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Illinois College Diversity Week kicks off on Monday, November 11

The second annual Illinois College Diversity Week, November 11-15, will feature a campus wide series of events highlighting different aspects of diversity.

“Diversity Week is a time for the campus to get together and cherish the diverse world that we all live in,” Justin Mallett, director of diversity, says. “Celebrating diversity is to understand and be proud of who you are as well as to learn about and respect others. It's not just about you and me, it's about us.”

Throughout the week there will be events that celebrate diversity, from an art exhibit, to speeches, to discussions on interracial dating and much more.

Diversity Week is sponsored by the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Office of Residential Life, SAGE, Sigma Tau Delta, Black Student Union, IC Feminists, Sociology Club and Amnesty International.

For more information contact Mallett at 217.245.3271 or justin.mallett@ic.edu.

“No matter where you come from, how you identify yourself, what opinions you have, you contribute to diversity,” says Mallett.

Descriptions of events:

Stereotype Table. Monday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Caine Student Center (sponsored by SAGE). Stop by the Stereotype Table and let them know a stereotype you have heard. All responses will be compiled and displayed together to show the magnitude of the misconceptions and misunderstandings among us.

Multicultural Reading Contest. Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m. in Schewe Library (sponsored by Sigma Tua Delta). A reading contest hosted by the English Honor Society to promote works that exhibit diversity, anything from short stories to poetry.

NOH8 Table. Monday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. in Caine Student Center (sponsored by SAGE). Promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest with SAGE.

Stereotype Table. Tuesday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Caine Student Center.

 Interracial Dating and Feminism Discussion. Tuesday, November 12, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Learning Center, Room 110 (sponsored by IC Feminists/ Sociology Club). Join the campus community in discussing the growing number of interracial relationships in modern society.

Fair Trade Store. Wednesday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Multicultural room of Caine Student Center (sponsored by CEA). Find unique products you cannot get anywhere else.

Stereotype Table. Wednesday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Caine Student Center.

Art Exhibit. Wednesday, November 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Multicultural room of Caine Student Center (sponsored by BSU). Poster boards displaying the diversity among Illinois College’s minority students. Stories will be shared to promote understanding of the cultural commonalities and differences amongst students.

Human Trafficking Convocation. Thursday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Sibert Theatre (sponsored by Amnesty International). “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking will be shown. A panel of experts will also speak about the current status of this modern human exploitation.

CEA Diversity Show. Friday, November 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Sibert Theatre (sponsored by CEA). Diversity Week will wrap up with a special show of performances about different cultures and global issues.

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