Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) Fall 2019 Events


Tuesday, 9/20, Mind to Muscle: Your Mental Health Matters.  5:30-7:00 p.m. Hemm 215 (UMEC)

Sam Louie--psychotherapist, spoken-word artist, author, and Emmy Award winning journalist--delivers an interactive presentation including spoken word on the impact of mental health and cultural awareness.


Tuesday, 9/17, Social Justice Unlimited: Accessing Liberation, 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Hemm 215 (UMEC) 

Part 1: How does disability, race, gender, and class intersect? How do talk about these concepts? Building awareness around how social justice, inclusion, and belonging practices can help create campuses where all students can thrive. This program is a UMEC & LGBTQ+ collaboration.


Tuesday, 9/24, Social Justice Unlimited: Accessing Liberation - "Real Talk," 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Hemm Aud 

Part 2: A panel of people with disabilities will share their experiences setting the framework for us to think about how disability identity has operated in our own lives and in others.


Monday, 9/30, Monument and Memory: Comparing Public Reckonings with the History of the West an South 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Auditorium

Dr. Neil Foley critically examines the role and educational significance of historical materials and photos and the cultural impact.


Monday 10/7-10/11, Art and Activism: Taking Up Space Exhibit,  5:30-7:00 p.m. | Hemm Rotunda

Acknowledging the women who were excluded from the suffrage movement to what it means for women today to challenge the current power structures. What does it mean for a woman to take up space? Photos and the words of Gonzaga students, staff, and faculty.


Tuesday, 10/8, Real Talk About Law School – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hemm 215 (UMEC)

Thinking about law school? Sit down with GU Law students as they give the low-down on everything from applying to graduating--and everything in between.

Gonzaga University at Sunset 


Tuesday, 10/15, The Fire and the Firefly: Words Matter - An Evening of Spoken Word with Alex Dang! 5-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Auditorium

Poetry Grand Slam Champion and TEDx speaker, Dang’s powerful poetry discusses identity, relationships, intersectionality, and more. Dang will present a poetry workshop following the program. This program is a UMEC and LGBTQ+ collaboration.


Tuesday, 10/29, Tim Wise: The Politics of Race and Class in America, 6-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Ballroom

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S. Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequities on the basis of class and race.


Tuesday, 11/5, Multiple Lens Series: “So Close to America: Undocumented Farm Workers & The Myth of the Free Ride,” 5-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Aud

We've all heard claims made about undocumented workers, but are they fact or fiction? 'So Close to America' takes viewers out to farm country, scans the media landscape, and talks to experts to find out if these oft-repeated claims stand up to hard evidence. Post-film discussion.


Tuesday, 11/12, Multiple Lens Series: “The Hate U Give,” 5-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Aud

Based on the best-selling novel, this film tells the story of a young woman switching between two worlds--the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy mostly white prep school she attends--weaving through complexity and coming into her own as an activist.  Post-film discussion.


Friday, 11/15, International Day of Tolerance (IDOT), 5-7:30 p.m. | Hemm Aud

Gonzaga University celebrates its 11th anniversary of IDOT, an annual observance declared by UNESCO to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. Join us in solidarity to celebrate, educate, and demonstrate the importance of fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.


Monday, 11/18, Diversity Monologues Submissions Due by 5:00 p.m. 


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