Shippensburg University is hosting multiple events for Diversity Week, starting September 25th!

On Monday, September 25th, learn different types of salsa with Dr. Jose Ricardo-Osorio in the CUB, room 119 from noon to 1:00 pm. Salsa originally developed in the Caribbean and also has a strong Afro-Latin influence. All Around the World with student organizations and the Center for Global Education, celebrates and promotes cultural awareness through music, food, and entertainment from different cultures. Join us for fun and flavor in the CUB MPR.

On Tuesday, September 26th, the Diversity Week Keynote Speaker: Wawa Gatheru will speak at 7:00 pm in the Luhrs Performing Arts Center about Climate Optimism & Inclusivity. She is a climate justice storyteller motivated to share through her speeches and social media how colored and female communities have been negatively affected by climate change.

On Wednesday, September 27th, a student panel discussion about Disability, Diversity, Ableism, and Inclusion, facilitated by Shelbie D’Annibale takes place at Orndorff Theatre at noon.There will be a presentation covering the aspects of disability identity, universal accessibility, and progressive inclusion. Alumna Maria James Thiaw ‘96 will facilitate an interactive discussion about the impact of historical anti-Blackness, hair bias in society, and on film in Black Hair Matters. James Thiaw will challenge participants to examine how black hair is a social justice issue. The Black Hair Matters film discussion takes place on September 27th at 7:00 pm in the CUB MPR C.

On Thursday, September 28th, Diversity Equality and Inclusion In the Workplace, hosted by Career Center employer partners and Dr. Manny Ruiz teaches participants about the importance of being inclusive in the workplace and to ask employers questions. Employers attending this session include Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Enterprise, Northwestern Mutual, Aramark, and Color & Culture. The event takes place in Orndorff Theatre at noon.

At 5:00 pm on September 28th, Dr. Alison Dagnes will host Political Speed Dating in the CUB MPR A. The event asks students to come together to meet people who may have different opinions, but who they might become friends with during the event. The students sit across from someone who has a differing viewpoint, they listen, and have the opportunity to ask an uncritical question. Each student has time to express an opinion about an issue or a topic without criticism. Drag Performer Betty Whitecastle will perform an interactive discussion on the history of drag, entitled “It’s An Art Form: Drag History/Performance,” at 7:00 pm in CUB MPR C.

On Friday, September 29th at 3:00 pm, A Quilt To Cover Us All, sponsored by the Multicultural Student Association (MSA) and an initiative by MSA’s A.C.T committee (Ask, Communicate, Teach Tolerance) will be hosted at Gilbert Hall, followed by a food truck festival from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Old Main Fountain. A Quilt to Cover Us All was created in the spirit of unity and the cry for justice in our Shippensburg University community. Individuals, groups, administration, faculty, staff and students, can all make a piece of the quilt, creating a platform for expression and togetherness.