Kindness Week comes to campus

Jordan Jewell, Staff Intern

Kindness Week is a yearly event at Oakland University put on by the Center for Student Activities. Between Feb. 5 and Feb. 9 student organizations will be putting on activities for students that encourage kindness, social awareness and self care.

This year Hannah Clark, a graduate assistant of leadership and service learning, has coordinated the majority of the events. A form was provided on GrizzOrgs allowing student organizations to submit ideas for events.

We have many departments and student organizations participating in this week, as well as an opportunity for students to participate in a campus kindness scavenger hunt,” Clark said. “For a full listing of events and to sign up for the scavenger hunt, check out the CSA Facebook page.”

The week kicked off with “The Art of Kindness,” a talk given by Vincent Thurman. The presentation was held at noon on Monday, Feb. 5 in Gold Room C in the Oakland Center.

Thurman began his “Hug Me Project” at Central Michigan University as a way of showing support to others through hugs, fist bumps and high fives. In his informational and inspirational video, he states that, “Even if someone’s having a bad day, it can give them one single moment of happiness.”

The presentation centered around ways students can spread kindness throughout Oakland’s campus.

The Golden Key Honor Society invites all Oakland students to join them on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon.

“We will be hosting our seventeenth annual PB&J Sandwich Making Day,” Caroline Wallis, Golden Key Honor Society president said.

All sandwiches will be donated to the Detroit Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread program and will help to feed the homeless population of Detroit.

“The event will take place in Banquet Room B from 12—1 p.m. and we are hoping to make about 3,000 sandwiches,” Wallis said. “If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to give back to the community, this event is a great opportunity.”

The Asian American Association will be hosting a Kindness Notes activity in the hallway next to Au Bon Pain in the Oakland Center on Thursday, Feb. 8. Students are welcome to stop by anytime between noon and 3 p.m. to write a positive note that will later be posted around campus.

The CSA will also be hosting an Instagram challenge. In order to participate, students must participate in 5 kindness activities and post them to Instagram using the hashtag “#OUKindnessWeek.”

Other events this week include Tutoring with Kindness, DIY Self Love Jars and Kindness Rocks. For a full list of events and times, be sure to visit the CSA Facebook page or stop by the CSA trailer outside the OC.