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Affinity - Affirming Welcome Receptions and Student Mixers

Student Engagement

Multicultural Programming

Groups Served
Collegiate, Faculty, Graduate, Postbaccalaureate, Postdoctoral, Staff

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Cook, Tonya
tcook3@gsu.edu
404-413-1584

Address
55 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Campus
Alpharetta, Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton

Funding

Institutional Funding (e.g., President's Office, Provost Office, College or Academic Unit, Departmental Funding)

Overview

Welcome Receptions/ Mixers are bi-annual affinity-affirming events that invites members of diverse communities. Our signature events include, but are not limited to: The American-International Student Mixer, LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception, Student of Color Welcome Reception, Interfaith Community Mixer, and the First Generation Welcome Reception.

Benefits

To network
To meet new people
To expose the affinity group to the larger university community
To create more awareness about the affinity group

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Not discipline specific (University-Wide)

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
First Generation, Gender, Military/Veteran Status, Political Ideology, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation

Race/Ethnic Group
American Indian, Asian, Black, Gender, Hispanic/ Latinx groups, Multi-racial, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 2: Multicultural Programming

Established
07/01/2014

Number Served
5001-5500

Notable Leaders, Stakeholders, or Speakers

Donnita Ragland
Dr. Pia Scott
Perennial Pop Owners
Janice Robinson
Renee Bazemore

Research Routines, Responsibilities and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ training/coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, modules, professional development etiquette, facilitated discussion, panel, summit, educational programming, speaker series), Dissemination/communication of policy, newsletter, brief, common definitions, web-based diversity, equity and/or inclusion statements

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

First Generation Welcome Reception to recognize first generation
Muslim Student Association Welcome Reception to give more awareness to Muslim student community
Welcome Reception for LGBTQIQA Community for all faculty, staff and students in celebrating their pride and their identity.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

Networking with new people and Sharing of resources and Creating safe spaces

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

First Generation Welcome Reception to recognize first generation
Muslim Student Association Welcome Reception to give more awareness to Muslim student community
Welcome Reception for LGBTQIQA Community for all faculty, staff and students in celebrating their pride and their identity.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Institutional alliances, Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentoring is not used in our program

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluations that can help us better plan for the next event and give people a chance to reach out to each other.

Evaluation Methods

average attendance to events, annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

attendance, Other

Other: What two things you learn today by attending our event

Outcome Milestones

Building and embracing community and increasing attendance for the welcome receptions

Key Performance Indicators

Event attendance and Event Evaluations

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 2: Multicultural Programming

Established
07/01/2014

Number Served
5001-5500

Notable Leaders, Stakeholders, or Speakers

Donnita Ragland
Dr. Pia Scott
Perennial Pop Owners
Janice Robinson
Renee Bazemore

Research Routines, Responsibilities and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ training/coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, modules, professional development etiquette, facilitated discussion, panel, summit, educational programming, speaker series), Dissemination/communication of policy, newsletter, brief, common definitions, web-based diversity, equity and/or inclusion statements

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

First Generation Welcome Reception to recognize first generation
Muslim Student Association Welcome Reception to give more awareness to Muslim student community
Welcome Reception for LGBTQIQA Community for all faculty, staff and students in celebrating their pride and their identity.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

Networking with new people and Sharing of resources and Creating safe spaces

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

First Generation Welcome Reception to recognize first generation
Muslim Student Association Welcome Reception to give more awareness to Muslim student community
Welcome Reception for LGBTQIQA Community for all faculty, staff and students in celebrating their pride and their identity.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Institutional alliances, Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentoring is not used in our program

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluations that can help us better plan for the next event and give people a chance to reach out to each other.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

average attendance to events, annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

attendance, Other

Other: What two things you learn today by attending our event