NIU’s Grant Towers residential complex invites all students to engage in diversity by participating in its annual signature program, Project R.E.D. (Residents Engaging in Diversity) on three consecutive Thursday: Nov. 7, 14, and 21.
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.
The program will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, with the Fair of Nations in the Grant North Lobby area and Grant D Formal Room. During the Fair of Nations, students will explore a variety of cultures by indulging in delicious food catered by DeKalb’s own Mediterraneo restaurant, by creating unique arts and crafts such as henna art and by being exposed to cultural dance and music performances from organizations represented at NIU.
The second event, Casino Night, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Stevenson Towers Food Court. Come out and try your luck playing traditional casino games such as blackjack, roulette and poker with a bit of a diversity twist! There will be prizes at this event, including a Blu-ray player and flat screen TV; all NIU students are eligible to win.
The final event, scheduled Thursday, Nov. 21, will focus on hunger and homelessness. Students will volunteer at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora, hand-packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. These meals will be shipped to feed children in nearly 70 countries around the world.
Free transportation will be provided for all students; the bus leaves Grant North at 6:30 p.m. To sign up, email [email protected] with name, residence hall, cell phone number and email address.
For more information about Project R.E.D., call Grant Complex Coordinator Bobbie Cole at (815) 753-8718.