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Illinois State University was slammed with an ice storm two weeks ago. A lot of campus still remains covered in a thick layer of ice. Due to the heavy snow and ice, several trees struggle to stand up.

Plenty of programs are still available for Illinois State University students to attend in the spring semester. ISU is offering three different workshops that will enable peers to have discussion about various topics that have unfolded over the course of time.

The Multicultural Outreach Team (MCOT) is offering the workshops this semester. The workshops include Voices of Discovery, Disarming Racial Microaggressions and an Anti-Racism Workshop.

Graduate assistant Laura Phillips is a part of MCOT, giving detail on what the workshops cover.

“They are designed in a three-step series and students will engage in discussions about personal identity, other identity groups, power, privilege, bias, racial microaggressions and the historic and current racism seen in the United States,” Phillips said.

“Students will also develop action steps that they can take to become more anti-racist in their own lives.”

The program is a space created for students to ask questions, be exposed to new ideas and learn about themselves and others. By completing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops, individuals will receive a certificate from MCOT.

Phillips describes the workshops as interactive, and the goal is to promote thoughtful dialogue between students of many different backgrounds.

“Racism affects everybody in some way, and we want to give students the tools to work for a more anti-racist world. Racism has been a problem for centuries, but recent events in America have made the need for these workshops evident and immediate," Phillips said.

Changes have been made to Zoom in adjustment for spring semester, but the program has been using social media to spread information to student groups around campus. This includes sharing the information with faculty and staff to help encourage the outreach programs offered.

MCOT is also a part of hosting a Native American Film Series this semester, focused on the historic and current issues indigenous people face.

The series is hosted by School of Theatre and Dance professor Shannon Epplett and is available through Kanopy. The dates and times can be found on the registration forum.

All event dates have also been added to Redbird Life and the University Events Calendar, so students can find more information there.

Those interested in registering for programs should email Phillips at vpsalephill@ilstu.edu.

MEGHAN FORTUNATO is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mefortu@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at | @Meghanfortunato 


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