Student Diversity Board hosts Mosaic Dinner

first_imgIn assembling individual small pieces of brightly-colored glass, stones, shells, beads and ceramic tiles, an artist creates a mosaic, or a beautiful image that can only be appreciated once all the materials are glued together.  On Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board brought individuals from the campus community together in a similar fashion, through its annual Mosaic Dinner. This dinner allows participants to join a conversation about and celebration of diversity and inclusion on the college campus.Junior Jazmin Herrera, the vice president of Student Diversity Board, said this event encapsulates the board’s mission to promote diversity and educate others about inclusive practices. The definition of diversity is multifaceted and always changing, Herrera said, and the Mosaic dinner gives the Saint Mary’s community an opportunity to explore race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other identifiers that make the college a more diverse place.“I think it’s really important for students to come just so they know who their allies are and also to know that they fit into this definition and that they contribute to the celebration and education on campus,” Herrera said.Junior Guadalupe Gonzalez, vice president of strategic affairs, said the dinner unites the Saint Mary’s community by giving voice to diverse individuals, and allowing participants to recognize the beauty in shared and unique differences.“Even the name itself, Mosaic, it’s an artwork,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a coming together in a collage of different people, different pieces, different stories, different lived experiences. … This is why [the Mosaic dinner] is really important, because that’s the main goal … and you don’t see any other event like that.”In past years, the Mosaic dinner has instead been held as a casual mixer including crafts and games, Herrera said.“This year, we decided to host a dinner because it’s more intimate,” she said. “Basically, it’s just an opportunity for faculty, students and different student leaders of clubs that celebrate and promote diversity and inclusivity on campus to mingle and get to know each other.”Gonzalez said the board made the decision to reintroduce Mosaic dinners because of the previous lack of response from the student body.“What we’re trying to do is go back to the roots of it, back to making it into a dinner, making it … more important and less casual. Good food, good people, good discussions,” Gonzalez said. “Our mission with this dinner is just to truly bring awareness and help people connect with others. It’s like a networking event where we all know what we’re here for, and we’re trying to become advocates for all.”This year, Mary Burke, the chair of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, presented a keynote address explaining how the new administration under Interim President Nancy Nekvasil will further promote the mission of Student Diversity Board.Before the dinner, Herrera said she hoped the address would help students become more familiar with Burke and her role at Saint Mary’s.“She will be speaking on how diversity and inclusion fit into the board’s priorities and also on how she is an ally on campus,” Herrera said.Tags: Diversity, mosaic dinner, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Suarez scores as Barca condemn neighbours Espanyol to relegation

first_imgFC Barcelona kept up their pursuit of leaders Real Madrid in the La Liga title race by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home on Wednesday.The slim win also condemned their neighbours to relegation from the top flight. Luis Suarez struck the only goal in the 56th minute, lashing a loose ball into the net.This was shortly after both sides had been reduced to 10 men each in a frantic start to the second half.Barca’s teenage forward Ansu Fati was sent off for a reckless tackle five minutes after coming off the bench.But Espanyol’s numerical advantage lasted only three minutes as Pol Lozano was dismissed, also following a VAR review.Barca, chasing a third consecutive Spanish title, are on 76 points after 35 games while Real Madrid are top with 77. The leaders can restore their four-point advantage when they host Alaves on Friday.Espanyol, one of Spain’s most prestigious clubs, were relegated for the first time since winning promotion back to La Liga in 1994.They are bottom of the table on 24 points after 35 games.Barca had produced one of their best performances of the season by hammering Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday.But they looked sluggish at an empty Camp Nou, which normally would have been in full voice on derby day. Espanyol frustrated their more illustrious neighbours in the first half with a five-man defence and created the better chances.Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to be aware to prevent his team mate Clement Lenglet from scoring an own goal just before half-time.Espanyol’s Didac Vila fired the loose ball against the post.Ter Stegen had also come to Barca’s rescue earlier, spreading his body and keeping out a low strike from Adri Embarba with his leg.RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barca found a way through with the help of their three forwards.Antoine Griezmann raced to the byline and passed to Lionel Messi whose shot deflected into the path of Suarez and the Uruguayan made no mistake.Reuters/NAN.Tags: EspanyolFC BarcelonaLuis Suarezlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Filipe Luis leaves Chelsea to rejoin Atletico Madrid

first_img1 Filipe Luis Chelsea have announced defender Filipe Luis has completed his return to Atletico Madrid.The Brazilian defender moved to Stamford Bridge from the Spanish side last summer for a fee of around £16million.But he never fully settled in London and informed Jose Mourinho of his desire to move back to Atletico.Now he has got his wish after Chelsea accepted an offer in the region of £11m from the Liga club.A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the permanent transfer of Filipe Luis.“We wish him all the best for the future.”last_img