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.