FORT WAYNE, Ind.—On Nov. 20, 2013, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) partnered with Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and hosted the first ever NOH8 event on IPFW's campus. NOH8 is a national campaign celebrating civility, diversity and equality for everyone.
Kristina Creager, director of student life at IPFW, said "This event was important to host on campus because we want IPFW and Ivy Tech Northeast to be safe campuses for all students, staff, and faculty to come to every day and be in an environment that values diversity and is inclusive of different beliefs, thoughts, ages, races, genders, orientations, etc. In bringing the event to campus, it sets the stage for and celebrates a community that is accepting of all individuals' right to learn and flourish, regardless of their identities."
IPFW and Ivy Tech Northeast collaborated on the NOH8 event to show a united front against bullying, incivility, and hate speech against all people. At the event attendees received free food, giveaways, and had the opportunity to get their photo taken as part of the national campaign. IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier posed together for a NOH8 photo.
The NOH8 campaign took place as part of IPFW's Diversity and Community Engagement Week. Additional events included the first annual Community Service Fair and the annual Diversity Showcase. All events were sponsored by the Chancellor's Council on Diversity and were well attended by students, faculty, and staff.
"We had over 1,300 people in attendance during the three-day period," said Creager. "There is a true dedication to diversity and civility on IPFW and Ivy Tech Northeast's campuses and we look forward to an even greater week of celebration in November 2014."
For more information contact Creager at 260-481-6883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.