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Events

Monday, October 3 – Saturday, October 8

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15  

All Week Long

Equality Shirts T-shirt sale
Visit the Unity Center all week for a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) T-shirt while supplies last: signature gold on blue, or pink on red for marriage equality. Wear your shirt on Oct. 11 in honor of National Coming Out Day. Limited quantity and sizes.   

LGBT Health Care
Visit Donovan Dining Center lower lobby all week for information regarding LGBT health issues: the health care system, access to health care in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, questions to discuss with providers and changes in college health insurance coverage. Sponsored by RIC Health Services

Monday, October 3

10 – 11:50 a.m.
HIST 334 Open Class
The Black Experience in America
Assata Shakur: Radical in Exile
Forman Center 130

Based on a seminar developed and taught locally by RIC alum Marco McWilliams, this class will analyze the autobiography of Assata Shakur to critically examine the politics of race in America. Participants will investigate the role of the Black Panther Party in race politics, the detainment and exploitation of prisoners and the collision of politics and social justice.
Sponsored by the Department of History and the Africana Studies Program

Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Film: "The Year We Thought About Love"
Student Union Ballroom

What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be “out” on stage to reveal their lives and loves? Boston-based True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. This documentary introduces a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing. When bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their love stories to help heal their city. This program explores intersectionality and how to live authentically despite adversity.
Sponsored by the RIC Adams Library, Student Union, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Gender and Women’s Studies and the Counseling Center

2:30-3:30 p.m.
TED Talk: "The Future of Race in America"
Unity Center, DDC Lower Level

Michelle Alexander, author of the acclaimed book “The New Jim Crow,” talks about the role of mass incarceration in the perpetuation of the racial caste system in the United States. Prior to entering academia, Alexander served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the project’s media advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and litigation. The 23-minute talk is repeated three times.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Learning for Life

4-6 p.m.
Promoting Deaf Awareness
Alger 110

Attitudes toward American Sign Language (ASL) are quickly evolving. The Deaf and hard of hearing community has linguistic variations and is full of intersecting identities and differing perspectives. Research and knowledge about ASL has benefited the study of languages as a whole. On the other hand, outdated stereotypes, misperceptions and myths about ASL and Deaf and hard of hearing people still persist and create societal barriers. RIC Professor of Special Education Marie Lynch, who grew up culturally Deaf, and Tim Riker, American Sign Language Studies lecturer at Brown University who is also Deaf, use research, facts and their life experiences to broaden awareness of the cultural/linguistic strengths of Deaf people, reduce stereotypes and promote inclusion. 

Tuesday, October 4

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Social Activism and the Performing Arts
Alger 110

Assistant Professor of Dance Jessica Pearson uses her original choreography to examine the process of researching and creating art for social awareness. Her dance performance piece, “It Continues,” is her creative response to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and will be featured in the RIC Dance Company Spring Concert (February 10-12, 2017). 

2 – 3:50 p.m.
POL 350: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics Open Class
Craig-Lee 202

In this course, Associate Professor of Political Science Michelle Brophy-Baermann offers critical insight into the complex historical and social issues that impact attitudes and behaviors in American politics.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
TED Talk: "The Story We Tell about Poverty Isn't True"
Learning for Life, Craig-Lee 054

Mia Birdsong has spent more than 30 years fighting and loving for social justice and liberation. She is the co-director of Family Story, an organization working to expand our understanding of what makes a “good” family. Birdsong is an avid generalist with a wide range of experience including social activism, youth development and health education. A frequent speaker on low-income communities, Birdsong’s work has been published in the Stanford Innovation Review and the Huffington Post. The 15-minute talk is repeated three times. Snacks are included.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Learning for Life

7 - 8 p.m.
The Art of Stepping
Student Union Ballroom

Rooted in African culture, stepping is an integral part of the fraternity and sorority experience. Art of Stepping is a uniquely trademarked/copyrighted program that has been implemented in various after-school partnerships. It focuses on Techniques 101 (sounds vs. counts), the Basic Body Formations to Steppin’ Survival Kit, and a mathematical learning system that delves into the history of stepping from Leonardo Da Vinci to Gumboot to where stepping is today. Outside LinkA reading list is available here.
Sponsored by Student Activities/Greek Life and Omega Phi Beta

Wednesday, October 5

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Study Abroad Informational Fair
President’s Dining Room

This program will provide students with  opportunities to speak with representatives from the RIC Shinn Study Abroad Fund and RIC-affiliated, off-campus study abroad programs. Students will learn about experiences living and learning in a variety of locations and situations. What better way to learn about cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity?

Websites of RIC-affiliated study abroad programs:
AIFS: http://aifsabroad.com/
API: http://www.academicintl.com/
CIS: http://www.studyabroad-cis.com/?page=programs,
TEAN: http://www.educationabroadnetwork.org/?id=9 
SIT: Outside Linkhttp://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.htm
CAPA: Outside Linkhttp://www.capa.org/ 

Sponsored by Rhode Island College Study Abroad Office

Noon - 5 p.m.
El Camino
RIC Campus

This event will take participants around the campus on a 30-40 minute journey symbolizing the travels of undocumented Latin American people from their native homelands to the United States. Four walks will take place throughout the day starting on the hour (from 12-3 p.m.). Each walk will begin on east campus at the Forman Center. Participants may broaden their perspective of immigration and share thoughts and experiences in a safe environment. The walks will be followed by a peer-led discussion revolving around immigration issues and personal storytelling. Gifts from RIC ’s Latin American Student Organization and light refreshments will be given during the final hour (4-5 p.m.) in the Unity Center.    
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Scholarship Information Session
Unity Center Conference Room, DDC

Looking for scholarships? Students at RIC are encouraged to view their work as a significant contribution to the academy. Facilitated by RIC Professor of Elementary Education Maria Lawrence, this session promotes awareness of inclusion scholarship and environmental studies. The Kingston Mann Student Achievement Award (open to all students) and the UDALL Scholarship (open to juniors, seniors and Native American students) are opportunities for students to be recognized for their richly diverse experiences and interests. Application requirements, deadlines and faculty contacts will be shared in the session. Light food and beverage will be served.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
TED Talks: "How to Raise a Black Son in America" and "High School Training Ground"
Adams Library Reinhardt Room

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher and doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University with a concentration in culture, institutions and society. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include mass incarceration, the sociology of race and the history of inequality in the United States. Malcolm London, poet, educator and activist, performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He attends the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre and is deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system. London regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. Both talks are under six minutes and will be repeated throughout the hour. Snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Learning for Life

12:30 – 2 p.m.
LGBT Health Care Information Table
Donovan Dining Center Lower Lobby

Health Services staff will be on hand to discuss LGBT health issues: the health care system, access to health care in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, questions to discuss with providers and changes in college health insurance coverage. Learn how to navigate a complex medical care system and self-advocate.
Sponsored by RIC Health Services

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Film: "The Light in Her Eyes"
Gender and Women's Studies Suite
Adams Library floor 1B

This award-winning documentary produced right before the uprising in Syria erupted, offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam without giving up their dreams. The film is about Houda al-Habash a Sunni female religious leader and her students. “A woman is a school. Teach her and you teach a generation.”
Sponsored by Gender and Women's Studies Program

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Incorporating Diversity into Simulation
FLS 163 Nursing Simulation Center

Nursing simulation offers students exposure to cultural diversity issues and gives them practical experience in providing culturally sensitive care.  This focus group is an opportunity for all members of the RIC community to discuss the use of simulation in understanding diversity and inclusion in health care. The goal is to inspire ongoing and intercollegiate dialogue around issues of health disparity, cultural diversity and best practices. 
Sponsored by the School of Nursing/Simulation Center

6 – 8 p.m.
Film: "Which Way Home"
Unity Center

The Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary “Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of courageous and unaccompanied children trying to make it to the United States. “¿Cuál es el Camino a Mi Casa?” muestra el aspecto personal de la migración a través de los ojos de los niños que enfrentan con valor y habilidad los terribles peligros para alcanzar su meta de llegar a los Estado Unidos. Dinner will be provided.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Thursday, October 6

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
El Camino (2nd day)
RIC Campus

The second day of this event takes participants around the campus on 30-40 minute journeys symbolizing the travels of undocumented Latin American people from their native homelands to the United States. Four walks will take place throughout the day starting on the hour (from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each walk will begin on east campus at the Forman Center. Participants may broaden their perspective of immigration and share thoughts and experiences in a safe environment. The walk will be followed by a peer-led discussion revolving around the walk, immigration issues and personal story telling. Gifts from RIC’s Latin American Student Organization  and light refreshments will be given during the final hour (2-3 p.m.) in the Unity Center.    
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Noon – 2 p.m.
Teaching Students with Visual Impairment and Blindness: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the College Classroom
Faculty Center South Dining Room

Accessibility of course materials to all learners, including individuals with disabilities, is a diversity and inclusion topic of national significance. This interactive workshop will provide examples of best practices for teaching students with visual impairment and blindness. Attendees will receive a user-friendly overview and practical tips about accessible course materials, teaching and learning techniques.  Lunch will be included.   
Presenters: Associate Professor of Biology Breea Govenar; Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Educational Studies Caroline Caswell; Adjunct Professor of Art Carole Villucci; and RIC Elementary Education major Maryabby Jusayan.
Sponsored by: Disability Services Center, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and the Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC)

2 - 3:50 p.m.
FYS 100-28 Open Class
Chemistry of Cooking: Food Cultures
Student Union Ballroom

Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences Jamie Towle-Weicksel will lead this interactive, hands-on class, which provides an introduction to food chemistry, with emphasis on food preparation, safety, consumption and nutrition. Students will share their knowledge of food chemistry, explaining the chemical composition of various foods of their choosing. Selected foods represent cultures from around the globe. Students will discuss flavor profiles and ingredients. Tasting will be allowed. 

5 - 6 p.m.
TED Talk: "A Prosecutor's Vision for a Better Justice System"
Donovan Dining Center Patio

Adam Foss is assistant district attorney in the juvenile division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He is on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and is an active member of the state’s Bar Association. In 2012 Mr. Foss received the Brian J. Honan Award recognizing excellence in the courtroom and service to the community.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Learning for Life

6 - 8 p.m.
Film: "Which Way Home" (2nd Screening)
Unity Center

The Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary “Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of courageous and unaccompanied children trying to make it to the United States. “¿Cuál es el Camino a Mi Casa?” muestra el aspecto personal de la migración a través de los ojos de los niños que enfrentan con valor y habilidad los terribles peligros para alcanzar su meta de llegar a los Estado Unidos. Dinner will be provided.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) 

7:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Cape Verdean Passada Workshop
Student Union Ballroom

This interactive workshop teaches the basic steps of Passada, one of Cabo Verde's main cultural dances. Participants will learn three different styles of the dance at beginner and intermediate levels accompanied by Zouk and Kizomba music. If you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry – we’ll teach you. This a fun way to meet new people and learn more about Cape Verdean culture.    
Sponsored by the Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA)

Friday, October 7

Noon - 1 p.m.
TED Talk: "Change Your Channel"
Student Union Cafe
             
Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne, Germany. She is a German/Sierra Leonean writer, filmmaker and fashion designer who pursued studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore and Great Britain. Today she lives across the globe, runs an all-natural cosmetics business in Hong Kong, and is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective FOLORUNSHO, a “sharity” she initiated with street kids in Sierra Leone. 
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Learning for Life

Saturday, October 8

3 - 6 p.m.
Cabo Verde National Day of Culture
Student Union Ballroom
             
This event mirrors the activity of the Ministry of Culture of Cabo Verde in celebrating the culture and identity of the Island of Brava. The history of Cabo Verde/Brava and its cultural influences are conveyed through narrative, music and song, with awards and live entertainment featured throughout the afternoon. This event is ticketed: $20 for the general public; $10 for non-RIC students; no charge for students with RIC ID.    
Sponsored by the RIC Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), The Unity Center, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies and the Cape Verdean Heritage Foundation

Beyond Diversity Week

Tuesday, October 11

National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988 to commemorate the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11 of the previous year. The purpose of the day is to promote awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ community. This year marks the 28th anniversary of NCOD. Visit The Unity Center for a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) equality T-shirt while supplies last: signature gold on blue, or pink on red for marriage equality.

Friday, October 21

6 - 10 p.m.
10th Anniversary
Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at RIC
Donovan Dining Center

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For the latest information on Diversity Week events, stop by the Unity Center (DDC lower level) or visit our webpage at www.ric.edu/unitycenter. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities available upon request.

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Page last updated: Friday, September 23, 2016