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By Rachel Horath - Staff Reporter

Tomorrow's Poetry Lounge will give participants an opportunity to explore and understand other cultures through art.

The Poetry Lounge event is the latest in a schedule of events hosted by the Inter-Cultural Center this quarter that will include talks on everything from cultural boundaries to happiness.

The center is a space where people can celebrate differences and learn about other cultures on Highline's campus. 

Five more events will take place before Fall Quarter ends. 

Michaella Clemming is one of the people who helped organize these events at the ICC. One event that she planned was the open mic Poetry Lounge.

She said that while she didn't plan on including it, students have wanted it since last year.

"People have been asking for it," Clemming said. "It's also a fun event."

Clemming also said that art and culture have a lot of ties to each other.

"Art isn't just one thing. It can be singing, rapping, spoken word," she said. "There's a lot of connections in art to certain cultures."

The Poetry Lounge will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 in the ICC, which is in room 204 of Building 8. It will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The next event at the ICC will be a discussion called "Crossroads of Identity: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality." 

Savannah Sacchini, another organizer at the ICC, said she thinks this event is a great way for the Highline community to connect. 

"It's like getting experience without leaving the campus," Sacchini said. 

Clemming said that the activity helps show how different the Highline community is.

"Highline always talks about how diverse we are," she said. "We all have diverse identities and communities."

Crossroads of Identity will happen in the ICC on Nov. 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The following week, the ICC will host an activity called "'OK, but…' Stop Discounting My Experiences." This event is all about making sure people listen to the stories of other people and empathize with their community, Clemming said.

"Say I have an experience, or my community has an experience, and instead of giving it value, [others] discount it," she said.

Sacchini said that this discounting can be described pretty easily.

"Trying to compare or make experiences the same even though they're totally different," she said.

Sacchini compared the difference between not having enough food to bring lunch and leaving your lunch at home. She said that saying they're the same is incorrect.

This activity will take place on Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the ICC.

At the next event, the ICC will have an event called "Global Village: Creating Intentional Inter-Cultural Communities."

This event is all about shattering boundaries in Highline; but it's more about promoting inclusion than fighting exclusion.

"I wouldn't say it's about prejudice, but I would say people are scared of expanding their comfortability," Sacchini said.

Clemming and Sacchini both expressed concern for students of other cultures. The international and first generation students of Highline need help, they said.

They said they hope that this activity will help people understand the cultural heritage of people from outside of America, and encourage people to make friends with those they would normally never talk to.

This event will be on Nov. 28 in the ICC from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The last event of the quarter will be "Happiness: How to Maximize It In Your Life." 

This event will help students get through the last few weeks of the quarter by minimizing stress and giving them steps to feel better.

While this isn't usually a cultural problem, it is an issue on campus that Sacchini said she feels needs discussion.

"Everybody's stressed during finals," she said. 

Clemming said she thinks the activity is a great idea after a quarter of more serious discussion.

"You can't have heavy topics all the time," she said. "Sometimes you have to throw in a happy topic."

This event will be on Dec. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the ICC.

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