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The black experience: Route 66 in Southwest Missouri

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Monday, February 6, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Cheek Hall 102

We will discuss some wonderful black businesses along the famous route (Alberta’s Hotel and Graham’s Rib Station, for example, as well as the experiences of black travelers along Route 66).

All are welcome!

For more information, contact Kishor Shah at kishorshah@missouristate.edu

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Tough Talk Sessions


Tough Talk

Whatever your viewpoint is, this is your opportunity to talk about it

What is it like to be multi-racial?

This session explores the identity development of experiences of identifying with more than one racial and ethnic heritage.

Feb 1 – Mar 1
Strong Hall 0250
Facilitator: Jillian Schaffer and Ana Ortiz
RSVP by email to jillian4@live.missouristate.edu or anaortiz@missouristate.edu

Race in 2017

The election of Donald Trump and many other social factors indicate this will be an interesting year in terms of the continued effort to understand race in our nation.

Feb 2 – PSU 314 B & C
Feb 9 – PSU 312 B & C
Feb 16 – PSU 314 B & C
Feb 23 – PSU 314 B & C
Mar 2 – PSU 314 B & C
Facilitator: Lyle Foster
RSVP by email to lylefoster@missouristate.edu

The Prison Pipeline

How does our educational system prepare and identify prisoners? Is there a relationship? Learn, talk and act!

Jan 31 – Feb 28
Pummill 0403
Facilitator: Dr. Bret Cormier
RSVP by email to bcormier@missouristate.edu

Special Tough Talk Session

African American Heritage Month event with special guest Ben Sanders
Tuesday, Feb 28
MRC Annex
Facilitator: Lyle Foster


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Shattering the Silences: Trauma and Healing in the Diaspora

Shattering the Silences: Trauma and Healing in the Diaspora

An Afrocentric look at social trauma and healing through a “house concert” musical presentation with streaming video of how communities can heal from past injustices and how current injustices may be corrected through this healing process. The Division for Diversity & Inclusion and Faculty Center for Teaching  & Learning welcome filmmaker and musician, Patrick Mureithi.

Please join us for a night of musical healing and collective engagement.

PSU Theatre
February 23, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 PM

This event is free & open to the public.

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Black History Month 2017

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Black History Month 2017

Sponsored by Multicultural Programs in collaboration with The Diversity Fund, SAC, Untamed Tongues, Association of Black Collegians, NPHC, African Student Association, NAACP, F.A.I.T.H Ministries and HIS Legacy

Feb 2
Lunch and learn: History of Springfield’s black community
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
MRC Annex
Guest speaker: Wes Pratt, Assistant to the President, Chief Diversity Officer
Refreshments provided

Feb 6
Dine and discuss: Self-sustainable black communities
MRC Annex
Guest speaker: Mark Dixon, Executive Director Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center
Refreshments provided

Feb 8
Southside with you movie viewing and discussion
PSU Theater
Guest speaker: Hasani Pettiford, Author and Co-Founder of Couples Academy
Free food

Feb 9
Lunch and learn: Give me my credit, widening the scope of #BLM movement
MRC Annex
Refreshments provided

Feb 13
“13” documentary showing
MRC Annex
Refreshments provided

Feb 16
Lunch and learn: Black and the Consitution
MRC Annex
Guest speaker: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Professor of History & MSED Program Coordinator
Refreshments provided

Feb 17
A night of art and soul
PSU 400
Refreshments provided

Feb 23
Shattering the Silences: Trauma and healing in the diaspora
PSU Theater

Feb 25
Black history month banquet and fashion show
PSU Grand Ballroom
Free admission, tickets required for entry
Tickets will be available in the PSU Feb 10-24

Feb 27-28
Keynote speaker: Ben Sanders III
“Race, law enforcement and faith-based racism”
February 27, 7:00pm
MSU Welcome Center

Lunch and learn: “Black theology and BLM”
February 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm
MRC Annex
Free pizza and drinks

Contact Multiculturalprograms@missouristate.edu or call (417) 836-8921



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2017 Martin Luther King Jr March & Celebration


Your Life Your Choice Our Voices Matter

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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