Winter Term Diversity Events

Wednesday, January 4
wInterfaith Lunch Series: Hinduism
11:30am
Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
Register Here

Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This Wednesday we will learn about Hinduism. Lunch is provided for students. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Elon Community Church

Mondays & Thursdays during Winter Term, starting Thursday, January 5
Race Card Project Installation
9am-3pm
Isabella Cannon Center

The Race Card Project Installation is an art project that accompanies this years MLK Jr. Commemorative Keynote Address by Michele Norris. The Race Card Projectwas launched in 2010 to spur candid conversations about race using six-word stories. More about the Race Card Project at Elon can be found here. Sponsored by Residential Campus Initative; Colonnades Neighborhood

Thursday, January 5
Human Library
11am-2pm
Belk Library, 2nd floor
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The Human Library Project started in Denmark in 2000 and occurs in 30+ countries. Designed to create understanding and dialogue across people, individuals volunteer as “Human Books.” Attendees “check out the book” which means they have one-on-one conversations with the Human Books and share experiences. Starter questions are provided, and Human Book volunteers represent diverse walks of life and identities across race, religion, family background, sexual orientation, gender, profession, hobbies, class, disability, skill set, and additional aspects of what it means to be human! Sponsored by Belk Library; Colonnades Neighborhood Association; Gender and LGBTQIA Center
If you are interested in being a “book” please contact Patrick Rudd (prudd@elon.edu) before Jan. 3!

Thursday, January 5
Willy Wilkinson, "Creating a Trans Affirming Campus"
10-11:15am and 3-4:30pm
Moseley 215
Register here for the 10am workshop; Register here for the 3pm workshop

This workshop will explore the range of transgender identities and experience, and identify how to create a respectful campus environment. We will discuss health, educational, and legal issues that impact trans people, and identify best practices for systemically supporting trans students and colleagues. Areas of campus life that will be addressed include: family acceptance, health and well-being, respectful interactions, equal access to gender-specific settings, identification documents and student records management, confidentiality, residential accommodations, and leadership development. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and engaging, this workshop will provide opportunities for learning and problem solving at all knowledge levels. For faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Sponsored by Office of the Provost; Gender and LGBTQIA Center

Thursday, January 5
Nasty Women and Jewish Values: The Wage Gap
4:45-5:45pm
Sklut Hillel Center

A series that explores feminist issues through a Jewish lens. This session will focus on the wage gap. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Sklut Hillel Center

Thursday, January 5
Willy Wilkinson, "Viewing Trans Experience Through a Mixed Heritage Lens"
6:00-7:30pm
LaRose Theatre

Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning, mixed heritage, Asian American, transgender writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, and spoken word performer. He is author of the Lambda Literary-award winning book "Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency," which explores the ambiguities and complexities of mixed, trans and disability experience within a cultural competency framework. Reading excerpts from his writing, Wilkinson will use these passages as a jumping off point for an engaging discussion about culturally competent approaches to social interactions, community membership, classification systems and services. Sponsored by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center

Friday, January 6
The Race Card Project Open Mic
7:00-9:00pm
Irazu

This is an opportunity to share your Race Cards and expand upon your six-word story. More information about the Race Card Project at Elon can be found here. Sponsored by the Colonnades Neighborhood Association

Tuesday, January 10
Elon Race Card Project Reception
4:30-6:00pm
Isabella Cannon Room

This is the opening reception to the Elon Race Card Project. Students, faculty, and staff who have worked to organize this installation will attend and share their experiences with the project and the broader discussion of race at Elon University. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to submit their own stories to be included in the installation. Sponsored by the Colonnades Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, January 11
wInterfaith Lunch Series: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
11:30am
Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
Register Here

Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This Wednesday we will learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon tradition). Lunch is provided for students. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Elon Community Church

Wednesday, January 11
Poverty Simulations
4:00-6:00pm
McKinnon Hall

Participants will have the opportunity to simulate 4 weeks in a household living near the poverty line.  The simulation is most effective at helping us understand the multiple challenges of living in poverty in the United States when combined with pre-simulation readings and an in-depth debriefing session. This is a great activity for groups. This session can accommodate 80 participants and 10 in staff roles (for students who have completed to PovSim in the past). Sponsored by Poverty and Social Justice Program; Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Thursday, January 12
Diversity is our Destiny: The Future of the Modern Workpace
1:30-3:30pm
Moseley 215
Register Here

Successfully working with others with different cultural backgrounds and communication styles can be challenging. As the professional space becomes more diverse this important skill has become one of the most highly sought by employers across the globe. In this workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of intercultural competence (IC) and its importance in the modern workplace, explore their own intercultural literacy and experiences, and understand how to successfully articulate their IC skills to employers. Sponsored by Student Professional Development Center

Thursday, January 12
Nasty Women and Jewish Values: Modesty
4:45-5:45pm
Sklut Hillel Center

A series that explores feminist issues through a Jewish lens. This session's topic will be modesty. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Sklut Hillel Center

Thursday, January 12
Community Reflection: Mini-Seminars
5:30-6:30pm, reception to immediately follow
Alamance

A university-wide series of mini-seminars where students sign up to read a piece of scholarly writing and then attend a 45-minute critical reflection session led by a faculty member. Each session will focus on a topic and short reading that the faculty member has chosen because it has been especially insightful or even transformative for students studying concepts around human differences. The aim is for faculty and students to examine and learn from critical academic discourse on diversity-related topics and then reflect together as a campus community on the importance of this intellectual work in transforming our campus and communities. Sponsored by Office of the Provost

  • Social Construction of Race: Moving from “Not Real” to Reality, facilitated by Dr. Jessica Carew in Alamance 203: In the United States context, we speak of race as though it is a biological reality without recognizing the ways in which the nation worked to construct it.  This session will examine the "Frankenstein" nature of the development, permanence, and importance of race in the U.S. Register here
  • Living and Learning in the Contact Zone, facilitated by Dr. Kenn Gaither in Alamance 205: The session will use Mary Louise Pratt’s concept of a ‘contact zone’ to explore differences within and among communities. The seminar will apply Pratt’s notion of contact zones to the places we live and learn, producing moments that range from “rage, incomprehension and pain” to “revelation, mutual understanding and new wisdom” (p. 39). Register here
  • Unconscious and Semi-Conscious Bias, facilitated by Dr. Raj Ghoshal in Alamance 218: We all like to think of ourselves as fair-minded, but social science research shows that even well-intentioned people are susceptible to unconscious and semi-conscious biases around race, gender, age, and more. This interactive session explores how these biases affect us and begins to engage the question of how we can address them. Please bring a laptop or iPad if possible, but not required. Register here
  • Disability Rights: Can Higher Education Aim Higher?, facilitated by Dr. Julie Lellis in Alamance 215: This session will look at disability rights within the United States, and it will focus on case study by looking at how UNC-Chapel Hill handled the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Register here
  • Bodies, Power, and Gender, facilitated by Dr. Shannon Lundeen in Alamance 202: In this session, we will explore philosophical questions surrounding embodiment, gender difference, and gender inequality. Our discussion will be rooted in Iris Marion Young’s essay “Throwing Like a Girl,” which analyzes the way in which body comportment (the way that bodies move) reflects and perpetuates gender inequality. We will ask how our understandings and experiences of space and movement illuminate systematic inequality — and whether they also have the potential to undermine inequality. Register here
  • We Who Believe in Freedom: Race, Mothering, and Raising Black Sons, facilitated by Dr. Cherrel Miller-Dyce in Alamance 301: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” –Ella Baker Register here

Monday, January 16
MLK, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration: Habitat for Humanity Building Blitz
8:30-11:30am and 12:00-3:30pm
Chandler Court, Burlington

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Elon’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity fundraises and builds one house each year and is beginning work on their 26th house this January. Transportation will be provided to and from the build site. Participants can sign up for either shift by emailing habitat@elon.edu. Space is limited and will be filled quickly. Sponsored by Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement; Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education

Tuesday, January 17
MLK, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration: Share Your Light, Spread Your Love College Coffee
12pm
McKinnon Hall

Elon University’s Office of Student Activities will be sponsoring a special “Share Your Light, Spread Your Love” College Coffee. We invite the campus community to attend and commemorate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring human rights leaders. There will be a special performances and presentation by Elon students. Sponsored by Student Involvement; Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education

Tuesday, January 17
The Spirit of Harriet Tubman
6:00pm
Whitley Auditorium

Diane Faison (Gibsonville, NC) shares a one-woman performance about the life of underground leader Harriet Tubman. She talks of Tubman’s childhood and youth as a slave and on her psychological and physical journey to freedom and eventual return to the South to lead hundreds of others to liberation. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets available beginning November 28 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. Sponsored by Cultural and Special Programs

Wednesday, January 18
wInterfaith Lunch Series: Islam
11:30am
Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
Register Here

Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This Wednesday we will learn about Islam. Lunch is provided for students. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Elon Community Church

Wednesday, January 18
Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture: Michael Kimmel, "Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millenium"
6:00pm
LaRose Theatre
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A tireless advocate of gender equality, author Michael Kimmel is one of the world's leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University (NY). With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. Sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies

Wednesday, January 18
MLK, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration: Oratorical Contest
7:30pm
Yeager Recital Hall
Register Here

The Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education along with the MLK Community Celebration Committee, would like to invite to our second annual MLK Oratorical Contest. All forms of verbal expression are welcomed. Awards will be given to top three winners.
Sponsored by the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education

Thursday, January 19
MLK, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration: Multi-Faith Service
12:00pm
McBride Gathering Space

Much of MLK’s work was rooted in his role as a religious leader. While he was a Christian minister, he also greatly influenced and was influenced by leaders of many other faith traditions. Students and staff connected to Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life from many different traditions will offer a service in the spirit of MLK and his life, passion, and principles. This year this special Numen Lumen will have the theme Share Your Light, Spread the Love. Join us as we recognize the relationship between of multi-faith and social justice. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education

Thursday, January 19
Nasty Women and Jewish Values: Abortion
4:45-5:45pm
Sklut Hillel Center

A series that explores feminist issues through a Jewish lens. This session will focus on the topic of abortion. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Sklut Hillel Center

Thursday, January 19
Communing with the Holy Through our Dances
5:00-5:45pm
Dance Studio A in the Center for the Arts

This is a shared embodiment of beautifully crafted personal dances of various faiths created by the students of the Dance In Worship winter term course. Seating is limited, so please come early! Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Thursday, January 19
Documentary Showing: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
7:00-9:00pm
Global Commons 103

This is a showing of the documentaryThe Prison on Twelve Landscapes. This screening is associated with the WT philosophy course Philosophy Behind Bars, and it is open to the entire Elon community. Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

Thursday, January 19
commUNITY Dinner: Race Card Project
5:30-6:30pm
Isabella Cannon Center
Register Here

A commUNITY dinner to engage in reflection and conversation around Elon's Race Card Project. Please note there is limited seating, so register to save your spot! Sponsored by the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education; Colonnades Neighborhood; Elon Dining