Programming and Engagement Model

The official Programming and Engagement Model (PEM) was established in alignment with the University’s strategic goals and objectives set forth by The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide education, training and development, outreach and advocacy.  

The PEM not only creates organic events and programs, but also establishes collaborative partnerships with multicultural and diverse student organizations, faculty and staff, campus departments and corporate sponsors. 

Cultural Exploration (connecting with difference) 

Exposure to increase engagement, understanding and interpretations of various cultures


  • Kentuck Festival of the Arts (nationally known as a celebration of art and artists in Northport, Alabama) 
  • Multi-Cultural Coffee Hour (a weekly gathering of people from different cultures and countries held in the IDC conjunction with International Student and Scholar Services) 
  • Social Justice Movie Series 
  • Native American Heritage Month Cooking Demonstration with Grayhawk Perkins 


Educational Engagement (learning about difference)

Offers connections between civic and social justice topics


  • One Little Girl & the 16th Street Baptist Church Exhibit (Black History Month) 
  • Ted Talk Screenings  
  • Food for Thought: Cultural Learning, Sharing & Teaching (ongoing series) 
  • Safe Zone Ally Training Program  
  • Commemorative Month Keynote Speakers  


Social Enrichment (exposed to difference)

Provides engagement opportunities for interaction around diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Tide and Turf (a football Homecoming tailgate experience held on the Quad in partnership with the UA Black Alumni Association and the LGBTQ Alumni Association) 
  • Karaoke Night  
  • Diversity Game Nights  
  • Safe Zone Picnic 

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