Allies across campus are looking to spread the love (and awareness) during Valentine’s week. Allies Week is organized by CU groups including the GLBTQ Resource Center, Project4Unity and the Women’s Resource Center to educate and celebrate allies of multiple identities and communities.
Organizers use “Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook” to define ally as a person who takes a stand against injustice directed at marginalized and minority groups.
Renee Roberts, a Project4Unity member and the co-chair of Queer People of Color, said the week of events is an important opportunity for members of both mainstream and marginalized communities to learn how to work together and bridge gaps of understanding.
Kevin Correa, assistant director of the GLBTQ Resource Center, said Allies Week is a new initiative that organizers hope will become an annual tradition on campus.
The events kicked off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with the Project4Unity Leadership Retreat. The group’s goal is to ultimately create more unity and inclusivity for the underrepresented communities on campus and in Boulder at large.
On Monday, the Center for Multicultural Affairs will hold a free screening of “The Long Walk Home” starring Sissy Spacek and Woopie Goldberg. The event will be in C4C Room N320 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Women’s Resource Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day with their “I Love Me” event. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in UMC 415, the WRC will hold an open house where people can decorate cookies and cards and enjoy chair massages and aromatherapy.
Wednesday is the week’s busiest day, starting off with the Chili Pot lunch in UMC 227 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two films, Oscar-nominated “The Help” (12 to 2 p.m. in C4C Room N320) and “La Mission,” starring Benjamin Bratt, (6 to 9 p.m. in Education 220) will be screened. The Interactive Theatre Project will also have a public performance in UMC 457 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday is the student leaders’ Allies Panel from 4 to 5 p.m. in Hellems 267. The White Ally Group, which is open to all identities, launches on Friday with “Allyship 101: White Allies and Communities of Color” from 12 to 1 p.m. in C4C Room N320, with an informational group meeting taking place immediately after.
Allies Week wraps up on Saturday with the GLBTQ Supporting Athletics event at the women’s basketball game versus Utah. Interested participants should meet in front of the Coors Events Center at 4:45 wearing purple to show their support.
Organizers hope the week of events will help teach all communities members how to better support those who are oppressed.
“Education pertaining to multiculturalism and diversity is crucial to understand for everyone and will ultimately benefit our campus,” Roberts said. “This week is an incredible learning opportunity for the University of Colorado and Boulder.”
By Marlee Horn for the Colorado Daily