Diversity Month events celebrate our differences
UVic is a diverse community made up of individuals
from various ethnic groups, cultures, religions, genders,
ages, socioeconomic status and sexual orientations.
Diversity Month, which kicks off on March 3, is intended
to celebrate our differences and promote a respectful
and inclusive community.
The month is centred around International Women’s
Day on March 8 and the International Day for the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination on March 21. To honour these
special days, there’ll be a wide variety of activities
throughout the month to promote diversity awareness
and learning opportunities.
“We need only look at our student community to
see what diversity means on this campus,” says
Linda Sproule-Jones, director of the office of equity
issues, which co-ordinates Diversity Month. “There’s
so much interest in diversity issues that we’ve
dedicated an entire month to the topic.”
Diversity Month, which began as Diversity Week, was
created on the heels of the 1998 Voices for Change
report, which recommended ways to eliminate racism,
ethnocentrism and cultural insensitivity at UVic. It
also ties in with UVic’s strategic plan, A
Vision for the Future, which emphasizes diversity
and equality on campus.
Some of this year’s events include a presentation
by B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo on March
6, a discussion on anti-racist teaching on March 21,
and various multicultural meals around campus.
“We hope that people will come to the events,
gain a greater understanding of the issues, and translate
that knowledge into action,” says Sproule-Jones.
The events are sponsored by various departments and
groups around campus. Students, staff, faculty and the
general public are encouraged to attend. For more information,
check the online UVic calendar of events at communications.uvic.ca/events.