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Tough Talks – Summer Session

0037The current events in our nation are again exposing the deep divisions in our society. Some are wondering what it means while others feel like it is nothing new and more of the same.

Tough Talks will explore and invite conversation and an opportunity to process what is happening in our nation. Feel free to join the conversation.

Special Summer Session

Date:   Thursday, July 21

Time:  12:30 -1:30

Location:  PSU 317

Pizza will be provided.

RSVP to lylefoster@missouristate.edu

 

 

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NADOHE and AAC&U release statements about the Orlando tragedy

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Early Sunday morning there was a horrific shooting attack at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that resulted in 50 people killed, including the gunman, and another 53 victims who sustained injuries  in what is described as one of the worst mass killings in this country. While the details regarding the attack are still being determined, it has been reported that the shooter may have targeted the crowded Pulse nightclub because it was known to be a popular gay club. NADOHE wishes to express its support to the families and friends of all of the victims. As an organization, we condemn any act of violence that is directed at people based on personal sexual orientation or personal identity.

In addition, the shooter is identified as Muslim, and there will be those who use this tragedy as an opportunity to overgeneralize about Muslims and Islam.  We hope that we can rise above this stereotyping and find peace in the midst of this horrific event.

 

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Read the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) statement here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

CINCO DE MAYO 2016(2)

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Lively Mexican music, folkloric dances, authentic Mexican food and family fun

Grupo Latinoamericano and the Art Museum present an event showcasing the diverse and lively culture of Mexico.

There will be an authentic presentation of Mexican regional folkloric dances performed by Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Troup.

Live music by local Mexican artists

Cultural exhibits

Fun activities for all ages, free gifts and more.

Where: Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Dr., Springfield

When: Saturday, May 7th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Tough talk, table talk April-May sessions

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These sessions are to promote open dialogue concerning tough issues on our campus and community

April-May sessions

“An inclusive campus looks like…?”

Wednesday, April 13th @ 12:30 p.m., STRO 002

Wednesday, April 20th @ 12:30 p.m., STRO 002

Wednesday, April 27th @ 12:30 p.m., PSU 315

Wednesday, May 4th @ 12:30 p.m., PSU 315

Bring a sack lunch. Please RSVP to LyleFoster@missouristate.edu ASAP

Sponsored by department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

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Shattering the silences: Civil rights roundtable: Then & now

Meyer Library, Room 101

April 28, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Opening Speaker: Dr. Marlin Barber, History Department

Moderator: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow, Division for Diversity & Inclusion

Shattering the Silences invites campus and community members to this roundtable to discuss past civil rights coalitions and why coalition building is necessary to meet today’s civil rights challenges.  We will look at the intersections of the various civil rights movements and how we might strengthen and maintain coalitions across groups.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Shattering the silences: The miracle with Tekki Lominicki, Actress and Director

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Dancing Trees Entertainment in association with Shattering Paradigms Entertainment presents

The Miracle

a film by Jeffrey Jon Smith starring Tekki Lominicki

You are invited to a showing of this award-winning independent film

April 27, 2016
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Glass Hall Room 345

Seeing is believing

“The Miracle” tells the story of Tekki Lominicki, a little person, who must face the truth about her life during an important journey she took with her mother. Tekki Lominicki is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator. She has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories. She is currently the artistic director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre in Chicago.

Skype discussion to follow film with Tekki Lominicki

This event is free and open to the public

Sponsors for this event: Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Council for Exceptional Children Chapter 978, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education and Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate due to the design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting in advance: Ashley Raines, Division for Diversity and Inclusion at (417) 836-3736 or Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at (417) 836-5916.

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EVENT: Throwaway Youth

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You are invited!

Hosted by the Missouri State University Center for Community Engagement

Come and bring a friend to a book signing party and reception for

Throwaway Youth – Stories of Springfield’s Homeless Teens

4:15-5:30, Wednesday, March 16
Ballroom West, on the 3rd floor of the Plaster Student Union, MSU Campus

Event is free and open to the public.

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EVENT: Got Jazz?

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“Got Jazz?” is sponsored by the MSU Center for Community Engagement

Come to a concert kick-off for diversity featuring the Missouri State University Jazz Ensemble, Untamed Tongues and Giving Voice

Got Jazz? is free and open to the public.

When: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15
Where: Plaster Student Union Auditorium on the MSU Campus
Why: To celebrate “diversity through the arts” in anticipation of the MSU-hosted Collaborative Diversity Conference

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Event: Searching for the seventies lecture series

This interdisciplinary lecture series is part of a Missouri State University Art and Design project and exhibition “Always Being Now” Photography Exhibition that is a component to the Smithsonian “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project”. The exhibition is displayed in the Brick City Gallery in the College of Arts and Letters from March 4 through April 19.

Searching for the Seventies Lecture Series is Free and Open to the public and is showcased during the 2016 Statewide Diversity Conference. No conference registration is required to attend. Sponsors: College of Arts and Letters and College of Humanities and Public Affairs

The Civil Rights Movement in Higher Education in the 1970’s: Any Springfield Parallel?
Presenter: Wes Pratt

The decade of the 70’s saw direct action taken nationally and locally in America. Students in college campus communities nationally took action to address issues of inclusion and fairness that resulted in the deaths of students at Kent State University and at Jackson State University. What was the outcome of local direct action demonstrations by students, parents, community leaders, education and even children?

Thursday, March 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Temple Hall 002

Gender in the 70’s
Presenter: Pam R. Sailors

Description: We will discuss gender issues from the era, on both local and national levels, focusing particularly on events that brought lasting change.

Wednesday, March 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Temple Hall 002

Culture, Society, Environment and the Rest of Us
Presenter: Jamaine Abidogun

An intersectional look at “What happens next?” in relation to the various group identities in the U.S. Where did all the flowers go? What happened to gender, race, and class in the’ 70s is presented and critiqued within a framework of cultural, societal and environmental agendas.

Thursday, March 31, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Temple Hall 002

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Upcoming event: Professor Rodney Hero presentation

Professor Rodney Hero of UC-Berkeley will be here March 3 to deliver “Race, Ethnicity, and (In) Equality in American Politics.” These issues are especially relevant as they are addressed in the race for the presidency by candidates of both parties.

The address is the second in the Meador Center’s Speaker Series, whose theme this year is “Created Equal: Rights, Liberties, and Citizenship.” There is also a public form on Friday, March 4, in the Diversity Center (Washington Baptist Church across from HSA). The forum will address the issues of race that confront many campuses across the country, with Missouri being at the center of this debate. The participants in the forum are listed below.

SUMMARY OF EVENTS, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5:15 p.m.

What: Reception for Rodney Hero

Where: Lay Hall lobby

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m

What: Meador Lecture: “Race, Ethnicity, and (In) Equality in American Politics”

Who: Professor Rodney Hero, UC-Berkeley, past president of the American Political Science Association and first Latino to hold the office.

Where: Lay Hall Auditorium

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When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 11:00 a.m.

What: Public Conversation, “Race and the Campus”

Who:                           Rodney Hero, Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy, Professor of Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

Hadeil Ali, Drury University Student

                                  Lawrence Anderson, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Springfield Public Schools

Professor Greg Booker, Chair, Inclusion Council, Drury University

Lyle Foster, Owner, Big Momma’s Café

Yolanda Lorge, President, Grupo Latinoamericano

                                  Abram McGull, Assistant United States Attorney

                                  Wes Pratt, Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer, Missouri State University

Where: Diversity Center, Drury Campus

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