Diversity Council

The Reality of Poverty: An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity banner

As part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity awareness within the NIC community, the 2014/16 academic year will be dedicated to addressing socioeconomic inequality through the theme: The Reality of Poverty, An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity.

The Reality of Poverty: An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity

Poverty, which leads to social inequality, is an issue related to diversity. Creating a campus wide theme to provide education concerning the structural causes of poverty promotes an understanding of diverse populations. The NIC student population and larger community of North Idaho experience poverty at concerning levels. Those experiencing poverty face multiple disadvantages which ultimately impact their life chances, particularly their ability to be successful in college. The poor in our society generally face marginalization as the causes of poverty are misunderstood. The outcome is that social inequality increases and communities become more polarized and disengaged.

Upcoming Events 

Fall 2015

Nickel and Dimed Book Cover

Cardinal Reads will host the final Roundtable Discussions for the common read for the fall semester. Engage in intellectual inquiry and discourse about the common read.  Light refreshments will be served.

When:  November 11th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: SUB Driftwood Bay Room

*Check back soon for updates. 

The Common Read Faculty Workshop for the next common read will be offered in the spring 2016 semester. Check back for updates or contact Maureen Steinel, Mesteinel@nic.edu or Karen Ruppel, Krruppel@nic.edu. 

 News and Updates:

The common theme for the 2016-2018 academic year is Racial and Ethnic Diversity Awareness. The new theme will begin Fall 2016. 

The Ad Hoc Common Read Committee is happy to announce the selection of the new common read for the 2016-2018 academic year. The next common read is, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is the common read at roughly 19 colleges and universities including WSU this year. The Diversity Council and ASNIC will be sponsoring the opportunity for NIC students and faculty to visit the WSU campus in Pullman on December 1st to attend Bryan Stevenson's lecture. For more information, contact Maureen Steinel, Mesteinel@nic.edu or Holly Edwards, Hcedwards@nic.edu.

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 Previous Events

 Spring 2015

Common Read Coffee Talks
Where: Driftwood Bay
When: January 26, February 10, March 10, April 14, April 30

Training for Faculty and Staff. (Open to U of I and LCSC)
Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students (UEURCS) by Karen A. Becker, Ph.D., Karla M. Krodel, MBA, Bethanie H. Tucker, Ed.D., Foreword, by Mike Theall, Ph.D.
Where: Lake CDA room 
When: Feb 4 and 5th.
Contact: Holly.Edwards@nic.edu to register
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Footsteps: A Journey of Many 
Where: Lake Coeur d'Alene Room
When: March 3rd - 5th

Day of Dialogue 
Where: Lake Coeur d'Alene Room
When: March 17th 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Diversity Events Presents, Understanding Poverty: A Day of Learning
Where: Lake Coeur d’Alene Room
When: April 21st

Common Read Panel Discussion: Nickel and Dimed

Where: Driftwood Bay
When: April 30th