Diversity week at RIC – Kristy O’Connor

Aiming to promote equality and educate people on what diversity signifies, the Unity Center is hosting its annual diversity week from Oct. 3 through Oct. 8. There are a variety of events covering a plethora of topics ranging from LGBT health issues, race, and Deaf culture.

One event taking place is called Promoting Deaf Awareness, and intends to educate others on Deaf culture. This event hopes to help break the stereotypes and misconceptions that people typically hold regarding members of the Deaf community. RIC professor Marie Lynch and Brown Professor of American Sign Language studies will be leading this event. They hope to encourage not only inclusion, understanding for those in the Deaf community.

Another exciting event taking place is El Camino, in which participants will walk around campus for about 30-40 minutes to signify the journey of undocumented Latin American people from their home country to the United States. Along with participating in the walk, those involved will learn about immigration as well as discuss the topic with other people.

These are just a few of the variety of events that people can participate in, as this year’s diversity week is packed full of cultural and educational activities. For a complete list of the events taking place, visit www.ric.edu/unitycenter. All events are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate. You never know what you could learn; diversity week holds something for everyone.