Diversity Inclusion Programming (DIP) at UP is hosting a series of events to wrap up the year. Yuri Hernández Osorio, the coordinator for DIP, has been working hard this year to support students struggling through the pandemic, and to be as inclusive as possible. Some of the final events include a food pantry and a round table about the recent Asian American hate crimes.
Hernández Osorio has held a series of pop up food pantry events this semester, at the University’s social work house. The final Stock UP event will be held April 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. All students and faculty are able to come at any time to pick up free food. The social work house is located at 4903 N Willamette Blvd.
DIP is also hosting an event called UPlifting AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) voices. This will be held April 14 at 6:30 p.m. over Zoom. It is for students only, but all students are welcome according to Hernández Osorio.
“We invite students to join the conversation about the recent hate crimes against members of the AAPI community,” Hernández Osorio said in an email. “Talk about the impacts of COVID-19 on the AAPI community, and speak about community resilience ways AAPI members are creating businesses and coordinating relief efforts.”
Additionally, DIP and UP connections have teamed up to host an end of the year party that will close out the Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC) peer mentorship program. All are welcome to attend the event on April 16 at 7:30 p.m., and can join at this link.
The final event of the semester hosted by DIP will be a QTBIPOC graduation celebration.
“As much as we would love to host individual graduation celebrations for each affinity group (Latinx, Black, Native, etc) we do not have the staffing necessary to carry out individual celebrations…,” Hernández Osorio said. “We hope this year creates a much-needed space to celebrate the accomplishments of historically underrepresented students and move towards growing this celebration into many more”
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