SJU Celebrates Fourth Annual Diversity Awareness Week

Monday, September 16, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (September 13, 2013) – Saint Joseph’s University will celebrate its fourth annual Diversity Awareness Week from Sept. 23 – 27. Many activities will be available to students, faculty and staff to focus on the cultural differences on campus.

“The purpose of Diversity Week is to celebrate and create awareness of the multiculturalism at SJU,” says Valerie C. Dudley, Ph.D., director of institutional diversity. “We want to create a welcoming and inclusive campus where everyone feels safe and can learn from each other.”

Diversity Week will begin with the annual Multicultural Welcome Back Reception on Monday, Sept. 23 in the North Lounge from 3 to 5 p.m. Following the reception, the cast of L.I.N.E.S., a student production that was used to discuss diversity during freshman orientation, will give an encore performance of their 2013 Orientation presentation in the Perch. 

Remaining events for the week are as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 24- Dr. Shakti Butler, producer and director of the groundbreaking documentaries "The Way Home," "Light in the Shadows" and "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible," will discuss her newest film, "Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity." From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the North Lounge.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Diversity and Anti-Defamation League Training will be offered in the North Lounge from 10 a.m. to noon. A light lunch will be served and registration is required.

To register for the session:

  • Log in to MySJU (
  • Click on the School Services Tab
  • Under Employee Training, select Campus Workshop Series and select ADL: A Campus of Difference Workshop.

SafeZone Training will also be offered on Wednesday, Sept 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. SafeZones help build a supportive network of members on campus to provide a safe space for LGBTQ students. Registration is required for this event. Click here to register.

Thursday, Sept. 26 - Multicultural cuisine will be available in the popular “Taste of the World” event in the North Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27 - "The Field of Multiculturalism: Definition and Status” will be held for faculty and administration only in the Presidents' Lounge from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed by sending an email to Margaret Ryan-Atkinson at

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