We are the collective 10.30.22
On Sunday, October 30, 2022, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) in partnership and collaboration with the Black Student Union (BSU), African Students Association (ASA), African Percussion and Dance Ensemble (ADE), Hailey Anderson ’23, BSU President Florkenthia Jolibois ’23 and community members: Pastor Esau Vance, Stacey Luster and Christon Carney have come together for a new program titled “We Are the Collective”. The participants took Communion for a time of rest in celebration of the various diasporic threads that meet at the intersection or intersections of black identity.
African Percussion and Dance Ensemble
As one of the many programs offered during WPI’s celebration of LGBTQIAP+ History Month 2022, this program reminded students that the body brings together multiple identities, all of which deserve to be included. In partnership with ODIME, affinity organizations and community partners, we shared music, food, rest and testimonies bringing attention to the work of the body while honoring the spiritual practice of rest. Elder Mayase Sikazwea new religious advisor for the students, closed the program by offering all who attended a blessing of rest.
Hailey Anderson ’23
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) promotes and oversees all students involved in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) learning experiences, programs, services, training and initiatives for WPI.
As one of ODIME’s many identity centers, the Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) is a haven where our team of campus chaplains serve as spiritual advisors to students. Campus chaplains serve the needs of our students, regardless of their major religious traditions. As spiritual advisors to all students and the WPI community, campus chaplains counteract the inequality of varied expressions of religion, spirituality, and any form of meaning-making practice and support creative expression sense of students to also reach out to systems of oppression. like any other stressor.