Program helps students unpack sense of identity

Identity BackpackWhat really makes us who we are?

Students can consider what makes them unique at upcoming Identity Backpack Workshops sponsored by UIC Campus Programs.

Participants can fill in words describing their identity on a form with printed image of a backpack, then post the photo on Instagram (#identitybackpack).

The activity is a great way to see how alike or different students are and how they coexist on campus, said Carrie Grogan, associate director of Campus Programs.

“Our goal is that the Identity Backpack workshops will help students learn about themselves and how they fit into the world around them,” Grogan said.

Information tables will be set up 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday in the Pier Room in Student Center East. The first 200 students to visit the tables will receive a free backpack.

The workshops, which include a dialogue about diversity, take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 in the White Oak Room, Student Center East. Meals will be provided.

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