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Diversity Week, September 25–29

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Monday, September 25

Salsa Lessons

Dr. Jose Ricardo-Osorio

with Dr. Jose Ricardo-Osorio

Time: Noon–1:00pm

Location: CUB 119

Join Dr. Jose Ricardo-Osorio and learn how to dance the different styles of salsa! Salsa is a form of dance that has a strong Afro-Latin influence. Developed in the Caribbean, it made its way to New York in the 1960s where the term salsa was coined. 

All Around the World

with student organizations and the Center for Global Education

Time: 5:00–8:00pm

Location: CUB MPR

Join us for a celebration that promotes cultural awareness, appreciation, and understanding through music, food, crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment from all corners of the globe.

Tuesday, September 26

Climate Optimism and Inclusivity

Wawa Guthera

with Wawa Gatheru, Keynote Speaker

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Luhrs Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

Gatheru is a climate justice storyteller motivated to uplift the voices of those most adversely impacted by the climate crisis. She has become a prominent voice of her generation, using the power of social media to share how communities of color and women have been adversely affected by climate change and the racist roots of the environmental movement.

Wednesday, September 27

Disability, Diversity, Ableism, and Inclusion

Student Panel Discussion with Shelbie D’Annibale

Time: Noon

Location: Orndorff Theatre (CUB 123)

A presentation covering aspects of disability identity, universal accessibility, and progressive inclusion.

“Black Hair Matters” Film and Discussion

Maria James Thiaw

with Maria James Thiaw ’96

Time: 7:00pm

Location: CUB MPR C

From the impact of historical anti-Blackness to discussions about hair bias today, this film and interactive discussion facilitated by alumna Maria James Thiaw ’96, will challenge us to examine how black hair is a social justice issue. James-Thiaw will also share relevant poetry and provide participants with access to the Hair Story Digital Study Guide.

Thursday, September 28

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Workplace

with Career Center employer partners and Dr. Manny Ruiz

Time: Noon

Location: Orndorff Theatre (CUB 123)

When exploring the concept of intersectionality, it is important to remember that for members of our campus community that fit into multiple minority communities, the consequences of unconscious bias can quickly compound—and can even come from well-meaning peers and campus programs. Join this interactive discussion with guest’s student speakers who will share their narrative. You will leave this session with the skills needed to continue helping us create a culture of inclusivity on campus.

Political Speed Dating

Dr. Alison Dagnes

with Dr. Allison Dagnes, Professor of Political Science

Time: 5:00pm

Location: CUB MPR A

This event asks Ship students to come together to meet people who may have different opinions, but who are delightful regardless. The goal of this exercise is to show our campus that we have more in common than we do differences. Students will self-identify as either “Left of Center” or “Right of Center.” They will sit across from someone who has a different point of view, listen to that person, and ask an uncritical question (or two). Each person has time to express an opinion about an issue or a topic without criticism or accusation. Then, students will have time to find common ground on something; they will find something that they both agree upon, or something they both like. This could be a current events issue, music, movies, or food.

It’s An Art Form: Drag History/Performance

Betty Whitecastle

starring Betty Whitecastle

Time: 7:00pm

Location: CUB MPR C

Come join the celebration with drag performer Betty Whitecastle, who will dazzle us with a performance and provide an interactive discussion on the history of drag.

Friday, September 29 

A Quilt to Cover Us All

sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA)

Time: 3:00, followed by Food Truck Festival from 3:30–5:00pm

Location: Gilbert Hall

A Quilt to Cover Us All is an initiative by MSA’s A.C.T. (Ask, Communicate, Teach Tolerance) committee. It was created in the spirit of unity and cry for justice in our Shippensburg University community. The quilt will give individuals and groups, administration, faculty, staff, and students, a platform for expression. The goal is to empower one another by creating a quilt that highlights our unique differences and embraces our commonalities. It is a way that the whole campus can come together and declare that as a campus we will value and appreciate every member of the Ship family and we will seek equality and justice for all. Stay afterwards for the Food Truck Festival at the Fountain!

MSA Quilt

Contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance

Old Main 200 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1161 Fax: (717) 477-4001