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28 September 2008 @ 06:25 pm
I'm not sure whether to be amused or offended  
So I'll go with amused...

This afternoon I got an email from my RA which included the following:

"The Office of Multicultural Affairs is coming to our lounge this TUESDAY at 8 PM to hold a Diversity Talk. This is a mandatory event, so everyone must attend unless you notify me previously about something like a class conflict. These Diversity Talks are held every year to discuss issues of diversity and acceptance at Barnard, so it really is important that you attend."

So after my initial reaction ("That's during my physics lab"), my next reaction was, "Wait...that's still Rosh Hashanah for people who celebrate two days, aka most Jewish people..."

The diversity talk is on Rosh Hashanah. XD;;;;;

Then just now I got a second email from her:

"A few residents have emailed me about the fact that they can't make it to the meeting because it's Rosh Hashannah. The tragic irony of holding diversity talks on the night of a major religious holiday is pretty apparent to everyone except the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Go figure. If anyone else has a religious conflict, I completely understand and I'll make a point of letting OMA know about that."

I'm sure it was just an oversight on their part, which is why I'm just going with amused and not angry/offended, but...just wow.
Current Mood: amusedironic
<3~Naomi~<3i_llbthere4u on September 29th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
that's pretty funny. wow is right. Although it wasn't mandatory, our Multicultural Center (similar to your OMA i'm assuming) had their open house on a Friday night. The JSU (Jewish Student Union) was clearly absent.
Syomimashou on September 29th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Nice... I guess even people who care about these kinds of thing are really unaware sometimes.
ssempaissempai on September 29th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Damn O.o I unno if that's something to be amused or offended about either.
Syomimashou on September 30th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I've found over the years that when these things happen, it's important to remember that they're really not out to get you. Sometimes people interpret it that way...but that just creates unnecessary hostile feelings. XD;;

They rescheduled it, though, which is good.