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ONU to host ‘Unite for Awareness Week’

Apr 4, 2008
Ohio Northern University will host the fourth annual "Unite for Awareness Week," a student-driven initiative created to bring to light issues of discrimination, beginning on Sunday, April 6.

The weeklong event will kick off with author Philip Milano speaking Sunday at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Ballroom on campus. A veteran journalist, Milano is author of "I Can't Believe You Asked That" and creator of the award-winning cross-cultural project "Y? The National Forum on People's Differences." He also writes a popular weekly newspaper column titled "Dare to Ask."

On Monday, April 7, the topic is classism. The ONU Habitat for Humanity chapter will host a world hunger simulation meal at 5 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room. The event is designed to encourage discussion of world hunger and social inequity. Cost is $5.

Tuesday, April 8, will deal with gender orientation and features "The Celluloid Closet," a film about Hollywood's influence on public perception. The free film will begin at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room. A candlelight vigil also is set for 9 p.m. at the chapel.

Ableism is the topic for Wednesday, April 9, with the Marimor Dance Group performing at the 11 a.m. chapel services. Disabilities awareness challenges are scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room.

Thursday, April 10, will target sexism, with Rus Funk addressing "Men's Violence" at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room. Funk has spent more than 25 years addressing social, racial, gender and sexual justice through training, speaking and technical assistance services.

Friday, April 11, will feature Susan Tower presenting "Heart of Humanity" at 1 and 4 p.m. in McIntosh Center. She uses a gardening game exercise to deal with the day's theme of racism.

The week ends with a closing bonfire from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 11.

For more information about "Unite for Awareness Week," contact Miranda Martinez at or Sara Banchy at
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