Students, staff and faculty are invited to join speakers from across the state and nation today during the university's first diversity celebration, UA Discusses Diversity.
Workshops, films and guest speakers are meant "to demonstrate, clearly, from the first moment of the year, the importance of diversity at the UA," a press release said.
UA Discusses Diversity is meant to be the kick-off to a yearlong effort to emphasize diversity on campus.
Carolyn Maddy-Bernstein, director of the Diversity Resource Office, said many students come to UA narrow-minded and slightly naïve about different groups. She said it's important for students to understand that even if they don't agree with each other, it's still necessary to show respect.