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September 21 - 27, 2019


Mission: Diversity Week at The University of Akron encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible differences among our campus community.

Poetry for Change

When: 6pm-8pm

Where: Compass Coffee (647 E Market St, Akron, OH 44304)

When: Upstart Crows UA

Where: An open poetry reading event focused on diversity, inclusion, and making the world a better place. This is a safe space for everyone! 

 “Waving the Red, Black, and Green: Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association in Akron and Barberton” Exhibit

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WhereDr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron Black History and Culture (220 Wolf Ledges Pkwy, Akron, OH 44325)

Sponsor: The Office of Inclusion & Equity

Description: The “Waving the Red, Black, and Green: Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association in Akron and Barberton” is featured at the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron Black History and Culture. The exhibit will use photographs, newspapers, maps and memorabilia from the Garvey Movement to explore how African Americans in Akron and Barberton embraced Marcus Garvey’s call for self-determination, race pride and African redemption in the face of European colonialism and joined the largest movement for Black Freedom in the 20th century.


Ally Seminar

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Simmons Hall Auditorium Room 111

Sponsor: Pride in STEMM

Description: The event will be an interactive experience to help people understand what being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community means and how they can successfully help their peers. The seminar will include discussions on different identities within the LGBTQ+ community and provide some tips and tools to help your LGBTQ+ friends be their full authentic selves.

Race Talk

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Simmons Hall 306

Sponsor: Counseling Center

Description: Let’s start the conversation: listening, humility, and openness.


National Voter Registration Day

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Piano Lounge

Sponsor: serveAkron & Undergraduate Student Government

Description: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day with serveAkron and members of Undergraduate Student Government! Check your voter status or register to vote, tackle the states and capitals challenge, spin the wheel for prizes, and learn about the 2020 Census.


Diversity Fest

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 2nd floor concourse

Sponsor: ZPN


Chinese Kite Flying with Confucius Institute

When: 5-7 p.m.

Where: Coleman Common

Sponsor: Confucius Institute

Description: Come fly a Chinese kite hosted by UA’s Confucius Institute. Originating in China early kites were made from bamboo and silk and used during warring times to pass along messages. Kites and flying instructions will be provided or bring your own kite.


Know Your Rights Panel

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Gardner Theatre (located 2nd floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union, next to Auntie Anne's)

Sponsor: Undergraduate Student Government and Campus Programs

STOMP Out Bullying

When: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union – outside of Starbucks entrance

Sponsor: Student Athlete Advisory Committee


Black and Beautiful

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Simmons Hall 306

Sponsor: Counseling Center

Description: A conversation of black womanhood, colorism, and body image.


Study Abroad Informational Session

When: Noon-1 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor: International Center


Indian Dance Night

When: 8-11 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Grand Ballroom

Sponsor: ZPN

Description: Come to Indian Dance Night for a cultural experience! You will be able to dance to Indian music and have a great time. There will be food and refreshments!   

I Am A Zip

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Piano Lounge

Sponsors: USG, GSG, and Department of Student Life

Description: Celebrate Diversity Week by joining USG, GSG, and the Department of Student Life in a social media movement to embrace all students at The University of Akron. Diversity Week is September 23rd to September 27th. This week encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and invisible differences among our campus community. Use the #IAmAZip to share your unique identities.

Collectively and individually, we help to define UA. Regardless of how you identify or what you bring to the table, you are forever woven into the fabric of the University. As we welcome a new President to The University of Akron, let’s show him who we truly are – a dynamic group of unique individuals #IAmAZip


When Refugees Belong

When: 7:15-9 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom C/D/E

Sponsors: Williams Honors College, International Center, EXL and On the Table Greater Akron.

Description: View the extended trailer and other clips from Utica: The Last Refuge, a documentary highlighting how refugees are helping save their city of Utica, NY. Followed by panel discussion with local refugees and allies involved in building community in Akron.

Basics of US Immigration through Employment

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 316

Sponsor: International Center

Description: This session provides an overview of employment based immigration in the USA, covering CPT, OPT, H-1B, Permanent Residency, EB visas, and more! Speaker includes Farhad Sethna, Immigration Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at The University of Akron Law School. 


Unity Mixer

When: 7-9 p.m.

Where: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Grand Ballroom

Sponsor: Student African American Brotherhood