Amazing Grace: Freedom's Song
Welcome to the Global Institute for Diversity and Change! Founded by award-winning artist, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador Yewande Austin, GIDC was created in response to the deafening cries of college students that felt marginalized in spaces that were once created to develop the next generation of great leaders.
Since 2004, we've trained students and professionals alike how to create inclusive environments that promote cultural tolerance, equity and social responsibility in 12 countries from Africa and Europe to the Americas. Are you an institution committed to improving your campus' cultural climate or an organization ready to transform your professional workplace? Then GIDC is ready to show you the way!
FOR DIVERSITY AND CHANGE
RUNNING INTO THE DARK
Most of us feel uncomfortable in the dark. Perhaps that's why society is so apathetic to human suffering. Founder Yewande Austin's TED Talk, "Running Into the Dark", challenges the world to confront the darkest issues that plague our humanity, starting with global sex trafficking - the 3rd highest grossing industry in the world.
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!
Last spring, Yewande became a Diversity Healthcare Lecturer-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. A first-time position in VCU's 177-year history, she produced a series of nearly 30 lectures for pre and professional health science students. With that success, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences asked her to transform those lectures into a co-curricular class called "HumanCare". This class will be available October 27, 2015 - April 22, 2016.
OCT 27-APRIL 22
DIVERSITY HEALTHCARE RESIDENCY
Pre-Health/Professional Health Students
Spring 2016 Schedule: wp.vcu.edu/dhsd/
STEAMING THROUGH POVERTY
This spring our non-profit, Change Rocks Foundation, will launch the R.I.S.E. Competition (Restoring Inspiration through Science and Artistic Expression) with James River High School's Center for Leadership and International Relations. Participants will create STEAM-based solutions that address common disparities affecting youth across Nigeria as part of our yearlong sustainability project.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Keynote Speaker, "Hallowed Ground"
March 31 - April 2
Master Teacher, Panel Facilitator, MC
THE ART OF CHANGE
21ST CENTURY LEADERS
Keynote Speaker, "Answering the Call"
SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE
Keynote Speaker, "The Art of Change"