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Gonzaga Invites Community to Unite Nov. 16 to Mark International Day of Tolerance

A scene from the 2016 International Day of Tolerance. (GU photo)

All Welcome to Join Human Chain of Solidarity

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University invites the public to the John J. Hemmingson Center (702 E. Desmet Ave.), first-floor rotunda, at noon, Thursday, Nov. 16 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.

The human chain symbolizes the value of actively supporting inclusion, human difference and respect for others.

Gonzaga students and President Thayne McCulloh will offer remarks on the significance of the event. Spokane NAACP President Kurtis Robinson will present the community voice and call to action. Gloria Ochoa, director of multicultural affairs for the City of Spokane, will read a proclamation from the city.

International Day of Tolerance was launched by the United Nations in 1996 to advocate education and awareness for tolerance to aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others. This marks the ninth consecutive year of Gonzaga’s observance of the day.

The event is organized by Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center. For more information about International Day of Tolerance visit www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/.

For more information about this event, please contact Deb Ellis at (509) 313-6368 or via email at ellisd@gonzaga.edu.

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