Student diversity coordinators are compiling a list of students, faculty, and staff members who are interested in engaging in interfaith programming and dialogue. Possible ideas include “speed-faithing,” religious and interfaith site visits, interfaith dialogues, interfaith and community service projects, interfaith literacy, interfaith cooperation, and more. If you are interested in participating, please contact Elvia Gaona, lead student diversity coordinator for interfaith programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, e-mail, and religious or non-religious identification with the subject heading “Interfaith.”
All faculty and staff and their families are welcome to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” on Thursday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., in St. Mary’s Student Center lounge. The event is free and open to students and neighbors as well. Activities will include arts and crafts, music, dancing, and more.
For more information contact Bethany Sills, student activities, at 7470 or email@example.com.
Holocaust survivor Anneke Bloomfield will speak on campus in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. She will share her experience as a hidden child in the Netherlands during World War II. The event is free and open to all and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/psa6kob. For more information about Bloomfield’s story, please visit the Holocaust Resource Center website: http://tinyurl.com/qddbnsg. For more information on the event, contact Bethany Sills, multicultural programs at, at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or student diversity coordinator Sam Lee at email@example.com.
The multicultural programs office presents Diversity Dialogues Week 2014, from Monday February 24 to Friday, February 28, according to Bethany Sills, student activities. Through a variety of events, this week celebrates, encourages discussion, and builds awareness about diversity, cultural difference, and social justice. For a detailed list of events, see www.up.edu/activities/diversity. For more information, contact Sills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7470.
In celebration of Black History Month this February, the University of Portland is honored to host its annual African American Read-In and cultural dinner on Thursday, February 6, at 5 p.m., in the Terrace Room. The African American Read-In is a national dedication to literary guests sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Multicultural Programs, the Office of Student Activities, and the English department invite all students, faculty, and staff to share in the celebration dinner and reading. Participants are encouraged to read a selection from their favorite African American author, poet, playwright, or songwriter. All are welcome to attend even if you choose not to read. Please RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/n7fnkyj by Monday, February 3. Questions can be directed to Bethany Sills, multicultural programs, at email@example.com or call 7470. (James Baldwin photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1955, http://tinyurl.com/lpke8z2)
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join multicultural programs and the Moreau Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons. There will be opportunities to sign up for community service projects throughout spring 2014, plus a DJ, free t-shirts for individuals interested in community service, and other giveaways. Those who don’t have time to stop by can go to http://tinyurl.com/lmpjavc for service opportunities. For more information, contact Bethany Sills, student activities, at 7470 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lindie Burgess, Moreau Center, at 7132 or email@example.com.
Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), Mexico’s colorful and festive holiday to honor departed loved ones, will be recreated on campus on Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m., in St. Mary’s Student Center lounge, according to Bethany Sills, student activities. The celebration will include music, dance, arts and crafts, and snacks. All University community members (as well as neighbors) are invited to attend and participate in craft tables. Family members, including children are welcome. For more information contact Sills at 8198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, local Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein will speak on Friday April 19, at 4 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. Her talk is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.
Greenstein will be bringing her autobiography In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl’s Survival in the Holocaust. Copies will be available for $20 and can be autographed at the end of the program. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the endowment fund for the maintenance of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. For more information contact Bethany Sills, student activities, at 8198 or email@example.com.