CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
CDI VIRTUAL HIGHLIGHT SERIES: LIVING FROM PURPOSE
Musical Artist: Bad Bunny
Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton singer Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio (stage name Bad Bunny) was born March 10, 1994. He studied audiovisual communication at University of Puerto Rico was recently named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards. He has won a Grammy Award, a Billboard and a MTV Video Music Award. Bad Bunny is encouraging people to vote. In a recent quote from the star he commented, “It’s 2020 and racism is worse than COVIS/A black man with a gun, that’s a criminal, but if he’s white, they say that’s a hobby.”
Learn more about the artist:
Focus Mentoring Program
Each fall incoming students from underrepresented groups are invited to request a faculty or staff mentor to personally assist them in navigating college life at Cal Lutheran. In an all virtural format this fall, the mentoring relationship will take on a new format as in-person meetings will need to be post-poned until the COVID-19 crisis is over. But still, it is important to connect by phone, email, and other face to face platforms.
A total of 77 new Cal Lutheran students have been matched to one of 31 mentors for the 2020/2021 academic year. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who stepped up to be mentors during this challenging time.
Book of the Month:
In her new book, author Isabel Wilkerson guides the reader towards a greater understanding of how black Americans came to be at the bottom of the social and economic system in the U.S. Wilkerson chronicles the history of anit-blackness in the U.S. and draws numerous parallells between the caste system in the U.S. to that in India. A must read for anyone wanting to understand what made the Civil Rights Movement necessary and why the Black Lives Matter Movement today is so important.
Being You at CLU a success - Fall 2019!
On Tuesday September 17 campus members will be asked to write down and post their "message to humanity". We're looking for campus members to share their thoughts, advice, prayers, and vision for an improved world. Here's how the messages fell:
Better World Project
Express yourself! If you’re a creative person who is passionate about social justice and is looking to add to your portfolio, the CDI is providing an outlet to display your talents in creative ways to express your advocacy for diversity, inclusion and equity through graphic design, theater, art, film, music, spoken word, dance, etc. The Campus Diversity Initiative will sponsor your project with mini-grants ranging from $50 to $200 to purchase supplies and to help put your project on display.
Under the advisement of faculty and staff, Black female students may choose to join this support group that focuses on their social well-being through meetings, outings, and activities throughout the academic year. The program is free and funded by the Campus Diversity Initiative.