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Multicultural week celebrated at college

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Starting today, the Lake Tahoe Community College will host its ninth annual multicultural week.

Gender, age, body image, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and ability will be discussed throughout the week’s activities.

“When we think of multicultural, these are the things we incorporate into the definition,” said Tom Green, a counselor at the college who is spearheading the event.

The opening ceremony today will consist of Mayor Brooke Laine’s providing a proclamation, which will appear in six different languages and in Braille. The celebration starts at noon followed by “Skin Deep,” a video at the LTCC theater on prejudice and racism on America’s college campuses.

“Multi-Awareness Day” will take place on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the LTCC Commons. Students with disabilities will talk about their experiences before a sexual-diversity panel takes the stage at 2:15 p.m. Four students will share personal and public experiences with the audience in an open dialogue format. There will also be sign language demonstrations.

Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” will be the keynote speaker Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the LTCC Theater. Tickets are on sale for $5 at the bookstore.

“It’s going to be an engaging presentation,” Green said. “What he is going to be doing is sharing his experiences as a member of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ during desegregation of the Little Rock, Ark. school system in 1957.”

Before Roberts takes the stage, Dr. Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders will host a brown-bag workshop at the commons area discussing hate and extremist groups.

For a celebration about diversity, Thursday is the day. From 12:30 to 4 p.m. there will be singing, dancing and ethnic foods. Scottish bagpipes, Native American drumming and Latin dancing wil be among the presentations.

To wrap up the week, there will be a prejudice and discrimination film, “The Color of Fear,” from 9 a.m. to noon at the LTCC theater on Friday. Finally, there will be an Open Mic night for community members to share poems, stories or songs about diversity from 7 to 10 p.m. at the LTCC Commons. The closing ceremony will consist of a community drum circle.


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