Sixth Annual Cultural Awareness Week

Theme for 2016 is “People, Power, Potential” – 4th Annual ‘Hilbert Reads’ program highlights the week’s events

brandonrobinsonHAMBURG, N.Y. – An assortment of educational, engaging, and entertaining events that enlighten diverse cultures and traditions, and promote diversity and inclusion including the annual Hilbert Reads event are planned for Hilbert College’s Cultural Awareness Week celebration.
Highlighting and kicking off the week are two presentations by Brandon Robinson, former staff writer at The Source Magazine, Robinson was front and center when former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from owning the team after he made discriminatory comments about African Americans. Robinson will address the weeklong theme, People, Power, and Potential, on Monday, October 17 at 5 p.m.  He will follow that with a presentation on “Calling a Foul: Masculinity, Social Justice, and the Media at 8 p.m.

krmillerThe week will also feature two presentations on Tuesday, October 18 by Hilbert Reads author Kimberly Rae Miller.  The Impact of Mental Illness on Family Members and Friends will be held at 4 p.m. in the McGrath Library Conference Room and the 4th Annual Hilbert Reads presentation featuring Miller’s book, Coming Clean, will be at 7 p.m. in Swan Auditorium.  All incoming freshmen were given a copy of the selected text.

A roundtable discussion featuring students, staff, and faculty will share the power of connecting with people and collective potential in communities around the globe on Wednesday, October 19 at 3:15 p.m. in the McGrath Library Conference Room.  Diversity in the Dark will be also held on Wednesday (Oct. 19) and will feature participant questions submitted anonymously, either via a free mobile app or on written pieces of paper.

On Thursday, October 20, join faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on forgiveness in the McGrath Library Conference Room at 9:15 a.m.  In Bogel 101 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Hilbert will host a film screening and discussion surrounding the movie Crash – a film about power, gender, race, class, and social justice.

On Friday, October 21, the Common Ground Club and Diversity Student Union will host an Ice Cream Social at 12-3 p.m. in the Residence Quad.

For more detailed information and a list of all events during Cultural Awareness Week, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at or go to