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Racism, sexism addressed in program

October 4, 2013

Being seen as strange or different is something nearly everyone has experienced at some point in their lives. Yet, serious differences such as those in one’s race, gender or sexual orientation are often difficult for students to discuss. “Strange Like Me,” a program offered by the Office of Intercultural Life, will be playing on On Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Dahl Chapel. “Strange Like Me” offers students a chance to openly address these major differences.

“Strange Like Me” is an interactive program that discusses racism, sexism and homophobia through the use of theatrical elements and interactive discussions. This program creates a comfortable environment for students to not only discuss diversity, but it also explains how to address differences in healthy ways. It is a program that encourages students to express their opinions regarding diversity in an educated manner and to listen to the opinions of others.

“The program supports the college’s mission of preparing students to be global citizens able to work in diverse communities,” said Director of Intercultural Life Ruby Pentisil-Bukari.

“Strange Like Me” is a great opportunity for students to acknowledge the diversity that is around them. Monmouth college student Kaila Milham-Cassin views the event as a great chance for students to discover issues that may have never otherwise been fully addressed.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to be forced out of their comfort zones and to learn about hard hitting issues that are normally glazed over by society.”

Similarly, Sujith Santhosh, Co-President of the International Club, said, “I think it will be a good platform to understand diversity and different perspectives rather than just moving along with stereotypes. I feel that the topics that are to be dealt with are relevant and valid in a college atmosphere.”

Diversity is a major aspect in the lives of many students who are constantly attending class, working and interacting with people entirely different from themselves. Talking about diversity can be beneficial for many students.

When asked what she hopes “Strange Like Me” will bring to our campus, Pentisil-Bukari said, “I hope students take away the importance of diversity, and to learn to appreciate differences for a healthy living community.”

“Strange Like Me” will surely help bring some light to controversial issues and perhaps establish a further appreciation for diversity.

Kalin McKean
Contributing Writer

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