Diversity & Inclusion Lunch & Learn Seminar – Celebration of Light

The EPP Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be hosting a seminar titled “Celebration of Light” to celebrate the Winter Solstice and light. Winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, is also known as the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This seminar will discuss how light has been historically celebrated in agrarian societies and incorporated into global religious celebrations. The seminar speakers include Dr. Hollenbach (Anthropology department), Dr. Darby (Religious Studies Department), and EPP graduate students Beant Kapoor, Michelle Odoi, and Zaklina Pavlovic. To attend this event, please register in advance via Zoom.  

EPP Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 11th is a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous people. Indigenous People are often referred to as the first people or Native people. The UN states there are more than 370 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. EPP’s DEI committee will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day throughout the month of October. For events and seminars celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, please visit our calendar.    

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the second most decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only two U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams in more than 15 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games. A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to promote positive body image and encourages everyone to be comfortable