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Discussions on Diversity Wrap up a Month of Celebration

Academic advisor and Mix it Up Lunch organizer Melissa Coles leads a discussion on diversity in the Lion’s Den Café.
Academic advisor and Mix it Up Lunch organizer Melissa Coles leads a discussion on diversity in the Lion’s Den Café.
4/5/2011 —

DuBois – The "Mix It Up" lunch at Penn State DuBois brought to a close more than a month of campus activities related to diversity and the work of Marin Luther King, Jr.  Organized by the campus diversity committee, the luncheon brought together students, faculty, and staff for discussions about their experiences and perceptions of diverse people and culture.

 

Attendees of the luncheon were provided lists of questions about their attitudes and experiences with prejudice, diversity, and bullying.  The questions then spurred the discussion around their tables.  Representative from each table then took turns sharing parts of the table discussions with the entire group. 

 

"The event is really intended to bring about positive change and conversation," said Melissa Coles, campus academic advisor and organizer of the "Mix IT Up" lunch.

 

The MLK celebration began in January, and featured speakers, diversity workshops, a discussion event on a film dealing with diversity issues, and an essay contest. 

 

"I’m honored to have the opportunity to introduce and celebrate such worthy historical figures and transformative moments in history," said Coles.  "Collaborating with the different offices on campus to organize these events mirrors the message we have diligently tried to bring to life at Penn State DuBois. We recognize our differences and how those differences make us stronger."

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