From the February 2021 Desktop News | Every other Monday, a diverse group of faculty, students, and others gather together for Performing Perspectives, a virtual conversation series about underrepresented pieces of performing arts. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee, the open discussions aim to expose people to works created by marginalized artists that they otherwise might not encounter. The series is a byproduct of conversations that Misha Hadar, an instructor in the department, […]
I am pleased to welcome the newest members of the A&S Diversity Committee. While the College has had a Diversity Committee since 2000, the service terms ended for many of its members this year. After receiving many thoughtful and solutions-oriented responses to my message from early June, I took the opportunity to expand the committee to encompass this eagerness and to better reflect the College as a whole. You’ll notice the addition of students and staff members to this group, […]
From the September 2020 Desktop News | Asmara Lehrmann is deeply connected to all sides of her identity. A PhD student in geology at The University of Alabama with a passion for paleontology and climate change, her geologist father and Indonesian-immigrant mother both influenced the path she’s on today. “My mother’s family lives in Jakarta, which is a city on the coast that’s actually subsiding,” Lehrmann said. “The city is literally sinking, the sea level is rising, and I would […]
From the September 2020 Desktop News | When COVID-19 hit the United States and temporarily closed many restaurants, bars, and stores in March, Dr. Utz McKnight realized that many graduate students in the UA community would lose their main source of income. Because of this, he wanted to find a way for faculty to give back to the graduate student community. “The project was created around an idea to try and commit faculty and staff at UA to the graduate […]
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Community Health Sciences, the Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival, now in its eighth year, will provide two evening showings of acclaimed movies.
From the Winter 2019 Collegian | Awa Traore had a few qualifications for institutions where she would pursue her PhD in mathematics: one that was close to her home in Birmingham, and one where she would be encouraged and pushed to be successful throughout her program. When she learned that two other black women were successfully working their way through UA’s program, she decided that she could see herself at UA. “When I came here, and I saw there were […]
From the March 2013 Desktop News | Kaylyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English and American Studies, was recently awarded the 2013 Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Scholarship for her work as an advocate of diversity at The University of Alabama. She received the award from Capstone Alliance, UA’s affiliation group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered faculty, staff, and students and their allies. The scholarship recognizes a UA student, at any level, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the campus climate for […]
From the March 2013 Desktop News | The Department of Psychology will host a student poster presentation on March 15 as part of “Through the Doors,” the year-long commemoration of The University of Alabama’s 50th anniversary of desegregation. The event’s title, “Integration now, integration tomorrow, integration forever,” hearkens back to former Alabama Governor George Wallace’s infamous quote. The event celebrates ways in which the inclusion of African Americans and other diverse groups has enhanced the field of psychology. The event will be held […]