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Whitworth Cultural Awareness Week to promote understanding of diverse perspectives

November 3, 2011

Whitworth will sponsor its sixth annual Cultural Awareness Week Nov. 14-18 featuring Whitworth clubs and community groups representing traditions, beliefs and lifestyles of different cultures. The event will promote learning and understanding of various cultures at Whitworth, in the surrounding community and throughout the world.

"Culture Awareness Week is a time to learn, foster and develop an understanding of the various valuable facets of culture," says Brittany Roach, cultural events coordinator for the Associated Students of Whitworth University. "I hope that people will take away from these events a deeper appreciation of and understanding for their fellow Whitworthians and that these events will help us to journey even deeper into being a community of courage."

Following is information about Cultural Awareness Week events (events are free unless otherwise noted):
  • Monday, Nov. 14: Kicking off the week, a speaker from Invisible Children for the International Justice Mission will talk about human trafficking at 7 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building's Multipurpose Room.

    Monday, Nov. 14: The Humanist Club will sponsor "Ask an Atheist" during Prime Time in all dorm lounges from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: ASWU will sponsor "I Have Something to Say," a discussion about community on campus. The event will include a catered dinner and a heart-to-heart discussion, beginning at 5 p.m. in the HUB chambers.

    Tuesday, Nov. 15: A screening of the documentary "Wartorn," will take place at 7 p.m. in the HUB's Multipurpose Room. The document explores the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on people who have served in the military. A panel following the documentary will discuss the film and answer questions.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: The Outdoor Rec club will present a screening of the ski film "One for the Road," at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall.

    Wednesday, Nov. 16: Whitworth's cultural diversity advocates will sponsor "One Continent … Many Voices," which will feature speakers from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, China and the Philippines, who will discuss cultural events, values and how it feels to live in America, at 8 p.m. in the HUB's Multipurpose Room.

    Wednesday, Nov. 16: A "New Horizons" study abroad-focused Prime Time will take place in Duvall Hall's lounge from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Representatives from the study abroad office will speak about study abroad opportunities.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: In honor of International Education Week, the Whitworth Education Department will sponsor a symposium that will feature student poster presentations, discussion groups, speakers and refreshments, beginning at 6 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's main lobby.

    Thursday, Nov. 17: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert at 8:30 p.m. in the HUB's Multipurpose Room; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free for Whitworth students.

    Thursday, Nov. 17: The Duvall Prayer Labyrinth will provide a space for students to experience the many facets of prayer. The labyrinth will feature several stations, each one focused on a different form of prayer (adoration, petition, prayer for the world). Student leaders and others will lead worship and be available to pray with attendees. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Duvall.
  • Friday, Nov. 18: International Festival, sponsored by the Whitworth International Club in conjunction with Sodexo. Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. in the Whitworth University Dining Hall. The dinner will feature an array of specialty foods from countries around the world. Dinner will be open to the public at 5:15 p.m.

    An international fashion show and entertainment program, including a performance by the Whitworth Gospel Choir, ethnic dance performances, and Whitworth President Beck Taylor as guest speaker, will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $10 general admission; students with a meal plan get in free with their ID card. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by calling the Whitworth University Information Desk in the HUB at (509) 777-3796. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

    Friday, Nov. 18: An event, "Opening the Curtain," at 7 p.m. in the HUB ABC room. Students will discuss current events with professors and receive the opportunity to stay informed by signing up for newspaper subscriptions and a monthly newsletter.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Brittany Roach, cultural events coordinator, ASWU, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4555 or

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or