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MCLA TO HOLD CommUNITY EDUCATION SOCIAL

04/11/17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces it will present the MCLA CommUNITY Education Social on Tuesday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at various locations throughout the campus; including the Campus Center, in Murdock Hall, at the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation and in the MCLA quadrangle.

This campus-wide event is free and open to the public. It was designed to bring awareness to social issues, taboo topics and injustices that aren’t always taken seriously or talked about, was conceptualized by Mikaela Serano-Moore ’18 and is being implemented by MCLA’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.

“We all may not share the same realities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t inform ourselves of these realities and what they mean to some in day-to-day life,” Serano-Moore said.

The Social will be comprised of stationed tables throughout campus. Each table will address a variety of topics, from LBGTQIA+ vocabulary and social constructions of race, to immigration/refugees and disabilities.

Those who visit at least five tables will enjoy free ice cream sundaes in the Quad.

Tables in Bowman Hall will feature LGBTQIA+ vocabulary and sexual assault awareness and prevention. In the Campus Center Marketplace, visitors will learn about cultural appropriation and social constructions of race. In the Center for Science and Innovation, information will be available on people of color in science and intersectionality. The table in the Freel Library will feature immigration and refugees, as well as disabilities.

Lastly, there will be screenings of the films “13th” and “Three to Infinity” in Murdock Hall and in the Sullivan Lounge. For times and more information, go to http://mcla.edu/About_MCLA/mission/diversitytaskforce/index.

MCLA strives to integrate topics of social, cultural, and physical diversity in the curricular, co-curricular, residential, and work life of the MCLA community. In so doing, MCLA works toward collaboration and purposeful engagement to achieve social justice on campus and in the wider community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.