Friday, May 8, 2009

Amy Roloff to speak at another 'diversity week'

Amy will be speaking at Mount Hood Community College for their 'diversity week'. Amy has been involved in a few 'diversity weeks' in the last several months at various colleges and universities.

Please note, although the website is called "The Advocate" it is not to be confused with the gay magazine "The Advocate"! I don't think Amy will be speaking at their event any time soon, though her message would probably fit in very well. This "Advocate" website is "The student voice of Mt. Hood Community College" as it says at the bottom of the site.

Diversity Week to take more global approach
Chelsea Van Baalen

The Advocate

This year’s Diversity Week will see some changes, according to Rae Peres, director of diversity for the Associated Student Government.

“I wanted it to be eclectic, for people to get a taste of everything,” Peres said. “Diversity means we celebrate each other’s differences and are aware of them.”

While last year’s Diversity Week focused on theming each day, this year falls under one theme: “Be Global.”

“We didn’t want to focus specifically (on) racial differences,” said Heather Nichelle-Peres, director of the Student Activities Board. “We wanted to focus on the global community. That’s why we called it ‘Be Global.’”

The Diversity Week schedule follows this, giving students a variety of options, according to Nichelle-Peres. “People usually find one or two events they really want to go to.”

Monday kicks off with a concert featuring a world-infusion rock band at noon in the Main Mall. This is followed by Amy Roloff of the TLC show “Little People, Big World” in the Visual Arts Theater at 1:30 p.m.

“I think some people who wouldn’t normally come would come to an event like that to hear her speak because she’s so popular,” Nichelle-Peres said. “Most people don’t know the issues facing that community.”

Peres said, “I wanted to focus on multiple cultures per day.”

“For the first time we’re doing Praise Day,” Nichelle-Peres said. This day, or Thursday, is “to talk about how people praise a higher power.

“The Islamic Center of Portland is coming to do a workshop (1 to 2 p.m. in the Lake Room) that we’re really excited about.”

There will also be films shown throughout the week, starting with a short film festival Monday in the College Center at 3:30 p.m.

“The short film festival is going over topics such as HIV in Africa and hip-hop music in South America,” Nichelle-Peres.

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