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‘Diversity Monologues’ March 31 to Celebrate Beauty, Cultural Perspective

Gonzaga's first-ever staging of the "Diversity Monologues" may resemble this rehearsal scene for "Romeo and Juliet" in fall 2010, but organizers promise it will be a unique and valuable experience for all participants. Gonzaga University photo.

The "Diversity Monologues" may resemble this scene from a rehearsal for "Romeo and Juliet" this past fall, but it's likely to be a unique and valuable experience for all student participants. Gonzaga University photo.

By Mary Jantsch
Class of 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Unity Multicultural Education Center in collaboration with the Gonzaga Student Body Association will present to the Gonzaga community the first-ever “Diversity Monologues.” The event, which begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 in the Jepson Center Wolff Auditorium, is free and open to the entire Gonzaga community and the public.

With a focus on this year’s academic theme of beauty, students were asked to create a unique monologue addressing their understanding of beauty with respect to their own cultural upbringing. Specifically, they were asked to answer this question: Based on your cultural background, friends, media, social class, community and overall life experience, how do you come to know beauty?

“There are several diversity awareness programs going on around campus whether they are hosted by UMEC, student clubs, or just cultural students on their own, but the ‘Diversity Monologues’ are real students at Gonzaga connecting their personal experiences to the average Gonzaga community member,” said GSBA President Patrick Presley.

Students will present their monologues in a personal setting at the event. Shannon Hashiguchi, a sophomore involved in planning the event, said she has witnessed how this program has enriched and transformed other universities; she wants the same for Gonzaga.

“Our students are hungry for an opportunity to share the stories and perspectives that make them who they are and connect to their peers on a human level,” said Hashiguchi. “It’s my hope that this program facilitates that and really shows the GU community how much we value our students as diverse, insightful individuals.”

The top three finalists will earn cash prizes, and all “Diversity Monologues participants will have the opportunity to get their work published in the journal “Culture Shock.

For more information contact the Unity House at (509) 313-5836 or via e-mail.

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