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2017 Martin Luther King Jr March & Celebration


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The Springfield NAACP Annual Martin Luther King Jr March & Celebration

Monday, January 16th
9:00 AM
Mediacom Ice Park & Gillioz Theatre

Doors open at 8:00 AM

March begins at 9:00 AM at Mediacom Ice park and will end with a celebration at the Gillioz Theatre

There will be collection bins for hats, gloves, scarves and socks at both Mediacom Ice Park and the Gillioz Theatre, which will be donated to area youth.

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Cultural Consciousness in the Classroom Training

Our university partners in the Lumina Project 2025 designed to promote college readiness, enrollment and persistence efforts for low-income students from historically underrepresented groups. 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. Join us in helping increase the retention rates and academic success of 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.

Upcoming training session:

January 12, 2017
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
PSU 312

Seating is limited to 20 participants.

Email Tabitha Haynes at tabithahaynes@missouristate.edu to reserve your spot.

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2017 Scholar 2 Scholar Information Meetings

The Missouri State University Scholar 2 Scholar Program (S2S) program was established to encourage engagement in research and to match undergraduate students to faculty mentors while assisting with faculty 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.

S2S provides students with opportunities to engage in faculty research projects and empowers students, especially students from underrepresented and lower-income populations, to participate in research as early as possible. The program strives to increasingly retain a number of students who are pursuing careers where research skills are preferred prior to employment.

For more information visit http://diversity.missouristate.edu/252893.htm

These information meetings are students and faculty. 

Students should apply for the Scholar2Scholar program and make certain they have also applied for the Division for Diversity and Inclusion Research Assistant work study position no later than April 2017.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Wednesday, Febrary 15, 2017
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204


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Time to talk – One week later

election_healing-spaceTuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Temple 001

Discussion of last week’s election: How are we feeling? What can I do to move forward? Are there resources for me?…and other questions.

This space is for a conversation and discussion. We will include all voices and ask that all voices be respected. We recognize that not all community members process the same way and encourage you to assess  your needs before attending this event. We will have information about on campus resources for students, staff and faculty.

To request accommodations, please contact Lyle Foster: LyleFoster@missouristate.edu

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Event: Inspired to Serve: Interfaith Social Justice (An interfaith leadership lab)

Inspired to serve: Interfaith social justice
An interfaith leadership lab

Registration deadline has been extended to 12:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6

November 11-13, 2016
University Plaza Hotel
Springfield, Missouri
Registration fee: $39

View program flyer

For more information contact:
Howard Cavner
Campus Minister & Advocate for Students
(417) 865-8711


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Geography Awareness Week Lecture in GGP


Multiculturalism, Conflict and Accommodation: The Relationships among Muslims, Jews, and Chinese in Two Parisian Neighborhoods

Dr. David Kaplan

Professor, Department of Geography

Kent State University

All are invited!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Temple 345, 3:30 pm

Abstract: In the last 50 years, France has experienced massive waves of immigrants from countries in Africa and Asia, with 40% of the national total settling in the Paris area. This immigration has been quite influential and has sparked concern among many French nationals. In this presentation, I look at how immigration has shaped Paris and created distinct cultural communities. I discuss the relationships among Muslim Arabs, West African, Jews, and Chinese as some of the main groups reshaping Paris. I focus on two distinctive neighborhoods – the Goutte d’Or and Belleville – to document the ethnic landscape, ethnic businesses, and ethnic interactions.

Biography: Dr. David Kaplan is a Professor of Geography at Kent State University where he has taught since 1995. He has written some 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and has also publishedSegregation in CitiesNested IdentitiesBoundaries and PlaceHuman GeographyUrban GeographyLandscapes of the Ethnic EconomyPerthes World Atlas, the four volume Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, and two forthcoming books: Scaling Identities and Imprinting Ethnicity. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests include nationalism, borderlands, ethnic and racial segregation, urban and regional development, housing finance, and sustainable transportation. Dr. Kaplan has directly supervised over 40 graduate students and teaches courses on many different aspects of human geography. He edits the Geographical Review and National Identities.


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Tough Talk Special Session: American Textures




Tough Talk Special Session – American Textures: In-dept look at race and difference in the U.S.
October 27, 2016
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Cheek Hall 202

Film Director And Wachter will co-facilitate this Tough Talk session.

After the session, join us for a film viewing of American Textures.



3:00-5:00 p.m.
Cheek Hall 102

American Textures, a 78 minute documentary by Crossing Borders Films, follows six young Americans of Black, White and Latino origin on a road trip through diverse communities in the southern United States to confront race through dialogue. The journey pushes them to risk sharing their own stories, struggles and hopes. The honest confrontations, powerful dialogues, and growing empathy between them create vibrant doorways through which the heroes forge deeper understanding of themselves, each other and the world they live in.

Crossing Borders Films is creating powerful intercultural discussions on college campuses across the U.S.

This event is open to all members of the campus community. Faculty interested in facilitating multicultural and diversity discussions in their classrooms are encouraged to meet Mr. Wachter and learn more about his work.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance at (417) 836-4252, toll-free at (877) 967-8636, or equity@missouristate.edu.

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Tough Talk Fall 2016 Series: Session 2


Tough Talk
Fall 2016 series
Session 2

Immigration and the International Student Experience

Facilitator-Dr. Scott Worman

For decades the United States has been the number one destination for international students pursuing higher education. Missouri State is no exception, hosting more than 1400 international students this year. Meanwhile, discussions of immigration on the national political stage have grown increasingly polarized and toxic. This Tough Talk thread is intended as a space to explore how these circumstances affect our campus community.

Tuesday’s (Oct. 18th-Nov. 15th)      2:00-3:00          Location: STRO 350

RSVP to Scott Worman@ FScottWorman@Missouristate.edu

Say her name…

Facilitator-Hannah Harris

The #SayHerName Movement is a response to the stories of Black women who are making public their demands for justice, policy responses and media representations of police brutality. This Tough Talk thread will introduce you to women and girls of color and share their stories, leading to the creation of a space to discuss the intersections of race, gender and state violence.

*This will be a CLOSED Tough Talk thread, which will allow a group of 20-25 individuals, committed to coming together every week for 5 weeks, to deepen the discussion of their personal experiences, thoughts, emotions and reactions related to material presented each session. Please RSVP to ensure your spot.

Thursday’s (Oct. 20th-Nov. 17th)    12:15-1:15       Location: 308A

RSVP to Hannah Harris@ HannahHarris@missouristate.edu

American Textures: In-depth look at race & difference in the U.S.

Facilitator-Lyle Foster

Thursday’s (Oct. 20th-Nov. 17th)    2:30-3:30          Location: STRO 250

RSVP to Lyle Foster@ LyleFoster@missouristate.edu

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Shattering the Silences Series: Trail of Tears: Its History and Connections Today

trailoftearsflyer8x11A Native American Heritage Month event. According to the National Parks Service (2016), “The main (northern) land route of the Trail of Tears passes directly through the Springfield, Missouri area, where Missouri State University is located.” Join us to learn about the Cherokee people’s forced removal from their homelands. Their history is one of many harrowing stories of Native American land occupation and forced migration. Dr. Reed will discuss the Trail of Tears experience and how Native American lands are threatened today.

Author of Serving the Nation: Cherokee Sovereignty and Social Welfare, 1800–1907 (Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 2016). Her book will be available for purchase at this event.

Sponsored by Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Multicultural Programs, and American Indian Student Association, Native American Studies Committee, and Ozark Studies Committee. For additional information please contact Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at jamaineabidogun@missouristate.edu or (417) 836-5916.

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate due to the design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting in advance: Ashley Raines, Division for Diversity and Inclusion at (417) 836-3736 or Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at (417) 836-5916.

Dr. Julie Reed
History Department, University of Tennessee
November 16, 2016
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Temple 002

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