SGA Diversity Week
Student Government Association is proud to present the 2nd annual Diversity Week! This week is designed to not only increase student engagement on campus, but also decrease the incidences of bias, harassment, and discrimination.
Diversity Week is in partnership with several offices and student organizations and offers programs and experiences that build an inclusive culture amongst the student body at Wichita State University. This year's theme is Unity in Community, which builds upon daily experiences that focus on cultural, religious, identity and ability diversity.
This week is sponsored by Student Government Association, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership, Office of Student Success, Provost's Office, Chief Diversity Officer, Housing & Residence Life, and WSU Foundation.
|Diversity Map, sponsored by International Education||Shockers come from all over the world, literally. Join us to put Unity in Community! A large map will be in the RSC that students/staff could mark where they or their family are from.||All Day||RSC 1st Floor|
|The Unity Web sponsored by the Student Government Association and Facilities Services||We are back again with the Unity Project! This interactive public art project, is in response to the divisiveness and negative rhetoric in the world today. Created to raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities. UNITY is a larger-than-life structure that helps us celebrate our uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Their yarn intertwines with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it's our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community||11am-1pm||RSC E. Courtyard|
|The Unity Quilt sponsored by The Student Government Association and ShiftSpace Art Gallery and Cadman Art Gallery||The Unity Quilt is an opportunity for all students, faculty and staff to come together as a community in a show of unity, friendship, cooperation and diversity. This year, as a collective, we invite members of our community to curate a 'Shocker Quilt" that will be woven together using fragments of hand-crafted paper and cloth. Shockers are encouraged to write their greatesrt wish for themselves, our community and WSU, which will be disp[layed in our Cadman Gallery in Spring of next year.||11am-1pm||RSC E. Courtyard|
|Internal Motivation: Why You Need an Adult Learner in Your Life sponsored by The Office of Adult Learning and Office of Online and Adult Learning||Although adult learners have a myriad of responsibilities, their intrinsic motivation empowers them to do what many see as almost impossible, completing a degree while balancing the many roles of life. This panel will unpack the intrinsic motivation adult learners use to be successful.||12pm-1pm||RSC 233|
|Navigating as a FirstGen in HigherED sponsored by The First Generation Coordinating Council||Being a first-generation college student can be challenging. Tap into these campus resources and academic tips to boost your chances for college success.||1:00pm-1:30pm||RSC 261|
|Rewording our World: Implications of Language sponsored by Spectrum: LGBT+Allies||Our presentation will be a panel of individuals who are either queer, study language, study sociology/psychology or work with gendered language. These individuals will answer questions regarding the importance of language in their fields, what gendered language is and what it means to them and the importance of language (in terms of pronouns, gendering, identifying and labeling). They will also touch on current issues that impact the LGBTQ+ community and how language, and using language correctly, is essential in every facet of life.||3:00pm-4:30pm||RSC 142 - Harvest Room|
|Religious and Spiritual Organizations Mini Fair, sponsored by Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership||Many students come to campus wishing to continue their affiliation with a particular faith community. Wichita State believes it is important to encourage a student's personal development through the exploration of many avenues, including spiritual and religious choices. To that end, the University recognizes a number of religious student organizations and we invite you to visit and learn more about these organizations.||11am-1pm||RSC 1st Floor|
|Afershock Live Worship Experience||The Aftershock Live Worship service is a place to experience the power of Jesus Christ. We are expecting to see modern day miracles, signs, and wonders. Come and experience Pentecost.||
|Black Table Talk sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Student Union, and the African Caribbean Student Association||An opportunity for Black students to have an open discussion about mental health, current events, and other spicy topics. Two random people will be given a free haircut.||
|Interfest, sponsored by International Student Union and Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership||Each semester, WSU students prepare and sell dishes from their native countries for this event. The festival provides a platform for intercultural sharing where the WSU community and visitors can try out diverse cuisine and learn about the origins and cultural significance of a particular dish. It also serves as a fundraiser for international student associations, although small groups of students also participate to have as many diverse dishes as possible. Tickets are $1 a piece and be purchased in advance or at the door. Each group or table will set a ticket rate for the cost of that food. Link to purchase tickets coming soon.||11am-1pm||RSC Beggs Ballroom|
|Día de los Muertos sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion||Learn the history and traditions of Día de los Muertos! Join us for traditional sweets and activities during the holiday. Also known as "Day of the Dead," Día de los Muertos is a tradition-filled day during which families remember the departed and share memories of loved ones of those who have passed.||11am-1pm||RSC 1st Floor|
|Pee for Pizza sponsored by Student Health Services, ODI, Positive Directions Inc., Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes||Get tested for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia by submitting a urine specimen and you will get FREE PIZZA! Do not use the restroom at least one hour prior to testing. BY RESERVATION ONLY; NO WALK-INS ACCEPTED. Call 316-978-4792 to reserve your spot. Other testing available upon request. For more information, contact Student Health Services at 316-978-4792.||12:00pm-4:00pm||Student Wellness Center|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Tabling, sponsored by Office of Disability Services||Join the Office of Disability Services as they present resources for persons with disabilities.||11am-1:30pm||RSC 1st Floor|
|The Big GIVE! sponsored by the Student Government Association||An opportunity for students to donate money or food or time to a cause bigger than themselves. Proceeds from the Big Give will go towards providing much needed resources for Shocker Support Locker and other programs that benefit students on campus.||11:00am-4:00pm||RSC North Patio|
Perspective of a Disability and their Symbols, sponsored by Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion
|Join the Ambassadors of Diversity and Inclusion as they share what different disability symbols are and talk about the perspectives of students who may have a disability.||1:00pm-2:00pm||RSC 203|
|Inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium sponsored by the Student Government Association, Housing and Residence Life, and the Chief Diversity Officer||Join us for the culminating event for SGA's Diversity Week while we hear from the Chair of the Diversity, Empowerment and Inclusion Committee, an update from the Chief Diversity Officer about the University's DEI Plan and a keynote address from Regina Platt about how students can engage on college campuses around DEI work. Lunch will be provided for guests. Please use this form to register to attend: https://forms.office.com/r/VfLxz3WcP8||11:00am-1:00pm||RSC Beggs Ballroom|
|Regina Platt Book Signing sponsored by the Student Government Association, Housing and Residence Life, and the Chief Diversity Office||Join the Keynote Speaker, Regina Platt for a book signing. Books will be free for each guest while supplies last.||1:00pm-2:00pm||RSC Gridley Room|
|Kindness Rocks! sponsored by the CARE Team||Come and go event where students can grab a rock and some paint and get creative. The aim is to bring students together to take a break from school and to do some arts/crafts; to spread positivity, creativity, and love around campus and to their fellow students. Student can leave the rocks in palces around campus for others to find, they can offer them as gifts or keep them. Join us in coming together to spread kindness at WSU||1:00pm-3:30pm||RSC 262|
|More Events Coming Soon|