Want to know a little more about how issues concerning diversity? Well you’re in luck! UP is hosting their annual Diversity Dialogue week at the end of this month.
Diversity Dialogue week is held in order to educate the students and faculty of the university about issues surrounding diversity in the community, nation, and campus. The purpose is to also make the community more aware of these issues.
There are quite a few events going on each day throughout the week of Diversity Dialogue week, many co-hosted with other clubs. Some of these events consist of movies or clips about diversity, which usually has a discussion portion after. There are some discussion panels about diversity issues like religion, sexuality, gender, disability, social inequality and other issues.
Here is the guide for the week of February 25- March 1
Go check out the documentary and discussion about Racism & Sexism in Disney: A Documentary in Shiley 123 from 7:15-9pm. Learn about the Disney films and how they portray sexism and race in their films.
There are so many events going on this day, but make an effort to check some of them out!
1st Event: UP SNA is presenting on the Hispanic, Veterans and Homeless Population in BC 310 from 11-1pm.
2nd Event: Hosted by Philosophy Club, Precious Knowledge followed by a discussion about the film in Shiley 319 from 6-8:30pm
3rd Event: Hosted by Black Student Union, Many Shades of Black, a bicultural panel in St. Mary’s Lounge from 7:30-9:30pm
As the week progresses there are more events for fellow students to come learn about diversity!
1st event: CPB will be hosting How Diversity Can “Gum Up” Our Communication and What To Do About It in St. Mary’s Lounge, 12:30pm-2:30pm
2nd event: M.E.Ch.A will be hosting Senorita Extraviada (Missing Young Women) in BC 310, 5-7pm.
***Come learn about the horrific crimes against women occurring in 1993 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. ***
3rd Event: Gay Straight Partnership will be hosting Faith and Sexual Identity dialogue in Shiley 123, 6:30-8:30pm. Come learn about people’s point of view related to faith and sexuality to their own personal experiences.
4th Event: Majority of college students love free coffee, well UP always has their Espresso UP, but this time come enjoy some great local music! SpeakerMinds from the Portland area will be performing during Espresso UP in St. Mary’s 6:30-10pm.
***Come enjoy some delicious free coffee, and for those non-coffee drinkers Italian sodas or tea and some local music! ***
5th event: Student Association of Social Workers will be hosting a Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth; They Get it, So Why Don’t we?, in Franz 205, 7-8:30pm.
***So for Wednesday there are so many events you can attend, but go for ones that you think you would love to learn from, and issues that you don’t know about. It is great to learn about issues that you don’t have much news media from.***
***Not as many events as Wednesday, but overlapping. Maybe stop in each one for a half hour and then move on to the next one you want to attend to. It never hurts to learn about issues that you don’t know about.***
1st event: Multicultural Program presents Understanding Racism: A Workshop in BC 110, 4-6pm. Workshops are always great to attend because you get to learn about key issues, topics and still have time to ask questions to learn more.
2nd event: Feminist Discussion Group will be hosting Persepolis in Shiley 124, 6-7:45pm
3rd event : French Club will be hosting French Social Blunders and Culture in New Commons, 7-8pm
***Final day of Diversity Dialogue week, if you were not able to attend any of the events earlier on the week try to attend these last ones. You will learn about important issues in all of these events. ***
1st event: Campus Connector will host Arts of Diversity Exhibition in Christie Hall 020, 11:30-1:30pm
2nd event: M.E.Ch.A will be hosting their second event a March & Candelight Vigil in Honor of the Women of Ciudad Juarez at 4pm. If you would like to be part of this event, meet at 4pm in front of Waldschmidt steps.
The clubs President Yuri Hernandez says “to bring awareness of the killings because I don’t think everyone knows about it, especially here on campus,” is the decision for why they are having the walk.
3rd event: International club will host Cultural Fusion in Mehling Ballroom, 6:30-8pm
4th event: Liberty in North Korea, a LiNK documentary with Danny from North Korea will be presenting in Mehling Ballroom, 8-9pm.
Diversity Dialogue week is to help spread awareness and learn about issues that most of us have never heard of, and for some students this is sad and disappointing because not many people show up to these events.
When asking Yuri what she thinks about Diversity Dialogue week she responds that she thinks it’s sad that not many people attend, because it shows that no one cares. Knowing that a student leader, who is also a minority, at this campus does not feel appreciated or cared for, they still put in so much effort for Diversity Dialouges week to happen. So hopefully this time around the UP community will actually take interest in attending these amazing events so students and others can learn about diversity and learn about diversity issues that is faced on campus.
Well now you know all of these upcoming events for Diversity Dialogue week and you should take part in attending some of them.
Come educate yourself about diversity and issues. Hopefully one day students at UP will take more advantage of these events to learn about issues.