Journalism professor Robin Street began Diversity Rocks Mon. at 9 a.m. with a presentation on the origin of the program.
Diversity Rocks is a week of events put on by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media to support race, gender, sexuality, and disability differences at the university. The opening ceremonies, led by Street, included speeches by Will Norton, dean of journalism and new media, and Donald Cole, assistant chancellor of multi-cultural affairs.
“It’s a great way to show people how much we’ve grown,” Norton said.
Street explained that she had the idea for the program after hearing about three students who had committed suicide after being bullied because they were gay.
This idea expanded into a week about various kinds of tolerance. She dedicated the program to her childhood caretaker who had introduced to her to the history of the civil rights movement, Virgina “Tot” Taylor.
“We will replace animosity with a sense of tolerance,” Cole said.