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Unite for Awareness Week

Mar 29, 2012

Ohio Northern University will host the eighth annual “Unite for Awareness Week,” a student-driven initiative to bring attention to issues of discrimination, from Tuesday, April 10, to Friday, April 13. The theme of this year’s week will be “Look, Listen and Learn.”

On Tuesday, April 10, the topic will be blind discrimination. At 11 a.m. in Heterick Memorial Library’s room 301, the Office of Multicultural Development will present “Battling for Your Identity” as part of its monthly Cultural Conversation Hour. This presentation will discuss how individuals identify themselves through gender, sexual preference and race. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

That evening at 5 p.m., Bob Ulm, news director and advertising account executive for Maverick Media, will speak in the McIntosh Ballroom on “Seeing the World through your Hands, Feet and Ears.” Ulm was born blind and was one of the first blind students in Northwest Ohio to attend “regular classes.” The presentation is sponsored by the Multicultural Programming Committee and Student Senate.

Wednesday, April 11, will focus on homophobia. Open Doors will host “Challenging Homophobia,” an interactive presentation, at 6:30 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities room. The presentation will discuss how homophobia affects the community and Ohio and how to make ONU a homophobia-free campus.

Racism will be the topic for Thursday, April 12. The Black Student Union will work at McIntosh tables from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to encourage students to pledge to remove derogatory terms from their vocabulary. Students will have the opportunity to write down common offensive words and then receive gum to clean up their mouth.

The topic for Friday, April 13, is ableism. The Multicultural Programming Committee will host a (Dis)ability Obstacle course at 5 p.m. in McIntosh Conference Room 7. This course will allow students to experience what it would be like to have various disabilities such as limited sight, hearing and touch.

All Unite for Awareness Week events are free.