Students enjoy food and conversation in the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC).

Gonzaga’s Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity (DICE) invites all Zags to the DICE Block Party Friday. The event will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Foley Field, right outside of The John J. Hemmingson Center and the Foley Library. 

With food trucks, outdoor lawn games, music and informational programming booths, students will be able to enjoy the weather, socialize and get to know DICE. The block party is going to host trivia about the department for DICE swag prizes as well.

The event’s emphasis is for Zags to get closer with each other and to get closer to the campus and the resources GU has to offer. DICE has a variety of programs for students to explore, including the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center, intercultural development and social justice. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The outdoor gathering will provide a safe space for a back-to-school event. 

“The main goal is just inviting students to hang out with us and have a little bit of fun, while building up our strength, tenacity and ability to hit the ground hard when it’s time to talk about tough conversations,” said Tere Graham, program manager for social justice programming.

Graham said DICE’s mission statement is about standing with people in solidarity and finding common ground to build upon and learn. 

The importance of this event lies in community. DICE is providing a space for students to connect, learn about one another and access resources. 

“I am excited for incoming students to learn and better understand the purpose DICE holds on campus and to familiarize themselves,” said Kurt Husler, an intercultural development intern at University Multicultural Education Center (UMEC).

At each of the programming tables, there will be students there to answer questions and provide information to Zags on DICE. DICE’s fall programming calendar will also be accessible via QR code or hard copy. 

This week, DICE is hosting a scavenger hunt with a prize of a food truck meal and drink voucher. The scavenger hunt is to help students familiarize themselves with UMEC and the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Center with questions about the locations, programs and options for students. The first 200 students to complete the scavenger hunt and turn it into UMEC Suite 215 by 5 p.m. Thursday will win the food truck meal prize.

“The open house block party will allow us to introduce our programs while still having fun and hopefully changing the lens of anyone who might be interested in learning more about social justice and how we can bridge some of these gaps,” Graham said.

Join DICE and the GU student body Friday at noon to hang out outside and learn about what it means to be in solidarity for others and how to create and maintain an inclusive environment. Check out @guumec on Instagram for more information and to stay updated about upcoming events. 

Allie Noland is an A&E editor. Follow her on Twitter: @allie_noland. 

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