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Friday 3/29 - Tackling Tough Topics Together “Breaking Down Invisible Walls”

Have you ever made assumptions about someone based on their language, accent, or skin color? Ever had beliefs or experiences ascribed to you because of your race, ethnic origin, or national identity?

Join us on Friday, March 29, from noon-1 p.m. for a Tackling Tough Topics Together dialogue on “Breaking Down Invisible Walls,” exploring the impacts of these perceptions, questions, and behaviors.

Friends’ or strangers’ uninformed questions can make people feel they don’t belong, Lehigh student David Owolabi shared in a recent opinion piece in The Brown and White. Systems of oppression and exclusion create an “inferior other,” Lehigh sociologist Sirry Alang writes in a recent essay. In her TED Talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks about “the danger of a single story” - that in only “knowing” a single story about another person or country we risk critical misunderstanding.

Come together to talk about assumptions, misunderstandings, stereotypes, intentions, and impacts as you’ve experienced them and so we can learn from each other.

Lunch is provided. All are welcome. The dialogue will take place in the Linderman Library Bayer Galleria, Room 342.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Maria Zullo at maz317@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-4152.

We look forward to seeing you!

Brought to you by the Council for Equity and Community (CEC) Education and Dialogue Working Group.

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International Women's Day

Celebrating Black History Month

 Photo Credit: Enokson

We celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the culture and history of the American Society. We recognize their achievements and the vital role that African Americans make to the development of civil rights and equal opportunity. 

Black History Month began as the celebration of Negro History Week for a week in February 1926 which was proposed by Carter G. Woodson. The celebration was expanded to a month and recognized by President Gerald Ford in1976 during the nation’s bicentennial. Black History Month is also celebrated in Canada in February, and in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland in October.

This month, the CEC urges you to join us in the celebration of the rich cultural and social contributions, both past and present, of the African Americans to the American society.

Friday 2/8 - #MeToo: Anita Hill and Beyond

Anita Hill sparked a national conversation 26 years ago when she testified at the Supreme Court confirmation for Clarence Thomas about the sexual harassment she experienced in the workplace. On Feb. 7, she will speak at Lehigh about the events before, during, and after those hearings, which brought her unwanted fame, decades before the #MeToo Movement.

Join us on Friday, Feb. 8, from noon-1 p.m. for a Tackling Tough Topics Together dialogue about #MeToo, exploring intersecting roles of gender, race, class and sexual orientation in events such as Anita Hill’s testimony. More recent accusation of sexual assault are present in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary; and firing of “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer.

Are their commonalities or distinctions? What are the impacts?

The dialogue will take place in the Linderman Library Bayer Galleria, Room 342. Lunch is provided. All are welcome.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Maria Zullo at maz317@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-4152.

GVES, the Advocates, BTS peer educators, and the CGE will host a safe space for survivors of gender based harassment and violence to process and debrief Anita Hill's talk and experiences from 2 to 3PM at UC 306 following the Tackling Tough Topics Together session.

We look forward to seeing you!

Brought to you by the Council for Equity and Community (CEC) Education and Dialogue Working Group, Office of Gender Violence Education and Support(GVES), and the Center for Gender Equity (CGE).

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo by: Gloria Holt

We celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He stood for equality for all people and dedicated his life to the fight against discrimination. His sacrifice paved the way for many others to achieve their dreams.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law by President Ronald Regan in 1983 and the first MLK day was celebrated in 1986. The holiday falls on the third monday in January so that it coincides with Dr. King's birthday which is January 15, 1929 and he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This year, MLK day was celebrated on January 21, 2019 and this also marks the 51st anniversary of his assassination.

This month, the CEC urges you to commemorate and reflect on the life and sacrifice of Dr. King.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lift the Mask- Portraits of Life with Mental Illness

Lift the Mask is an event organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Lehigh On-Campus Chapter. Lift the Mask- Portraits of Life with Mental Illness tells the often harrowing, sometimes hopeful stories of six individuals living with behavioral and mental health diagnoses. From the onset of symptoms and the quest for a diagnosis, to managing the subsequent treatments and medications, the film’s subjects frankly discuss the most difficult and traumatic moments of their journeys. These six people of very different backgrounds navigate social stigmas, suicide; a cause of death alarmingly on the rise in the U.S., and incarceration; a common but overlooked outcome of mental illness. The film finds both devastation and hope as these characters struggle with some of the most debilitating and misunderstood of illnesses.

The Council for Equity and Community provided support for this event because it speaks to creating a culture of understanding that situates mental health as an integral part of the holistic wellbeing of every member of our campus community.

Dining In the Dark

Dining in the Dark is an event the Yemaya Chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated, host yearly to bring awareness and educate the Lehigh community on visual impairment and the resources available both at Lehigh to college students, in the Bethlehem community, and the technological accessibilities to help people.

The event includes a delicious dinner where the participants must eat, pour themselves a glass of water and communicate with those around while being blindfolded. The Office of Disability Services, Our Eyes Have Paws, and Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind were invited to interact with participants throughout the evening by eating alongside them. The target audience was both students and staff.

In line with our mission for inclusive excellence, the Council for Equity and Community provided funding and support for this event. The CEC and the event organizers hope that this event not only encourages more conversations about disabilities as a whole but also teaches members of the Lehigh community on ways we can make an effort to be more respectful and cognizant of the challenges that people who live with disabilities are going through.

Fusion 2018

F.U.S.I.O.N. (Fostering Unity Staged In One Night) is a multi-cultural event hosted by Asian Cultural Society and Black Students Union. FUSION is an event that hopes to help illustrate the vast cultural wealth Lehigh and its students have to offer. So many cultures tell their histories through dance and with events like FUSION, the Lehigh community is shown a part of these highly important histories on stage.

The organizers try to be as proactive as possible in regards to trying to fit as many groups as possible, because of the importance that events like FUSION have in reference to visibility. So many people may not get to show their cultural heritage in the class room, but on stage it's different. Various cultural identities are not only highlighted, but they are cherished.

This is the goal of FUSION. The goal is to highlight both the cultural differences, as well as the similarities and celebrate them.

With the CEC's help, the organizers were able to provide a space through which people on the margins as well as the larger campus as a whole could have positive discourse around the social histories connected to dance across the world. From Indian Fusion dances of LU Bhangra, to the Afro Caribbean influences of Tumbao, FUSION tries to be as inclusive as possible.

The Hate You see

 Dear Campus Community,

This October, we witnessed what some have called “72 Hours of Hate” - a fatal shooting of two African-American shoppers at a grocery store, mail bombs sent to media outlets and Democratic leaders and activists, and the murders of 11 people by a shooter at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

In light of these incidents and others, this Friday the CEC Education and Dialogue Working Group will lead a discussion of hate, and the role social media plays in encouraging perceptions that lead to hate crimes and hate speech. Join the conversation, "The Hate You See," from noon to 1 p.m. in Linderman Library, Bayer Galleria, Room 342.

Lunch is provided.

This event is part of a year of programming examining how preconceived ideas impact our beliefs and actions. All are welcome. 

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Maria Zullo at maz317@lehigh.edu or 758-4152.

We look forward to seeing you! 

Brought to you by Lehigh’s Council for Equity and Community (CEC) Education and Dialogue Working Group.

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