ACU Celebrates Cultural Awareness Week


Abilene Christian University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host its second annual Cultural Awareness Week Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

Events will focus on misunderstood populations including Middle Eastern cultures, Black Lives Matter, feminism and more. Each day will feature a different topic introduced with a video presentation during Chapel, an interactive activity during lunch, and an evening forum with special guest speakers. 

Prentice Ashford, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said the Student Cultural Affairs Council chose the topic and organized the week’s events.

“The Abilene community will get to see ACU students leading national conversations,” Ashford said. “That will really help people see ACU actually educating on a level we normally don’t talk about outside the classroom.”

Monday’s topic will focus on Middle Eastern cultures with a video presentation at the beginning of 11 a.m. Chapel in Moody Coliseum, a hands-on activity after Chapel and an evening discussion forum featuring a panel of four Middle Eastern students.

Representatives from the International Rescue Committee will speak on Tuesday about immigrants and refugees.

Wednesday’s topic will be Black Lives Matter, featuring 2006 alumnus Dr. Brandon Jones, assistant director and coordinator of advising at Clemson University.

Thursday’s discussions will focus on feminism and will be led by Dr. Cherise Flanagan, director of the ACU Psychology Clinic, and Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, associate professor of psychology.

The week will close with the topic “I’m from a country, not a continent.”

The Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to help students become comfortable engaging their differences, said Ashford. The office serves a twofold purpose of helping students learn about other cultures and finding a supportive community within a certain group.

For more information on Cultural Awareness Week, contact Prentice Ashford at or Sheila Haines at