ACU prepares to launch Cultural Awareness Week


For immediate release
Oct. 31, 2001

Abilene Christian University will kick off Cultural Awareness Week on Monday, Nov. 5 with various activities designed to encourage appreciation for diversity on campus.

The events planned for the week, which ends on Nov. 9, include musical performances, art exhibits and speakers representing groups from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.

The theme of the week will be based on Revelation 7, which addresses different nations coming together to praise God.

"If everyone can realize how much God loves every person and every culture, it would cause so much more interest to know all these people that God loves," said Melissa Weaver, vice president of multicultural events for the Campus Activities Team (CAT).

Weaver, a junior biology major from Belton, has been helping to organize Cultural Awareness Week along with other students from CAT and staff in the Office of Student Multicultural Enrichment.

"There's a lot more work we need to do in order to understand the way some groups do things, but we're very receptive and open to learning," said LaShae Sloan, director of student multicultural enrichment.

During the week, exhibits featuring a different culture each day will be on display in the Campus Center. Cultural storytellers and dances also will be included in the festivities.

International students have been asked to display the culture of their homeland during the week as well.

To cap off the week, the International Students' Association will put on a show featuring students performing based on their respective culture. The show will take place on Nov. 9.

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