African Caribbean Association Group Photo

African Caribbean Association Group Photo, 2007. Source: Laureate, 2007.

March 2000: The International Student Christian Fellowship is established

2000: The Saudi Student Association is established

2000: Sharifa Charlery, class of 2000 and a recipient of the Kaufman Award for leadership and service to the Old Domination community, becomes the first female African American Student Body President

2000: Sister4Sister student organization is created to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of African American female students. 

2001: The African Caribbean Association is established

Introducing Roseann Runte

Roseann Runte being introduced as the 7th President of Old Dominion University, 2001. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

July 2001: Roseann Runte, President of Victoria University in Toronto, Canada, becomes the seventh and first female president of Old Dominion

January 2002: The Saudi Student Association is established

April 2002: The African Craibbean Association is established

April 2002: The ODU Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice is established

August 2002: The Fellowship of Minority Engineers and Scientists changes its name to the National Society of Black Engineers

2002: The Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding is established. The institute seeks to foster knowledge of Jewish history and cultures, and through scholarship, education and community outreach

2002: The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Students and Allies organization changes its name to the ODU Out Student Alliance, and later to ODU Out


Sigma Lambda Upsilon Group Photo

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Group Photo, 2007. Source: Laureate, 2007.

2002: The Omega chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon becomes the first Latina sorority on campus

2004: A major and minor in Asian Studies is offered for the first time

Latino Student Alliance Group Photo

Latino Student Alliance Group Photo, 2007. Source: Laureate, 2007.

2005: The Latino Student Alliance is established as a multi-ethnic organization dedicated to unifying students from all backgrounds while appreciating and connecting with the Hispanic ethnicity

2005: The Global Student Friendship organization, aimed at welcoming international students and scholars to the Old Dominion campus by providing events, tours, and other services, is established

February 2006: The Graduate Association of International Studies is established but changes its name two years later to the Graduate Society for International Studies

2006: The Safe Space Committee, aimed at raising awareness and tolerance for the LGBTQIA+ community at Old Dominion, is established

F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. Student Organization Group Photo

F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. Student Organization Group Photo, 2007. Source: Laureate, 2007

2006: F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S., a student organization created to help welcome the international community to Old Dominion, is established during the 2006-2007 academic year

November 2007: The Global Student Friendship organization is established

2007: Lambda Upsilon Lambda becomes the first Latino fraternity on campus. The Old Dominion chapter, however, is a multicultural chapter.

2007: Old Dominion unveils a new Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and African Studies (AAST) program

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event, 2015

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 2015. Courtesy of Old Dominion University.

2008: The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action restructures into the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity to adequately prioritize Old Dominion's commitment to diversity and inclusion. ReNee Dunman serves as the office's director

2008: The Office of Intercultural Relations, geared toward creating a community that is supportive of and values all cultures at Old Dominion, is created with Lesa Clark as the first Assistant Dean of Intercultural Relations

March 2009: The first Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, to raise awareness for ending sexual violence against women, takes place on Kaufman Mall 

December 2009: The International Justice Mission, a student organization which draws attention to global injustice issues, is established