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2017 Diversity Week at the Library

Diversity Week at UCF


October 16 – 20, 2017

UCF Diversity Week is a celebration of our diverse community and an opportunity to explore topics across the broad range of human identity, experience, and interaction. Diversity Week activities are intended to stimulate our campus and move us to a more inclusive culture.


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2017 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest Winner Alicia Munroe






   2017 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest Winner
   Alicia Munroe, senior, Emerging Media – Web Design

Diversity Events at the John C. Hitt Library

Zine Workshop
Monday, October 16, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Library 223

zine (noun): a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter

Learn to inspire and transform at our zine workshop by creating your own, and view our special collection made by UCF students.

Movie viewings
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Library 3rd floor Media area next to

9:30 am
I Learn America (2013)
90 minutes
In I Learn America, five resilient immigrant teenagers come together at the International High School at Lafayette and struggle to learn their new land. The International High School is a New York City public school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers, with more than 300 students speaking two-dozen languages from 50 countries. Over a school year, amidst the complexity and diversity of American life in and out of school, through Itrat, Sandra, Jenniffer, Brandon and Sing, we “learn America.”

12:00 pm
Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up (2009) 
67 minutes
With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. These stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the different ways these expectations connect with culture, race and class. From girls confronting media messages about body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, a fascinating array of students opens up with brave, intimate honesty about the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all our lives.

3:00 pm
Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
83 minutes
The danger is palpable as maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues travel to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers' rights, continues to champion girls' and women's rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla-style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights in China.

Weavers of Orlando
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Library 2nd floor next to Reference and Information Desk

Come see the spinning wheel and try weaving on the loom. There is also kumihimo braiding you can make and take.

Starting a Family Search
Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join librarian Rich Gause to learn how to uncover your ethnic mix, distant relatives, and even new ancestors.

Diversity Activities at the John C. Hitt Library

How Do You Inspire Inclusion?

Just inside the entrance to the library we have a tree of inclusion. Anyone can add a leaf saying how they inspire inclusion in the UCF community, or say what they think can be done to promote acceptance and inclusion at UCF.


We Come From All Over

Next to the LibTech Desk on the 3rd floor is a map. Anyone can add a pin to the area where they and their families have lived. This provides a graphic demonstration that we are UCF and UCF is from everywhere.