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March 25 SCDC Student Day Flyer

Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference
March 25-27, 2015
Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today

Wednesday, March 25 is student day

Plaster Student Union, 3rd Floor, MSU, Springfield, MO
Take advantage of Early Bird Registration until Feb. 20th!
Regular registration closes MARCH 8th! — REGISTER TODAY!!!


Keynote Presentation by Juliet Shen and Vanessa Teck
4 pm PSU Ballroom
Both identifying as Asian American activists and feminists in their early 20’s, Vanessa and Juliet have shared experi-ences of isolation, pain, and fear. Since then, both have begun a transformative journey to better understand how to root their movements in love.

Marketing to Diverse Audiences Online, Ini Augustine, CEO of SocialWise Media Group, 2013 Aspiring Businesswoman 2013

  • Gender Attitudes and Evaluation of Applicants in Selection Interviews, Jake Tipton, Psychology Student, MSU
  • The Health of LGBT Missourians, Andrew Shaughnessy, Manager of Public Policy, PROMO, St. Louis, MO
  • Utilizing Media to Promote Creative Learning & Inclusive Environments, Shannon Canfield, MPH and Ioana Staiculescu, MPH, University of MO
  • 21st Century Racism: A Well-Oiled Machine, Jakal Burrell-El , Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, MSU
  • The Value of Diversity Network in College and Beyond, Stacye Smith, CPCU, Dir. of HR, Rachelle Richmond, Manager of Customer Communications and Susan Buckler, Manager of HR Programs, Shelter Ins., Columbia, MO
  • Addressing Fastest Growing Criminal Industry, Suzanne Borth, President of the International Justice Mission (IJM)
    Campus Chapter
  • International Students: Support and Diversity, Emmanuel Camarillo and Reejan Shrestha, Truman State University
  • Special Guest, Prince Ea — rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and founder/CEO of Make Smart Cool, LLC https://www.youtube.com/user/thamagicsho2003

Students may register and attend all three days of conference! For ADA accommodations or questions, call 417-836-4192
http://diversity.missouristate.edu/conference/ https://www.facebook.com/SCDCstudentday

Registration Includes
Continental Breakfast and Lunch!
Free Accessible Parking!
Information Call

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African American Studies Speaker Series: Ring Shout, Wheel About


African American Studies Speaker Series
Missouri State University

“They don’t sing as they used to”: The multiplicity of music and dance on the southern plantation
February 18, 2015
7 p.m.
Glass Hall 101

Ring shout, wheel about
The racial politics of music and dance in north America slavery
Katrina Dyonne Thompson

Dr. Katrina Thompson
Assoc. Professor, History / AF-AM Studies
St. Louis University

Reception and book signing to follow

Sponsors: History Dept. / College of Humanities and Public Affairs

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“Movin’ up in the world”


Department of Music
Missouri State University

Dr. Richard Todd Payne, Baritone
“Movin’ up in the world”
In celebration of African-American Heritage Month

Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Ellis Recital Hall
Missouri State University
901 S National Ave
Springfield MO 65897
(417) 836-5648

Free admission

Featuring guest composer Zachary Redler and his one act opera based on the story of Mr. LaFayette Draper and his achievements despite legal segregation.

Other works by:
Schumann, Puccini; Traditional spirituals by Smith, Williams Jr. and Perry

Also featuring:
Dr. Peter Collins, piano; Dr. Jeremy Chesman, organ; Mr. Zachary Redler, guest composer; Mr. Reid VanEngen, tenor; Mr. Wes Pratt, narrator; Missouri State Chorale with Dr. Cameron LaBarr conducting.

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Shattering the Silences Series: A dialogue – A conversation between James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni

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Shattering the Silences Series

A dialogue: A conversation between James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni

A dialogue is a staged reading of a conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni of the subject of race. Though the conversation was transcribed in the 1970s, it is filled with points that are still pertinent in the 2010s. The reading will be under the direction of MSU assistant professor of dance, Darryl K. Clark.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Theatre

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP at fctl@missouristate.edu
or call (417) 836-3059

This event is listed on the academic advisor forum calendar and will count towards master advisor recertification. Even if you are not attending this event for master advisor credit, please register with FCTL to attend.

Refreshments provided by Division for Diversity and Inclusion

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate because of the instructional format or design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting the Disability Resource Center in advance at drc@missouristate.edu or 417-836-4192.


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Campus forum – After Ferguson: What’s next?

Ferguson Campus Forum Flyer

Campus forum: After Ferguson: What’s next?

An examination of the issues and responses posed by Ferguson and related events
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Carrington Auditorium, 208

Panelists: Dr. Alisa Warren – Executive Director of Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Wes Pratt – MSU Equal Opportunity Officer, Briana Simmons – Student, Black Bear President and other invited guests.

Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University

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African American History Month 2015 Events

February is African American History Month. Join us for various activities around campus.


February 7
Meet and greet celebration
Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

February 8-13
Association of Black Collegians Black History Week

February 14
Race Relations Day

February 17-22
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Week

February 17
“Rites of Passage” Play
PSU Theater
7:00 p.m.

February 18
“Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery”
Dr. Katrina Thompson

February 20
“Soul Food” featuring Pages Matam, National poetry slam champion, educator and activist
PSU Theatre
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 21
Alpha Phi Alpha Miss Black and Gold Pageant

February 26
Faculty recital featuring Dr. Richard Todd Payne
A one man opera entitled “Movin’ on Up in the World”
Ellis Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.

February 26
“Ozarks Ghost Towns”
Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
Upstairs meeting room
6:00 p.m.

For questions or additional information about events, contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 836-5652.


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Shattering the Silences Series: Giving Voice

Under the direction of Dr. Carol J. Maples, the Giving Voice troupe uses an engaging approach to address the many facets of cultural competence and bring diversity training to a whole new level. This workshop will use a performance forum to address issues of oppression, including microaggressions. Courageous conversations help audiences move from challenges to strategies.

January 27, 2015
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union, 313

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at fctl@missouristate.edu or call (417) 836-3059

Refreshments provided by Division for Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Carol J. Maples is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and Director of Giving Voice, a nationally recognized interactive theatre troupe that addresses various issues of diversity, oppression and microaggressions. Giving Voice has presented forums for high schools, universities, national conferences and international companies. Dr. Maples has trained at the Mandala Center for Change and facilitates Giving Voice forums to helpbegin the courageous conversations needed to improve daily lives in educational, business and community settings.

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Maroon Rally Nation Outreach Activities

Join us Avenue of flagsfor ongoing discussions about the climate of equity on the MSU campus and take time out to enjoy games and a movie in a safe, positive environment.

Schedule of facilitated discussions

Monday, Dec. 1

Speak Up forum
5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Karls Hall, Room 101

Peace talks with experts in diversity issues
7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
PSU, Room 315B

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Recreational games
6:00 to 7:30 P.M.
PSU Level 1 Game Center

Comedy movie night
8:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Carrington Hall, Room 208

Continue to check this page for future outreach and support activities.

Contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 417-836-5652 if you have questions.


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Dialogue and decompress: Ferguson grand jury decision

The University has established designated locations and times for students, faculty and staff to engage in facilitated dialogues to express feelings, decompress and share self-reflections.

Avenue of flagsSchedule of facilitated discussions

Discussions will only be held if a grand jury decision is released.

Monday, Nov. 24

  • 3:30-9 p.m., Glass Hall 101
    News will be shown until the announcement is made, then facilitated dialogues will begin.
  • The Multicultural Resource Center open (PSU 142) will also be open until 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

  • 9-10:30 a.m. PSU 314ABC
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Temple Hall 2

More events planned

Several programs to express, chat and engage are in the planning stages and will be posted to this website within the next few days. Long-term programs to develop cultural consciousness for students, faculty and staff are also in the planning stages. Please check this Web page frequently for the locations of outreach and support activities.

Contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 417-836-5652 if you have questions.

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Springfield Walk for Peace

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Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
Meet at Boonville and Commercial St.

Springfield Walk for Peace

Springfield NAACP & Minorities in Business are hosting a rally to unite our community in response to issues of violence, abuse and hate in our community and nation.

Please join us as we walk to promote peace!

Will you join us? We will walk to the government plaza followed by a short program and a tribute to victims of violence in our area and nation.

More info: Call 417-873-6386 or visit www. facebook.com/naacp/timeline

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