The annual observance of Cultural Harmony Week 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, and was given a home during the week of October 24th, United Nations Day. 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.