Do you want to expand your knowledge and learn about diversity and inclusion? A Historical Perspective on Identities and Diversity Poetry Slam are two events offered to students and staff this month as part of the Diversity Academy, a college program that organizes events for students and employees aimed at diversity and inclusion, and to assist them in their development of intercultural competence.

“If you want to participate in these events, there is still space available,” says Dr. Sheila Lee, communication studies and human diversity instructor.

To register for these free events, contact Lee at, or 253.680.7267. More information about the events is below.

A Historical Perspective on Identities, presented by: Dr. Kurt Schaefer
Oct. 14, 12:30-2 p.m., Central/Mohler Campus

This presentation will trace the historical evolution as well as the motivation of identity categories from the Prehistoric to the Postmodern Eras. Some consequences of identity categories will be discussed in length in order to connect how these shifting identities impact society.

Diversity Workshop and Open Mic, presented by: Bobby Williams and The Bridge music program
Oct. 28, 8:15-11:15 a.m., South Campus Auditorium

This fun-packed event will begin with a showcase of original hip-hop created by youth from the Bridge, a nonprofit organization in Olympia, Wash. We will have an open conversation about diversity and what it means in our worlds. The event will then shift into a workshop where students and staff will have an opportunity to write their own poems/raps/songs about diversity. Finally, the event will close with an open mic session where participants will be able to share their creativity.