Unidiversity breaks barriers

Have you ever wondered about some of the religious holidays noted in your planner? Does the aroma of sacred dishes cause your stomach to growl, although you do not know why they are important? The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS) kicked off UniDiversity Week on Monday, during which students expanded their education beyond the classroom and learn about religious awareness and tolerance. The organization’s mission is to support underrepresented cultures on campus and increase consciousness of these cultures.

MISS hosted a “Religion and Food” workshop Monday, in the LSC mall area, to introduce students to five internationally practiced religions and to explain their important cultural foods.

“The program gives students the chance to taste an example of traditionally ‘halal’ prepared food, which is a very important part of the Islamic religious tradition and something that a lot of SHSU students may never have had the chance to try before,” said Program Coordinator Ashley McDonough. “The foods we will serve will include humus, pita bread, salad and vegetables.”

On Tuesday, Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity (SQUAD) will host a discussion on their original presentation, “Losing your Religion” from 3-4 in LSC Room 304. Topics will include little-known religious facts and discussions of social stereotypes.

Best-selling author Christian de la Huerta will present “Beyond Belief: The Importance of Religious Diversity in Today’s World,” this Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. in the LSC Theatre. The presentation will focus on religious tolerance.

Rounding out the week will be the “Think Tank Breakfast,” where students can come together to voice ideas about programs to increase awareness education. The breakfast will be held from 10-11 a.m. in LSC Room 307.

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