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BRIEF: Gonzaga invites community to celebrate International Day of Tolerance


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Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh invites the public to the steps of the Crosby Student Center at noon on Nov. 15 to link arms with Gonzaga faculty, staff and students to form a human chain of solidarity to mark the United Nations’ annual International Day of Tolerance.

The human chain symbolizes the value of actively supporting inclusion, human difference and respect for others, according to a press release. Gonzaga Vice President for Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio will speak and introduce President McCulloh and other guest speakers. Ben Stuckart, a 1995 Gonzaga alumnus and president of the Spokane City Council, will present the Mayoral proclamation from the City declaring the International Day of Tolerance for Spokane. Gonzaga students will share justice facts and song; hot chocolate will be provided.

“This event signifies an opportunity for Gonzaga University and the greater Spokane community members to lock arms and reaffirm our solidarity in this brief, powerful commemoration,” Biggs Garbuio said in a press release.

International Day of Tolerance was launched by the United Nations in 1996 to advocate the firm belief of nations that political and economic agreements are insufficient to build a lasting peace. This marks the fifth consecutive year of Gonzaga’s observance of the day.

International Day of Tolerance is annually observed worldwide on Nov. 16. Because Nov. 16 is a Saturday this year, Gonzaga will observe the event on Friday to allow more members of the university community to participate.

Josie Camarillo
Josie Camarillo
Josie Camarillo is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, where she majored in English and psychology. Currently pursuing her Master in Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Camarillo writes for SpokaneFAVS from afar, but plans to return to the Spokane area after attaining her licensure as an independent social worker. She dreams of becoming a relationship therapist and a published author. Her hobbies include photography, horseback riding and writing poetry. Camarillo has a passion for photography and writing, especially poetry, and is interested in creative counseling methods like narrative therapy and using horses in therapy. Someday, she would like to be a counselor and a published poet. Her favorite poems are "The Singing Woman from the Wood's Edge" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins. During fall 2013, Camarillo worked for Spokane Faith & Values as a copy editing intern, where her specialities included deleting Oxford commas and adding hyperlinks. Since then, she has transitioned into becoming a regular contributor to the site as a writer and photographer.

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