It will be around the world in five days when West Virginia University hosts third annual Diversity Week activities Sept. 25-29.
“Our intent is to bring to the WVU campus as much cultural diversity as possible within this small time frame,”said Jennifer McIntosh, WVU executive officer for Social Justice,”so that the WVU and local communities can see, and gain a better appreciation for, the many unique qualities that comprise our one global world.”
The week of activities, which share the theme One World, Many Flavors begins Monday, Sept. 25, with events that focus on Europe and the Middle East. Various WVU student organizations will set up booths in the Mountainlair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. all week.
The Center for Black Culture and Research will present an hour-long movie titled Ethnic Notions, an Emmy winning documentary about prejudice in America, at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. at the Center on Spruce Street.
There also will be three cake-cutting ceremonies throughout the day at various campus locations: 10:30 a.m, Towers Residence Halls; 11:30 a.m., Mountainlair Commons; and 12:30 p.m.. Law School lobby.
“This is to make our whole campus aware of the week at hand and to make everyone feel included in the events,”McIntosh said.
Also at noon, WVU Associate Professor of History William Arnett will present a talk on Egyptian culture in the Gluck Theater.
Tuesdays line up, which will focus on the Asian culture, will include an 11 a.m. talk by storyteller Bill Legg in the Mountainlair food court; a 4 p.m. movie titled The Way Home, a depiction of women from different ethnic groups, in the Mountainlair Laurel Room; and a Creative Arts Center Theater production titled Dancing at Lughnasa at 7:30 p.m. in the Vivian Davis Michael Theatre.
World themes turn to the North America culture on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
A special highlight of this day and the week will be a Women of Color Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Mountainlair ballrooms, featuring a Garments of the World fashion show with music by Ollie Watts Davis. Reservations canbe made by calling 293-5496.Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 22. For more information and a reservation form, visithttp://www.as.wvu.edu/cwc/
At 12:30 p.m. there will be clogging demonstrations in front of JACs in the Mountainlair.
A discussion of Mexican culture and contemporary issues is planned for 2 p.m. in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.
WVU students will sponsor a Stop the Hate vigil at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Woodburn Circle.
South American culture will be the focus on Thursday, Sept,. 28, with a South American Cultural Awareness talk at 4 p.m. in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.
Welcome to Africa will be the theme of activities for Friday, Sept, 29. A step dancing demonstration is planned for 11:30 a.m. in front of the Mountainlairs JACs. The WVU African Ensemble will perform at noon in the Lair food court. An international festival is set for noon-5 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms.
The week concludes with a 7:30 p.m. gospel choir presentation in the Creative Arts Center Concert Theater.
In conjunction with activities, a well-known childrens author, noted for her multicultural characters, will make several presentations to WVU faculty, staff and students throughout the week, including a 4-5 p.m. community presentation on Monday, Sept. 25, in the Towers Gold Room.
Throughout the week, the CACs Mesaro Galleries will feature the works of internationally known artist Faith Ringghold titled African-American Experiences of Growing up in America.
The Office of Social Justice will sponsor a Diversity Week banner contest focusing on the weeks world theme.
Winners will receive a 19”color television, a gift basket from Slight Indulgence and other prizes.
For more information on the banner contest, or any of the weeks events, call the Social Justice Office, 304-293-5496.
The Office for Social Justice and the Council for Womens Concerns are the primary sponsors of Diversity Week.