the Unexpected Identities project, which is currently in progress, the RDA is inviting students, faculty, and staff to get their pictures taken while holding up a statement that reveals an unexpected aspect of their identity. Images created so far included statements such as am Catholic, and I also pro choice. Ultimately their goal is to use these images to make a giant collage to represent another type of diversity at Chico State.
are enthused about what we doing but not enthused enough to get involved just yet, says Kaylee Dixon, vice president of the RDA and a religious studies major. understand people are busy, but it breaking that initial ice that our problem right now. These efforts are needed on our campus. The more people, the more students, the better.
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students wanted to respond in a different way that was informed by different religious faiths, not just an anti religion stance, McCarthy says. stand in witness to other religious perspectives, so this doesn't get to stand for what religion is. signs will be stored in a yet to be determined place on campus so they can be easily accessed by anyone who wishes to silently protest the rhetoric of the preachers. event is just one initiative the RDA has taken since fall to make religion a bigger part of Chico State diversity and inclusion efforts.
Students Embrace Religious DiversityOn April 16, two students, two staff members, a community member, and religious studies professor Kate McCarthy sat together in the lobby of the Student Services Center, making signs that in bold lettering declared messages of tolerance: God loves everyone, one read. of intolerance is cowardice, read another.
far the campus community response to the RDA efforts has been positive, but as with any group, the challenge is motivating people to find the time in their busy schedules to get involved. The student leaders have found that they need to come up with specific, focused events and activities so people can know what they committing to. In the coming year, the focus will be on reaching out to existing religious groups and coming up with activities that will bring them into contact, such as a panel discussion with representatives from each of the religious student groups on Nike Air Max 2015 Size 11
State does value diversity, and I think Nike Air Max Thea we doing a great job working it into the curriculum and student programming, McCarthy says, I think religion is a piece of that that we need to talk more about. RDA was formed after McCarthy and four students traveled to Chicago last summer to attend the Interfaith Leadership Institute. The purpose of Patel group is to promote knowledge of diverse religious traditions and philosophical perspectives, meaningful encounters between people of different faith and philosophical backgrounds, and common action projects between people of different backgrounds. students participated in an intensive three days of lectures, workshops, and practical skill building activities aimed at creating plans for effective interfaith action. Air Max 2015 Flyknit Black
The sign making event, put on by the newly formed Religious Diversity Association (RDA), was spurred by the campus community desire to respond in a productive way to those who come to Chico State proffering a different message about religion. The preachers who stand in Trinity Commons, loudly and aggressively exercising their right to free speech, often create a kind of of religious intolerance, says McCarthy, the RDA advisor.
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