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2014 LGBT History Month Events


LGBT History Month Events Calender

Missouri State University Presents:

LGBT History Month 2014

Wednesday, October 1
Miscast Cabaret
6:30 PM
PSU Theatre

Thursday, October 2
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
North Mall

Saturday, October 4
9:00 AM
Phelps Grove Park

Saturday, October 11
National Coming Out Day
All Day – MO State Campus

GLO Center Open House
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
518 E Commercial St

Monday, October 13
Ally Week
October 13-17
MO State Campus

Ally Week Table
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, October 15
Homophobic Dilemmas of Pop Culture
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PSU 312

Big Gay Talent Show Auditions
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSU 312

Thursday, October 16
Spirit Day: Wear Purple!
All Day
MO State Campus

Big Gay Talent Show Auditions
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
PSU 312

Wednesday, October 22
SAC Film: Transamerica
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSU Theatre

Friday, October 24
LGBT Alliance/Spectrum Mixer
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location TBD

Saturday, October 25
Pridefest Royalty Court Fall Festival
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
518 E Commercial St

Sunday, October 26
SAC Film: Transamerica
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSU Theatre

Wednesday, October 29
Big Gay Talent Show
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
PSU Theatre

The Normal Heart
The Normal Heart Stage Production
October 17 – 19, 24 – 26 and 31
Springfield Contemporary Theatre

The Normal Heart Controversy: Remembering 25 Years Ago
Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage

The Normal Heart: Missouri State
University 25 Years Later
Monday, October 27, 7:00 PM
Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage

If you need accommodations due to disability, contact Multicultural Programs at 417-836-5652.


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Missouri State receives INSIGHT into Diversity 2014 HEED Award

Missouri State receives INSIGHT into Diversity 2014 HEED Award

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HEED13Missouri State University was announced as a recipient of the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Missouri State will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Missouri State based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and other diverse groups.

“All faculty, staff and students are to be commended for bringing life to the Missouri State University mission and vision for diversity education and leadership in the state of Missouri and among great universities of all kinds throughout our United States,” Ken Coopwood, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Missouri State University said. “Although we are young in our quest for sustained excellence in diversity underpinnings, the commitment of our leadership has caused great and notable things to happen over a few short years. Congratulations MSU! Welcome to the ranks of our nation’s best for diversity excellence.”

Under Coopwood’ s leadership, initiatives that support and carry out Missouri State’s intent to recruit a diverse student body have grown over the past three years, including initiatives that strengthen the university’s overall accreditation position.

Major initiatives since 2011 include:

  • Teacher candidate exchange programs between Harris Stowe University and the Missouri State College of Education.
  • Annual visits between MSU senior delegates and community college senior administration in large urban areas to create and ensure course alignment and diverse student visitation.
  • Alignment of new student recruitment and transition responsibilities between the office of admissions and the division for diversity and inclusion.
  • Creation of four new scholarships for multicultural students.
  • Creation of the Multicultural Program Highway, a year-round slate of threaded curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • Creation of the Diverse Perspectives info-letter which provides students an overview of diverse activities throughout campus.
  • Establishment of the Good Faith Planner, an annual tool used by academic units to prep for hiring of diverse faculty, which also serves as a resource to recruit diverse students.
  • Completion of a diversity marketing survey to establish understanding of diverse students’ perceptions and expectations about MSU.
  • Establishment of the Faculty Diversity Composition Initiative, a loan forgiveness/reimbursement program to attract underrepresented students with ambition for collegiate instruction.
  • Establishment of the Multicultural Recruitment Team, a student-led welcoming orientation.

“We hope the HEED Award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity, celebrating its 40th year in 2014, is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today. Known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this is the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and articles on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Feature stories include interviews with innovators and experts, and profiles of best practices and model programs. Readers also find career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses embracing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at www.insightintodiversity.com.

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2014 Hispanic Heritage Month

HHM Calendar of Events 2014

Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) would like to cordially invite you to the following events for the month of September to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month:

Monday, September 15

Parade of Flags
MSU Campus

Wednesday, September 17

Latin America Countries’ Display & Mariachi Concert
PSU 2nd floor

Saturday, September 20

Festival of Nations, Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Oracion (ICCO)
Transportation will be provided; call OMP (417-836-5652 for more information.

Latino Dance
PSU Ballroom

All events are free and open to the public.

More events to come in the following months.

For 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 Multicultural Programs in advance, 417-836-5652. Event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs.

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Diversity Studies Minor

Diversity is a focus of this University in that “inclusive excellence” is one of the three “overarching and enduring commitments” of our long-range plan (http://www.missouristate.edu/longrangeplan/). Currently, students can pursue the study of diversity through more specialized programs in African American Studies, Asian Studies, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American Studies, and Religious Studies. The new minor in Diversity Studies takes a more holistic approach, seeking to provide a broad picture of the range of diversity in society.

The Diversity Studies Minor is designed to look at and help understand the various diverse populations that comprise our communities. The focus includes the impact of race, class, age, culture, ability and sexual orientation and what we learn from these characteristics.

The new minor will assist students in learning and cultivating an appreciation of difference and become better citizens in the global world. Through the diversity studies minor, students are able to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines in an effort to learn from many areas of study and points of view.

The Diversity Studies minor is interdisciplinary in scope and content and seeks to give students a broad base of knowledge to learn and engage in difference. There is also a service-learning component, which gives students the opportunity to immerse in an area of particular interest to them.

The minor is jointly housed in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and the College of Education. The Diversity Studies Minor Committee, which is comprised of faculty from various departments and colleges administers the program, provides advisement and considers request for elective substitutions.


  • Introduce students to the main forms of diversity in society today; namely:

o   Race and ethnicity

o   Culture

o   Gender

o   Sexuality

o   Religion

o   Language

o   Aging

o   Disability

  • Foster a depth of knowledge in at least three different areas of diversity
  • Understand how diversity affects society
  • Provide an opportunity for students to engage personally with diversity through Study Away or Service-learning experiences
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Film Series: The Long Walk Home

LongWalk FINAL

The African American Studies Committee at Missouri State University will launch a thought-provoking, interactive film series this fall.  The first screening will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm in the Meyer Library Auditorium (Room 101).

“The Long Walk Home,” will be the featured film, followed by an interactive discussion about the prominently profiled “isms” such as racism, classism, and sexism that were plaguing our nation at the time (1955-56), and what we can do individually, as an institute, and as a community, to eradicate their harmful impact on society today.  The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information contact Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson, Discussion Facilitator (sbrinson@missouristate.edu/836.5070).


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Japanese Fall Festival

Japanese Fall Festival

19th Japanese Fall Festival – September 12-14
Friday 5-10 PM
Saturday 11 AM-10 PM
Sunday 11 AM-6 PM
Adults $7 Children $3 and weekend passes available
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO
Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens

The highlights of this year’s festival include a visiting delegation from Isesaki, a champion sumo wrestler, Osuwa Taiko, Hiroshi Tada the top spinner, amazing dance and kimono show from Kizuna, martial arts, and more. We will also have tea ceremonies, tea café, authentic food vendors, artist and vendor booths, authentic souvenir tent, and children’s hands on area. Don’t forget that each evening ends with a candlelight and torch walk in this beautiful Japanese Garden.

On behalf of the Springfield Sister Cities Association Board of Directors and Isesaki Committee, we thank you for your support! This event helps support our programs and exchanges throughout the year, and 50% of the gate revenue always goes to Park Board for further development of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

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Faculty Workshop: Accessibility 101

As faculty we know the importance of making our course materials accessible to students; including individuals with disabilities. But how can we do this? This session will provide valuable insights from a visually impaired graduate student on how screen readers navigate documents and practical tips on how you can make your course materials more accessible.

This session will be offered two different times in the FCTL, Meyer Library Rm 204.

Monday, September 8, 1:30–2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 9, 8:00–8:45 a.m.

Please register through My Learning Connection.

For more information, email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

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Nigerian Public Affairs Program

Nigeria Public Affairs Program is a collaboration with Missouri State University (MSU), University of Nigeria (UNN), and the Center for Academic and Vocational Training for Special Need Children, Nsukka, Nigeria (CAVTSN) to improve and develop resources in Special Education, Disability Studies, and Cross-Cultural competencies at these institutions. Dr. Vicky Onu, Special Education Professor at UNN, is lead organizer for the Nigerian Professional Education participants. The main goals of this program are:  to increase Missouri State University’s partnerships with Africa and thereby increase campus wide cultural competency; to increase understanding of Special Education’s status within the global context through sharing resources and knowledge; and to promote Disability Studies as a forum for developing global cultural knowledge. The program schedule is September 17 through October 7, 2014 with 8 Nigerian Professional Educators visiting Missouri State University campus.  These educators include 3 UNN Special Ed faculty, 2 PK-3 Special Education teachers, 1 Nsukka, Nigeria Local Government Area Social Welfare Officer/Special Ed Supervisor, and 2 K-12 school administrators). The Nigerian Professional Educators will collaborate with MSU faculty and the regional community by attending and presenting workshops, panels, roundtables, course guest lectures, classroom and other special education site observations.  Missouri State University sponsors and key participants include the Provost Office, International Services, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Studies Committee, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, COE Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education (CLSE), CHPA History Department, and a range of faculty in International, African and African-American, and Disability Studies related fields. Some community participants include Evangel University, Springfield Public Schools, School for the Deaf – Fulton, MO, University of Kansas, and the Mid-America Association for African Studies. The long term goal is to develop a partnership with the University of Nigeria for faculty and post graduate student engagement that strengthens international public affairs and capacity building in International  or Global Studies, Disability Studies, Special Education, and other related fields.

The two public events are:

“Shattering Silences Series: Nigerian Cultural Connections”

This presentation is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity & Inclusion.  “Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections” is a presentation by a Nigeria Scholars Delegation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka designed to share Nigeria’s cultural diversity with Missouri State University campus and the greater community.  Come participate in cultural exchange and learn about Nigeria’s rich culturally diverse heritage. This event is free and open to the public.  Food is served at this event, so your registration is required to ensure adequate food service.

Friday, September 26, 2014, PSU, Parliamentary RM 313, 4:00 – 6:30 PM. It is free and open to the public. This event is listed under FCTL.


“Shattering Silences Series: International Disability Studies: Building Community”

This panel is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University, Provost Office and Division for Diversity & Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community” focuses on the experiences of Nigerian students with disabilities and their backgrounds, expectations, and challenges.  This panel discussion is a peak into some international faculty and student perspectives and issues related to disability studies.  This event is free and open to the public.  It is also listed on the Master Advisor calendar.  Even if you are not attending this event for Master Advisor credit, please register with FCTL to attend.  Food is served at this event.

Monday, September 29, 2014, PSU Parliamentary RM 313, 1:30 – 3:00 PM.  This event is listed under FCTL and under Master Advisory Sessions.

For more information, contact Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, professor, History Department or Dr. Steve Willis, Diversity Fellow.

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