September 10, 2020
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Edgar Galeano (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-792-2348.
Here is the schedule for the week:
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18