Community Week Continues to Unite the Campus

By on January 13, 2014
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The U.S News and World Report voted UAB to be the 3rd in diversity in 2010. Four years later, the university continues to highlight its multicultural heritage, break down boundaries, and facilitate inclusion. Community Week celebrates campus diversity,

The week-long celebration began in 2011, and was originally called “Diversity Week.”  In 2003, the event’s name was changed to Community Week, in an effort to better promote campus unity. The 2014 Community Week will be hosted from Jan. 27-31. The week is sponsored by Student Multicultural & Diversity Programs.

According to the Student Multicultural & Diversity Programs website, Community Week aims to celebrate students, educators, and the administration comes together to create week long events that encourage “unity, dialogue, and learning. “

This year, students, academic departments, and administrators came together to organize eleven events throughout the week. Multiple events are offered each day.

The week kicks-off with the NO MORE Campaign. Organized by UAB Coordinated Community Response Team, the campaign aims to increase awareness and action against domestic violence and sexual assault. On Jan. 27, from 10 am-2pm, students to come to the fountain in front of the Commons, sign the NO MORE Campaign pledge, and become advocates for the movement.

Another signature event is the much anticipated 13th annual UAB International Bazaar. UAB students and members of the community will share their unique cultures. The bazaar is sponsored by UAB Multicultural Counsel and Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs.  The event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the UAB Campus Recreation Center from 11am-6pm.

The School of Education is hosting “Hands-On” for Expression for cultural diversity. Students will experience diversity through participating in Japanese Origami Workshop, Chinese Tai Chi experience, or/and the International Cultural Identity Quilt Project.  This event will be held Jan 29, from 10 am-2pm in the First Floor Hall in the School of Education.

The week’s events also include the President’s Diversity Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 30. The annual award ceremony recognizes full-time faculty, staff, and students towards developing a more culturally diverse and inclusive campus community.  A full list of the 2014 nominees can be found at www.uab.edu/students/multicultural-and-diversity-programs/programs/cultural-engagement.

Community Week ends with “Birmingham, Continuing the Discussion; Our Past and Present Through Eyes of UAB Alumni and Faculty” where a panel of prominent alumni and faculty members will share their stories of how UAB’s community shaped and enriched their lives. The discussion will be held at 4pm in Mervyn H. Sterne Library 174. A reception will follow.

Students and faculty are encouraged to take part in the multitude of opportunities that Community Week has to offer. For a completed list of events, student can go to www.uab.edu/students/multicultural-and-diversity-programs and click the Community Week 2014 link.

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