The project, titled “Facing Diversity, Fostering Inclusion,” is part of a wider SRU initiative to publicly express our commitment to making diversity and inclusion on our campus a priority. Though this is hosted by the Art Department, the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Gender Studies Program and co-sponsored by GIESO and Residence Life, there is widespread support for and participation in the project. To date, we have taken almost 200 portrait photographs of campus and community members, the result of work done by students in Dr. Jamie Hunt’s photography class and of the organization of seven photo booths which we hosted in the Smith Student Center over a three-week period. We worked with a number of student organizations, departments, and offices to include a truly diverse representation of our SRU community. We have also worked with President Behre and Scott Albert, Facilities Director, to ensure support at every level and to address logistics.
This August, “Facing Diversity, Fostering Inclusion” will be unveiled to the community. When students return for Weekend of Welcome prior to the first week of class, they will see a diverse representation of SRU and their new home (or, for many, the home to which we are returning). The walls of buildings will be transformed with these portrait photographs, which will greet us from the outside of buildings throughout campus.