To celebrate diversity on the Fort Hays State University campus, the Office of Diversity Affairs is showing two films in Cody Commons in the Memorial Union.
"Milk," an Academy Award winning movie, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, which is National Ally Day. The day is intended to recognize and celebrate friends of gays, lesbians and transvestites and those who support gay rights.
"Milk represents the social and political issues gay individuals often face," said George Jackson III, diversity affairs office coordinator.
The movie stars Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first ever openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. The story takes viewers through Milk's triumphs and struggles as he fights for gay rights.
"We really want to educate students on who Harvey Milk was and what he did for society with his gay movement and what it means for society today," said Jackson. "We want allies to know they have a place here on campus, and we want to celebrate with them."
The inspirational film "Slumdog Millionaire" will be shown at 7:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 20. This film tells a story of Jamal Malik, an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, India, and the incredible story about his experience on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and how his life changes because of it.
"This movie depicts the culture of India," said Jackson. "It vividly displays the depth of the poverty in portions of the country. It is an educational piece because it really shows the drastic difference between culture and poverty here in the U.S and in India. It is very important that students are also aware of what becoming successful can mean."
Jackson said more films will be scheduled this year, and he hopes to continue the program into next year.
"It is really important that we continue to keep students well aware and informed about these issues," he said.
For more information, contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at (785) 628-4666 or go to the Web site, www. fhsu.edu/diversity_affairs.