The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
That's a wrap for IC Week 2017! This year's theme, A Spotlight on Diversity focused on critically viewing our understanding and assumptions of multiple aspects of diversity.
Whether it was the artwork of Miguel Barros in examining contrasts of geography or the variety of dance techniques taught at Global Groove that brought together nearly 100 participants in laughter and camaraderie, IC Week 2017 offered an opportunity to reflect, to experience, and to learn.
IC Week 2017 also created a space to question. Wednesday's event for International Women's Day, The Anatomy of Objectification, sought to examine how we interpret media and advertising messages that influence our definition of normative body forms and the existence of tokenism, masked as inclusivity.
Continuing this critical analysis, Thursday's Before it was called Canada: An honouring of Indigenous history and culture, created space to consider a different narrative for Canada's sesquicentennial (150th) birthday. The display spoke to the Niitsitapi, or the original people of this land, showcasing items from the Glenbow Museum from the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities of Canada.
Friday's Global Groove event gave participants an opportunity to see the uniting effect of dance in action, experiencing how dance can prove to be a powerful force that inspires an emotive response.
Each day, IC Week suggested a question for participants to ponder, with a single uniting question: How are we strengthened by our diversity? Without a doubt, the showcase of events, dialogue, and connection offered a promising response to this question, by seeing the individuality in our diversity, and how each of us adds depth and complexity to our communities, including here at Bow Valley College.
We at the IC appreciate the participation and positive feedback received for IC Week 2017. As always, we welcome your thoughts! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas, issues, or concepts you wish for the IC to explore.
IC Week always exists within multiple collaborative efforts, and the IC wishes to thank (in chronological order of events): Miguel Barros, Chelsey Fawcett of Square Cat Entertainment, Mark Kunki Ikeda, Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre, the Glenbow Museum, Anora Shariff, Barrie McCombs of Square Dance Calgary, Dawn Xu, and Sandra Velandia.
Visit the photo gallery to see photos of the event.