'I Dream in Color Week' kicks off Sept. 10, empowering students to pursue goals and dream big

  • "I Dream in Color" Week event creator and ECC Student Life Coordinator Brittany Barber

    "I Dream in Color" Week event creator and ECC Student Life Coordinator Brittany Barber Courtesy of Mark Carriveau

Submitted by Elgin Community College

A special "I Dream in Color Week" kickoff message from event creator and ECC Student Life Coordinator Brittany Barber:

Elgin Community College's first-ever "I Dream in Color (IDIC) Week," which runs Monday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 15, is an innovative, campuswide multicultural initiative designed to engage, equip and empower students toward reaching their academic and professional goals.

Drawing on the college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, "I Dream in Color" Week brings in a diverse range of speakers, workshops and activities.

The week's theme, "I have a future and the future includes me!," is a declaration, an expectation, a commitment and a command.

This is a rallying belief and hope for all students to unify around and connect with.

Students will be engaged in critical thought, equipped with tools and strategies for success, and educated on how to advocate for themselves -- all with the intention of empowering them to self-define and purposefully pursue their goals.

I encourage you to join us for these important, impactful campus events that are open to the community. Check out the event details at elgin.edu/dreamincolor.

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• "Sin Fronteras (Without Borders): A Workshop on Building Multi-Cultural and Multiracial Alliances and Partnerships on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building B, Room B180/181. A workshop discussing what it takes to bridge the gap, led by Ramona Houston, PhD.

• Get a taste of HBCU life with food and a screening of the classic film, "School Daze" on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Building G, Room G100, Spartan Auditorium

• Join educator and activist Jasmine Hawkins for discussion on student movements against oppression in "ISSA Movement" on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building B, Room B182. Students leading the charge for change!

• "HBCU and YOU: A Town Hall Discussion for Students of Color" will be Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building B, Room B180/181. Bring your truth and your voice as we discuss personal and collective strategies for success. It will be led by local author and HBCU alumna, Traci Ellis.

• "Scholarship 2.0" will be a night where college and high school students can connect with local organizations that offer scholarships. It will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Streamwood High School, 701 Schaumburg Road. Bring the whole family.

• There will be college representatives, entertainment, giveaways and FAFSA support at the second annual HBCU Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Building B, Jobe Lounge.


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