Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at SUUSI

In our ongoing work to deepen and strengthen our commitment to widening our
circle of community through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in 2023, SUUSI launched
our new DEI Core Staff department.

The SUUSI DEI department focuses on development of programs and support for groups of people who experience societal marginalization including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and special needs populations.

OASUUS

OASUUS was envisioned by our beloved Danielle Gladd whose spirit left us. Danielle fought for creation of OASUUS. DEI works to create and expand on the vision that Danielle Gladd had and hopes to honor her legacy. 

We will be working to re engage OASUUS with the SUUSI community to become a space FOR BIPOC and be run BY BIPOC. As a reminder, this is a space specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)  to come together in a community outside of the predominantly white SUUSI; this means that for non-BIPOC SUUSI members, this is not the space to talk about racism or how to be an ally to our community. Respect our space and we encourage everyone to be cognizant and remind each other that OASUUS is a sacred space to be respected and SUUSI needs to be accountable to each other in order to make this happen. OASUUS will not be perfect as we are growing and adapting, please reach out with any ideas or suggestions on how to make OASUUS better. 

Queer Spaces

SUUSI strives to be a safe, welcoming, and accepting space for LGBTQIA+ people. Look for queer-centric programming in the catalog, during community time, and in the dining hall. 

Many of us are aware of the policies that target the LGBTQIA+ Community, in particular the Trans community. These policies and laws are abundant in many of the states that we live in as individuals and pass through on our way to SUUSI. While we may never find the perfect location for SUUSI, we want to push forward, and find a location that can serve as a safe space for people of marginalized communities, especially those that are under attack and are at risk. This means broadening our region of SUUSI, adjusting to a new campus with different requirements and needs, and most importantly, being open minded to change that benefits and protects those that are at risk when they come to SUUSI by traveling through states that may be dangerous to their existence. We encourage those that are in communities that are impacted by these laws to join the site selection committee. 

Special Needs and Accessibility

SUUSI recognizes the broad diversity of sensory and special needs of participants.  Please see our Accessibility page for more information about mobility scooters, sensory-friendly spaces, fidget libraries, and programming accommodations. 

 

LINKS

SUUSI Covenant

SUUSI Anti Harassment Policy

Accessibility

  • Food Allergy Meet Up Unlimited

    Food allergies, sensitivities, or other dining hall concerns? Join Radford and SUUSI staff members to discuss or discover your options! Any other time, one can always ask for the manager or chef on duty and they will walk anyone through the options--they do this all the time for students.

  • Favorite Fidgets for FamiliesUnlimited

    Favorite Fidgets for Families! Families with sensory challenges and special needs are invited to create handmade fidgets, show and tell their favorites, ask questions, make plans, and share tips for making SUUSI a wonderful experience! Cold treats available!

  • Queer Meal Meet-UpUnlimited

    A smaller group setting within the dining hall intended to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ SUUSI-goers to make connections. Look for the Meal Meetup table signs!

  • Senior Meal Meet - UpUnlimited

    A smaller group setting within the dining hall intended to create a welcoming space for ages 60+ SUUSI-goers to make connections. Look for the Meal Meetup table signs!

  • OASUUS Monday MixerUnlimited

    BIPOC SUUSI-goers are invited to come together for fun and fellowship. OASUUS is an intentional community meant for Black, Indigenous, & other People of Color. Please honor and respect this space; it is not a space for white people to come uninvited.

  • OASUUS Family Fun NightUnlimited

    BIPOC families are invited to come together for fun and fellowship. OASUUS is an intentional community meant for Black, Indigenous, & other People of Color. Please honor and respect this space; it is not a space for white people to come uninvited.

  • OASUUS Lounge Unlimited

    Lounge for BIPOC members of the SUUSI Community

  • LGBTQ+ MixerUnlimited

    LGBTQ+ of all ages are invited to play games and mingle!