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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Cheerful Mexican music, folkloric dances, authentic Mexican food and family fun.
Grupo Latinoamericano and the Springfield 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 Troupe.
  • Live mariachi music by the singer David Guevara
  • Cultural exhibits
  • Mexican arts and crafts
  • Games and activities for all ages, free gifts and more…

The festival will take place at the Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside

Saturday, May 6th, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(Arts and crafts, food and drinks for sale)

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At the Moxie – I Am Not Your Negro

This Friday, the Moxie Cinema will start “I Am Not Your Negro” a fantastic new documentary that brings the writer James Baldwin (and his words) to the here and now.

Click here for a $3 off coupon – BaldwinFilm, coupon


  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Narrator: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 95 min.


Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. [Magnolia Pictures]


  • Friday, 3/10 5:30pm
  • Saturday, 3/11 4:00pm, 8:30pm
  • Sunday, 3/1212:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Monday, 3/13 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, 3/14 3:45pm, 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, 3/1 58:30pm
  • Thursday, 3/16 6:00pm


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Women’s HERstory month

Women’s HERstory month

Sponsored by Multicultural Programs in collaboration with Panhellenic Council, the Residence Hall Association, the Student Activities Council, Spectrum, and Untamed Tongues

March 3
Kick-off: Hidden Figures screening
PSU Theater
8-11 p.m.

March 7
Spoke HER Word
Big Momma’s Cafe
217 E Commercial Street
7-9 p.m.
Featuring Untamed Tongues

March 8
Intersectional Feminism
PSU Ballroom West
7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by SAC

March 9
Binding and Stuffing 101: Trans Identity in WHM
MRC Annex
2-3:30 p.m.

March 21
Lunch & Learn:  Women, Womyn, Wymen
MRC Annex
12:30-1:30 p.m.

March 23
Finding HERstory in American Religion Panel
PSU 312
6-7 p.m.

March 24
WHM Keynote: Tish Norman
MSU Welcome Center
8-9 p.m.
Co-sponsored by RHA and Panhellenic Council

March 29
Caesar Chavez Documentary and Discussion
MRC Annex
4-6 p.m.

March 30
Young Black Feminists
MRC Annex
12:30-2 p.m.

March 31
Lunch & Learn: Women in the Farmer’s Movement
MRC Annex
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Contact multiculturalprograms@missouristate.edu.

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Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshops

Want to reach all your students? Want to be culturally inclusive, but not certain how?  Come try out a few strategies with us.  Each Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshop will target different inclusion goals and strategies.  Practice with us at all or any of the Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshops. Sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

35 participant maximum per session.

March 23, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m.

This Mini-Workshop provides methods and strategies to encourage diverse perspectives to maintain an inclusive learning climate and discusses ways to incorporate students’ diverse perspectives to improve student learning.


April 11, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m.

This Mini-Workshop assists instructors in methods to increase substantive diverse representation in their content. Participants will discuss ways to avoid “token diversity” or “diversity at the margins” as they design inclusive content to optimize student participation and learning.

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Pratt recognized for diversity efforts

Wes Pratt

Missouri State Chief Diversity Officer Wes Pratt recently earned the first Biz 417 Breakthrough Award. Pratt is a Springfield native working to affect the institutional culture of the university.

Read his story in Biz 417

How to create a more inclusive culture

Pratt is careful to point out that diversity encompasses all humans. He asks questions to get people thinking about what they can do to create a more inclusive culture. As faculty, staff and students consider these questions, they can work with his office to learn tools to improve the culture for everyone. After all, he said, diversity in the United States is not a new concept. “The Founding Fathers and mothers were native indigenous people, so it was diverse to begin with,” he said.

Pratt sees learning to mitigate bias as a key element of learning to interact in a global society.

“This is the world we live in. In order for students to be competitive and confident in their own skin, we need faculty to be culturally competent.”

People can begin to improve cultural competence by seeking exposure to others. This can start as simply as having a conversation. He seeks competence with a three-prong approach:

  • Increase awareness of cultural differences and value of them
  • Gain knowledge of differences and what skill set you need to become culturally competent
  • Acquire skills to be able to mitigate bias

Pratt sees these tools as essential. “Cultural competence is required for ethical leadership,” he said.

Get involved

To find out more about Pratt’s efforts and how you can join, review the diversity programs at Missouri State.

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Faculty Training: Cultural Consciousness in the Classroom

Our university partners in the Lumina Project 2025 designed a cultural consciousness in the classroom training series to promote college readiness, enrollment and persistence efforts for low-income students from historically underrepresented groups including first generation students. Diversity training for key faculty is being initiated using a “train the trainer” model in order to enhance and increase the cultural consciousness and competency for those instructing such students especially GEP instructors and existing faculty. Join us in helping increase the retention rates and academic success of our first generation, Pell Grant eligible students from historically underrepresented groups by developing your awareness, knowledge and skills in our “Cultural Consciousness in the Classroom” professional development session. This will be the fourth and final session of the 2016-2017 academic year. Each session averages 17 faculty participants.

Upcoming training session:

April 27, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
8:15 – breakfast
PSU 314

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

To register, go to My Learning Connection and use the search term “diversity”.

Seating is limited to 25 participants.


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Shattering the Silences: Seizing Freedom




Presentation by Dr. David Roediger, Foundation Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Kansas University. He is the author of Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All. New York: Verso, 2014; and co-author of The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, and several other books, chapters, and articles on race, labor, and social justice in the United States.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Meyer Library, Room 101
4:30 – 6:00 PM

“Seizing Freedom, David Roediger’s spellbinding account of black self-emancipation and the array of movements accelerated by this ‘general strike of the slaves’ as DuBois put it, reminds us that it is never too late to take up the democratic promise of Radical Reconstruction.”

— Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

His book Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All. New York: Verso, 2014, is available for purchase at this event.

Sponsors:  African & African American Studies Committee, Division for Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, College of Humanities & Public Affairs, and Political Science Department.

This event is free and open to the public.



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