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Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows (DIFF)

Mission Statement 

The Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows (DIFF), in alignment with Strategic Pillar 3 – Inclusive Excellence within the Georgia Southern University Strategic Plan, will serve as advocates and agents of change in addressing broad issues of diversity and inclusion for faculty and graduate students on the campus of Georgia Southern University. Our overarching goal is to cultivate a community of like-minded colleagues who desire to shape the current conversations about higher education around issues of diversity and inclusiveness. We will do this by (1) developing and curating diversity and inclusion resources available to faculty and graduate students, and (2) providing opportunities for exposure and sensitization to issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education. 

Who We Are 

The current group of DIFF represents a range of departments and most colleges at Georgia Southern University. Click the members’ names to read their biographies. 

  • Shainaz Landge (College of Science and Math, Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Juanjuan Peng (College of Art and Humanities, History)
  • Stacy Smallwood (Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Health Policy and Community Health) 
  • Peggy Shannon-Baker (College of Education, Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading) 
  • Clare Walsh (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology) 

Brief History on How DIFF Came to Be 

The organization known as DIFF was born out of a panel discussion on diversity & inclusion in the classroom, which was part of the Fall 2017 new faculty orientation. Based on the high attendance and positive feedback from attendees, a representative from the Faculty Center recognized both the importance of and demand for ongoing diversity & inclusion training opportunities for instructors. The four panelists (Drs. Costello, DiGregorio, Smallwood, and Walker-DeVose) became the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows. Since then, DIFF has grown to include other faculty members from the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses with expertise in and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the classroom. 

Upcoming DIFF Events

To date, DIFF has designed and led several faculty and staff professional development workshops. DIFF members have also designed, co-facilitated, and participated in other university events and activities. Register for each session by visiting the links below. If you have already registered through the original system, you will not need to re-register. Additional information about the programs and sessions may be found below.

Event DateRegistrationFlyer
FIKA with Fellows!Friday, January 14, 2022 11:30am-12:30pm

Friday, February, 11, 2022 11:30am-12:30pm

Friday, March 11, 2022 11:30am-12:30pm

Friday, April 8, 2022 11:30am-12:30pm


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Responding to Microaggressions
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 11:00am- 12:30pm
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FIKA with Fellows!

Fika. (noun or verb). A Swedish term for a short break involving coffee or tea, a snack, and conversation; an opportunity to connect with others around you.

This is a monthly opportunity for faculty, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants to come together and take part in informal conversations about diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Bring your topics and questions, and DIFF will facilitate the dialogue.  Don’t forget your drink and snack — if you want to participate on multiple levels.  The mood is casual and drop-in, but the discussions are sure to be insightful! 

Responding to Microaggressions

This learning session will define and describe microaggressions based on race, gender, disability, and more social identities. Participants will explore the impacts of microaggressions on those who experience them, and also identify ways to respond when you are the recipient, when you commit one, and when you witness one.

Last updated: 1/18/2022