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We hope you can join us on October 7 for this virtual talk with Dr. Innis-Jiménez in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Click anywhere on the flyer for the zoom link.
A Message From Dean Stuart Usdan:
We share the country’s feelings of profound grief and revulsion at the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others before them.
With a heavy heart, and in collaboration with the CHES committee for Diversity and Inclusivity (CDI) please know that our college is strongly committed to a culture of inclusion and equity but we can do more to ensure that our actions match our words. In addition to continuing to provide programs that strive to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity, the committee is at work collecting new resources that our faculty and students can use for personal enrichment, classes, and community outreach. As a human sciences unit within an institution of higher education, we have the power to change lives and instill within our students a sense of courage, respect, and dedication towards a more equitable society.
For many years, our college has tried to live by the creed of “improving lives” but in order to do this we must first come closer together as a community to create a safe and welcome environment. We also recognize that people of color may be especially traumatized by the retelling of such racialized experiences. Please take care of yourself and let us know how we can help. We encourage everyone to utilize the resources provided by the UA’s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion to learn how to be an effective ally. If you feel you may need support do not hesitate to contact any of these UA resources: the UA Title IX office, University Counseling Center, Women and Gender Resource Center or the Employee Assistance Program.
These are certainly sad and concerning times for our country, and it is our great hope that we can heal from this and become a just and equitable world in which we all want to live. We can make a difference but only if we do so together.
ASID Alabama announced that the 2020 recipient of the Dr. Mary Ann Potter Outstanding Educator Award is CHES instructor, Mr. John Peaslee, ASID, RID. In addition to teaching at the university for 25 years, Peaslee has also served on the Alabama Board for Registered Interior Designers and as Regional Chair for the Interior Design Educator's Council.
Most recently, he served as the Faculty Advisor for the ASID Student Chapter at The University of Alabama where his encouragement and guidance led the chapter to new heights of achievement and participation. ASID Alabama noted that Peaslee is a dedicated advocate for the profession and, above all, a friend.
The entire ASID Alabama Board of Directors and the state Chapter are grateful to Peaslee and say he has been and will continue to be one of their heroes. We at CHES join ASID Alabama in congratulating Mr. John Peaslee on this great honor!
The annual Dr. Mary Ann Potter Educator Award honors the educator in our state who has shown outstanding and significant contributions to interior design education and/or the Alabama ASID chapter. The award recognizes educators who have promoted interior design professionalism within their respective programs.
Hands in Health and the Delta Xi chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma have been selected to collaborate as one of only four anchor organizations at the Student Community Engagement Center, (SCEC). Newly-created student organization, Hands in Health, provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for gaining experience in health-related areas while Eta Sigma Gamma is a national health education honor society. Both organizations have been recognized as leaders in community engagement efforts and for promoting the field of public health which, as current events demonstrate, is especially relevant at this time.
Eta Sigma Gamma was invited to join the SCEC in its inaugural year last year as one of one of only six groups of students to have an office and storage space in the SCEC facility in Capital Hall. The SCEC, located within the Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) at Capital Hall, is designed to facilitate synergy and cross-disciplinary collaboration among student organizations and their community partners to address critical, community-identified needs. More than just a space, the SCEC is meant to give students a place to do real-world work and engage in a student-run environment that can develop genuine relationships with organizations in the Tuscaloosa community.
Among other things, this opportunity will allow HIH and ESG to:
Anchor organizations are asked to re-apply for each academic year, and student organizations may choose to apply collaboratively which is exactly what HIH and ESG did. HIH president, Devin O’Neal, composed a compelling application and the organizations were awarded anchor organization status for the coming year. This is a great honor and privilege and shows once again that UA’s Center for Community Based Partnerships recognizes CHES students’ outstanding commitment to community engagement and public health.