Weeklong Celebration To Focus On “Promoting Community Through Social Justice”

Activities include unveiling of the Wall of Peace, presentation by New York Times Best-Selling Author Conor Grennan
Release Date:
September 30, 2013
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A variety of educational, engaging and entertaining events that illuminate diverse cultures and traditions from around the world, including a presentation by Conor Grennan, the New York Times best-selling author of Little Princes, are planned during Hilbert College’s Cultural Awareness Week celebration being held from October 7-10.

  The “Promoting Community Through Social Justice” themed week will open with the unveiling of the college’s “Wall of Peace and Inclusivity” exhibit at 3:15 p.m. on October 7 in the Lower Level of the McGrath Library. The exhibit is made up of many unique pieces of cloth either designed or written by faculty, staff and students that expresses each participant’s view of the ways Hilbert comes together as an inclusive community and respects cultural differences. A welcome by Hilbert President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D., will be given at the event, followed by a keynote address by Crystal Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the City of Buffalo’s Commission on Citizen’s Rights and Community. Her presentation, “Social Justice: Living Through the Eyes of the Community” will address her experiences as a community builder and examine the roots of the movement as it relates to social justice through the eyes of the community. Immediately following this event, all are welcome to attend the Multicultural Dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Upper Level of the Campus Center. It will feature performances by Salsa for the Soul and Sol y Sombra.  

On Tuesday, October 8, Cultural Awareness Week will start the day with an Interfaith Panel held at 1:50 p.m. in the Palisano Room (101 Bogel Hall) that addresses social justice within various religious faiths. In addition, Conor Grenan,  the author from the inaugural Hilbert Reads program will make a presentation on “Being a Global Citizen in a Diverse World” at 7 p.m. in Swan Auditorium. All incoming freshmen were given a copy of this year’s selected text, Little Princes – One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. 

A roundtable discussion, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Ethical Responsibility and Social Justice,” on Wednesday, October 9 at 3:15 p.m. in Paceszny Hall (room 216-218) will feature panelists Lana Benatovich, President of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, and Dr. Gordon Snow, Professor of Social Sciences at Hilbert College. The day will conclude with a reception and viewing of the film Crash in Swan Auditorium at 6:15 p.m.

Hilbert’s Cultural Awareness Week will close out with a Cultural Bazaar featuring showcases, presentations and performances including but not limited to: Woodland Visions Native Arts, West African Drumming Lessons, The Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, El Buen Amigo, School of Irish Culture, Iroquois Doll Maker, and much more will take place on Thursday, October 10 in the West Herr Atrium from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cultural Awareness Week activities are free and open to the public, are being sponsored by Admissions, Academic Services, Campus Ministry, Career Development Center, Center for Excellence and Learning (CEL), Common Ground Club, English Department’s Visiting Artist Series, Hilbert Reads, Honors Program, Human Services and Rehabilitation Services Department, Institutional Advancement, Leadership Development, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Student Success and Retention.

For more detailed information and a list of all events during Cultural Awareness Week, contact the office of multicultural affairs at
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Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.