By Eiman Zuberi–
The University of Louisville is known for its diverse population of students and faculty. What better way to celebrate the Cardinal family than by hosting Diversity Week? From Nov. 16 to 21, SAB will be throwing a series of events in honor of the annual Diversity Week.
“The University of Louisville continues to be an increasing diverse community,” SAB Diversity Chair Karen Udoh said. “I feel there is still a lot of work to be done to educate our students, staff and faculty members on the importance of diversity. We need to embrace our differences and recognize that we can come together on issues and see from each other’s perspectives.
“I made it a goal of mine to educate students about the issues students are facing and to bridge the gaps and divisions I see on this campus.”
Here is the schedule of events for this year’s Diversity Week:
“You Belong” Kickoff Party, Red Barn, 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
There will be free food, shirts and booths promoting different Office of Diversity centers.
The Game of Life, SAC MPR, 6 p.m.
A&S Inclusion and Equity Internship is hosting a real-life “game of Life” but with a twist. Every player will receive a code upon entry, but they won’t know what the code is. The codes are different stereotypes and labels. The player will then go to six separate stations and be treated according to their code. It’s an activity to demonstrate how privilege works.
Reflection on Body Positivity, SAC MPR, 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
SAB’s Engaging Issues Committee is promoting body positivity and mental health awareness, with an activity in which students will walk through a hall of carnival mirrors and learn facts about eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
Open Mic Night, Red Barn, 6 – 9 p.m.
Hosted by Campus Life and Omega Psi Phi Inc, open mic night invites students to showcase their talents of reading, singing, dancing and more.
Campus Talk: Race, Gender & Sexuality, Ekstrom Library 254, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kaila Story and the U of L women’s center will be discussing topics, and everyone is encouraged to speak their mind. Free coffee and refreshments.
Diversity Food Festival, SAC MPR, 6-9 p.m.
Come sample some of the best food in Louisville from different restaurants.
International Fashion Show Preview Party, SAC MPR, 7-9 p.m.
Come preview the annual International Fashion Show and sample the delicious food from Ramsi’s. Mocktails and live performances will be provided, along with the announcement for the theme.
Privilege Walk, 1 p.m.
SAB and the President’s Office will show the “importance of learning to recognize how power and privilege can affect our lives even when we are not aware of it.” Students will stand in a straight line and listen to statements about experiences, and step backwards or forward depending on the experience they faced.
Straight Outta Compton, Floyd Theater, 5-7 p.m.
SAB’s film committee is having two free screenings of Straight Outta Compton, the true story based movie about five prospective rappers and how they came to be the famous faces they are today.