Centenary students plan Diversity Week events

SHREVEPORT, LA — Student leaders representing all of Centenary's diversity-related organizations have joined forces to create the College's inaugural Diversity Week, featuring a full slate of activities and programs designed to raise awareness and start meaningful conversations about diversity on campus and in the wider community. Events will run from Sunday, March 6 through Sunday, March 13.

"Diversity Week and its programming came about through focused meetings with student leaders from many of the diversity related student organizations on campus," says LaToya Hemphill, Assistant Director for Community Engagement at Centenary. "All of these programs have been created with the goal both of showcasing the organizations' presence on campus and offering the campus community a broader range of diversity programming from all viewpoints."

Diversity Week 2016 events include:

Sunday, March 6
Safe Zone 101 Training: Safe Zone is modeled on a program started by employees at AT&T that is currently in place at many corporations as well as college and university campuses across the country. Safe Zone 101 and 202 trainings create a network of campus, staff, faculty, and students supporting LGBTQ students on campus.
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 2-5 p.m.

Monday, March 7
What is MSA? sponsored by Multicultural Student Association (MSA)
Caf Deck, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Diversity Panel: This event will showcase Centenary student organizations whose mission/goal is related to the promotion of diversity or providing awareness about diversity on campus.
Whited Room, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8
Spill Your Ink: A discussion of the spiritual meaning behind tattoos.
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11:10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 9
“Pink Tax Game” sponsored by NOW: Interactive game to share knowledge of how merchandise is marketed differently to different genders.
Caf Deck, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

RHA Paul sponsored by the Residence Hall Association: Traditional Drag Show with student and local performers, including educational dialogue about the Drag and Trans* communities.
Anderson Auditorium, 8-9 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
"The Unearned Advantages of White Privilege and the Recognition of Different Worlds": a lecture by Dr. Loren Demerath, Professor of Sociology.
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Greek Life Discussion and Stroll Off, sponsored by Greek Life: Panel and exhibition to educate the community about the differences between the various Greek Councils.
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Sadie Hawkins Dance sponsored by My Brother My Keeper
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Saturday, March 12
Q* Prom sponsored by Outreach: This event is a prom experience for students to attend with their partner of choice.
Whited Room/Hall of Fame Room, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Sunday, March 13
Safe Zone 202 Training: Community members who participate in this session and sign the Safe Zone Ally pledge will be recognized as official Safe Zone Allies.
Kilpatrick Auditorium, 2-5 p.m.

For more information on all Diversity Week events, contact LaToya Hemphill via email.

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