Think and D.E.W. (Diversity Education Week)

Belltower with NC flag on right

NC State Belltower, Fall 2010

Diversity Education Week 2015The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity in partnership with the Union Activities Board-Diversity Activities Board and Student Government are pleased to present the 6th Annual Diversity Education Week, October 11-16, 2015. Global readiness and cultural competence are required of today’s college graduates. Diversity Education Week provides students, faculty and staff with opportunities to further their awareness and understanding of our nation and world’s diverse cultures and foster intercultural understanding through a collection of engaging opportunities. Participants are exposed to intercultural perspectives through lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions, film, food, music, dance and more. Offering over 30 programs this year, Diversity Education Week advances learning and scholarship, builds understanding and respect among different peoples, and enhances constructive leadership in the global community.

Some highlights of the week of upcoming activities include:

1490 Who? On Monday, October 12, in lieu of Columbus Day, the university will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Sponsored by Native American Student Affairs, the event will feature a panel discussion focusing on the importance of accuracy in understanding the history surrounding Native Americans and Indigenous populations.

Annual Fall Diversity Dialogue: The Identity Compass – Got diversity? No one is uni-dimensional. Through this interactive program engage in dialogue to examine how our identities impact who we are, how we navigate the campus, and our interactions with others. Sponsored by the UAB-Diversity Activities Board and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Language: The Forgotten Dimension of Diversity – discusses language as a critical element of diversity through teaching about dialects of North Carolina and addressing common myths/truths about language/dialects and the people who speak them. Sponsored by the North Carolina Language and Life Project.

Defamation: a play that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, audiences engage in civil discourse that challenges preconceived notions. Sponsored by University Housing.

Approaching Diversity: Analyzing Intent vs. Impact: The North Carolina State University Chapter of Amnesty International will be hosting a panel discussion featuring distinguished NC State faculty on current social justice conversations. Tips and things to think about when supporting issues that affect marginalized communities you do not identify with will be shared.

Respect the Pack:  How do you respect the pack? This event will include t-shirt giveaways and multimedia opportunities for you to share ways that you engage in welcoming diverse experiences, people, perspectives and learning opportunities. Sponsored by Student Government.

How will you THINK and D.E.W.?

Please see the full calendar of events.

Dr. Tracey Ray is assistant vice provost for student diversity in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.