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An online newsletter from the Office of Diversity at
California State University, Chico.
Issue: 1October 8, 2010

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SAVE THE DATE FOR UPCOMING EVENTS!

 

Sept. 14-Oct. 8: Hispanic Awareness Education Display Case in Kendall Hall

Sept. 15-Oct. 15:
National Hispanic Heritage Month, view the POSTER!


Oct. 4-8: Queer Week

QUEER WEEK POSTER


Oct. 9: LGBTQ Leadership Conference at 11 a.m. in Common Grounds Coffee Shop

Oct. 11: Coming Out For Art
7-9 p.m. at the Ray Ray


Oct. 12:
University Film Series, The Word Is Out

Oct. 14:
FOCUS Film Festival in the BMU Auditorium,
9:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Oct. 14:
African American Film Series in Butte 101 at 6 p.m.

Oct. 25: Multicultural Night in the BMU Auditorium from 6-9 p.m.

NEXT ISSUE

Interview with Student Government President, Amro Jayousi
The Office of Diversity at Chico State is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff are included in campus events and activities to ensure their success. Together we can foster a climate that acknowledges and celebrates the differences that define who we are.

Sincerely,
Travon Robinson
CSU, Chico Office of Diversity
Kendall Hall 110
530.898.4764



AIDS QUILT COMING TO CHICO; BRINGING STRENGTH,

INSPIRATION AND HOPE

 AIDS Quilts in Washington

Losing someone you love is not a topic you want to think about or speak about. But with a disease that does not discriminate in any way based on any category, as citizens of humanity people need to start and keeping thinking of what it would be like to lose someone fighting this battle.

 

Coming to California State University, Chico this year will be the AIDS Memorial Quilt brought by the NAMES Project Foundation. The Quilt will be on display in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 20 and October 21.

 

The NAMES Project Foundation is an organization dedicated to raise awareness on the pandemic that has swept throughout the world.  Not only does the organization call attention to the worldwide disaster that has hit everyone it has affected hard, its goal is to also fight against prejudices that still exist.

 

In 1978 San Francisco held a candlelight march to honor Harvey Milk, the city's Supervisor and Mayor, George Moscone.  The two men like so many other great thinkers and Civil Rights Activists fell victim to an assassin's bullets days before.

 

Keeping their spirits and memories alive, the march continued.In 1985 Cleve Jones, a Gay Rights Activist learned the number of people who had lost their lives to the disease and asked his fellow marchers to write on a small card the names of the loved ones they had lost. 

 

Asking those marchers to then tape the cards onto the San Francisco Federal Building the result looked like the patchwork of a quilt on the building.  Deciding this was not enough, Jones and his friends created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

 

Since then, support for the NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Quilt has been overwhelming making it the largest community art project throughout the entire world.

 

A great piece of history does not pass through our halls everyday and Chico State is proud to play host to this awe-inspiring piece of work.

 

Not only will Butte County Health sponsor this even hosted by the Chico State Office of Diversity but the Student Health Center will also offer free HIV testing on October 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located in the Glenn/Siskiyou breezeway.  There will also be a Reception at 5 p.m. in BMU room 210 including: a short program, snacks and the local display of an AIDS Quilt.

REMEMBERING MATTHEW SHEPARD


Matthew Shepard

In farming communities across the United States scarecrows are used to frighten birds from eating seeds in crops that have been recently planted.  One fall day in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, a bicyclist rode up on what he thought was a scarecrow.  When he got closer he found it was not a scarecrow but the body of Matthew Shepard.

 

On October 7, Shepard had been lead away to a desolate area by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson.  It was in the remote area that the two men brutally beat, pistol whipped, and tied Shepard to a fence because his attackers believed him to be gay. 

 

Left bleeding and for dead, Shepard clung to life for almost 18 hours.  He was rushed to the hospital and fought five days for his life before succumbing to his injuries.

 

Many people who knew him said that the 21-year-old was a caring and loving individual who believed in equality for all.  His senseless and untimely death sent shockwaves through the United States as well as other countries.

 

The public outcry was fierce and people demanded justice.  For sympathizers the question was "why?"  How could something so horrific happen to someone so who was so good?

 

The answer to this question may be hard to hear, but the answer is hate. Too many people hate what they do not know and judge what they do not understand.  If some were more willing to have an open mind, it would not take tragic events like this for the community to get the message.

 

Hate, bigotry, prejudice, and violence are things that poison the mind and help create a continuous negative cycle that needs to be stopped.  No two people are the same, and by learning to live with others in a peaceful way we would not have to attend another funeral of someone killed as a result of intolerance.

 

To help create awareness and embrace diversity, Shepard's family created the Matthew Shepard Foundation in hopes of educating those willing to learn and not act on preconceived notions and prejudices. 

 

On October 12, 2010, remember Matthew Shepard and what he stood for. Remember that your life and the lives of your loved ones are precious. Candlelight vigils will be held across the United States to honor Shepard's memory.


For more information on Matthew Shepard and the Matthew Shepard Foundation visit, www.matthewshepard.org



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The Office of Diversity at Chico State would like to thank you for your attention to issues involving the community. If you have any questions, would like to read a particular topic in a newsletter or would like to comment on past newsletters, please e-mail us at diversityoffice@csuchico.edu.  Thank you and we look

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