Diversity Week set for March 26-30

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host an array of events for this year’s Diversity Week, including lunch-and-learns, a Human Library, movies and films, art, Safe Zone training, and an international food and dance festival.

UA Little Rock’s Diversity Council started the annual Diversity Week celebration in 2015 as a way to highlight the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The event is held each spring, although the council is considering expanding the event to once per semester.

This year’s event will be significantly larger than in years’ past.

“The Diversity Council planned five activities, and then we opened it up to the campus community for additional workshops and events,” said Sharon Downs, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs and the Diversity Council chair. “The response was overwhelming. There are now 13 events.”

This year’s Diversity Week events include:

Monday, March 26

Lunch & Learn, Death By Dialect: Oppression of Language is Still Oppression, 12-1 p.m., DSC meeting room D

Human Library, 2-5 p.m., Ottenheimer Library, 1st Floor

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

Black Panther Movie Panel Discussion, 6-7 p.m., DSC C

Tuesday, March 27

“Amreeka,” a film about the Arab American immigrant experience followed by discussion, 10:50 a.m.-1 p.m., SSC Auditorium

Lunch & Learn: Deaf panel, 1-2 p.m., DSC meeting room D

LGBTQ Ally 101, 3-4 p.m., DSC Leadership Lounge

Discussion about Safe Zone training content for employees and how students can be good allies to the LGBTQ community.

Wednesday, March 28

“I See You: Blind contour drawings from Basic Drawing class,” 9-10:50 a.m., mall area

“I See You” is a social practice project by the Windgate Center for Art and Design’s Basic Drawing students. Come get a quick portrait drawn of yourself, or draw a portrait of someone else.

Lunch & Learn: Hidden in Plain Sight, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DSC meeting room G

Discussion: Subculture of low socioeconomic citizens in the UA Little Rock community

Safe Zone training for faculty and staff, 1-5 p.m., Dickinson 502

Thursday, March 29

UA Little Rock’s WorldFest: A Food & Music Experience, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,  DSC and surrounding outside areas

Lunch & Learn: The Voice of Cesar Chavez and the Impact on Hispanic/Latinx communities, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DSC Leadership Lounge

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace workshop, 12:30-1:30 p.m., DSC D

Job seekers will learn what to look for when choosing companies that value diversity and inclusion, including what questions to ask during a job interview.

Anderson Institute lecture series: “How Can Black Parents Rear Their Children to be Black Americans in a Color Conscious Society?” 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Ottenheimer 2nd floor

“Te Ata” movie, 4-6 p.m., Ottenheimer 535

Produced by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, the film tells the story of Te Ata (1895-1995), internationally known Chickasaw actor and storyteller, who traveled the world educating audiences about Native American cultures.

Expressing S’More Values, 7-8 p.m., Commons Great Room

Students will discuss and compare their key values, create a display board showing values that are important to the students at UA Little Rock.  At the end of the event they will make s’mores.

Friday, March 30

UA Little Rock’s WorldFest: A Food & Music Experience, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., DSC and surrounding outside areas (mall area)

The schedule is also online.

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