Annual Day of Absence, Day of Presence explore diversity, culture

The Evergreen State College sets aside two days each academic year to explore, celebrate, discuss and reflect on issues of diversity, equity, culture and heritage, giving students, staff and faculty a chance to come together to talk about issues of critical importance on not only the Evergreen campus, but the nation and world.

The Day of Absence, Friday, Feb. 16, includes an off-campus retreat at the Lacey Community Center at 6729 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The retreat incorporates music, seminar sessions, community news and a potluck lunch. On campus events are also scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that day.

The Day of Presence, Wednesday, Feb. 21, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well, featuring a resource fair, seminars and performances. Day of Presence events are on the Olympia campus.

Both days' schedules are available on the Web at http://www.evergreen.edu/multicultural/dayofabsencepresence.htm. For more information, call First Peoples' Advising at 867-6467. A shuttle service is available to the Day of Absence retreat in Lacey.