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"Beyond Words" Examines Discrimination

"Beyond Words" Examines Discrimination

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 02/01/2007- UCM's Office of Community Engagement will provide the community with the opportunity to develop a stronger understanding of discrimination in society with the return of the Beyond Words program.

Tours Provide Firsthand Experiences

"Beyond Words: Aftershock" is the theme for the Beyond Words 2007. The program, consisting of 45-minute tours conducted every half hour, is scheduled for Feb. 5-9 in the Elliott Union ballroom.

During the tours, participants will experience a series of events that will allow them to understand firsthand the effects of discrimination.

One Step Beyond Facts and Figures

"We hope to take each person's experience one step further, beyond just listening to information about discrimination," said Andre Brown, graduate assistant in the Office of Community Engagement and a coordinator of the event. "By the time participants finish the tour, they will find themselves separated from others in the group based upon discriminating factors."

At the conclusion of the tour, those participating can reflect on how the experience affected them.

Groups Tours Welcomed

Free tours are conducted every half hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for groups of 25 or less. Groups should make reservations by contacting the Office of Community Engagement at 660-543-4156. Individuals also may sign up on-site during the week of the program.

Program Earns National Awards

Beyond Words is a recipient of the 1998 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV Innovative Program Award and the Upper Midwest Region – Association of College and University Housing Officers' 1999 Diversity Program Award.

Beyond Words is coordinated through the efforts of student volunteers with UCM's  Office of Community Engagement, the Office of Accessibility Services, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the UCM Africana Studies Club.