MSS Workshop Asks: What is Beauty?

What is beauty? Is it about symmetry? Is it plastic surgery? Is it skin bleaching? Or is it tanning? Multicultural Student Services (MSS) is joining forces with Allies, ANSA, BESA, GMSA, Hana, HUSA, the Luann Dummer Center for Women, and RHA to present a series of events focused on standards of beauty from a multicultural perspective.

This initiative, titled “Blind Beauty,” consists of five events that will take place over the next several weeks.

 The series kicks off on Wednesday, March 30, with “To Know Me Is to Love Me,” an MSS workshop featuring Robin Hickman, a local community activist, producer and media consultant. This is an interactive session that addresses how standards of beauty are portrayed in the media and throughout society, while also asking participants to reflect on how these ideas and images have affected their own self-esteem and self-worth.

Hickman founded “Lovin’ the Skin I’m In,” a program that  is being utilized in school districts, colleges and businesses across Minnesota. The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Other "Blind Beauty" events:

  • Film: “Nothing to Lose” – Wednesday, March 30 / 8-9 p.m., Room 108, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center
  • “Plastic Surgery on Our Soul” – Wednesday, April 6 / 7-8:30 p.m., Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center/ Presented by Allies, ANSA, BESA, Hana, HUSA, and RHA
  • Patricia Hill Collins – Thursday, April 7 / 7 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium / Presented by the Luann Dummer Center for Women
  • “Empowering Our Eyes” – Monday, April 11 / 7-8 p.m., Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center / Presented by Allies, ANSA, BESA, Hana, HUSA, and RHA

For more information contact Ashley Booker, program manager, Multicultural Student Services, (651) 962-6458.