Shades of Color Conference:
The Shades of Color Conference is an annual event that aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all community members of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism. A sense of awareness about intersecting social identities and the relationship between campus and other communities are both central to our goals. We strive to proactively create change through motivating, informing, and challenging individuals to address social justice issues, both personally and within their communities.
The Shades of Color Conference is typically held in March.
Contemporary Issues Forums:
The Contemporary Issues Forums provide an avenue to participate in discussions around ‘hot topics’ in a multicultural society. Discussions are led by faculty and staff from across the university and serve to introduce people to a particular topic as well as engage in in-depth analysis of its most important issues. Past topics include “Is This a Post-Racial America?”, “Post-Feminist America?”, “American Indian Mascots: Why All the Hype?” and ” Conservative Blacks and Black Conservatives: There are Differences”
Human Rights Week:
Human Rights Week is an opportunity for the UNCG community to join in collective conversations around human rights issues domestically and abroad. The week is organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with various student organizations, academic departments and community organizations. The most recent week of events addressed issues of immigrant health outcomes, tribal sovereignty, human trafficking, and LGBT equality.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration:
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated every year with a week of events offered to inspire and challenge the university community to continue to strive towards the ideals of peace and justice. The highlight of the week is the annual MLK Celebration in which an invited speaker delivers a keynote address in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy. Past speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Dr. Mae Jemison, our speaker for 2010 and the first woman of color to travel in space. Duringthe same event the MLK service award is presented to a member of our community who has gone above and beyond their role here at UNCG and has truly lived Dr. King’s vision. The 2010 winner was UNCG senior Zimuzor Ugochukwu, founder of the Ignite Greensboro Project, the driving force of which was to raise money for and awareness around the recent opening of the International Civil Rights Museum here in Greensboro.