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2016 SCDC: Call for Presentations

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The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference is accepting proposals for presentations for the 2016 SCDC.

The Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference (SCDC) is a three-day statewide best practice showcase scheduled for March 16-18, 2016. Anyone from any industry may submit presentations to showcase their best practice for diversity research, programs, training or intervention. The SCDC is designed to expand diversity networks and expertise, and to create a statewide community for enhanced recruitment and retention of underrepresented professionals, faculty and students.

Presentations should showcase best practices for any particular methodology, result, strategy or intervention in a core area.

Conference core areas:

Research represents initiatives that:

  • Results in significant diversity findings
  • Teaches how to conduct diversity research
  • Utilizes research findings to create or implement new programs with best-practice-level results

Intervention represents initiatives that:

  • Fosters holistic development of underrepresented populations
  • Creates unique opportunities for success and/or progression for underrepresented populations
  • Provides access to services historically denied to underrepresented populations

Cultural Competence represents initiatives that:

  • Integrates culturally significant markers for increased productivity
  • Demonstrates marked results from education about issues of diversity and equity
  • Results in policy reconstruction associated with intercultural sensitivity and/or race relations

Training Methodology represents initiatives that:

  • Transforms training environments into inclusive laboratories of learning
  • Progresses traditional content delivery expertise into 21st century technological skillsets
  • Positively affects personnel’s accountability for instruction to diverse learners

Criteria for selection of presentations:

  • Does it support this year’s theme – “Inspiring commitment and driving collaboration”?
  • Does it impact a diverse constituency?
  • Does it provide a measurable service?
  • Does it promote diversity education?
  • Does it involve transformative or innovative components?Can it be used for continuing education units?Is it cost effective?

Presentation guidelines:

  • No more than 2 pages in length
  • 60-minute presentations (up to 45 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes Q&A
  • Provide AV needs
  • Presenters of selected proposals will be notified once all proposals have been reviewed.

How to submit a presentation proposal:

Complete and submit the 2016 SCDC Presentation Submission Form

Note: All selected presenters must register for the conference before their presentation will be added to the schedule.

Deadline for submissions:

October 26, 2015

Each proposal must indicate the core area it is intended to address on the submission form.

Hosted by Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusion

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100 Black Men 13th Annual Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

100 Black Men 13th Annual Prostate Cancer Run/Walk
Featuring The Community Health Day

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Harris-Stowe State University

The purpose of the 2015 Community Health Day featuring the 13th Annual Prostate Cancer Survivor & Awareness Run/Walk (PCSARW) is to promote awareness and positive action to all age groups and families around the philosophy of “Improving Mind, Body and Soul”.

The PCSARW will begin at Harris-Stowe State University Administration Building. The Community Health Day follows a two mile walk and a certified 5K run

Registration can be completed at www.100blackmenstl2015.kintera.org

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Exhibit: Emancipating the past: Kara Walker’s tales of slavery and power

Emancipating the past: Kara Walker’s tales of slavery and power

Exhibition dates: Sept 12, 2015-Jan 3, 2016
Reception September 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The exhibition brings together 60 works from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation in a variety of mediums, from large-scale printmaking to metal sculpture, shadow puppetry, and film. Kara Walker is best known for her black but-paper silhouettes that explore the painful history of American race relations and its contemporary paradoxes. Set primarily in the American pre-Civil War antebellum South, Walker questions traditional narratives of race, gender, sex and power through exaggerated truths and fictionalized events leaving viewers to unpack, sort out, and ultimately decide which elements are true.

Related programming

October 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. FREE
Kara Walker in Context
Curlee Holton, Director of the David C. Driskell Center Galleries

November 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. FREE
Art 21: Kara Walker, Film screening in the Auditorium

City of Springfield Art Museum

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Academic Diversity Activities

IMG_3043The Division for Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new feature to help faculty incorporate diversity in the classroom – Academic Diversity Activities (ADAs). ADAs are a useful welcome back diversity activity that provides flexible ways to set the tone for fairness, inclusion and appreciation for others in the classroom during the first week of classes. These activities will help engage students and promote appreciation of others’ abilities and insights while inspiring micro-global classroom communities.
To access the activities, visit diversity.missouristate.edu/activities.htm
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Public Affairs Week: Dr. Edward E. Hubbard Presentation

EdwardHubbardBridging the Diversity Gap by Building Healthy Communities and a Rich Campus Life

Dr. Edward E. Hubbard

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
9:30-11:00 a.m.
PSU Theater

This interactive session will discuss the importance of diversity’s role in, ethical leadership, curriculum design, enhancing cultural competence, improving student success, increasing collaboration and respect across all groups, and building a rich campus environment using a “Reciprocal Empowerment” approach which empowers all to reach their full potential. Read more…




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SAVE THE DATE! 2016 Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

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Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

Inspiring commitment and driving collaboration

March 16-18, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Student Day
A specific day with seminars for students

2016 Keynote
Dr. Maura Cullen
Dr. Maura Cullen is widely considered one the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity issues on college campuses today. With over 25 years experience as a trainer and keynote speaker, she received her doctorate in Social Justice and Diversity Education from the University of Massachusetts.

Maura is the founder of the Diversity Student Summit, a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute and author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say.

A Missouri State University Signature Event
Missouri State  University’s Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference (SCDC) will focus on broadening the community leaders and tomorrow’s leaders with the best practices showcased by diversity professionals from around the nation.

Essential for corporate, non-profit, educational and government sectors.

Join a statewide showcase of:
Creative examples of research-based diversity program implementation
Performance indicators and metrics that impact organization success and profits
Best practices for industry-specific training and sustainable results
Successful approaches to conduct diversity research
Unique opportunities for success and/or progression for underrepresented populations
Targeted approaches to cultural competence, intervention, pedagogy and research




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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.


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!


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


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