Lewis University celebrates Diversity Week

Lewis University celebrates Diversity Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: January 16, 2014.

Lewis University will host Diversity Week from Jan. 27-Jan. 31 to honor and acknowledge the legacy and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The various events will take place throughout the week, all of which are free of charge and open to the public. Events will be held at different locations on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Celebrate Diversity Week 2014 at the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 27, in the Sancta Alberta Chapel with the Lewis University Community and keynote speaker Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, diversity expert, consultant, and founder of S.O.U.L Creations, a nonprofit education agency that promotes the academic and social development of youth. Attendees will enjoy musical performances by the Lewis University Gospel Choir and Harmonic Uprising.

Later that day, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room, “Beloved Community: Fulfilling the Promise” will rediscover the task of growing and nurturing the beloved community. Both people of faith and secular humanitarians are called to rediscover, and lift the torch of justice to shine light on and transform all forms of exclusion and marginalization in order to create a more peaceful, inclusive and loving society.

“Inclusion as the Norm” will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the D’Arcy Great Room. Members of the Lewis University Community will lead a panel discussion and offer an analysis of historical and global gender disparities in human rights and civil rights. In addition, Dr. Tracey Nicholls, associate professor of philosophy will explore the erasure of women from history, the presence of women in globalized economies (how the “girl effect” is lifting China out of poverty) and arguments about the functional equality of all human beings (women’s rights are human rights).

Also on Tuesday, from 2-3:15 p.m., “Emerging Issues of Title IX in Education and Athletics” will take place in AS-158 of the Academic Building. Attendees will learn how Title IX could play a role in emerging issues such as disabilities in education and athletics, increased focus in STEM fields for women, and preparation of teachers and administrators and sports management professionals. In addition, it will also address sexual harassment, hazing, and peer harassment.

Explore Dr. King's creative use of Gandhian nonviolence and its effects on Catholic social teaching, as Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology argues that nonviolent conflict strengthens democracy by increasing political participation. He will introduce Campaign Nonviolence, which intends to rebuild U.S. communities by fighting drones, poverty, and environmental destruction. This event will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 in the D’Arcy Great Room.

Also on Wednesday, “Black Student Union Open Mic” will showcase talented Lewis University students as they perform poetry, songs, instrumental selections and more. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Union and will feature artistic and uplifting performances to celebrate Community, and share what Diversity truly means to this generation.

At 11 a.m. Thursday in AS-158 of the Academic Building, Dr. Calvin Edwards, chair and professor of justice, law and public safety studies, will lead a panel discussion to examine the discretion of prosecutors that has contributed to racial disparity in the incarceration of minorities’ criminal justice system. The panelists will also address the sentencing guidelines that contribute to racial disparity and alternative strategies that focus on making communities safe.

“A Look at the Impact of MLK’s Assassination” will take place at noon on Thursday in the Student Union. Join the Lewis University Community to discuss Michael Eric Dyson’s book April 4th, 1968. Members of the community have joined to engage the audience in an interactive panel discussion that will address the impact that Martin Luther King’s death has on today’s society and reflect on how the dream is lived out in the world today.

The final day of Diversity Week will feature “Living the Dream: Unveiling the Wall of Oppression” at noon on Friday in the Student Union. This culminating event will offer a challenge to continue the diversity exploration beyond the week. There will be student involvement, contributions by University Ministry and a thought provoking dialogue.

For additional information on Diversity Week events, please contact Miguel Cambray, director of Lewis University Multicultural Student Services at cambrami@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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