DSU to celebrate Diversity Week with daily events

Offering the community a variety of diversity learning and engagement opportunities, Dixie State University will celebrate Diversity Week from March 19 to 23. “Diversity Week is a time where we all get together as students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the many different cultures here on campus,” Joshua Jenks, a member of the Multicultural & Inclusion Center Student Council, said. Hosted by the university’s Offices of Student Inclusiveness, which includes the Disability Resource Center, International Student Services, Multicultural & Inclusion Center, Veteran Student Success Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and Women’s Resource Center, Diversity Week features a wide range of events that explore and celebrate diversity. All events are open to the community and residents are encouraged to attend. To kick off the week, the university will host a screening of “Right Footed,” a film about Jessica Cox, the world's first armless pilot, a Guinness World Records holder and disability rights activist. Hosted in preparation for Cox’s keynote address later in the week, the viewing will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center. The following day, a veteran student panel will lead a discussion and answer questions at noon on Tuesday, March 20, in the Gardner Living Room. That evening at 6, Mr. DSU International, showcasing international students’ talents and traditions, will be held in the Gardner Ballroom. To help the university provide student diversity ambassadors with scholarships, a fundraising event will be held Wednesday, March 21. The Multicultural Celebration, featuring cultural representations from DSU students, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The evening will open with a silent auction at 4 p.m. Admission to the celebration is $5. On Thursday, March 22, DSU’s Institute of Politics & Public Affairs’ Pizza & Politics forum will address race relations and power in America. The forum is set to take place at noon in the Gardner Living Room. That evening, Jessica Cox will deliver a motivational address about conquering physical and mental barriers with fearlessness at 6 p.m. in the Eccles Concert Hall. To learn more about Cox, visit www.jessicacox.com or www.rightfootedmovie.com. Diversity Week will come to a close on Friday, March 23, with an opportunity to learn about different cultures by tasting homemade food. Offering samples of international cuisine, Taste Around the World will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on the Gardner North Lawn. Dixie State University’s Multicultural & Inclusion Center is a student support service established to increase diversity at Dixie State University via the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. The center contributes to the enrichment of campus life through cultural and awareness activities. For more information about the Multicultural & Inclusion Center, visit mic.dixie.edu.