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CSUEB's 'Week of Inclusive Excellence' continues with series of campus events, programs

  • December 11, 2013

With the successful kickoff to its "Week of Inclusive Excellence: A Celebration of the Diversity of our Students, Faculty and Staff" on Monday, Cal State East Bay will continue to feature a variety of presentations and activities on its Hayward campus through Friday, Feb. 21.

"I encourage the CSUEB community to hear our presentations and plans for moving forward with diversity and inclusive excellence on our campus," said Dianne Rush Woods, university diversity officer.

CSUEB's Associated Students Inc. Diversity Center will host "A Tunnel of Oppression" for the education of the CSUEB campus community. The Tunnel of Oppression will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Multipurpose Room of the New University Union.

Amer Ahmed, a scholar and intercultural consultant who speaks on "Islamophobia," will provide a presentation on Islam and Hip Hop in the New University Union's Diversity Center from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

On Friday, Feb. 21, Stella Ting-Toomey will present "Best Practices for Intercultural Communication and Pedagogies" from 9 a.m. to noon in the New University Union's Multipurpose Room.

The week began with an address by CSUEB President Leroy M. Morishita. He was followed by Michelle Xiong, Associated Students president; Corey Gin, director of Leadership and Employment Enrichment Program president; and Woods. That day's events were climaxed with a presentation by members of Henrietta Lacks' family.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a former No. 1 bestseller on the New York Times book list, explores the life, death, and ethical controversy surrounding Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken from her without her knowledge. Many millions of dollars were generated and important tools for medicine were created from those cells, and yet she never knew and her family didn't benefit from the discovery. Those who attend the Monday evening presentation will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Lacks' family.

Additional information is available by contacting the University Office of Diversity at (510) 885-2809 or visiting

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