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Diversity Week at the Library

Diversity Week at UCF

2018: A New Day dawns:
ucf inclusive excellence


October 15-19, 2018

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.


For more information about Diversity Week at UCF visit:


   2018 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest Winner

Diversity Events at the John C. Hitt Library

Zine Workshop
Monday, October 15
1:00 - 3:30 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.


OCLS Crafts Men Meetup
Tuesday, October 16
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Library 2nd (main) floor next to Reference and Information Desk

Crafts men crochet, knit, sew and craft together each month. Join us for creative mornings of male camaraderie with Orlando Public Library. For more information about Crafts Men Meetup visit their event site.


DIVerse Families Bibliography
Tuesday, October 16
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Library 223

Learn about DIVerse Families which is a comprehensive bibliography that demonstrates the growing diversity of families in the United States. This type of bibliography provides teachers, librarians, counselors, adoption agencies, children/young adults, and especially parents and grandparents needing to empower their children with materials that reflect their families.


Weavers of Orlando
Wednesday, October 17
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Library 2nd (main) floor next to Reference and Information Desk

The Weavers of Orlando will be hosting an interactive demonstration on the main floor of the John C. Hitt Library near the Research & Information Desk. Come see the spinning wheel and try weaving on the loom, or have your fabric art questions answered. 

There is also kumihimo braiding you can make and take.


Diversity in High Tech – Challenges and Opportunities for Future Leaders
Wednesday, October 17
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Barbara Ying Center, 140

The high tech sector is booming, offering career opportunities at better than average wages, but not everyone has a seat at the table. Worse, many who enter the industry soon leave it, citing toxic working environments. Join Tim Walker to discuss recent research on this issue, the benefits of diversity and inclusion, and what we can do to create better workplaces and a better world.


Henna Art with Priya
Wednesday, October 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Library 2nd (main) floor next to Reference and Information Desk

Priya will be doing FREEHAND designs for your guests. Freehand designs are always different from one design to another, as the artist does whatever comes to mind at the time. No two guests will have the exact same design, some designs may be similar but each design will be unique in some way. The designs will start at the wrist and go up 1 finger. The beauty of Freehand designs are that the artist creates a unique pattern without looking at any images or pictures. 

For Best Result We Recommend The Following:

  • Allow henna to dry naturally for 1 hour (do not use a hair dryer or fan in attempt to speed up this process)
  • Do not pick, rub or scratch dried Henna
  • Avoid water contact for 6-8 hours (leave henna on skin overnight)
  • Apply vegetable oil, ghee, Vicks or olive oil to henna stain once henna is washed off.
  • Be patient as the henna stain will be darkest within 24-48 hours after application

Priya will use 100% natural traditional henna. Stains will vary depending to skin tones and skin types. Please report any skin conditions or any sensitivities to any area of the body to the henna artist prior henna application.


Open Heart Open Mic
Thursday, October 18
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Library 223

You are welcome to bring a story, poem, song, or any other vocal presentation to share – on any topic.

Any original work presented at an Open Heart Open Mic event will be eligible to be listed in STARS KnightVerse. STARS is UCF’s digital repository designed to disseminate, publicize, and share works by, for, and about UCF. KnightVerse is the area within STARS for library related student work. After presenting, see the Open Heart Open Mic host for information about submitting your original work.


Starting a Family Search
Thursday, October 18
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join librarian Rich Gause to learn how to use government documents and other free resources to uncover your family's history.


Film: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria
Friday, October 19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Library 223

EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States – a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.

Movies on 3rd

On Tuesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 18, there will be movie screenings on the 3rd floor of the John C. Hitt Library in the media area near the LibTech Desk. 

Tuesday, October 16 Films:

9 am: 
Billie Jean King: A Female Tennis Champion

Billie Jean King is the single most important female athlete of the 20th century, winner of 39 Grand Slam titles and a major force in changing and democratizing the cultural landscape. AMERICAN MASTERS looks back to the 12-year-old girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. Perhaps best remembered from "The Battle of the Sexes" match vs. Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973, her competitiveness on the court was matched by her efforts on behalf of women and the LGBT community, and her commitment to prove there is strength in diversity. King presents her own story, with perspective from Serena and Venus Williams, Hillary Clinton, Maria Sharapova, members of the Virginia Slims Circuit "Original 9" including Rosie Casals, Gloria Steinem, Chris Evert, Bobby Riggs' son Larry, family, friends, and many others. Through these interviews and archival footage, the film illustrates the life of a woman whose journey became not just a battle for personal glory but a sociopolitical battle for equality for all.


12 pm: 
To Be Takei: A Star's Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love

Oh my! This award winning documentary features Star Trek legend, marriage equality advocate, and spokesperson for racial justice; superstar George Takei. Best known for his groundbreaking role of Hikaru Sulu on a certain epic starship and its multi-ethnic crew, Takei is one of the most visible Asian-American actors of all time, inspiring generations of fans. Following his Star Trek run, George's baritone voice later earned him work in animated series like The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Super Hero Squad Show. These days, from signings at New York City's Midtown Comics to ComiCon!, George's husband, business manager, and co-pilot, Brad, excels at keeping George (and his hordes of fans) organized. But Takei's true legacy may be his off-screen advocacy. When Takei was just a boy, his family was uprooted from their home in Los Angeles and forced into Japanese Internment as part of the mid-20th century U.S. government efforts to subjugate Japanese American citizens based solely on their ethnic heritage. A true elder statesman with a wry sense of humor, his awesome Facebook presence--initiated to help promote his Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, inspired by his life in the Japanese Internment--provides a daily dose of wisdom and wit. At a time when alarming rhetoric about Islamic and Latino Americans dominates the landscape, there is perhaps no better spokesperson for the historical legacy of fear and xenophobia in the U.S. than George Takei. George, and husband Brad, have also been unflappable spokespeople for LGBTQ rights. The film features unparalleled behind-the-scenes intimacy with the dynamic duo George and Brad, as well as interviews with famous friends from William Shatner to Howard Stern. The ultimate result is the ultimate examination of the vastness of what it means To Be Takei.


3 pm: 
I Am Divine

Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters's favored muse. I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture.  I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon's emotional complexities and rise to infamy.


6 pm: 
Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected has a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. Official Selection: Hot Docs Film Festival & SXSW


Thursday, October 18 Films:

9 am: 
Young Lakota: A Native American Leader Fights for Reproductive Rights

In this award-winning documentary, Cecilia Fire Thunder- the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Her threats ignite a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they are becoming. Audience Award Winner at the SXSW Film Festival, Winner of Best Documentary at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival. Winner of Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival.


12 pm: 
Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations

Just two years ago, the Torrez family looked a lot like many American families: Mexican-American with immigrant roots, multilingual and multicultural, working class with two kids in public schools getting a decent education, living in a mid-sized American city and weathering the economic downturn with any work the primary bread-winner could find. But in an instant, everything changed. After fourteen years of living undocumented in the U.S., Vanessa Torrez crossed into Mexico when visiting her dying mother, and as the only family member without U.S. citizenship, was not allowed to return to her family in the U.S. So the Torrez family left everything behind and moved to Nogales, Sonora, committed to remaining together. Now, while the family lives in a dilapidated public housing compound at a dangerous border crossing, Kimberly must cross the border daily on foot to go to school in the U.S. Meanwhile, her father, Rick, finds himself unemployed, stricken with Hepatitis C, and in dire need of a liver transplant. Vanessa travels to Juarez to obtain the visa that will allow her to live in the U.S. with her children if her husband dies. Told through the eyes of adolescent Kimberly over the year in which her family is forced to straddle two countries, Life on the Line offers an intimate story from a quintessentially American place, illuminating the changing face of America and the impact of our immigration policies through the story of one girl and her family.

[a brief intersession]

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth

Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status in the United States. These are young people who know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to the future slammed shut. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for most of these young people. Graham Street Productions produced this film in association with El Grupo Juvenil (the Papers Youth Crew). These youth producers were actively involved in all aspects of the production. They have worked in collaboration with immigrant youth around the country who want to tell their stories and change immigration policy. Screened in the U.S. Capitol Building and to live audiences in all 50 U.S. states.


3 pm: 
My So-Called Enemy: Celebrating Diversity, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding

A coming-of-age film about the vital role of listening and empathy in bridging bridges across personal, cultural, religious, political and gender divides. In the spirit of Michael Apted's 7 Up series, the award-winning My So-Called Enemy follows six courageous Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who participated in a cross-cultural women's leadership program in the U.S. and documents how the transformative experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings in US meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East over the next seven years. A film about not making assumptions about, or creating "an other," My So-Called Enemy presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through a human lens, and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other's stories. Through the coming-of-age narratives of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, viewers see how creating relationships across all kinds of differences are first steps towards resolving conflict. This heart and mind-opening film, from Emmy Award-winning Director Lisa Gossels (The Children of Chabannes), celebrates diversity and inclusion, addresses questions of identity and negative stereotyping - and features young women as change agents. 


6 pm: 
Show Me Democracy: Student Activism Amidst the Uprising in Ferguson

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, MO, seven St. Louis college students evolve into activists as they demand change through policy and protest. This film examines their personal lives and backgrounds as each of them copes with the fallout of Ferguson. Six of the students fight for education policy reform through their internship program and try to create more opportunities for low-income and DACA students in their state. One of the seven joins the Black Lives Matter movement and organizes several protests to demonstrate against ongoing racial injustice. Following her on the ground, the camera captures several of her tension-filled protests including a night in Ferguson when the police tear gas protesters. Show Me Democracy asks us to examine how a committed group of college students can make a difference in a complex and imperfect system and what methods have the most impact. Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Diversity Activities and Displays at UCF Libraries

A New Day Dawns

As a new day dawns at UCF and we look forward to what the future brings, we ask that you stop by the glass wall at the front of the John C. Hitt Library to write on a sticky note your answer to, "What do you hope tomorrow brings?"

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.

DIVerse Families Bibliography

In the Curriculum Materials Center at the Education Complex information about the DIVerse Families Biblography is displayed including samples of the related books available.