Diverse Identities Program
The goal of Diverse Identities (DI) is to promote appreciation of and education about differences and how our experiences influence our world lens. Every spring "Diverse Identities Month" offers programs planned by various Minority Caucus and Interfaith student groups. Each program connects to a theme, and serves as a venue for the Whittier College community to engage in learning related to diversity, social justice, and advocacy.
Diverse Identities 2013
Fridays in March: Newman Club Presents: Be Aware of One Church, Two Hands, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campus Inn
Why do practicing Catholics observe Pescetarianism during Lent? What is Lent? Newman Club will share information on Catholic traditions. Seafood-based items will also be available in the CI every Friday during March.
March 4: Asian Student Association presents: Be Aware of Asian Languages, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campus Inn
There are many different languages spoken in Asia. ASA members and club officers will teach students to write and pronounce some basic words and expressions in several Asian languages (Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Siamese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog), with the hope of stimulating peoples’ interest and motivating them to take one of the Asian language courses offered at Whittier College!
March 4: Halo Halo Club presents: Be Aware of Tinikling, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campus Inn
Halo Halo club is a Filipino culture club that strives to foster a familial atmosphere through various Filipino activities. Everyone is welcome as Halo Halo presents Tinikling, a traditional dance of the Philippines that involves dancing through two large bamboo sticks. This dance is inspired by tinikling birds that skillfully dodge bamboo traps created by farmers.
March 5: Amigos Unidos presents: Be Aware of Hispanic Culture, 6 p.m., Science 302
Please join us for a screening of Arráncame La Vida: El Corazón No Se Gobierna. This film will educate the community about Hispanic culture and women’s perspective toward the Mexican Post-revolution during 1933 to 1950. The film will also touch upon masculinity and nudity, which is both justified and explained in a fun and educated manner.
March 12: Mid-East Connections presents: Be Aware, Hips Don’t Lie, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Graham Athletic Center
Want to learn how to shake it? Then come to our belly-dancing workshop in the dance room, and get ready for an INTENSE workout! The Mid-East Connections club will teach the essentials of belly dancing. This includes moves such as a shimmy, a box, and an omi. We will be dancing from hip pop to traditional dancing music to table. The art of belly dancing can help the inner you come out.
March 13: Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity Presents:
Be Aware of Homophobia, Transphobia, and Heterosexism in Athletics, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Villalobos Hall
Hudson Taylor is a three time all American Division I wrestler and coach who established Athlete Ally, which empowers professional and collegiate LGBTQ and ally athletes to advocate for LGBTQ rights and inclusion in the world of sports. Hudson will speak on homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in athletics and how to serve effectively as an ally.
March 25: Hawaiian Islanders Club presents: Be Aware of Hawaiian Snacks & Crafts, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campus Inn
HIC is bringing the most popular crafts and snacks from Hawai'i to the Whittier College campus to create a sense of the islands right here in Southern California. Whittier College students, faculty, and staff will be able to reproduce Hawai'i's local products!
March 26: Black Student Union presents: Be Aware of Socialized Definitions of “Good Hair,” 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Club 88
The Black Student Union strives to shed light on possible answers to the question that is commonly asked: What is Good Hair? Good hair is a colloquial phrase used within the African American community to generally describe African American hair that most closely resembles the hair of non-blacks (straight or curly), especially those images of hair popularly presented in hegemonic society. The main focus in the film is the extreme lengths that black women are willing to go through in order to look a certain way.
March 28: Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán Presents: Be Aware, Be a Donor, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Villalobos Hall
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day. The Red Cross provides blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Present estimates indicate that less than 4% of Hispanics are blood donors, but the need for Hispanic blood donors has been increasing. Latinos are more likely than the average American to have Type O blood, the type blood banks value most because so many patients can use it.
March 30: Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity Presents: Be Aware of Gender Identity and Gender Expression, Noon – 4 p.m. Club 88
Kai Medina-Martinez, director of the LGBT Center at University of Utah, will facilitate Allies Training specifically focused on gender identity and expression. We invite you to learn more about trans* and gender non-conforming populations, how to serve effectively as allies, and how to advocate for inclusive space. Lunch included.
March 31: Christian Poets presents: Be Aware of Restoration, 6:15 a.m. – 9 a.m., CI Parking Lot
Christian Poets are acknowledging the death of Jesus Christ through a Good Friday service in the Chapel. On Easter Sunday, we will hike to the water tower in Turnbull Canyon to watch the sun/ “Son” rise. This will serve as a time of reflection and worship to recognize the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the restoration he brings to our campus, community, and us.