LEWISTON, Idaho – A variety of events will take place both in person and virtually during the annual Lewis-Clark State College Multicultural Awareness Week next Monday-Friday, Sept. 14-18.
The interactive week features panel discussions, music collections, and a variety of foods to celebrate the different cultures throughout the world. All events are free and open to the public, and will adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety protocols, including the requirement that all campus visitors wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
The keynote speaker for the event is Jeff Guillory, who is now retired after serving as the director of diversity and equality at Washington State University. He will give a virtual presentation on Zoom on Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. on “Cultural Competencies through Commonalities” and will focus on its importance in today’s society. Cultural competence reflects the ability of individuals to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of various cultural backgrounds in order to create a welcoming environment and an appreciation of similarities and differences among cultures. His presentation will last approximately an hour with a question and answer session to follow.
The other main event during the week will be a panel discussion, “Let’s Talk About Race,” which will be held on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. The virtual discussion will include LC State faculty, staff, alumni and students.
Both presentations are open to the public to watch live on Zoom at www.zoom.us/j/2087922070. The presentations will be recorded and posted to the website www.lcsc.edu/minority-programs/multicultural-awareness-week as well.
LC President Cynthia Pemberton will kick off the week with a welcome video at 9 a.m., which also will be on Zoom using the Zoom address above. Her welcome will be recorded and posted to the website as well.
During the week, there will be a “Share Your Story” art project where anyone can upload a photo or video through social media and discuss what cultural diversity means to them. Use the hashtag #LCMAW2020 on social media posts by Sept. 14 to be entered to win a cultural basket full of prizes. Stories and pictures can be turned in on campus at the Centennial Mall area on Sept. 14 as well. Selected stories will be put together in an artistic video to celebrate multicultural diversity at LC following the Let's Talk about Race panel discussion.
Anyone interested can also share their favorite music playlists with Ian Tippets ([email protected]) or Edgar Galeano ([email protected]) and tune into the LC State radio station KLCZ (88.9 FM) during each day at 3-4 p.m. to hear music that brings the global world together.
Sodexo Food Services in the LC State Student Union Building will serve a variety of international dishes during lunch and dinner throughout the week. In addition, International Programs is creating a virtual cookbook with international recipes to share. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to submit a recipe to the virtual cookbook throughout the week at https://lcsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_af8NTuQuGHrMj5z
The annual event is sponsored by the college’s Multicultural Awareness Week Committee as well as the Office of the President, LC State Anthropology Club; Center for Teaching and Learning; Humanities Division; International Programs; Native American, Minority & Veterans’ Services; Native American Club, Social Sciences Division, Multicultural Student Organization; and the Spanish Club.
For more information on the week, contact Kerensa Allison, LC State associate professor of anthropology, at [email protected] or 208-792-2348.
Here is the schedule for the week:
- DISCOVER CULTURE IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN – The LC Garden, located at 816 Seventh St., will host a display related to nature, place, and food from around the world. Visitors are invited to travel the world by clicking on QR codes to learn a bit more about our LC multicultural community. The public is invited to share photos and favorite recipes to be included in the display at the "Discover Cultures in the Garden" submission form.
- AROUND THE WORLD SCAVENGER HUNT AND TRIVIA – Answer trivia questions and go on a virtual quests to learn more about culture. Challenge runs through Sept. 17. Daily challenges will be on the Warrior Entertainment Board website. Each challenge will have instructions on how and what to submit. LC State students are eligible for prizes and the winners will be announced online on Sept. 18 and contacted through email.
- MUSIC – Anyone interested can share their favorite music playlists with Ian Tippets ([email protected]) or Edgar Galeano ([email protected]) and tune into the LC radio station KLCZ (88.9 FM) during each day of the week at 3-4 p.m. to hear music that brings the global world together.
- INTERNATIONAL FOOD – Sodexo Food Services in the LC Student Union Building will serve a variety of international dishes during lunch and dinner throughout the week.
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
- WELCOME VIDEO, 9 a.m. – LC State President Cynthia Pemberton kicks off the week with a video welcome message. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070.
- SHARE YOUR STORY – Anyone can upload a photo or video through social media and discuss what cultural diversity means to them. Use the hashtag #LCMAW2020 on social media posts by Sept. 14 to be entered into a prize giveaway. Stories and pictures can also be turned in at the Centennial Mall on campus this day.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
- VIRTUAL NATIVE AMERICAN FOOD DEMONSTRATIONS, 1:30 p.m. – Learn about Native American cuisines with Timena Shebala during a presentation. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16
- VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: CULTURAL COMPETENCIES THROUGH COMMONALITIES, 1:30 p.m. – Jeff Guillory, retired director of diversity and equality at Washington State University. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
- VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE, 3 p.m. – Panelists: Erika Allen, director of College Advancement & LC State Foundation executive director; Bill Hayne, assistant professor in Teacher Education Division; JeaDa Lay, 2020 LC graduate; Mari Carrillo, LC student; Tommy Williams, LC student, Kiara Garcia, LC student; and Chloe Thompson, LC student. Moderator: Kerensa Allison, LC State associate professor of anthropology. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070
- SHARE YOUR STORY ART PROJECT – Celebrate our collective story directly following the panel discussion. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070
- CONSTITUTION DAY DISCUSSION ON 19TH AMENDMENT, 6 p.m. – Panelists: LC State professors Kylee Britzman and Leif Hoffmann in political science; Amy Canfield in history, and Gene Straughan in justice studies. Discussion will be on the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the women’s right to vote, both in the U.S. and abroad. Zoom ID: 925 8877 2591. Zoom Passcode – 228705.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
- VIRTUAL DANCE PARTY, 9-11 p.m. – With the music shared from earlier in the week, participants can share their dance moves virtually. Zoom link: www.zoom.us/j/2087922070
- WINNERS ANNOUNCED – From the Around the World Trivia Challenge and Share Your Story collaborations.