Illinois College is holding its first-ever Diversity Week, November 12-16, offering campus-wide events that provide opportunities to explore different aspects of diversity.
“We all have different views when it comes to diversity,” Justin Mallett, director of diversity, says. “Yet, no matter where you come from, how you identify yourself, what opinions you have, you contribute to diversity.”
Throughout the week there will be events that celebrate diversity, from speeches, to movie night, to international cuisine in the cafeteria.
“This is the time when the campus gets together and cherishes the diverse world that we all live in,” Mallett says.
Diversity Week is sponsored by the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The list of co-sponsors includes Residential Life, Religious Life, Chartwells, The Rambler, Sociology Club, Forte, Sigma Tau Delta, International Sport House, SAGE, Japanese Floor, French Club and German Program.
Descriptions of Events:
• MLK Oratorical Re-enactments Convocation (Sibert Theatre) 11a.m.to 12 p.m., Monday, November 12. This convocation will feature Stephon Ferguson who performs oratorical "re-enactments" of Martin Luther King's speeches.
• Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation and Demonstration Convocation (Kirby 6/ Lincoln Library and Multipurpose Room) 5 to 7p.m., Monday, November 12. The Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and Japanese Floor welcome Kimiko Gunji from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss and demonstrate a Japanese Tea Ceremony.
• International Dance Workshop (Memorial Gym) 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, November 12, and 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 16. A two-part dance workshop featuring Latino, African, Irish, Japanese and Korean dances instructed by Illinois College’s very own students.
• German Movie Night (Spanish House) 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 13. Come watch a German movie for an exotic comedy experience.
• Monet Painting Workshop (McGaw) 8.30 to 9.30 p.m., Tuesday, November 13. The French Club’s annual Monet impressionism painting workshop.
• Fair Trade Store (Room 29) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 14.The Jacksonville Fair Trade Store will be on campus. Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. Come check out products made from all over the world and support a good cause.
• Workshop: Walking the Labyrinth (Rammelkamp) 11.15 a.m.to 12 p.m., Wednesday, November 14. What is a labyrinth? The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and the Light that calls from within. Come and find out more about this spiritual tool that people of many diverse faiths have walked.
• Convocation: Around the World: Common Bonds in Uncommon Cultures (Sibert Theatre) 7.30 to 8.30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14. Illinois College students gather to share significant aspects of their cultures to the campus.
• Special Olympics: Disabled Handball (Memorial Gym) 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 15. An uncommon sport played in an uncommon way. Sponsored by the International Sport House.
• Panel Discussion: Gender Controversies in Disney Movies (Kirby 110) 8to 9 p.m., Thursday, November 15. Join the Sociology Club in discussion on Disney princes and princesses and find out how your gender perceptions have and have not been shaped by the fairy tales.
All week events:
• Residential Hall Social: Proud-To-Be T-shirt Design. Rumor has it, if you have signed up. A free lime green T-shirt for you to design. What would you fill in the blank? Proud To Be …
• Where do you come from? pamphlet. In a few sentences, one-page essays or poem, artwork and photo, tell us where you come from. Think broadly.
• International menu (Cummings) International dishes that you would not have a chance to try otherwise. Good old location – Menutainment station in the cafeteria.