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Diversity Landmarks

Message from Ken Coopwood, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity 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.

WHERE IS YOUR QUOTE????

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., AUGUST 7, 2015

All submissions will be reviewed by the Diversity Landmark Committee.

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Event: School’s in: Life lessons from Theresa Davis

School’s in: Life lessons from Theresa Davis
2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, Educator and Women’s Activist

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Carrington Hall Auditorium (Room 208)
Book/CD signing immediately following

This event is free and open to the public.

Featuring MSU’s Untamed Tongues

Presented by: Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies in partnership with Student Activities Council

Contact Dr. Sabrina Brinson (sbrinson@missouristate.edu) for more information.

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Patriots Day pancake breakfast

All you can eat Patriots Day Pancake Breakfast

Proceeds to benefit the Veteran Student Organization of Missouri State University

$5.00 per person, extra for bacon
Cash only

Saturday, April 18th
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Bair’s All-American Sports Grill
631 S. Kimbrough, Springfield, MO 65806

POC: Jonathan Miranda
Miranda417@live.missouristate.edu

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Shattering the Silences Series: FIXED

Shattering the Silences Series:

Fixed: The science/fiction of human enhancement

A haunting, subtle, urgent documentary, FIXED questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. Told primarily through the perspectives of five people with disabilities: a scientist, journalist, disability justice educator, bionics engineer and exoskeleton test pilot, FIXED takes a close look at the implications of emerging human enhancement technologies.

The purpose of the program is not to just reframe how we think about disability but provide opportunities to explore the new disability studies minor.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Karls Hall, Room 104

Refreshments provided by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion.

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 toward Master Advisor recertification. Even if you are not attending this event for master advisor credit, please register with the FCTL to attend.

This collaborative program is provided through the disability resource center, disability studies minor faculty and shattering the silences.

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 Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion in advance at diversityandinclusion@missouristate.edu or 417-836-3736.

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We heart our veterans initiative

Encouraging the MSU community to express on-ongoing appreciation to veterans on campus for their selfless service to our country

Veterans breakfast

When? April 1-May 31

Student groups, faculty organizations, divisions, colleges, departments and programs plus students, administrators, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate. 

How? Easy. 

  1. Think of an idea

    Think of a way to show a “veteran act of kindness” to a group of veterans (e.g., Veteran’s Student Organization) or a sole veteran at MSU, (e.g., provide veterans with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, or dinner, complimentary goody bags, small gifts like a plant for veterans’ offices, and a couple of sororities/fraternities with a house on campus could collaborate to set up a free car wash for veterans).

    The aforementioned are just a few examples of ways we can make our veterans  feel welcomed, appreciated, and a strong sense of belonging on MSU’s campus.  Hence, feel free to show your appreciation via the gesture of your choice. To illustrate, April 1, the Student-led Diversity Task Force is going to kick off the initiative with a “Gourmet Popcorn Party” for the Veteran’s Student Organization and small gifts for veteran faculty and staff.

  2. Share your idea with planners

    Contact Dr. Sabrina Brinson, advisor, sbrinson@missouristate.edu or 417-836-507 with your desired date to do something nice for veterans during April or May, and she will coordinate it accordingly.

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Social Media Kit: Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

During the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference, you can learn to take part in expanding diversity networks and creating a statewide community for enhanced recruitment and retention of underrepresented professionals, faculty and students. This is a three-day event designed to showcase industry-specific best practices in cultural competence, intervention, pedagogy and research.

Key details

Share your story

Help us spread the word about the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference to the Missouri State and local communities by sharing it on social media. If you attend the event, we want to hear about your experience! We encourage you to join the online conversation during the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the official hashtag: #Diversity15.

Make your post social media savvy

Sample social media posts

Sample tweets

  • The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference is 3/25-3/27. Plan your events:http://bit.ly/1jCcSb8 #Diversity15
  • The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference will explore the value of community. Registration: http://bit.ly/1kF6tfI #Diversity15
  • The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference welcomes Daryl Smith on Friday, March 27. http://bit.ly/1gvyPoI #Diversity15
  • The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference hosts the first student day on Wednesday, March 25. #Diversity15

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Review our steps for turning a link into a tweet.

Sample Facebook posts

Sharing about the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference on Facebook allows for some additional customization. The sample posts provide content recommendations based on our best practice tips for optimizing link sharing on Facebook.

Review our tips for making the most of a Facebook post.

Example 1

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URL: Division for Diversity and Inclusion Facebook event

Headline: Explore Community at the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

Long text content: “Community is not necessarily where we choose to be, but where we find ourselves being valued, recognized and equitably rewarded.” The theme of this year’s Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference is investing in the value of community.

Short text content: What does community mean to you? Share at the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference.

Example 2

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URL: http://bit.ly/1jCcSb8

Headline: View the schedule for the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

Long text content: The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference is your opportunity to engage with diversity professionals, sharing best practices and creative ideas.

Short text content: Working to expand your network? Attend the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference.

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Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference: Student day

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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!!!
http://diversity.missouristate.edu/conference/Registration.htm

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.

Additional Presentations Include:

  • Gender Attitudes and Evaluation of Applicants in Selection Interviews, Jake Tipton, Psychology Student, MSU
  • Intersectionality and Immigration: Finding ways to connect our communities, Christina Adams, Intern, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
  • 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

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
417-836-3736

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African American Studies Speaker Series: Ring Shout, Wheel About

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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”

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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
music@missouristate.edu

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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