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Identity Week lets SUU students express themselves
by Kelsey Keener Iron County Today
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Poet Ashlee Haze addressed SUU students in the Sharwan Smith Student Center’s Living Room during Identity Week. Photo by Kelsey Keener
Poet Ashlee Haze addressed SUU students in the Sharwan Smith Student Center’s Living Room during Identity Week. Photo by Kelsey Keener
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Students at SUU had the opportunity to participate in several activities and express themselves during Identity Week last week.

Monday night in the Living Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center, spoken word poet Ashlee Haze addressed students with encouraging words and performed several of her poems.

Haze discussed the different aspects of her identity and performed poems with topics ranging from grief to relationships to body positivity. She also encouraged students to continue pursuing their dreams no matter what.

“Work from nine to five, but build your dreams from five to nine,” Haze said.

A fashion show took place Tuesday evening in the Ballroom of the Student Center. Students from around the world were given the chance to display traditional clothing.

Greek organizations like Alpha Phi, Delta Psy Omega and Sigma Chi participated along with the Presidential Ambassadors and REAL Peers. Students from African countries, Nepal and the Confucian Institute also contributed to the fashion show, and students in attendance were invited to decorate a t-shirt and participate as well.

Wednesday evening, a Jammin Waffle House was held in the Starlight Room of the Student Center. Students were invited to enjoy free waffles and take part in the open mic portion of the event.

An Identity Fair on Thursday in the Living Room of the Student Center offered refreshments, free shirts for student to decorate and a large chalkboard for students to write down they what identify with or as.

An open panel was held on Friday, also in the Living Room, where students from several clubs on campus spoke about different features of identity such as religion, ethnicity and culture and answered questions.

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