Loras College Plans Stop the Hate Week for February 17-21

From February 17-21, 2014, multiple Loras College student organizations will come together to “Stop the Hate.”  The Intercultural Programs Office, Campus Ministry, The Black Student Union, Better Together, Loras Intercultural Student Association and Peace and Justice will sponsor a week-long series of educational sessions and discussions geared toward preventing hate on college campuses and fostering community development.
“The theme this year is Stop the Hate: Educate. We truly believe most hate stems from either misinformation or lack of knowledge. The best way to eliminate the hate is to create opportunities for dialogues about diverse issues where people of different background can come together to gain knowledge and perspective,” said Est Mungai, (’14) (Roseville, Minn.) Loras College Black Student Union President.
The Loras College events include:
Monday, February 17, 2014
“Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico”   Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Marie Graber Ballroom, 7:00 p.m.
With Luz Rivera, organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC) & Stuart Schullser, organizer and professor with the Mexico Solidarity Network (acting as interpreter). Rivera will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties.  Her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in women’s peasant and labor movements.
Wednesday, February 19
“Prom Night in Mississippi” Film Showing                                                                
Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Ballroom C, 6:30 p.m.
Charleston, Mississippi’s schools became integrated in 1970 but the high school continued to hold segregated proms until 2008 when a Charleston native, Academy Award Winning actor Morgan Freeman, offered for the second time to pay for an integrated prom. The film shows the events leading up to the prom from the perspective of students, teachers, and town residents, and will lead into discussion of how racism continues to divide people and how it has evolved and changed over time.
Friday, February 21
EDUcate: DuTalk Style Panel Discussion
Loras College, Alumni Campus Center, Ballroom A, 5:00 p.m. 
Guest panelists Ty Perkins, Director of Intercultural Office at Loras, Omar Correa, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Loras, André Lessears, Training and Workforce Development Coordinator for the City of Dubuque; Dan (DJ) Johnson, Principal of Dubuque Senior High School, as well as Loras students will lead in-depth discussions at separate tables of various issues of racism & sexism in Dubuque, education, politics, the arts, athletics, etc. The small group dialogues will create intimate settings for individuals to voice their beliefs while learning others perspectives on issues affecting everyone today.
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