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Diversity Day

October 17, 2014 Diversity Day

Community & Diversity Center (inside the HUB, Student Center)

9-9:30 Dayna Barrios, CSUS, and Daniel Milewski, ARC
What do you think about Pharrell Williams wearing a Native American headdress? Does it offend you? Or do you think that the media and others overreacted? These are the kinds of issues we will be addressing during our panel. As you may have noticed, discussions of cultural appropriation have been extremely prevalent within the media, especially social media. Though one should ask, when does cultural appropriation become inappropriate, even offensive? And how does cultural misappropriation affect the identities of a culture and the people within that culture? Some may say that this in fact promotes diversity, while others will say that it removes a cultures agency and threatens their identity. Using examples from pop culture, our panel will analyze the positive and negative aspects of how media portrayal affects culture, identity, and diversity.

9:35-10:05 Lauren Chavez, ARC
People are labeled every day, but what happens when those labels breed hatred? Death. Every culture has labels, but those labels are not always associated with death. However, the fear and hatred that are communicated with certain labels lead to the majority of some populations fighting against peoples of their own culture, all because high ranking peoples within the culture deemed certain labels, and therefore people, immoral, evil, or the reason behind suffering within a culture. The caste system in India, minorities in America, the war in Rwanda, and the Holocaust are just some example of deaths that have happened, and in some cases, continue to happen because of what others have labeled people. How labels were construed during the Nazi regime is one of the largest ways that labels have destroyed large groups of people. I will be explaining some of these labels that were used during World War Two and why these can have harmful effects to groups of people. This can happen when the label they are given is incorrect, and therefore leads to others within the culture have been taught to hate for no other reason than fear. I will also explain how labeling during World War Two lead to unneeded deaths, and why the regime gave little thought into some labels and more into others.

10:10-10:40 Max Huynh, CDC Peer Mentor
The Race Card Project was begun by Michelle Norris. Michelle Norris is a talented American journalist who frequently contributes to NPR's All Things Considered. She has numerous awards and was named "Journalist of the year" in 2009 by the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work helps people begin the conversation on race and has been adapted for the ARC community. Race is often an untouched subject because people are so afraid of saying the wrong things or not knowing what to say. The Race Card Project workshop gives a platform for students to discuss and learn the roles of race in everyday life in an open and honest environment.

11-11:30 Rachel Damiano, JUST Club
Words are labels utilized to construct our realities by assigning collective meaning to the objects and people that surround us, but what function does labeling serve in the larger cycle of the oppression of minority groups in the United States? Stereotypes, emotions, and biases are relevant factors to understanding the formation of the "self- fulfilling prophecy," and ultimately, the reciprocal effects of prejudice and discrimination that stem from feelings associated with the roles of dominant and subordinate groups. Through the application of social psychological theories, I'll uncover some of the issues that lie at the heart of systemic racism.

11:35-12:05 Brett Spencer, CDC Peer Mentor
Labels connect us to our thought biases and the way that we may treat people whether we're aware of it or not. Examples of this may be observed in everyday life. This group discussion will focus on examples of various scenarios as a prompt for exploring ways in which people reveal biases through labels

2-4pm Stonewall Uprising Movie screening
Stonewall Uprising documents the historic police raids on the Stonewall Inn in 1969. The rebellion of the Queer community in resistance to these raids was the pivotal event in U.S. history surfacing public outcry for LGBTQ equal rights. This historic event was the precursor to what we now know as Gay Pride and a turning point in history where the voice of our community was finally commanded into our culture. View more information about the documentary movie here.