Cultural Harmony Week
The annual observance of Cultural Harmony Week (3rd week in October) has become a tradition at Geneseo that truly puts into practice the sentiments expressed in its mission and values statements. At its inception, the week was designed to explore issues of race, ethnicity and culture. Now, several years later, this annual event seeks to provide programming that addresses a wide variety of community and diversity issues.
Planned by a campus-wide, ad-hoc committee it is envisioned as an extension of the Social Sciences core requirement which works to deepen students' understanding and awareness of important aspects of human behavior and social organization, to increase students' understanding of the human condition and human institutions, as well as, to augment the Non-Western Traditions graduation requirement seeking to focus students' attention on ideas, experiences, and concepts existing outside Western traditions.
A full-week of programming ranging from the academically staid to fun and interactive, Cultural Harmony Week activities always focus on learning outcomes. Participation by students in a few of the week's programs, over each of the four years of their collegiate career, can make a notable impact, furthering the stated goal of encouraging intellectual engagement and personal growth through high quality curricular and co-curricular programming.
|Express your Identity!||Sunday, October 20th||4:00-6:00pm||Kinetic Gallery, College Union||Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Join facilitators as we draw, write and paste any aspects of our racial, social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This event will recur three more times throughout the week, so it's ok if you miss the first one.|
|Geneseo Wind Ensemble Presents...||Sunday, October 20th||3:00-5:00pm||Wadsworth Auditorium|
|Cultivating Community Conversation: Campus Climate and Engagement||Monday, October 21st||2:30-3:45pm||Union Ballroom||They will explore the topic “Making Inclusion Our Middle Name: Cultivating a campus identity that ‘oozes’ inclusion.” During this dialogue, they will consider a variety of important questions, such as "What everyday practices demonstrate engagement and help foster a strong campus climate? How do we cultivate a climate that embodies engagement? How can we help each other ‘ooze’ inclusion? "|
|Sexual Assault in the LGBTQIA+ Community||Monday, October 21st||4:00-5:30pm||College Union 322/323|
|Poetry Reading with Aisha Sharif||Monday, October 21st||7:00pm||Doty 300 (Tower Room)||Enjoy the poetry of Aisha Sharif, an African American Muslim woman whose work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend|
|Gold Workshop for Opal Certificate: Developing Inter-Group Relationships||Tuesday, October 22nd||11:00am-12:00pm||College Union 322/323||This workshop will examine our relationships with individuals different from ourselves. It is designed to help individuals explore their perceptions, experiences, and comfort level with diverse groups through an eye-opening activity.|
|DICE Wokeshop: Multi-Film Screening||Tuesday, October 22nd||5:00pm||Welles 111||Join the Diversity & Inclusivity Community Educators (DICE) as they facilitate discussion on Race in America. They will dive into a rich discussion on different ethnic groups and how they affected by various institutions and entities.|
|Intersectionality in Judaism||Tuesday, October 22nd||6:00pm||Newton 213||Come learn about the intersectionality of Judaism through the lens of Holocaust education, with the experiences of queer Jews and Black Jews.|
|When Your Existence is an Ongoing Act of Rebellion||Wednesday, October 23rd||2:30-3:45pm||Doty 300 (Tower Room)||Join keynote speaker Dr. Kristin Hocker for a talk on how engaging in-depth exploration of our multifaceted identities and the ways in which we understand ourselves and our ways of being in the world plays a role in building the resilience necessary to succeed and thrive.|
|The Alan Lutkus International Film Series Presents: Check It||Thursday, October 25th||7:00pm||Newton 202||Join Dr. Mark Broomfield for this screening and a discussion.|
|“Express Your Identity: I Am…” Open Mic||Friday, October 25th||5:00-6:00pm||Blake - The Knight Spot||Students can take the stage and perform, songs, instrumentals, spoken word poetry, and any other stage art to express their culture and social identity. We encourage performances to be based on the intersection of your identity and how that has shaped your experiences and who you are today.|
|Modern Day Oppression of Marginalized Communities||Friday, October 25th||2:00-3:00pm||College Union 322/323||
This program will be an audience participatory discussion on modern-day oppression of marginalized communities in the USA. The main focus will be on the role that mainstream media and social media play in facilitating and fostering oppression.
|Intercultural Dinner||Saturday, October 26th||5:30pm||College Union Ballroom||Join the ACE groups for an evening of food, skits, dances, songs and more that highlight their cultural identities.|
|Film Screening||Saturday, October 26th||3:00-4:30pm||College Union 322/323||
Mani Mitchell and Grant Lahood set out to "de-mystify" intersex, looking "beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births". Interviewing intersex people around the world, the film explores how they "navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships, and adulthood, when they don’t fit the binary model of a solely male and female world". The film follows Mitchell on a tour, visiting intersex people in America, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, and Australia
|Express your Identity!||Wednesday, Oct 23rd||5:00-6:30pm||Kinetic Gallery, College Union||
Stop by to draw, write and paste any aspects of your social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This event will recur ONCE more tomorrow. This is also an opportunity to have a self reflect on what you have learned this week. See you there!
|Multi-Flim Screening||Wednesday, Oct 23rd||7:00pm||South Hall Amphitheater||
A series of mini-documentaries compiled by the New York Times discussing "What makes someone American? How do you define American identity? When do you feel most American? Or least? Nine American citizens describe their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them". Followed by a brief discussion, led by D.I.C.E Facilitators.
|Express your Identity!||Thursday, Oct 24th||11:00am-12:30pm||Kinetic Gallery, College Union||
Stop by to draw, write and paste any aspects of your social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This is the LAST opportunity to participate. This is also a chance to have a self reflect on what you have learned/seen/experienced this week. See you there!
|Gold Workshop for Opal Certificate: Social Identity||Thursday, Oct 24th||2:00-3:00pm||College Union Rm 114||
Everyone has multiple identities. This session will demonstrate how people express their different identities and provide a new understanding of the wide range of diversity that exists in our daily interactions with other people. They will learn what aspects go into creating an identity. Using their own lives as examples, participants will take a look at how they express that identity. Limited seats remaining, sign up through your Gold account.