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Interfaith events promote diversity

Interfaith Student Alliance believes that the CCA community, and world at large, are "Better Together," and is shouting it aloud by sponsoring a contest, starting a social media campaign, and affixing posters around various campus locales.

The signs are a precursor to a 2 1/2-hour event April 8 dubbed "Inspiration Station," which hopes to shine a light on the diversity of the college student body. Associated activities taking place in Administration Building Room 108 on CentreTech campus that day will include an exhibition of a wide range of secular and religious images, as well as live performances that are designed to stir students, faculty and staff.

Students are encouraged to submit contributions to be included in the show that inspire them. Items can include musical or other performance clips from YouTube, artistic imagery, photographs, songs, or poetry quotations for the exhibit and program.

Performers also are welcome, whether featuring a song, dance, story, poem, or sketch. Length should run two to four minutes and will take place in the 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. window on April 8. Offers to perform, questions, and/or submissions should be sent to or by calling 303-340-7509. The deadline to submit is March 31.

In a further effort to communicate the idea of unity in religious diversity, students with an artistic bent also are being asked to design a lingering symbol to visually represent CCA's Interfaith Student Alliance. The winner of the contest must submit an original logo on an 8 1/2-by-11 white piece of paper along with a submission form, which is available at CentreTech (via Amie Thompson, in C-308) or Lowry West Quad (via Traci Fielden, in lobby). The image should represent the Interfaith Alliance crede centered upon growing the spirit of unity and diversity at CCA.

The artist with the winning design will receive a $60 gift card to a restaurant of his/her choice. Deadline for submissions is March 31.

Further, the commitment to standing up for friends, family members and neighbors of different beliefs will be captured with the hashtag #BeBlue. This campaign includes an accompanying call to wear blue on April 10.

Tell the world that it's important: to know people of traditions and backgrounds; to gain appreciation and knowledge of one another; to foster sincere relationships with people unlike yourself; to create opportunities for intercultural and interfaith collaboration; to speak up for a greater understanding and against intolerance.

Tweet. Dress. Spread the word. Make a difference. Together.



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