You are a star, you really are! And that’s why you should pop into a Griffith University Library next week to celebrate Harmony Day.
Harmony Day is held each year on 21 March. It is a university-wide event where we celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone at Griffith University.
As a part of Harmony Day celebrations, our libraries will once again be taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence project.
Visit the Star Making Table located in each library to weave a star or two, or three… In fact, we encourage you to make as many stars as you want!
There will be colourful ribbon, friendly library staff and easy-to-follow instructions available to you for the whole week. If you’re worried about your weaving skills, or just can’t wait until next week, head to YouTube and learn how to make them online.
The One Million Stars to End Violence is a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence.
It aims to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018.
These woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.
For information about Harmony Day events across Griffith University, check out the Harmony Day 2017 web page.
Today is Harmony Day – 21st March – but we believe it’s so important, we made a whole week out of it!
The Libraries on each campus are taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence Project – this means everyone has been busy folding stars out of ribbons. This is a great way to relax and unwind during study breaks – check out the instructions, make a few and bring them into your Griffith Library. You can also make the stars at each campus during the Harmony Week celebrations.
We are also including recipes this year – so get out your favourite recipes and bring them into your Griffith Library as well. Choose a different recipe and make it for family and friends!
Last year, Naomi, a Student Partner, facilitated the drawing of a mural and encouraged students to contribute.
Originally from the Netherlands – but still finds herself on an adventure 9 years later! – Naomi studies Secondary Education and wants to teach in Far North Queensland. Being involved in this project has made her feel part of the community and she wanted to share that with others. Starting with her own drawing, Naomi would then encourage other students to draw the first thing that came to to their minds. Assurance was made to all students that ‘art’ is subjective and even a simple symbol can express who they are and how they feel about harmony, making sure everyone is included at Griffith University and in Australia.
The decision to hang the mural up was not part of the original plan, but the response from people all over Griffith University was positive and it now is in the QCA library. Naomi is honoured that we all think so much of the mural – a “stream of consciousness” if you will – and hopes that everyone got to feel the same sense of community that she did while working on it.
Get involved on every campus:
Our Libraries will be seeing orange when the 2016 Harmony Week celebrations kick off!
At Griffith we are lucky to have students and staff with such interesting and diverse backgrounds. Harmony Week is an annual university-wide event where we celebrate this diversity, encourage inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
From 19 to 24 March our Libraries will join the celebrations with a range of activities that we’d love you to be a part of!
This year’s event will offer a special treat in the form of cultural recipes. Throughout the week students are encouraged to visit their Griffith Library to experience and share ‘A Taste of Harmony’. Each Library will have a display with blank recipe cards for you to share your international family recipe or enjoy someone else’s.
Harmony Week is also about giving back and this year the University is taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence initiative.
Its aim is to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018. These woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.
Either visit the Library display to create your own or learn how to make them online and drop it in once you’re done!
Were you at a Harmony Week celebration last year? Check out the 2015 image gallery and you might spot yourself.
Keep an eye on the Harmony Week website for more event details.
You’ll see a lot of people wearing orange around campus this week in celebration of Harmony Week. We’re celebrating the diversity of Griffith in this sweet little vid!
To see what’s on your campus visit the Harmony Week website.
Harmony Week celebrations kicked off at Griffith yesterday, with the libraries also joining in to celebrate diversity.
The libraries have been getting involved in Griffith’s Harmony Week celebrations this week. Librarians across all campuses have put together displays, maps, books, interactive trolleys and heaps more to celebrate our university’s harmony, diversity and equality.
Check out the photos from across the campuses (click on an image to enlarge the gallery). Gold Coast students – make sure you come and visit us in the library and show us on the map where you’re from!
For information on Griffith-wide activities, visit the Harmony Week website.