SGA Hosts First Diversity and Inclusion Week
It is important in the current climate to create an environment where individuals feel a sense of belonging.
The Student Government Association passed a resolution in support of inclusivity last year. The resolution highlighted the benefits of the school’s diverse campus and the need for the community to continue to be one of support and inclusion. And to further continue being a community that expands the knowledge, the minds, and the experiences of our students.
As such, the SGA put together a special week dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the WCC Campus. Throughout the week, the SGA worked alongside with the Black Student Union, NAMI, Glow, and WEB. Titled “Here To Stay,” the first ever diversity week ran from April 2-5.
The week was geared towards spreading awareness and enlightenment through a series of strategic activities, lectures, and simulations focusing on social awareness, as well as to enlighten the student body about LGBTQ, Minority Inclusion, Immigration Rights, Mental and Physical Disabilities, and Community Activism.
The week commenced with the unveiling of the peace pole, which will be planted in front of the Classroom Building. The planting of the Peace Pole highlights the message of empowering diversity on campus, through the mounting of the statement “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and in the process made the school a peace center.
“We started with the peace pole, because wherever a peace pole is plated it becomes a peace center” said Chair of the Diversity and inclusion committee of the SGA Christine Fills-Aime “And we want the students of WCC to be at peace on campus and to know that this is a community, their home and that they are here to stay.”
Day two involved a viewing of the film, Moonlight, followed by a discussion on the connection between the LGBTQ and Black Experience.
“I want everyone to and to just share the talents and stories of WCC’s diverse community.” said Fills-Aime
During day three there were Tunnels of Consciousness, Know Your Rights and a simulation experience. That highlighted mental health, race and privilege, immigration, and food security. And finally there was an immigration lawyer that discussed basic human rights.
The week ended with a Candlelight Vigil for members of our community, families, students, who have lost their loved ones to suicide, because of division. Which demonstrates support in unity and solidarity.
“I feel that the week being the first inaugural week and battling the surprise snow, the event was a success. During the week we were able to share stories and hold hard but much needed conversations that as a society we tend to avoid.” said Fills-Aime on the week’s proceedings.