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Diversity Week at the Library


Diversity Week 2020
Stronger Together: Unified! Connected! Family!

October 19 - 23,  2020

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.


2020 marks the 28th UCF Diversity Week. This year’s theme, Stronger Together: Unified! Connected! Family! highlights the great words proffered by Martin Luther King. That “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” As a university community we find our strength in each other; especially when we recognize that open and honest communication along with the building of long-lasting relationships lead us to experience our greatest achievements. We do not have the liberty or luxury of ignoring the difficult questions that society places before us. We must deliberately sit down together at the table and ensure that every voice is heard and respected while we address these challenging queries. For as Woodrow T. Wilson said “we cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.”


It is important that we also recognize that when we embrace our diversity and embark upon social justice advocacy we open the door to a world of infinite possibilities and together “if everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.” -Askhari Johnson Hodari. We become ONE and are the undeniable orchestrators of the change we want and need to see in the world!


For more information about Diversity Week at UCF visit:

Add Your Voice to Our Story!

UCF Libraries is building a digital time capsule, based on this year’s Diversity Week theme, Stronger Together: Unified! Connected! Family!

In this unprecedented year marked by COVID-19 and the continued fight for racial equity, we ask you to tell your story, share your voice, and be heard. Chronicle your connection to this year’s theme by contributing photographs you have taken, illustrations you have created, or text you have penned. You can influence how the present will be remembered. Share your message!

Submission information:

  • Open to UCF students, faculty, staff, and UCF Alumni. 
  • One submission per person. 
  • Submissions will be digitized and housed in STARS. STARS is UCF's digital repository to publicize, disseminate, and preserve works by, for, and about UCF.
  • Submissions must be sized 8 ½” X 11” in a landscape orientation.
  • Submission formats are pdf, png, jpg, or docx
  • All submissions must be original work(s).
  • Participants must submit a consent form granting permission for their content to be digitized and placed into STARS as part of the Qualtrics form.
  • Submissions will be accepted August 1, 2020 - October 25, 2020.
  • Sexually explicit content will not be accepted, and UCF Libraries reserves the right to omit any submission.
  • All works will be placed into the digital time capsule as received; no editing services will be provided.

Diversity Week Events @ UCF Libraries

Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop
Monday, October 19
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Are you interested in learning about bookbinding? UCF Libraries' Book Conservator, Christopher Saclolo, will demonstrate a fun option for getting started with the supplies you have at home.

View the recording on YouTube: 2020 Diversity Week Bookbinding @ Home

Long Stitch Binding with Slot Cover Materials:
1. Cereal Box / Thin cardboard
2. 8.5 x 11 inches Computer/Copy Paper (12 sheets)
3. Binding thread / Embroidery thread / sewing thread (heavy weight) / unflavored waxed floss
1. Needle
2. Scissors
3. Ruler
4. X-Acto Knife
5. Mat board / cutting surface

Diversity in Comics
Monday, October 19
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we review various forms of comics and discuss the importance of representation in comics and graphic novels.

View the panel recording on our YouTube channel: Diversity in Comics 2020, or in our digital repository, STARS - Library Education, Diversity and Inclusion page

For more information on Diversity in Comics, check out this guide from the UCF Curriculum Materials Center on diverse representation in the Libraries' collection:

Beginner’s Crochet: Show Your Pride with Crochet
Tuesday, October 20
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Crochet a flag to show pride in your community. Learn the basics of crochet from creating your first stitches to switching colors seamlessly in your work. Choose your colors to create a flag that represents you and your communities.


Suggested Materials: Students should have the following materials to complete the class*:

  • A ball/skein of yarn
  • A ball/skein of yarn in a second color
  • A hook, preferably sized to your yarn (look on the yarn's label for suggested hook sizes)

*If you do not have the suggested materials, please use any materials have on hand. At the start of class, please inform the instructor if you are using materials other than those suggested.

Stronger Together Showcase
Tuesday, October 20
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Join us as fellow Knights and friends share how they are proving to the world we are Stronger Together. UCF Libraries and UCF Alumni will showcase Knights who own or are part of an organization actively giving back to the community. This can be in response to COVID, Racial Equity and Inclusivity efforts, LGBTQ efforts etc. A panel discussion will conclude the event.


View the recording on YouTube at Diversity Week 2020: Stronger Together Showcase

Henna Art with Priya
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Zoom presentation explaining the history, origin and significance on henna, along with a demonstration/tutorial on the art of henna.


Weavers of Orlando -  Weaving History: Connecting our Present to our Past
Wednesday, October 21
11:00 - 12:30 pm

Join UCF Libraries and the Weavers of Orlando for a virtual discussion and step into the local community of fiber arts. Local weavers and artisans will connect family histories to practices still being used today. Participants will learn about connections to cotton that came from India, and true quilts from the Underground Railroad. 

Register at Weaving History: Connecting our Present to our Past - Diversity Week 2020

Film Discussion: The Talk: Race in America
Wednesday, October 21
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Discussion of the documentary, The Talk: Race in America. Please watch the film before the discussion on Alexander Street Press.


Film Description:
The Talk – Race in America is a two-hour film about “the talk” that parents have with their children of color (primarily boys) to teach them how to act around the police in order to remain safe.

Family Fiber Arts: Pipe Cleaner Crafts
Thursday, October 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Turn your pipe cleaners into fun accessories, decoration and toys. Learn to braid bracelets, create mini flower arrangements and twist dinosaurs.


Suggested Materials: Students should have the following materials to complete the class*:

  • Pipe cleaners in a variety of colors
  • Black permanent marker 

*If you do not have the suggested materials, please use any materials have on hand. At the start of class, please inform the instructor if you are using materials other than those suggested.

Open Heart, Open Mic
Thursday, October 22
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Experience the creative works of Knights and friends around the world sharing what Stronger Together means to them. Walk in presentations are welcome!

Brought to you in collaboration with the UCF College of Arts and Humanities and featuring presentations by UCF CREATE, UCF Women's and Gender Studies; and Fusion Fest

Register: Open Heart Open Mic - Diversity Week 2020.

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.

Diverse Families Bookshelf
Friday, October 23
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Identifying picture books and young adult literature titles that mirror the wide range of diverse readers and the unique characteristics of a family unit can be a difficult task. Join us to learn about the Diverse Families Bookshelf which was created by UCF librarians as a finding tool to help bridge the gap between readers and books. This database connects readers with titles that open windows and expose readers to different cultures and life experiences, building empathy in the process.

Register to attend at Diverse Families Bookshelf - Diversity Week 2020

Film Discussion: Don't Be Nice
Friday, October 23
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Discussion of the documentary, Don't Be Nice. Please watch the film before the discussion on Alexander Street Press.

Film Description: The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, (offensive language) made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title?


The 2020 UCF Libraries Diversity Week Committee has gathered a list of 20 streaming videos from the Libraries' collections to illustrate diverse topics.

UCF Libraries 2020 Diversity Week Coloring Pages