News Release

Diversity Center Programs Designed to Foster Equity and Inclusivity

February 20, 2012

Dr. John Schwenn
Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis will speak on
“Building the Beloved Community” at Dalton State College Monday, April 30. He appears courtesy of the
College’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Dalton State College has developed a robust schedule of activities promoting tolerance and mutual respect, culminating with a visit from Civil Rights Pioneer and Congressman John Lewis in April.

Most of the program offerings of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are free and open to the public.

“Dalton State is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community where the principles of tolerance, respect, and equity are the hallmarks of campus life,” said Dr. Cleeland. “Through the Center, we want to provide experiences and resources that will enable members of our community to learn, live, and work effectively with others.”

“Dalton State is part of the larger community, and the more we can do to promote greater understanding and foster respect and tolerance of those who are different from us, the better for all of us,” she said.

Upcoming events that are free and open to the public include:

  • “When Freedom of Speech Becomes the Freedom to Hate,” lecture by Matthew Hipps, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 am, Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall;
  • Community Cinema: “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” chronicles the story of Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee and the courageous Liberian women who ended a bloody civil war; Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm, Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall;
  • “Womanist Spiritual Activism: Leymah Gbowee and the Liberian Women’s Peace Movement,” Dr. Layli Maparyan, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Georgia State University, Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm, Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall;
  • Community Cinema: “Refrigerator Mothers,” a documentary recounting the belief from the 1950s through 1970s that autism was the result of mothers who were cold, distant, rejecting, and unable to bond with their infants. Seven women labeled “refrigerator mothers” share their stories; Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., James E. Brown Center, room 205;
  • Community Cinema: “Freedom Riders,” the powerful and inspirational story of six months in 1961 when more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives to create awareness of racial tolerance. Many endured savage beatings and imprisonment for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism; Monday, April 16, 6:30 pm, Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall;
  • “Building the Beloved Community,” Civil Rights Pioneer and U.S. Congressman John Lewis has been called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced.” A public servant who has dedicated his life to protecting human rights and securing civil liberties will speak on building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America; Monday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

For more information on any of the programs of Dalton State’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, call Dr. Robin Cleeland at 706-272-4562, or email

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
706.272.4436 • 1.800.829.4436 •