University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

UP hosting 5th annual Diversity Dialogues Week Feb. 25-Mar. 1

University of Portland is hosting its fifth annual Diversity Dialogues Week from Feb. 25 – March 1. Diversity Dialogues week, organized by the Office of Student Activities, celebrates cultural differences among students, provides multicultural programs that enrich the educational experience for all students, and encourages discussion about issues facing our students and the local and global communities.

Several events are scheduled throughout the week including lectures, film screenings, concerts, and roundtable discussions. All events are free and open to all members of the University community. See below for a full schedule of the week.

“It’s really exciting to see all these wonderful events being planned almost entirely by student clubs and organizations,” said Bethany Sills, associate director of student activities and multicultural programs coordinater. “We’re so thankful to have this opportunity to recognize the many forms of diversity and educate students about this topic.”

Campus groups involved with participating in Diversity Dialogues Week include: Black Student Union; Campus Connector Program; Campus Program Board; Espresso UP; Feminist Discussion Group; French Club; Gay Straight Partnership; International Club; M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan); Multicultural Programs; Philosophy Club; Student Association of Social Workers; and Student Nurses Association.

For more information and an up-to-date schedule, please visit the website here:

Monday February 25
Racism and Prejudice in Disney Movies: Documentary and Discussion
7:15 – 9 p.m.
Shiley Hall 123
Sponsored by: Multicultural Programs

Tuesday, February 26
Hispanic, Veterans and Homeless Populations in Nursing
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Buckley Center 310
Sponsored by: UPSNA

Precious Knowledge and a Discussion on Education
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Shiley Hall 319
Sponsored by: Philosophy Club

Many Shades of Black
7:15 – 9 p.m.
St. Mary’s Lounge
Sponsored by: Black Student Union

Wednesday, February 27
How Diversity Can "Gum Up" Our Communication and What To Do About It
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Lounge
Sponsored by: CPB

Senorita Extraviada Film Screening
5 – 7 p.m.
Buckley Center 310
Sponsored by: MEChA

Faith and Sexual Identity
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Buckley Center 314
Sponsored by: Gay Straight Partnership

Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth: They Get It, So Why Don't We?
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Franz Hall 205
Sponsored by: Student Association of Social Workers

SpeakerMinds Concert
6:30 – 10 p.m.
St. Mary’s Lounge
Sponsored by: Espresso UP

Thursday February 28
Understanding Racism: A Workshop
4 – 6 p.m.
Buckley Center 110
Sponsored by: Multicultural Programs

Persepolis Film Screening
6 – 7:45 p.m.
Shiley Hall 124
Sponsored by: Feminist Discussion Group

French Social Blunders and Culture
7 – 8 p.m.
Bauccio Commons
Sponsored by: French Club

Friday March 1
Art of Diversity Exhibition
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Christie Hall 020
Sponsored by: Campus Connector

Walk and Candlelight Vigil in Honor of the Women of Ciudad Juarez
4:30 pm
Steps of Waldschmidt Hall
Sponsored by: MEChA

Cultural Fusion
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Mehling Hall Ballroom
Sponsored by: International Club

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK): Danny From North Korea Film Screening
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Mehling Hall Ballroom
Sponsored by: International Club

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