Diversity Week Events to Begin March 30

Posted on March 24th, 2009 by

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Diversity Week, titled “Breaking Barriers,” will take place March 30 through April 3. A keynote address by class expert Barbara Jensen on Thursday, April 2 is the week’s featured event.

Jensen has more than 30 years experience training and teaching about class issues. She has led trainings in a wide range of settings, including schools, colleges, prisons, and mental health clinics, as well as for independent groups of therapists and the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services.

She has developed and taught a variety of courses at Metropolitan State University, helped to found the Working Class Studies Association, and co-chaired its first annual conference in 2007. She has published articles about class in Women’s Studies Quarterly, and wrote the closing chapter for “What’s Class Got to Do With It?”

Jensen will deliver her speech, titled “Class and Classism: What does it mean in the United States?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Alumni Hall, located in the College’s O.J. Johnson Student Union.

The entire schedule for Gustavus’s Diversity Week is as follows:

  • Monday, March 30 / Breaking Barriers Bingo / 7-9 p.m. / Courtyard Café
  • Tuesday, March 31 / Block Party / 4-7 p.m. / 7th Street
  • Wednesday, April 1 / Latino/Asian Culture Game Night / 7-9 p.m. / International Center
  • Thursday, April 2 / Barbara Jensen Lecture / 6:30-8 p.m. / Alumni Hall
  • Thursday, April 2 / Pizza and Politics / 8:30-9:30 p.m. / Courtyard Café
  • Friday, April 3 / Cultural Dance Lessons / 9-11 p.m. / The Dive

For more information about Diversity Week, contact the Gustavus Diversity Center at 507-933-7449.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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