Students, staff, faculty and administrators at the University of San Diego will celebrate the importance of having a diverse and inclusive campus by participating in a series of events for the third annual University of Diversity Week, to be held March 1-5.
Following is a list of activities that all USD community members are welcome to participate in:
• Monday, March 1: The Creative Zone, located in room 302 in the Student Life Pavilion, is the place to come together from 1 to 5 p.m. to make banners for the upcoming March of the Toreros event.
• Tuesday, March 2: The annual March of the Toreros will take place. Members of the USD community will walk together from the fountain area next to Maher Hall down to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice building. Participants are asked to gather near the Maher fountain by 12:15 p.m. At the conclusion of the march, several speakers will reflect on their experiences working toward diversity and inclusion at USD. Cultural performances will follow and refreshments will be provided.
• Wednesday, March 3: Premiere screening of the film “Voices on Diversity.” A film about inclusion and diversity in the lives of USD students, faculty and staff will be shown in the Hahn University Center’s Forum A from 4-5 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the film presentation and refreshments will be provided.
• A second event on March 3 is a program called “Dude, You’re a Sissy: Why is the easiest way to cut a guy down is to call him a girl?” This is an opportunity to explore what happens when sexism and heterosexism collide. This event takes place in the UC Room 107 from 6-7 p.m.
• Friday, March 5: “I Belong Here, too!” Come to UC Room 107 from noon to 1 p.m. to hear personal testimonies of first generation, low income and commuter students as they share their experiences at USD.
Additionally, there will be displays throughout the University of Diversity Week available for the USD community to read and learn about different world religions posted on boards around campus.
This week-long celebration is sponsored by the Multicultural Relations Board of Associated Students, United Front Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, Theology and Religious Studies, Disability Services, CLE Club, TRIO Association, Center for Educational Excellence and the President’s Advisory Board on Inclusion and Diversity (PABID).
— Ryan T. Blystone