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Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to promote and sustain a diverse and inclusive learning, living, and working environment in which all members thrive and succeed.

We work to provide students, staff, and faculty with the knowledge, skills, and resources to nurture a campus climate in which all are respected and valued. We are committed to eliminating power imbalances, institutional biases, and systems of oppression that stand in the way of any community member achieving their potential. Looking beyond the Centre community, we seek to prepare lifelong critical thinkers and leaders able to contribute to a just, inclusive and diverse world.

Diversity and Inclusion Information

MLK

Building Bridges and Community Day

This campus-wide event is focused on creating intentional opportunities for us to better understand the wonderful variety of voices and perspectives represented by the nearly 2,000 people who make up our lively and energetic campus.

End of Year Events

Thanksgiving 

Intercultural Suite

An extension of the ODI, located on the second floor of the Roush Campus Center, serves as a communal gathering space where all individuals are welcome and encouraged to communicate and collaborate with one another. 
 

Intercultural Center

ODI Building 

The first floor of the ODI Building houses the formal offices of the ODI Staff. The second floor includes a large conference room and two breakout rooms that can be reserved by faculty for events and workshops. There are also study rooms upstairs that are available for students during working hours and a designated study room for Atkins Scholars.

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American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky promotes, protects, and defends individuals’ rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Kentucky Constitutions. One of the ways we accomplish that mission is by litigating cases in Kentucky’s state and federal courts that will have a broad impact on civil liberties, either by setting a legal precedent or by affecting the policies and actions of public officials. Our efforts include providing direct legal representation to individuals in certain cases, and filing amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs where significant civil liberties are implicated.

Citizens Concerned for Human Relations

Citizens Concerned for Human Relations (CCHR) is a multiracial group of citizens committed to creating in Danville, Kentucky, the beloved community described by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “A community which respects and affirms the dignity of all its members, a community built upon common humanity and enriched by cultural diversity.”
Contact: J.H. Atkins at jh.atkins@centre.edu

Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society

The Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society (DBCAAHS) is a group of dedicated community members who believe it is our civic responsibility to ensure that our presence, existence, and contributions provide the public knowledge that is essential for future generations to understand and appreciate the African American heritage in this community. To read about a local play on Danville black history, click here.
Contact: Michael Hughes at 859.326.6065

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is the state government authority that enforces the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 344), and, through its affiliations with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, enforces federal civil rights laws.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. To view the NAACP Kentucky County Units, click here.

Events and workshops will be listed as they are scheduled.

The ODI newsletter is published monthly and includes diversity related news, announcements, and upcoming events. 

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Contact Information

ODI student resources

Diversity Resources for

Students

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Faculty resources

DIVERSITY RESOURCES FOR

Faculty and Staff

Summary

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Staff

Andrea Abrams

Andrea Abrams

  • Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion • Associate Professor of Anthropology
jessica chisley

Jessica Chisley

  • Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming
rachel gause

Rachel Gause

  • Executive Administrative Assistant, ODI & New Horizons Scholars Program Coordinator