They envision A Concrete Rose Book Bar serving as a staple of growth and the merging of ideas in the community by providing a safe space for all to feel welcome. In celebrating and amplifying the stories of people of the African Diaspora, we hope to ignite conversations and actions that will positively change the dynamic of the relationships we have with others. Please see below for A Concrete Rose Book Bar's next community event and information on their virtual event at Millersvillle.
Millersville Virtual Event: TBA
A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
Sponsored by the Gesu School- A special invitation to the Millersville Community
Post-Election Debriefing Space
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Social Justice
The First Amendment Event
Understanding Free Speech and Protests on Campus