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Diversity Programs and Services

2019 Annual Legacy/Diversity Forum

Important dates:

Legacy Celebration: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Diversity Conference: Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9am-4pm

Diversity Forum Schedule

Diversity Forum Program 2019


Kim Katrin Malin

Kim Katrin Malin

Co-Founder of The People Project & Activist for Justice and Inclusion
Kim's 'The People Project' is an initiative to bring forth local and international community development through alternative education, art-activism and collaboration. Her presentations are anchored in a modern version of The Golden Rule. Rather than assuming the way you want to be treated is the standard for all, Kim encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask and listen.

Eric Deggans

Eric Degas

NPR TV Critic

Eric is NPR's first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network's shows, such as Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for He also appears on NPR podcasts such as Code Switch and the Pop Culture Happy Hour and blogs such as Code Switch, Monkey See and The Two Way.
In addition to his work for NPR, Eric serves as a contributor and media analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, dissecting media issues on NBC TV platforms and online. He also serves as chairman for the board of educators, journalists and media experts who select the George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media at the University of Georgia.

History and background of the Legacy Banquet & CSU Diversity Conference

The CSU Diversity Conference began in 2012 as a partnership between the Mayors Commission on Diversity and Unity (formally One Columbus) and Columbus State University. The brainchild of Dr. Florence Wakoko, Professor of Sociology at CSU, the goal was to create a platform to engage the Columbus community and CSU in serious, and sometimes difficult dialogue concerning issues of diversity, poverty and inequality.

Moving forward, the conference has merged with Columbus State University's Legacy Celebration to form the annual CSU Diversity Forum. This important partnership will continue to work with supporters and groups within the community namely in conjunction with the Mayors Commission on Diversity and Unity, to discuss a broad range of issues reflecting the diverse lives of many throughout the Columbus region in regards to race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, education, nationality, poverty, and privilege.

As part of the Diversity Forum the 2019 Legacy Celebration, hosted by the Diversity Programs and Services, will celebrate its 7th anniversary. The Legacy Celebration Banquet highlights diversity as a campus priority and the necessity for maintaining institutional excellence. Students are recognized for their efforts in continuing the legacy of inclusion, celebrating diversity and educating others through their hard work, volunteerism, and leadership. The goal is to help realize a better world and future for all. In addition, the awards process, event, and publicity showcases campus diversity achievements and best practices to internal and external audiences and enables students, faculty and staff to communicate and document their achievements.


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