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Gonzaga Invites Community to Unite Nov. 15 to Mark International Day of Tolerance

All are welcome to join Gonzaga at the Crosby Student Center at noon Friday, Nov. 15 to unite and mark International Day of Tolerance.  2012 photo by Rajah Bose

Form a Human Chain for Justice

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh cordially invites the public to the steps of the Crosby Student Center at noon, Friday, Nov. 15 to link arms with Gonzaga faculty, staff and students to form a human chain of solidarity to mark the United Nations’ annual International Day of Tolerance. All are welcome to the free event.

The human chain symbolizes the value of actively supporting inclusion, human difference and respect for others. Gonzaga Vice President for Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio will speak and introduce President McCulloh and other guest speakers. Ben Stuckart, a 1995 Gonzaga alumnus and president of the Spokane City Council, will present the Mayoral proclamation from the City declaring the International Day of Tolerance for Spokane. Gonzaga students will share justice facts and song; hot chocolate will be provided.

Through its Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic mission, Biggs Garbuio said Gonzaga is founded on principles and traditions calling for active support and respect of others and recognition of the intrinsic dignity of all individuals with particular concern for the marginalized and oppressed peoples of the world.

“This event signifies an opportunity for Gonzaga University and the greater Spokane community members to lock arms and reaffirm our solidarity in this brief, powerful commemoration,” Biggs Garbuio said.

International Day of Tolerance was launched by the United Nations in 1996 to advocate the firm belief of nations that political and economic agreements are insufficient to build a lasting peace. This marks the fifth consecutive year of Gonzaga’s observance of the day.

In 2005, the U.N. furthered the commitment of heads of state and government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

International Day of Tolerance is annually observed worldwide on Nov. 16. Because Nov. 16 is a Saturday this year, Gonzaga will observe the event on Friday to allow more members of the GU community to participate.

The event is organized by Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center. For more information, please contact Deb Ellis, program assistant, at (509) 313-6368 or via email.

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