We lead the university's co-curricular efforts to become a more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community. To achieve this, we work with departments and student organizations across campus to ensure we're creating an environment where differences are embraced. Our programs play a major role in that, encouraging civil discourse and connecting individuals who share a variety of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Check out some of the ways that we encourage an open and honest community at Furman.

  • Dins Dialogue Series

      The Dins Dialogue Series provides an open forum for the exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas within the Furman community. These provocative, sometimes controversial topics allow students to discuss critical issues related to multiculturalism and social justice, through civil discourse. The goal is to foster a campus environment that is competent, respectful and inclusive of the diverse cultures and identities encompassed within the community. 

      Past dialogue topics include: "The Big Deal about Microaggressions, and the Messages they Send," "More than Meets the Eye: Sexuality and Intersecting Identities" and "In the Wake of Missouri: A New Wave of Student Activism." Dins Dialogues are hosted at least twice a semester, moderated by Furman faculty and community leaders, and open to everyone!

  • I Am Furman Campaign (#IAmFurman)

      The #IAmFurman campaign is an initiative where the faces and voices of underrepresented students are highlighted, bringing awareness to the microaggressions and stereotypes many multicultural and LGBTQ+ students face on a daily basis. The purpose of these campaigns are to educate the community, while giving students a platform to express their experiences, in hope for a more tolerant and inclusive community.

  • MLK Celebration

      In commemoration of the life and legacy of Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Furman hosts a series of collaborative events surrounding the MLK holiday. As a highlighted event, the MLK Day of Service is a partnership between DIISL, the Interfraternity Council and Heller Service Corps, and is a powerful opportunity to inspire Furman community members to come together and help those in need, in hopes to lay a foundation for ongoing interest in volunteerism and making a difference. Learn more about MLK Celebration events.

  • Heritage Month Celebrations

      Cultural heritage and awareness months are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the history and achievements of marginalized communities in the U.S., and around the world. In partnership with student organizations and University departments, the CIC collaborates on events and programs that commemorate diverse identities, heritages and cultures such as: Asian/Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ, Native American and Women's history/heritage months, along with other recognized heritage celebrations throughout the academic year.​

  • Safe Zone Training

      Safe Zone at Furman University is an educational program geared towards creating an inclusive environment for the LGBT+ community at the Institution. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. Learn more about Safe Zone Training.

  • Resident Assistants for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RAISE)

      A residentially-based diversity & inclusion initiative aligns with Housing and Residence Life's efforts to cultivate "a strong and inclusive community that encourages collaboration and self-discovery." D&I Resident Assistants receive specialized training that allow them to be identified as allies for residents from historically underrepresented populations and create and facilitate monthly programming for all residents on topics related to diversity & inclusion.

  • Cultural Life Program (CLP)

      The intent of the Cultural Life Program (CLP) is to encourage students to attend a variety of high quality events that provide enriching, challenging cultural experiences. Collectively, events designated as CLPs should engage students in a spectrum of issues, ideas, and artistic expressions from various disciplines and cultures. Events foster a sense of community on campus and help those in attendance see multiple compelling and legitimate views on cultural issues, inspiring a life-long pursuit of intellectual fulfillment and cultural engagement. View upcoming CLP events.

For more information please contact Deborah Allen, Associate Director of Student Activities for Diversity Engagement at or call 864.294.2267.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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