Indiana University Kokomo’s Cougar Advocates for Diversity (CAD) student organization explores that question with a free exhibit, A Peace of My Mind, January 29 to February 4 in Alumni Hall.
Jacqueline Johnson, CAD president, said the exhibit promotes the organization’s goal, of demonstrating how much people have in common, even if they come from different backgrounds.
“Having this kind of exhibit come to IU Kokomo makes the campus more open-minded, in terms of diversity,” said Johnson, a sophomore from Greentown. “It is always eye opening to see and hear people’s stories, regardless of race, religious background, ethnicity, or location. Not everybody has the same story, and just catching a glimpse inside another person’s life can alter your mindset.”
Mary Olk, interim coordinator of student life and campus diversity, hopes the exhibit inspires people to think about what peace means, and how to achieve it.
“This exhibit showcases how connected we are as people,” Olk said. “We are constantly being reminded of how different we are from one another, and we are constantly feeling divided, or actually dividing ourselves, based on those differences.”
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, kicks off the campus’ Black History Month activities. Free parking is available on campus.
Other Black History Month events include:
• Noon Wednesday, February 4: Performance by students from F.D. Reese Christian Academy, Kelley Student Center Commons;
• 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 11: Black History Month game show, Alumni Hall;
• 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 16: Comedian Chris James, Alumni Hall; and
• 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19: Screenings of the movie Dear White People, in Kresge Auditorium
A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. Photographer and storyteller John Noltner profiled nearly 100 people, including Holocaust survivors, a homeless man, a Somali refugee, a military chaplain, artists, volunteers, and business leaders, sharing their thoughts about what peace means to them.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.