Diversity is a topic that is talked about a lot across campus. RAs Michaela and Morgan hosted an event that was engaging and brought light to diversity. Residents were able to decorate cupcakes anyway that they wanted. They were also able to lend a hand and put handprints using paint on a banner for the hall. We also talked about different diversity topics that apply to the campus.
Southwest Hall and Melcher Hall hosted this week’s Friday Night Club. Taste the World was a great time hosted in Dobson Hall. Each floor in Southwest chose a continent and paired up with a Melcher RA. Every continent was represented at the FNC, even Antarctica. Each continent had two food dishes and an activity to participate in. Students that attended the FNC recieved a passport that was stamped when they visited each continent. We also had a trivia game playing all night. Fifth floor had corn bread with blueberry sauce and horchata. All if the students that attended had a fun tim and were filled up with the various foods. What international foods do you like? Poat your answers on the Discussion page.
March is Women’s History Month!! On the bulletin board in the 5 West hallway is a board titled “Now Showing HERstory.” The board is filled with many women that have made a big difference in history. Some of the women were doctors, judges, astronauts, and many other professions. Who is your favorite woman of history? Post your answer on the Discussion Page.
On the lobby bulletin board RAs Morgan and Michaela decided to talk about inclusive language. The language we use says a lot to the people around us. The bulletin board has some things that you hear in conversation around campus. When you flip up the flip cards you see a different way to say what you want to say. We focused on using person centered language and not using derogatory terms. The board is just a starting point to get everyone thinking about the language they use on a daily basis. Do you use person centered language? Post you answer on the Discussion Page.
The month of February is when Black History Month is observed. In the hallway of 5 West a new bulletin board is up. The board is titled They Had a Dream. The board is about 14 African American inventors that you may not know about. The board is filled with both African American men and women who excelled in their given field. I hope you rake the time to read the board and find out some great information. Who is you favorite inventor? Post your answer on the Discussion page. Mine is Lisa Gelobter. She helped with inventing the technology that formed the beginning of web animation.
Almost everyone loves a pun, especially when that pun helps talk about an important topic. Diversity is what makes 5 West unique. We all have different ways that we identify ourselves. These identities can include resident, resident assistant, athlete, musician, Christian, agnostic, and many more. The mix of different identities in 5 West makes our wing community different from other wings in Southwest Hall and other wings across campus. Diversi-tea makes all of 5 West together the perfect blend. What does diversity mean to you? Put your answer in the Discussion page.
On Wednesday, October 17th, RA’s Jason and Michaela and Emily Stier from the Doyle Center hosted Queer Quest : LGBTQ+ Game Night. The night was kicked off with Emily challenging the residents to match the LGBTQ+ terms with their correct definition. Some of the terms had similar definitions which made it tricking for the teams, but both teams were successful in matching the terms. After the matching game, residents had time to learn about the Patricia A. Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality and ask Emily questions to learn about the LGBTQ+ community. After question with Emily, RA’s Jason and Michaela had the residents split into two teams, which were team Pineapple and Team Watermelon and play Queer Quest Jeopardy. The topics for the Jeopardy game ranged from transgender topics, famous people, LGBTQ+ history, advocacy, terminology, and sexualities. Both teams were close for the entire game. In the end, it was Team Watermelon that won the game. Both teams received prizes for their awesome knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community. Are there any questions you have about the LGBTQ+ community? Stop by the Discussion page to any questions that you have.