Diversity Week at UNI, Sept. 11-17

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director, Center for Multicultural Education (319) 273-2250
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Diversity Week will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus Sunday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 17. The event will celebrate the social issues, customs and entertainment of different cultures. Daily events throughout Diversity Week include:

ユ Sunday, Sept. 11, Candlelight Vigil. A candlelight vigil remembering the victims of the 9-11 tragedies of 2001 and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Memorial Garden on the east side of Maucker Union, 7 p.m.

ユ Monday, Sept. 12, UNI Multicultural Festival. A variety of multicultural food booths, student organizations, artifacts, jewelry, clothing and more on display. Maucker Union Courtyard, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ユ Tuesday, Sept. 13, Diversity Week Film Series. '30-Minute Blue Eyes,' a film designed to shock people out of their complacency and realize that racism is alive and well in America. Refreshments provided. Room 109 in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ユ Tuesday, Sept. 13, Diversity Week keynote speaker, Bob Zellner will discuss 'Diversity on the Front Bridge,' at 7 p.m. in Room 109 CME. As a young white college student in 1961, Zellner became one of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC) first white staff members. After meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., for a research project, a 38-foot cross was burned on the lawn of his dormitory. He was later asked to leave Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. as punishment for breaking the city's segregation laws. Zellner will discuss his years with the SNCC and the civil rights period emphasizing its relevance to current racial incidents and the need for multicultural diversity and racial harmony on campuses and in society. A reception will follow the presentation.

ユ Wednesday, Sept. 14, Diversity Week Film Series. 'Talking About Race,' a film covering topics of self-separation of ethnic groups, the climate toward talking about race on campus, discrimination, and affirmative action, will be shown at noon in Room 109 CME. Refreshments provided.

ユ Wednesday, Sept. 14, 'Different Voices: A Student Forum,' from 3 to 4 p.m. will provide an interactive discussion for students from different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and gender share and answer questions about their university. Room 109 CME.

ユ Thursday, Sept. 15, 'UNI: A Campus of Difference.' A preview of what can be discovered at upcoming 'A Campus of Difference' (ACOD) sessions, 11 a.m. to noon, Room 109 CME. ACOD assists campus and community members in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and awareness to combat racism, anti-semitism, and other forms of bigotry and to build more respective, inclusive college campuses.

ユ Thursday, Sept. 15, Diversity Week Film Series. 'Not in Our Town,' a film which tells the uplifting story of how residents of Billings, Mont., joined together when their neighbors were threatened by white supremacists. Room 109 CME at 12:30 p.m.

ユ Thursday, Sept. 15, 'Unlikely Partners.' A program designed to facilitate personal interactions between individuals who ordinarily may not interact. The purpose is to nurture cross-cultural awareness and connection.

ユ Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17, Native American Powwow. The UNI Native American Student Union (NASU) will host the third annual UNI Powwow in the West Gym. NASU promotes Native American culture by showing traditional dances, songs, and drums of different Native American tribes as a cultural experience for UNI students, staff, and community members. The Powwow consists of food and vending, beginning at 11 a.m. both days and a grand entry at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $4 for one day or $6 for both Friday and Saturday for adults 18 and older; $2.50 for one day or $4 for both days for students ages 5 to 17; and free for children 4 and under and UNI students with their college ID.

For more information on Diversity Week, contact Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director,

Center for Multicultural Education at (319) 273-2250 or visit