DISCO for Diversity
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012- Wanting updates for future diversity-focused events or seeking minors that will expand your education and give you another shot at a scholarship? Look no further, Diversity & Identity Studies Collective at O.S.U. is the group for you.
Originally a collaborative effort bringing together eight departments and programs teaching about the relationships between gender, race, class, and other elements of identity, DISCO, founded in 2006, turned into much more for Ohio State University.
“It’s a way of finding like-minded people in such a big place,” says Molly Blackburn, associate professor and member of DISCO since 2006.
Offering things like scholarships or small travel grants for students who are studying in one of the eight departments or programs associated with the collective, DISCO provides more than just a collective of like-minded people.
“DISCO creates the ability to communicate with people,” says Cynthia Burack, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and member of DISCO since 2006.
Besides the multiple departments, degrees, and scholarships DISCO provides, it also regularly sponsors events and speakers that help to keep students and faculty up-to-date on current issues of diversity. In September and October alone, DISCO had 50 events or meetings, ranging from talks on race and violence to having an AIDS walk.
Anyone looking to participate in DISCO events over the next month can find the DISCO events list on the events section of their website, or get updates emailed to them by requesting to be put on the DISCO listserv. To be put on the listserv, email a request to DISCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If eager to participate with DISCO, an upcoming event is Nov. 27, at 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in 311 Denney Hall. Here, Youseff Yacoubi will be discussing his new book “The Play of Reasons: The Sacred and the Profane in Salman Rushdie’s Fiction.”
Don’t have time to join DISCO in one of their events or programs, and the degrees they provide aren’t of interest, help DISCO advocate diversity at O.S.U. by donating money. Your donation will aid in providing scholarships and grants to students advancing their education in DISCO-related programs, and it will assist in funding DISCO events and meetings for diversity awareness.
Collaborate with DISCO today and support diversity at O.S.U. for the future.
About DISCO- DISCO is a collective of O.S.U. graduate students and faculty working for these primary goals (according to the mission statement in the About Us section on the DISCO website ):
- Promote innovative and intersectional research on issues of diversity, identity, and social difference and power.
- Coordinate and advertise courses and curricula on these issues.
- Sponsor diversity-focused intellectual and creative programs.
Undergraduate students can participate in the collective by signing up for the DISCO listserv, where they receive updates on upcoming events and other DISCO-related activity. Also, DISCO provides students with the option of eight academic programs ranging from sexuality studies to Asian American studies. These eight programs offer more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees. DISCO gives students the opportunity to obtain travel grants and scholarships as well.
For more information contact
Patrick L. Powell
Diversity & Identity Studies Collective