Multicultural Education Week focusing on critical concerns of mercy

After four successful implementations, Multicultural Education Week is back. Scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 5, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention’s fifth annual Multicultural Education Week will focus on the five critical concerns of mercy: Earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women.

Safe Space and Ally Certification

9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, DiStefano Lecture Hall

What does it take to create a safe space? The goal is to identify and mobilize a network of people who are empathetic and knowledgeable about the LGBTQ community and related topics, to provide evidence of LGBTQ support by displaying a sign as a visible symbol of personal commitment and to reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination of the LGBTQ community at Salve Regina. Participants who attend both sessions will be considered certified allies for the Salve Regina community and will receive an ally certification badge.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of congruence.

Opening Speaker: Tim Wise

Student discussion: 9-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Ochre Court state dining room
Competency development workshop for faculty and staff: 1-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Ochre Court state dining room
Keynote address: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Wise is an anti-racism activist and writer who has spoken on more than 1,000 college campuses about how to dismantle racism in institutions. He argues that people have internalized elements of racist thinking and discusses how members of society can challenge this conditioned way of thinking and be taught to believe in equality.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of consciousness of self.

Post-Election Discussion Panel

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Bazarsky Lecture Hall

The panel discussion will focus on the state of the country during the Trump presidency.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core values of commitment, congruence and consciousness of self.

Student Showcase

8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, O’Hare Academic Building second floor

Students will present sessions on issues pertaining to the five critical concerns of mercy: earth, immigration, nonviolence, anti-racism and women. Learn more about overcoming obstacles, empowering others and how current student organizations are tackling issues of oppression.

Multicultural Coffeehouse

4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Angelus Hall, Room 102

The coffeehouse is the center of social activity in cities and towns throughout many areas of the world. Sample coffees and pastries from a variety of cultures as you listen to live music and storytelling presented by Salve Regina students.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of commitment.

Keynote address: Junius Williams

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Junius Williams, former president of the National Bar Association and a major community activist and leader in Newark, New Jersey, is a nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the civil rights and human rights movements in this country for decades. His speeches have energized young and old alike in places like the Smithsonian Institute, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Shiloh Baptist Church and colleges throughout the country.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of consciousness of self.

Keynote address: Bethany Johnson-Javois

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Bethany Johnson-Javois, former managing director of the Ferguson Commission and CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, will engage with attendees to reconnect with their leadership purpose and reflect on lessons learned from her work to address community-level trauma and toxic stress spurred by the August 2014 events in Ferguson. She will outline a series of calls to action for higher education that offer a path to what generational change will require, using the lens of racial equity.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of consciousness of self.

Multicultural Festival

8 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 3, Ochre Court

The Multicultural Festival will feature cultural exploration and tips from student experts. View the extraordinarily diverse garments that make our world so colorful and bright during a fashion show. Taste magnificent cuisine from every corner of the globe. See the dances that have been passed from generation to generation. Let us come together for a night of warmth, celebration and acceptance.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core value of commitment.

Movie Night: “Fences”

8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, DiStefano Lecture Hall

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

This is an approved Navigator event fulfilling the core values of commitment and consciousness of self.

Multicultural Education Week is co-sponsored by the Alliance, Black Student Union, Campus Activities Board, Center for Student Development, Davis Educational Foundation, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, Female Empowerment Organization, Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, Mercy in Motion, Multicultural Student Organization, Southern Poverty Law Center and the offices of Residence Life, Student Activities and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

1 comment

  1. Lisa Olaynack says:

    Thank you Salve! I hope to get to one of these events…

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