RIC’s Unity Center seeks proposals for Diversity Week

The Rhode Island College Unity Center invites community leaders and organizations to submit proposals for events, lectures, films, performances, activities or workshops to Rhode Island College as part of the college’s annual Diversity Week to be held Oct. 4-10.

Diversity Week is a weeklong series of educational programs to increase cultural awareness and sensitivities that will broaden the understanding of diversity and promote mutual respect within the college environment and beyond.

Proposed programs should engage a diverse audience in learning opportunities that focus on equity and inclusion of cultural, ethnic and racial identity; national origin and language; gender; sexual and affectional identity; age; disability; religion; socio-economic status and other group distinctions.

Past events have included the Access Challenge, an interactive program to teach the importance of accessibility in public places for persons with disabilities; A Night In Japan, an exhibit of traditional Japanese fashion and food; and a Native American Pow Wow showcasing the customs of indigenous peoples.

“Diversity Week offers a variety of programs and activities designed to broaden our understanding of diversity and gives the community an opportunity to appreciate other cultural perspectives,” said Antoinette Gomes, coordinator of RIC’s Unity Center, which sponsors the event.

Interested parties should visit RIC’s Unity Center website at www.ric.edu/unitycenter and complete the proposal form, then fax it to the Unity Center at (401) 456-8821 no later than July 31. The Diversity Week 2009 planning committee will review all proposals and inform presenters in mid-August.