• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

Prejudice Reduction Seminars

Columbus’ very own Diversity Organization, One Columbus, would like to announce the launch of a new series of programs, the “Prejudice Reduction Seminars”.  The seminars are a new approach to addressing issues of diversity through increasing knowledge and encouraging dialogue.

Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. Formed on the basis of preconception and misjudgments, prejudice can surface in dislike, hostility or unjust behavior. The aim of the seminars is to reduce prejudice and promote social harmony based on the evidence that increasing knowledge essentially results in reduced prejudice and harmony in individuals and groups.

 “If we understand more about a particular social group, culture, religion, ethnicity or so on, it enables us to clear some of the grey areas in which we may hold misconceptions, through giving us a new reality, a new picture, to confront our stereotypes.” Rose Espinola, Program Manager, One Columbus.

The seminars are in line with One Columbus’ core ethos, to make available to the wider community, quality academic lectures and discussion through carefully planned programs, which aim to bridge gaps of understanding between cultures. The first of the series will open with the ‘Middle East Lectures’, and will cover issues including culture, nationalities, religions, women, and more. Covering the Middle East is not only relevant to personal interaction of cultures within our community, but equally for understanding how we relate on a global scale and to challenge any preconceived stereotypes.

One Columbus is pleased to announce the confirmation of established academics to deliver the lectures, including; Prof. Emeritus Denny Clark of Idaho College, an inter-religious expert with over 30 years experience in the U.S and the Middle East; Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im, of Emory University, an internationally acclaimed academic and author of many publications including the recent book ‘Muslims and Global Justice’ (2011), and Associate Professor Amira Jarmakani of Georgia State University, with focuses of American popular perceptions of the Middle East and Feminist issues.

This is a great opportunity for people in the community to expand their knowledge about this region in an academic and public forum. The seminars open on Thursday 7 June in the Chattahoochee Valley Library Auditorium from and will be held every second week for four consecutive seminars on 7 June, 21 June, 5 July and 19 July from 6pm-7:30pm for each session.

Middle East, Islam, Sharia and Democracy in the Arab World Today