SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University students, faculty and staff observed the International Day of Tolerance at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 16 by linking arms and forming a human chain of solidarity. The University invited all area residents to join the chain and a long line of supporters stood for justice at the Crosby Student Center that chilly afternoon.
Recognized worldwide, this day addresses the need to raise awareness about the impact of intolerance, bias and various forms of hate. Gonzaga’s humanistic mission and Jesuit tradition are aligned with respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of individuals who are often marginalized in the world. This year’s observance was the culminating event to Gonzaga’s “Month of Justice” activities.
“Our hope and prayer is that people will take time out to demonstratively show the importance of social justice from a global perspective,” said Tracy Ellis-Ward, director of Unity Multicultural Education Center. The goal is to triple participation from last year’s event in which approximately 100 individuals galvanized on a rainy day.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh offered brief comments in addition to comments from Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan. City officials and the Black Student Union choir made their debut singing “I Need You To Survive,” as shown in the video.
The event was sponsored by Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center in collaboration with the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies and the Center for Global Engagement. For more information, please contact Ellis-Ward at (509) 313-5836 or via e-mail or Deb Ellis, program assistant, at (509) 313-6368 or via e-mail.