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Beyond Series Resumes with a Focus on Diversity Throughout the Academic Year

Ferris State University is presenting “Beyond: Diversity” to promote diversity on campus and beyond. This year’s edition of the continuing series is a collaborative effort co-sponsored by the offices of International Education and Multicultural Student Services as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Office.

“Beyond: Diversity” series include events throughout the academic year designed to promote diversity at Ferris. Some of the featured events will include book study groups, educational banners, panel discussion, workshops and more.

David Pilgrim, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, looks forward seeing how the events will play out to, he hopes, enrich the university community.

“When I think of the Beyond initiative, I think that it is an opportunity to explore a topic in great depth,” Pilgrim said. “For one year, this campus will host a range of activities all designed to get us, as an institution, to think of diversity in a much deeper way.”

Highlighted “Beyond: Diversity” events include:


  • Wednesday, Oct. 8
    Piñata Craft Workshop
    7 to 8:30 p.m. in IRC, Room 131, Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 9
    Diversity of Abilities Panel Discussion
    6:30 to 8 p.m. in IRC, Room 120
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14
    A Taste of Hispanic Culture Dinner at the Rock
    4 to 7 p.m. at the Rock Café (normal dining fees apply for entry)
  • Sunday, Oct. 19
    BEYOND: Diversity… Exhibit
    11 a.m. to 5 pm in IRC Connector
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21
    Latin Film Night “Instructions Not Included”
    7 to 9 p.m. in IRC, Room 131, the Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28
    Las Cafateras Hispanic Heritage & BEYOND Featured Workshop and Performance Workshop
    7 to 9:30 p.m. in IRC. The performance is at 8:30 pm in IRC Connector
  • Black Masculinity Presentation
    6:30 to 8 p.m.
    IRC Room, 120
    Thursday, Oct. 30
  • Caught in the Crosshairs: The Impact of Poverty and the War on Drugs on African Americans Panel Discussion
    6:30 to 8 p.m. in IRC, Room 121


  • Tuesday, Nov. 4
    Diversity in Social-Ecological Systems Panel Discussion
    6:30 to 8 p.m. in IRC, Room 120
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5
    “Waste Land” documentary showing
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. location TBA
  • Thursday, Nov. 13
    Religious Diversity Panel Discussion
    6:30 to 8 p.m. in IRC, Room 120
  • Thursday, Nov. 20
    Diversity of Languages Panel Discussion
    6:30 to 8 p.m. in Science Building, Room 126


  • Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Culture Partner Project Presentation
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in IRC, Room 120