University conducts nap-ins to inspire students in diversity

The “Dreaming Diversity and Art Display” is a new 3-week interactive experience designed for students at Southern Illinois University which opened this week.

The exhibit is in honor of Women’s History Month at the school, where additional art displays depicting female pioneers in the business world will be featured.

The program intends to encourage students to share their dreams of future diversity and will be facilitated by what are called nap-ins.

Marissa Amposta is a student coordinator at the campus’s Morris Library and will be coordinating four sleep sessions during the library’s public hours to afford students a two-hour nap as part of the program.

“The sessions are meant to “internally generate student dreams of diversity,” said the senior art student from Mundelein.

“The nap-ins are part of the internal journey to diversity,” Amposta added. “All dreams start while sleeping.”

The installation, which opened this week, boasts a 15-foot-long fabric scroll hanging directly in the middle of the library covered with pieces of paper and material with dreams of the students written on them.

In addition to the dream state prerequisite, a labyrinth has been erected in the library’s rotunda to “help guide students to their dreams,” Amposta explained.

“The maze is sort of a metaphor for the general path to diversity,” Amposta said. “It takes a while to reach, and it’s complicated.”

On Mar. 31, dreams elicited by the project will be the topic of discussion at a women’s panel in the Guyon Auditorium hosted by the combined art, women, gender, and sexuality departments.

Not all students are on board, however. “This is a joke … this is embarrassing. This is the type of childish behavior we see all the time with Campus Reform and the Leadership Institute,” said campus correspondent Samantha Wilson, who went on to say, “[T]hey really need to get a reality check.”

Watch Wilson’s interview on Fox below:

H/T: Daily Egyptian

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