The multicultural and diversity programs office will present Diversity Dialogues Week 2015, from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6, 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.
The planning process for Fall 2015 new student Orientation programs and activities is underway, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities. Any suggestions, recommendations, proposals, requests, or other all around “we should really do that!” will be gratefully accepted by Koffler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Allie Hill (email@example.com), international languages and cultures, by Friday, March 6.
In celebration of Black History Month, the University is hosting its annual African American Read-In and free cultural dinner on Thursday, February 19, at 5:30 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, 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, songwriter, or individual work. All are welcome to attend even if they choose not to read.
The Office of Student Activities and the student planning committee are gearing up for the 18th Annual Junior Parents and Families Weekend, taking place on campus from February 20 to 22, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities. Between 225 and 250 families are expected to participate, with approximately 750 overall attendees this year. Please join the junior class and student activities in welcoming our guests when they arrive.
Information about various events can be found at up.edu/activities or by calling 7470.
UP student Cassie Sheridan won a national award for an interactive digital timeline she designed for The Beacon last spring, titled “History of Women at UP”, according to Nancy Copic, student activities. Sheridan won Second Place in the category of “Interactive Graphic for Digital Media” in the Gold Circle Awards sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, based at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.
While The Beacon has won several national awards in recent years, this is the first national award the paper has won for digital media. The blog College Media Matters also named the timeline one of the “Seven Standout Student Press Stories.” For more information contact Copic at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student leadership and involvement are paramount to a vibrant, engaged university community. Becoming involved in student life at the University of Portland will help develop interpersonal leadership skills, enhance students’ educational experience, and help better prepare them to be leaders in the world. Please encourage students who may be interested to consider applying for a student leadership position for the 2015-16 academic year. Various positions are available and some are paid. Complete details and application information can be found at up.edu/leadership. First round submittal deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join student activities, the diversity multicultural programs office, and the Moreau Center to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons, Franz Hall lobby, and the Pilot House. Each location will offer sign-up stations for community service opportunities throughout spring 2015, free t-shirts, and other giveaways.
The Hawaii club will be hosting its 39th Annual Luau on March 28, 2015. This year’s theme is Pi’i Mai Ka Nalu (“Overcoming/riding a wave”). As in years past the Hawaii Club extends an invitation to any faculty or staff members who are interested in learning hula basics and showcasing their dance talents in the luau show. It is always a fun role reversal when the students can be the teachers; they promise there won’t be any tests. Practice will take place on Sundays in St. Mary’s at 10 a.m., beginning January 25.
For more information contact Tiffany Harada at email@example.com. Mahalo!
All University community members, including alumni, families, and friends, are invited to gather in Bauccio Commons on Monday, December 1, at 6 p.m., for the 16th annual University of Portland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Refreshments will be provided by ASUP. Contact student activities at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com with your name, e-mail, and religious or non-religious identification with the subject heading “Interfaith.”