Celebrate diversity and inclusion through fall 2020’s Multicultural Education Week
Multicultural Education Week happens every semester at Salve Regina, but this fall it feels particularly important as the country wrestles with so many difficult topics like racism versus anti-racism and what it means to be a country that truly celebrates diversity and inclusion in all of its forms.
For the fall 2020, Multicultural Education Week has an amazing lineup of speakers and events to help students, faculty and staff process these issues in an engaging and personal manner, so please check them out. All events are held in person, as well as virtually via WebEx to ensure that anyone can attend.
A list of all the events are included below:
Multicultural and Multilingual Mass
Sunday, Oct. 25, 7-8 p.m.
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
To introduce Multicultural Education Week this year, members of the Salve Regina community are invited to join a Multicultural and Multi-language Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel where there will be music, reading and chants.
Who Will Save American Democracy? The Role of Women, Young Voters and People of Color in American Politics
Monday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m.
Bazarsky Lecture Hall
LaTosha Brown is the co-founder of Black Voters Maaer Fund, an organization dedicated to increasing the political power of Black people. She has been called “a visionary who is leading the charge for a new, inclusive America” by Notable Publication. LaTosha travels through the South and key swing states on what they call “the Blackest Bus in America” to galvanize voters and stop voter suppression. She is also the co-founder of Black Voter Maaer Capacity Building institution, organizations that provides training and support to community-based organizations.
When Worlds Collide: Race Relations in an Age of Uncertainty Discussion Panel
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Bazarsky Lecture Hall
Everyone lives in a world of differences, and these differences often lead to conflict on the moral, political and cultural levels. This panel of students and professionals will discuss how to navigate these differences in the context of race and culture in the U.S.
Guest Speaker Payton Head: Intentionally Intersectional Leadership
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7-8 p.m.
Bazarsky Lecture Hall
As a leader who represented thousands of diverse people from the U.S. and abroad, Payton Head had to find the unique balance between advocating for the well-being of the black community while advocating for students of all different backgrounds. He discusses inclusive leadership strategies that focus on being intentionally intersectional in the representation of communities different from his own. Head also talks about his own experiences navigating white LGBTQ spaces as a black man and black liberation spaces as someone with a queer identity.
The Tapestry of American History Through Native Eyes: An Alternative Perspective
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m.
A lecture accompanied by a PowerPoint slideshow that challenges the commonly held misconceptions found in American history books. From Christopher Columbus to George Washington, Armstrong Custer to Andrew Jackson, colonization is an untold/mis-told story that needs to be reframed, because the Indigenous Narrative is a story of struggle and survival.
Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.
Celebration of Cultures
Friday, Oct. 30
Come together throughout the day to celebrate cultures from around the world. The Miley dining hall will feature international foods and music along with displays of various countries and flags. In the evening, food trucks serving international foods will be stationed in the Miley Hall, Ochre Lodge and Young Building parking lots from 6-9 p.m. In addition, there will be a country scavenger hunt run through the @salvemulticultural Instagram page. Search across campus and find hidden images for the chance to win a gift card.
Multicultural Education Week is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, the Office of the VP for Student Affairs and Campus Activities Board.