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CSU presents disability, diversity awareness week

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

Clayton State University is hosting a Disability and Diversity Awareness Week.

The observance, which began on Monday, will continue through Thursday, Nov. 4, according to Director of University Relations John Shiffert.

The Department of Campus Life, the Department of Recreation and Wellness, the Disability Resource Center, and Diversity Educational Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.), are presenting the week of activities, Shiffert said in a media release. He said the school strives to make the campus user-friendly for disabled students. "The university is concerned with the success of all students," he added.

Tameeka Hunter, assistant director of the university's Disability Resource Center, said the observance is about raising awareness, not only to encourage disabled students, and inform them about campus resources, but also to educate the general population about disabilities.

The week's first event took place on Monday, and included an information table about disabilities, and how students can find help with various needs, on campus.

The Disability Resource Center will host a lecture on the topic of accessible classes, today, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. "This is a lecture focused towards the faculty," the release states. The lecture will take place at the Baker Center, in room 272.

D.E.E.P. Peer Educators and members of the Campus Life staff will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Thursday, Oct. 28, and Monday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m., for students to sign up for the Tuesday, Nov. 2, sitting volleyball game.

Campus organizations will host the Nov. 2 game, from 7 p.m., until 9 p.m., on the SAC courts. "For students of Clayton State history, it's worth noting that Clayton State was the venue for the sitting volleyball competition, in the 1996 Paralympic Games," said Shiffert.

The week will also include a "Walk in My Shoes" disability discussion over issues of disability in everyday life. This event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 11:30 a.m., until 1 p.m., in the Baker Center, room 265. "We want to reshape attitudes around disabilities," Hunter said. She added that people should focus on the abilities, rather than the disabilities.

In recognition of other areas of diversity, campus leaders will also present the "Human Race Machine," which is a computerized program that shows the viewer what he or she would look like as a member of a different race.

"Disabilities are just a dimension, or element of diversity," said Hunter.

The D.E.E.P. Peer Educators will also host an affirmative-action bake sale Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m.,, until 2 p.m., on Main Street. Later that evening, the D.E.E.P. Peer Educators and Campus Life will present a discussion on the effects of affirmative action.

For more information about the events, contact Louise Bedrossian, or Tameeka Hunter, at the Disability Resource Center, at (678) 466-5445.