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Unite For Awareness Week

Ohio Northern University will host the seventh annual “Unite for Awareness Week,” a student-driven initiative to bring attention to issues of discrimination, beginning on Wednesday, April 27. The theme for this year’s awareness week is “Don’t H8!”

All Unite for Awareness Week events are free of charge, and everyone is welcome to participate. In addition to the daily activities, students and staff can get their picture taken in McIntosh from 5-7 p.m. in support of Unite for Awareness Week.

Wednesday, April 27 - Religious Sexism

On Wednesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. in the chapel, the topic will be religious sexism. Local Catholic priest Father Dan Millisor and Dr. Agha Fatima Al-Hayani will discuss the historic treatment of women in Catholicism and Islam. The session will conclude with questions from the audience. Al-Hayani is a lecturer and court expert on Islamic jurisprudence, particularly Islamic family law, and a presenter of workshops on Islam, Islamic law, and women in Islam and the Arab world.

Thursday, April 28 - Ableism

Thursday, April 28, will focus on ableism. The pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy club will present their annual Disability Obstacle Course, which allows participants to live a few minutes in a disabled person’s shoes. This event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room.

Friday, April 29 - Racism Awareness

On Friday, April 29, the Black Student Union will be in McIntosh from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. asking students to sign a pledge for racism awareness. The pledge asks students to remove derogatory terms from their vocabularies.

Monday, May 2 - Sexism and Abuse

Monday, May 2, will focus on sexism and abuse. Katie Hnida will speak at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Ballroom. Hnida was the first female football player to score in a NCAA Division 1-A football game. She will speak on her experiences of playing for the University of Colorado and the abuse, harassment and molestation that she endured.

Tuesday, May 3 - Genderism

The topic for Tuesday, May 3, will be genderism. Open Doors will be in McIntosh from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Open doors will be creating a video of ONU faculty and students showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. This is in response to the “It Gets Better Project,” which occurred after a number of students took their lives after being bullied in school.

Wednesday May, 4 - Classism

Wednesday, May 4, will focus on classism. Habitat for Humanity will simulate how people around the world eat and give people a first-hand experience on how citizens in our country find affordable housing. This event will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room.