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“Ban the Box” – Community forum

Ban the Box- Rough Draft-1Join us for a free community forum

November 19, 2015 from 6-8 in the Student Union in the Traywick Parliamentary Room (313) on MSU Campus

This offered free to the public

The NAACP Labor and Industry Committee will be presenting the facts about the “Ban the Box” Which is the removal of the box “are you a convicted felon” off the job application here as a City Ordinance for Springfield, Mo.

Currently Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis all have implement this City Ordinance along with over 100 cities and approximately 20 states.

Sponsors of the Event

NAACP, MSU School of Social Work, Empower Missouri

Free CEU’s for Social Workers that attend the free Community Forum

Free pizza and drinks will be provided

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Suffragette showing at the Moxie

The Moxie Cinema will be starting “Suffragette” this Friday at the Moxie’s new location: 305 S. Campbell in downtown Springfield. Suffragette

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson Director: Sarah Gavron Genre(s): Drama Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 106 min.

Maud (Carey Mulligan) is a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. [Focus Features]

“The surprise of Suffragette is how much anger and urgency it contains, and how much new material it unearths.”

– Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

“The supporting cast, including Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Anne-Marie Duff, are all top notch, and a reminder of how few films like this exist anywhere.”

– Sasha Stone, TheWrap

“It’s a tremendous, awards-worthy performance from Carey Mulligan.”

– Cath Clarke, Time Out

“A rousing, relevant slice of feminist history.”

– Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter


  • Friday, 11/203:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 11/2112:20pm, 3:20pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
  • Sunday, 11/2212:30pm, 2:45pm
  • Monday, 11/233:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 11/243:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, 11/253:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm
  • Thursday, 11/264:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm
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Scholar 2 Scholar Student Information Meetings

Please join us for information on the Missouri State University Scholar 2 Scholar Program (S2S) program sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI). It was established to encourage engagement in research and to match undergraduate students through Work Study research assistant positions with faculty mentors to assist faculty members with research and other creative projects. S2S is a campus-wide research initiative which supports students with work-study awards and interest in working with faculty from all disciplines as a research assistant.

Join us to find out more and sign up for the Scholar 2 Scholar Program.  Click here for the Position Announcement. You too can find a work study research assistant position to meet your learning goals.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Scholar to Scholar Student Session in PSU Ballroom West

Sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please contact Dr. Jamaine Abidogun atjamaineabidogun@missouristate.edu or 836-5916 for further information.

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Discover Latino American History and Culture

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Latino Americans
5000 years of history

Discover Latino American History and Culture

Latino American are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people. Learn how Latinos have helped shape the United States at a series of free public events. All events will take place in the Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Troupe
Friday, November 13, 6 P.M. for all ages
Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Troupe will provide a dazzling presentation of authentic dances from Mexico, Central and South America.

These programs are provided in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates, and funded by Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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Tough Talk Table Talk November Sessions

Tough Talk End of Nov sessions-Flyer FA15

Tough Talk Table Talk

These sessions are to promote open dialogue concerning tough issues in the community and society

November Sessions

Wednesday, November 11th @ 12:15p.m., STRO 409 “Mizzou and Yale racial differences”

Thursday, November 12th @ 12:30p.m., STRO 350 “Mizzou and Yale racial differences”

Wednesday, November 18th @ 12:15p.m., STRO 409 “Mizzou and Yale racial differences”

Thursday, November 19th @ 12:30p.m., STRO 350 “Mizzou and Yale racial differences”

Bring a sack lunch

Please RSVP to LyleFoster@Missouristate.edu ASAP

Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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Respect the Taps


Respect the Taps

STOP and WAIT for “Taps” to be finished playing.

McDonald Hall & Arena – Near the fountain!

The Missouri State University Pride Band will present its annual “Taps Project” on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Taps is a sign of respect for our troops and will be played to honor service members.

Please respect the Taps.

STOP and WAIT for “Taps” to be finished playing.

Questions? Contact: Dr. Sabrina Brinson, Diversity Fellow and Professor, Missouri State University, (417) 836-5050 or sbrinson@missouristate.edu


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“Is Anybody Listening?” MSU Film Series with Director Paula Caplan

In honor of Veteran’s Day MSU will present the film,Is Anybody Listening? This documentary lets American Veterans speak openly about their war experiences. Instead of ignoring the isolation many veterans experience when they return home, the film focuses on the power of love and connection and the importance of listening wholeheartedly and respectfully to what our veterans have to say.  Trained as a clinical and research psychologist, Paula Caplan is also an award-winning playwright, actor, director and filmmaker. Her most recent book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, has won three national nonfiction awards. Caplan will hold a talkback session following the screening of her film.

November 7, 2015

PSU Theatre

7:00 – 9:30 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters


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Spring 2016 Diversity Landmarks

IMG_1366Diversity Landmarks, named in reference to the planting of diversity placards along sidewalks and entryways, is a campus warming activity designed to promote awareness and display diversity sentiments of campus constituents.

The purpose of Diversity Landmarks is three-fold:

  1. Convey diversity as a critical component of academic excellence
  2. Remind us that MSU values every person and the richness that cultural perspectives and life experiences contribute to its academic mission
  3. Provide an inclusive process for individual expression and recognition

Landmarks truly represent what the MSU Public Affairs mission is all about. See for yourself! Diversity Landmarks will be planted along the newly designed Kings Street corridor and throughout the corral area between Carrington and the PSU.

Each Landmark will include a quote (40 words or less), author and the name of the submitter. Original quotes are encouraged.


If you want to participate, send us your quote! Participation in Diversity Landmarks is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community persons. Email your quotations to: diversitylandmarks@missouristate.edu and watch for your contribution to appear on campus in the near future!

SUBMISSIONS DUE BY 5:00 P.M., October 31, 2015

All submissions will be reviewed by the Diversity Landmark Committee.

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DDI looking for artists for MSU diversity history project


Calling all artists!

The Division for Diversity and Inclusion is seeking volunteers to submit artwork that will capture the concepts of diversity here at Missouri State University. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your artwork relating to the history, value and future of diversity.

Submit your diversity artwork design to Diversity and Inclusion, Carrington 302 by November 20, 2015.

The winning artist will paint their submission on a large section of canvas, up to 12′ wide and 6′ tall, all supplies will be provided. Runners up will paint their designs on 3’x3′ canvas. Winning artwork will be displayed on the main 3rd floor hallway of Carrington Hall.

Questions? Call 417-836-3736

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