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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

Spring 2020

The following list of programs engages questions about diversity, inclusion, and contemporary social issues to further deepen dialogue and contemplation. Please remember that dates, times and locations may change. Please refer to the College's Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information!

The College is committed to providing accessible programs and events. If you need any accommodations, please visit the College's Events Calendar to determine program organizers, and contact them directly. Advance notice is appreciated.

 

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January | TBD | Soph Area Common Spaces
Student Identity Panel

Sophomore Area Staff will be hosting a panel of students to talk about their identities and lived experiences, and their impact of their time at Holy Cross in the Sophomore Area. Other students are welcome to hear the conversation and ask questions. Dessert will be served.

Monday, January 20 | 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. | Hogan Suite A/B/C
Race to the Start

Celebrate fifty years of the Black Student Union at Holy Cross as we commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a showing of the documentary, 'Race to the Start' with the creator, Kona Khasu '92.

Monday, January 20 | 4:00 p.m.  | Mary Chapel
Multifaith Community Celebration

Celebration of the many faiths and beliefs in the Holy Cross Community.

Tuesday, January 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Brooks Concert Hall
Silkroad Ensemble: Percussion All-Stars

Silkroad's three-year exploration of curiosity, difference, and the arts in partnership with Holy Cross continues with a concert that will explore the rich history and creativity that exists within the percussion world. Experience instruments, rhythms, and melodies from along the Silk Road and beyond, including Japan, India, Central Asia, the Middle East, Peru, Cuba, Africa, and America. The performance will also feature a new work commissioned by Silkroad and written by composer, arranger, and bassist extraordinaire, Edward Pérez.

Wednesday, January 29 | 4:30 p.m. | Mary Chapel
Women and the Word

Starting January 29, Women and the Word is a weekly faith celebration of women’s experiences.

Thursday, January 30 | 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Kimball Main Dining Room
Lunar New Year Dinner

Lunar New Year is a time to unite with friends and family and celebrate the opportunities coming in the New Year - and a perfect way to kick-off the Spring Semester. Join Holy Cross Dining on January 21 as we celebrate the New Year with a festive dinner in Kimball Dining Hall.

Monday, February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | Rehm Library
Carter G. Woodson Talk: Professor Benjamin Talton

Professor Benjamin Talton will deliver the annual Carter G. Woodson lecture on the history of the Congressional Black Caucaus and the progressive roots of "The Squad."

Tuesday, February 4 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Hogan Suite B/C
Get Real: Students and Employers Discuss Diversity

Students and employers will sit down to discuss diversity in the work place. Employers will be highlighting diversity programs at their companies and students will have the opportunity to discuss what they look for in an employer from a diversity and inclusion perspective. Dinner will be served.

Saturday, February 8 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Joyce Contemplative Center
Future 2022: College to Careers Conference

This is a unique one-day event offered only to a small group from the Class of 2020 to help you consider where your academic passions, strengths, values and future goals can intersect in the world of work.

Week of February 10 | TBD | FYA Common Spaces
Social Justice Gallery Walk

During the Social Justice Gallery Walk program, participants will learn a bit about some of the different areas of social justice and some transformative social justice activists throughout history. Participants will receive a Be the Change sticker.

Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14 | TBD | Various Locations
Sexual Respect Week

This week's purpose is to educate students on Title IX and Sexual Respect and provide a space and time to engage in dialogue, learn, heal, and make needed changes together. SGA will be hosting events/speakers/panels, providing educational materials, having lobby tables, and partnering with many school organizations throughout the week. 

Wednesday February 12 – Thursday, February 13 | 7:00 p.m. | Hogan Ballroom
The Vagina Monologues

A student led show based on Eve Ensler's revolutionary show about what it really means to identify as a womxn. Monologues include those collected by Eve Ensler and those submitted from the Holy Cross community.

Tuesday, February 19 | 4:00 p.m. | Rehm Library
“Fall 2018 Vannicelli Lecture: Commemoration and The Limits of Racial Justice: A Comparative Study” by Emma Powell

Emma Powell ‘20 will deliver her lecture based on her Washington Semester Program award winning thesis, “A Remedy for Wrong, If Only We Can Remember: Analyzing Models of Commemoration in the MLK Memorial and the National Memorial for Peace & Justice.” Emma participated in the Washington Semester Program in Fall 2018.

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23| 4:00 p.m. Friday – 11:00 a.m. Sunday | Joyce Contemplative Center
Ignite Weekend for First Year Students

Weekend away for first year students focused on building community and learning skills for dialogue across difference. Led by student leaders, chaplains, and colleagues.

Saturday, February 22 | TBD | Hogan Campus Center
BSU Gala

Join the Black Student Union at the BSU Gala for a celebration during Black History Month. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Thursday, February 27 | 4:30 p.m. | Seelos Theater
Medical Racism in the Twenty-First Century: Infant Mortality Rates, Black Women, and the Racialization of Pregnancy

This double-feature lecture and panel discussion will be the yearly Katherine Henry Memorial Lecture, which focuses on women's health. The lecture will feature two anthropologists, Khiara Bridges and Dána-Ain Davis, who work on the racialization of pregnancy in the U.S., and who argue that the higher rates of premature births and the higher rates of mortality among pregnant African-American women cannot be explained simply by poverty or by lack of access to healthcare. They argue that more entrenched forms of racism among the medical community are to blame.

March | TBD | FYA Common Spaces
Social Justice and Sundaes

Students will have the opportunity to share and reflect on social justice while enjoying an ice cream sundaes.

March | TBD | Williams Common Space
Social Justice Jam

The Senior Area will be hosting the first ever Social Justice Jam in March. This event will showcase different students who will be performing topics surrounding topics of social justice. Over the next month students have the opportunity to sign up to participate as a performer in the event. Performers will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win a social justice-related prize of your choosing up to $50 (could be a social justice related book you have wanted to read, fees for a diversity related conference or event, merchandise from an organization of your choosing, etc.). Performers can either create a piece or select a piece that is related to a social justice term or concept. For example, performers can create a spoken word on the concept of power and privilege, select a favorite poem to read aloud on an identity you hold, draw a picture of a current social movement, or use other creative means. All are welcome to the event and will be entered into the raffle, however, those who participate in a performance will have three chances to win.
Registration information to come.

March | TBD | Various Locations
Unity Week

The Student Government Association's Unity Week has the goal of providing an opportunity for different populations on our campus to learn and increase their awareness of challenges and experiences of marginalized groups. Unity Week programming aims to encourage members of the campus to engage in dialogue on various topics. Our hope is that Unity Week will help build a more inclusive and equitable campus community through thoughtful dialogue and mutual understanding.

Saturday, March 14 | TBD | Hogan Ballroom
BSU Fashion Show

Join the Black Student Union as they bring their Fashion Show back to campus!

Monday, March 16 | 4:30 p.m. | Rehm Library
The Lynching Tree and the Cross: James Cone, Historical Narrative, and the Ideology of Just Crucifixion (Luke 23:41)

Shelly Matthews, professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, will explore African American theologian James Cone’s belief that contemplating the crucifixion of Jesus makes possible a fuller understanding of Christian identity, white supremacist violence, and the legacy of slavery in the contemporary U.S. context. Further, she argues that the inverse relationship also holds: scholars of the ancient Roman Empire might consider modern lynching practices, as a means to understand more fully the workings of ancient crucifixion.

Thursday, March 19 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Seelos Theater
DEAFinitely Dope

Born with a severely profound hearing loss, and outfitted with hearing aids at 2 years old, it became apparent at an early age that life would be anything but ordinary for Matthew Maxey. Fast forward and Matthew attended the prestigious Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where he began to learn sign language in an attempt to balance the struggle of developing his identity as a double minority in terms of ability and race. In 2014, DEAFinitely Dope was founded as an idea based on providing support to those that felt marginalized and ignored by mainstream America. DEAFinitely Dope started as a brand, and slowly blossomed into a movement, attracting the likes of educational institutions nationwide, CNN, ESPN The Undefeated, GQ, Cole Haan, ABC news, Chance The Rapper, MTV Video Music Awards, and countless more! With both hearing and deaf partnerships in play, Matt strives to continue to break barriers and defy the norms with a fresh perspective on interaction, inclusion, accessibility and equality, as awareness continues to grow!

Friday, March 20 | TBD | Hogan Ballroom
Drag Through the Ages

Join Pride for their annual Drag Show!

Monday, March 23 | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Hogan 320
Poverty Simulation

The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and gain adequate understanding of the impact of poverty and inspire collective action to eventually end it.

Tuesday, March 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Hogan Ballroom
Las Cafeteras

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments, Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.”

Thursday, March 26 | 4:30 p.m. | Rehm Library
Religion in the Lives of African Women

Teresia Hinga, associate professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, is a founding member of the "Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians," a pan-African association of women who study the role and impact of religion and culture on African women's lives.

Thursday, March 26 | Various Times | Hogan Campus Center and Rehm Library
“Indigenous Storytelling from the Amazon: Reimagining Diversity and Inclusion via Epistemologies of the South”

The Pachaysana residency includes workshops, performances, presentations and intercultural conversations that ask all participants to reimagine how we approach diversity and inclusion at their institutions and in their communities.

Friday, March 27 | 5:00 p.m. | Hogan Ballroom
ROOTS Spring Showcase

The Roots Showcase is a dance performance under CASA that will be open to the Holy Cross community.

Friday, March 27 | Various Times | Hogan Campus Center and Rehm Library
“Indigenous Storytelling from the Amazon: Reimagining Diversity and Inclusion via Epistemologies of the South”

The Pachaysana residency includes workshops, performances, presentations and intercultural conversations that ask all participants to reimagine how we approach diversity and inclusion at their institutions and in their communities.

Saturday, April 4 | TBD | Hogan Ballroom
ExplorASIA

Join ASIA during their annual ExplorASIA show!

Tuesday, April 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Fenwick Theater
Rubberband: Vic's Mix

Los Angeles native Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and west coast hip-hop like no one before him. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language of his own. Vic’s Mix blends musical and choreographic genres, urban and classical dance, tension and humor into a “best-of” showcase of a decade and a half of Quijada’s innovation for RUBBERBAND.

Saturday, April 18 |  6:00 p.m.| Union Station, Worcester
LASO: 20th Annual NOCHE

Join LASO as they celebrate their 20th NOCHE at Union Station! The night will include student performances representative of the Latinx culture. Make sure to get a ticket! Transportation to be provided to & from Union Station for the event.

Saturday, April 18 | TBD | Hogan Ballroom
DESI Spring Show

Join DESI for their annual Spring show! Make sure to get a ticket!

Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24 | TBD | Various Locations
Purple Goes Green Week

Purple Goes Green Week is a week of events and activities sponsored by the SGA and Eco-Action focusing on awareness, green initiatives and tips/ways to be more sustainable.

Sunday, April 26 | 2:00 p.m. | Hogan Ballroom
Holy Cross Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

Musical selections include works composed by female minority and underrepresented composers. The feature selection will include the premier performance of a work composed specifically for the Holy Cross Wind Ensemble with a guest solo artist.

Sunday, April 26 | TBD | Hogan Suite B/C
Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students of the Class of 2019 to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the College. *RSVP is required.*

Thursday, May 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Hogan Ballroom
Lavender Graduation

The ALANA and International members of the Class of 2020, parents, family members, and Commencement guest are cordially invited to attend the 23nd annual ALANA and International Baccalaureate Celebration. *Registration is required.*