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Diversity and International Events

"Connecting With Social Responsibility & Inclusion In Changing Times"

Diversity and Inclusion Conference

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Sra. Joyce M. Avila, President, Creating and Facilitating Equality (CAFÉ)

Workshops included:

  • "It" is a Big Deal: Confronting Microaggression
  • Leadership for Social Justice and Societal Change
  • Equality vs. Equity
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Gendered Language, Gendered Lives

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Sponsored by the Center for Global Education and Diversity. For more information, contact Erica Acosta.


Diversity and International Events

"I Am Almost Dead: The Worth of Black Lives from Africa to the Americas"

4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Michael Dickinson, PH. D Candiate at University of Delaware
The talk follows the harrowing experiences of enslaved Africans through the processes of capture, forced migration, and sale. In discussing the historic degradation of black bodies in the era of slavery, the presentation also contemplates the value ascribed to black lives in the present. 

Inauguration of the Center for Global Education and Diversity 

On September 12, 2008, the Center for Global Education and Diversity officially opened at Wilkes University.  We commemorated the day with a Flag Ceremony by dedicating the Flag Exhibit in the Henry Student Center, celebrating the ethnicity and background of many of our students, faculty and staff.  The Polish Room at the Farley Library was open for public viewing during the afternoon.  Then, the campus was welcomed to the ribbon cutting and a reception in the beautiful Max Roth Center.  As part of the inauguration, Wilkes observed Interdependence day with an address by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin who delivered a talk based on his book, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal.

Tres Vidas and the Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

A fabulous four-person troupe came to present the theatrical production of Tres Vidas on September 29, 2008.  This musical performance and one woman show was loved by all who attended.  The sole actress portrayed the life stories of three Latina women:  artist Frida Kahlo, activist Rufina Amaya, and poet Alfonsina Storni.

Family Heritage Day

In October we celebrated a new tradition at Wilkes—Family Heritage Day.  This day was created for students, faculty and staff to have an opportunity for celebrating their heritage and sharing typical cuisine with the community.  Many groups had tables at the event with food, memorabilia and artifacts of their culture, including Polish, Persian, African-American, Indian, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Greek, German and Pennsylvania Dutch.


In October the Indian Cultural Association on campus celebrated Diwali, the celebration of the triumph of good over evil.  Students did many dance performances and treated the Wilkes community to delicious Indian cuisine.

Global Families:  Thanksgiving

Many of our international students attended Thanksgiving dinner with local families in the Wilkes-Barre area.  The students not only enjoyed the delicious, traditional turkey and trimmings, but relished the new friendships they made with community members, finding new “homes” away from home.

World AIDS Day

A panel presentation was held on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2008.  Several local health counselors and experts, along with Wilkes faculty members, were present to speak about the continued grave situation regarding AIDS throughout the global community.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Our celebration in memory of Dr. King was two-fold:  in the afternoon, members  of the area colleges marched to the F. M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre to hear several speakers talk about the impact of Dr. King on all of our lives.  After the March, the Wilkes community gathered for a multimedia presentation called “King’s Dream.”   The performance celebrated King’s life and accomplishments with powerful songs and visual footage of Dr. King’s life and his quest for equal rights for all.

Bollywood Extravaganza

As part of the spring celebration of an Indian holiday, the Indian Cultural Association took the Wilkes campus to Bollywood for a wonderful afternoon of music, movies and movement.  Everyone enjoyed learning about the Bollywood movie stars and films and having the delicious Indian snacks that were provided by the student organization.

Global Coffee Hour

Global Coffee Hour has become a tradition at Wilkes University.  Every Wednesday afternoon, people from all over Wilkes campus, and the Wilkes-Barre community, gather to enjoy refreshments and stimulating conversation with an international twist.  Global Coffee Hour is an opportunity to learn about different cultures and to have a good time with new friends, whether we’re chatting, playing games, making crafts or listening to presentations from students.

Holiday Light Show at Nay Aug Park

Several of our international students got into the holiday spirit on our trip to the Holiday Light Spectacular at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  They donned holiday hats, warm coats and scarves to drive and walk through the many light displays in Scranton’s largest public park.

Global Dance Lessons

The 2008-2009 academic year has been a global opportunity for those who love to put on their dancing shoes.  In the fall semester we had tango, merengue and salsa lessons.  In the spring, one of our domestic students taught Indian dance.

Bloomsburg Fair

In September, many of our students in the Intensive English Program took part in an activity that is totally American—and totally Pennsylvanian, too!  The students traveled to the largest fair on the East Coast—the Bloomsburg Fair!  They were met with many different delicious foods, displays and even a gigantic pumpkin!

C.H.A.T. Workshops

Our new C.H.A.T. (Cultural Help And Techniques) Workshops were well attended this year. The first workshop was American Small Talk.  (See the powerpoint) These workshops take place during the shorter breaks at Wilkes and are designed to help students with cultural issues and oddities they may encounter while studying in the United States.  While the students appeared to value the workshops, it seemed to help that pizza was served, too!

Past Diversity Events | 2007-2008

  • September 12, Interdependence Day, “Commonalities amongst the Abrahamic religions”, Dr. Luke Jih, Temple University.
  • October 19, Salsa Lessons and Latino Food Dinner, Ms. Lourdes Citronelle.
  • October 21, “Jose Can Speak”, play by NYC-based Latino Flavored Productions.
  • November 10, “Diwali Dinner”.
  • November 12, “NEPDEC Faculty Development Event: Intersecting Identities”, Dr. Sharon Washington, University of California Office of the President.
  • November 14, “Native American Storytelling and Song”, Prof. Namorah Byrd, Gloucester County College.
  • November 19, Wilkes University Family Heritage Day and Cookbook.
  • November 29, “World AIDS Teach In”, Ms. Terry Hamilton, New York City Health Corporation.
  • December 1, Trip to Black Nativity
  • December 14, Women’s Happy Hour.
  • January 17, First Annual Wilkes University Multicultural Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
  • January 21,” Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration and March”, Dr. Russell Davis, President, Gloucester County College.
  • January 28-30, Campus visit by Winona LaDuke, Native American author and environmental activist.
  • 14. February 8, Chinese New Year Dinner.
  • 15. February 17, “Why is everyone laughing?, Mr. Brandon Ice, Temple University and Ty, NYU.
  • 16. February 18, “Diversity Workshop for Staff and Faculty”, Mr. Brandon Ice, Temple University and Ty, NYU.
  • 17. February 18, “Black History Month Jazz Concert and Soulful Dinner”, Vaeda.
  • 18. March 18, Women’s History Month Brunch.
  • 19. April 12, ICA Spring Festival
  • 20. April 21, Multicultural Lounge Rededication
  • 21. April 26,  Fashion Show