Grant residential complex to host Project R.E.D to promote awareness, acceptance, appreciation

Logo of project r.e.d.NIU’s Grant Towers residential complex invites students to come engage in diversity by participating in its annual signature program, Project R.E.D. (Residents Engaging in Diversity).

Scheduled from Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Jan. 31, Project R.E.D. provides students with the opportunity to expand their cultural awareness through a variety of fun and engaging events.

This three-day signature program will provide activities that focus on acceptance, appreciation and awareness. One major goal of Project R.E.D. is that residents will leave every event with a sense of appreciation and awareness of the diversity here on the NIU campus and reflect upon how their individual behaviors, experiences and interactions impact the NIU community culture.

Grant Towers during winterThe program will kick off at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, with the “Fair of Nations” in the Grant North Lobby area and Grant D Formal Room. During the Fair of Nations, residents will explore a variety of cultures by indulging in delicious food, creating unique arts and crafts and watching cultural dance and music performances from organizations represented at NIU.

The second event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, will focus on hunger and homelessness.

The “Solidarity Sleep Out” will be held in the Grant D Formal Room, located in Grant North, and will encourage residents to reflect upon their own misconceptions regarding hunger and homelessness as well as provide them with opportunities to use their own privilege to help those less fortunate. Come participate in various activities that will require you to step outside of your comfort zone and put yourself in the shoes of those less fortunate.

The final event, “Casino Night,” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Stevenson Hall Food Court. Come try your luck playing traditional casino games such as blackjack, roulette and poker with a bit of a diversity twist. Prizes at this event include a Blu-ray player and a flat-screen TV.

For more information about Project R.E.D., contact Bobbie Cole at (815) 753-8718 or bcole@niu.edu.

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