Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:57

'I Am Oz' Campaign at SUNY Oswego to Showcase, Celebrate Heritage

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Native American student Mareena Razik. Native American student Mareena Razik. Submitted Photo

iHeart Oswego intern Amanda Perri recently changed her major from Studio Art to Graphic Design, a change she is extremely thrilled about.

“Designing the 'I Am Oz' posters that celebrate diversity here on Campus brought out a desire within me to learn as much as I possibly can about graphic design programs and SUNY Oswego has great course structure for graphic artistry,” Perri said.Amanda Perri

Faces of SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff representing diversity on campus may be found at all over SUNY Oswego Campus for the entire 2014–2015 school year.

The program launched in September with National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, continued in October with Italian-American Heritage Month and November with Native American Heritage Month. February is Black History Month (currently on display).

Tierra Beckles Feb“‘I am Oz’ means we are a community, even though we are made up of different ethnic and cultural groups,” Jerri Drummond said.24nico

Drummond, associate vice president of students affairs and dean of students at SUNY Oswego, as quoted from the Nov. 3, 2014, article, “'I am Oz' Campaign Celebrates Diversity, Community. We stand together as ‘I am Oz.’ It’s about inclusivity—everyone is equally valued, celebrated and welcomed.”

The project is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Jerald Woolfolk, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at SUNY Oswego.

perri copy copy3Derek Rousseau, Laker track and field head coach, made the photos for the posters, and sought out a little help from the folks at CIT Copy & Print center, 29 W. Seneca St. in Oswego to help oversee the graphic production and perform all the printing.

“Amanda Perri has done a fantastic job creating the final versions of these beautiful posters and has proven to be a creatively unique project,” Rousseau said.

CIT Copy & Print is a new copy and print business in Oswego developed by SUNY Oswego interns. Upcoming celebrations in the “I am Oz” campaign will continue with Women’s History Month in March and Jewish and Asian-American Heritage in April.

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