Since last fall, Brooke Martinez, a senior ethnic studies major and womenâ€™s studies minor, has been planning an event she hopes will spread awareness, comfort and bring groups together on campus. Martinez has been planning Diversity Week at CSU.
â€œI wanted to collaborate with different groups on campus,â€ said Martinez, president of Fair Advocates for Cultural Truths (F.A.C.t.). â€œItâ€™s very separate â€“â€“ thereâ€™s a lot more room to come together.â€
Martinez said Diversity Week is also important for educating the CSU population as a whole.
â€œI know itâ€™s hard for a lot of people of color and people from different backgrounds to feel comfortable here,â€ she said. â€œI think getting awareness out there (is important).â€
Diversity Week kicks off Monday with a discussion, Spanish film and vocal hip-hop performance by a group from Oaxaca, Mexico. According to Martinez, the hip-hop group has resisted the Mexican government as well as formed community gardens, groups and service projects.
United Men of Color will host a skit and discussion Tuesday asking â€œWhat makes a man?â€ and the Campus Feminist Alliance will host the Take Back the Night rally Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual assault.
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) will host â€œHow Islam Condemns Terrorismâ€ on Thursday. Speaker Shakir Muhammad will discuss how Muslim practices are against terrorism.
â€œIt is not lawful to harm or kill innocent civilians,â€ said Jared Woodrow, junior criminal justice major and president of MSA. â€œItâ€™s expressly forbidden in the Koran and Hadith.â€
Woodrow said bringing the truth about this subject to CSU was good for his group to show there is an extreme minority of Muslims in the world who feel it is justified to harm or kill innocent civilians.
â€œWeâ€™re not this violent group of people,â€ Woodrow said. â€œItâ€™s important for us to put that idea out there.â€
Diversity Week will culminate in a discussion about â€œcultural awareness and collective empowermentâ€ and a potluck of â€œfree and diverse foodâ€ sponsored by the Associated Students of CSU Friday night at Rolland Moore park.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to supporting the groups and hopefully seeing a very diverse group of people attending,â€ Martinez said.
Woodrow also said he hoped the events of the week would bring people together.
â€œWhile everyone else in the world is splitting up and growing apart, itâ€™s really our generation that needs to bring everyone back together,â€ Woodrow said. â€œSmall little events like this may not seem like much, but itâ€™s a start.â€
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Diversity Week Events
â€œCuando Una Mujer Avanza (When a Woman Steps Forward)â€
-April 23, 6 to 8 p.m., LSC Rooms 214 and 216
Discussion, film and hip-hop vocal performance hosted by Fair Advocates for Cultural Truths
â€œThe Measure of a Manâ€
-April 24, 6 to 8 p.m., LSC Commons
â€œTake Back the Nightâ€
-April 25, 6 to 9 p.m., LSC sculpture garden & Old Town square
-Rally and march featuring Mia Mingus and Suzi Q hosted by the Campus Feminist Alliance
â€œHow Islam Condemns Terrorismâ€
-April 26, 6 to 7 p.m., LSC Virginia Dale Room
-Speaker Shakir Muhammad hosted by Muslim Student Association
â€œA Night Out With Diversityâ€
-April 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Rolland Moore Park (shelter 2)
-Potluck and discussion sponsored by ASCSU