Calendar of Events for 2014 – 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month Events (September 15th – October 15th)

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HHM October

We Rise Up

Through out the fall semester of 2014 the UIS Diversity Center spotlighted different students in students and asked them. Why do you rise to the occasion? To see all the photos from that event like us on Facebook. If you want to see all the videos to hear personal accounts of students and staff rising to the occasion, subscribe to the Diversity Center Youtube channel.

Black History Month Events (February)

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Saturday, Jan. 31 – BHM Candle Light Vigil “Commemorating Lives That Still Matter.”

11AM-Noon, PAC lobby

Light a candle and say a few remarks for someone that lost their life to the hands of another. Honor the memory of anyone who is no longer with you in body, but instead now, with you in spirit. If these people had an impact on your life’s development, take a moment to appreciate them!

Monday, Feb. 2 – BMCS/BSU Soup and Conversation “What does leadership look like?”

1-3pm, Diversity Center, SLB22

Are leaders born or created? Who has been or, is a leader? Is there such a person as a good leader? Discuss these topics and more on an intellectual platform with peers and other UIS affiliates.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, & Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Free HIV/STI/STD, Mammogram, & Prostate

Testing, 12-3pm, Diversity Center. Know your status!

Thursday, Feb. 5 – “10 Rules for Dealing with Police” (Video) with Robert Moore & Odie Carpenter

from NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), Panel and discussion, 4-6pm, PAC F.

Thursday, Feb. 5 – Chief (ret.) Brooks: “Policing Diverse Communities: Learning from the Past & Working Towards the Future.” 7-9pm, Brookens Aud., ECCE Speaker Series.

Most Americans would agree that police brutality against African American men is alarming and unacceptable, yet few know what can be done to change this. Fae Brooks’ presentation will give the audience hope that this is possible. Her talk will provide a historical background of the relationship between police and black communities since the days of slavery to contextualize the current situation: what is happening, what it means, and why we all have a social responsibility to resolve it. She will share her work as a consultant with the National Coalition Building Institute Law Enforcement Programs division and as instructor on topics such as “Policing for Safer Communities,” “Policing through Partnerships,” and “From Difference to Diversity.” Through these activitie

s, she is playing an active role in helping to bridge the gaps between police and the communities they serve.

Fabienne “Fae” Brooks has over 26 years of experience in the field of law enforcement and at least three decades as a community activist, coalition builder, and instructor for law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally. A former chief with one of the country’s largest Sheriff’s offices and policy advisor to the Mayor’s Office in Seattle, WA, she owns her own consulting firm specializing in law enforcement training and building community law enforcement partnerships. She works as a consultant and facilitator for the National Coalition Building Institute and has presented at numerous national conferences for groups such as the National Crime Prevention Council, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Friday, Feb 6 – BMCS Induction Ceremony, PAC C/D, 6-8pm

Join the Black Male Collegiate Society as they induct their newest members. Come support the accomplishments of these young men! Light refreshments served.

Saturday, Feb. 7 – Dr. Terrell Strayhorn: “Real Talk about Race, Class & Gender: Past & Present.” 5:00pm-5:40pm, PAC C/D; 5:45pm-6:30pm PAC F *RSVP Workshop Leadership Development Small social form 6:30pm to 7:00pm with light refreshments (Cap. 40 participants)*

Dr. Strayhorn, nationally-recognized motivational lecturer, provocateur, and workshop facilitator, will offer ‘critical edutainment’ on how we, as future leaders of tomorrow, can have a voice in ensuring that social justice is attained for all people of all ages.

Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D. is Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise, Senior Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Faculty Affiliate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He also holds a faculty appointment in OSU’s John Glenn of Public Affairs, Department of African American and African Studies, and the Education Policy, Engineering Education, and Sexuality Studies programs (by courtesy). Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development.

Specifically, his research and teaching interests center on two major foci: (a) assessing student learning and development outcomes and the ways in which college affects students and (b) identifying and understanding factors that enable or inhibit the success of historically underrepresented and misrepresented, and otherwise vulnerable populations in education, with a particular accent on the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals, and marginalized groups in postsecondary education.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 – Fred Morsell: “Fredrick Douglass on Race: A Soul’s Evolution.” 7-9pm, Brookens Aud., ECCE Speaker Series

This presentation is Fred Morsell’s portrayal performance of Frederick Douglass. Morsell compiled the performance content from Douglass’ most significant commentary on the issue of slavery and race discrimination, and how to overcome its soul-devouring and life destructive effects. This journey takes the audience through relevant periods in Douglass’ life. The development of his thought illustrates the stages of his personal transformation in the understanding of race, and culminates in his illumination about the way to experience our common humanity beyond categories.

Fred Morsell is a professional actor whose career includes seasons with The Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, The New York Shakespeare Festival, and other national and regional theatres in the US. He sung leading roles in operas and was the weekend announcer for the Los Angeles PBS Affiliate, KCETs.

Morsell began his Frederick Douglass career in 1984 when he read one of Douglass’ works as part of an alternative program he helped develop for inner city youth. The experience was an awakening for him. Since then, he portrays Douglass for colleges, civic groups, churches and theatres and gained acclaim for this. He also leads seminars and workshops on improved black and white relations through his non-profit organization, FREMARJO ENTERPRISES, INC. He is an actor, director and teacher with the Terry Schreiber Studio in New York City since 1970.

Saturday, Feb. 14 – BMCS Heart of a Collegiate Man, 4-6pm, Diversity Center

Join BMCS for a Couples Retreat and enjoy an evening of fun-filled, romantic activities with that special someone. Ten tips for maintaining a meaningful relationship and couples

therapy will be ordered. Prizes & complementary refreshments will be available.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Kinky and Curly: “You can’t touch my hair.” Video/Panel, 4-7pm,

PAC Concourse and PAC G

Friday, Feb. 20 – BMCS/BSU Soup and Conversation “Business and social etiquette: Tips for success.” 1-3pm, Diversity Center

Because a person is often judged on how they look and act, this discussion is intended to help enhance professional style and polish social skills. Come learn what others have to say about development in the professional setting.

Friday, Feb. 20 – “Ladies Only: Real Talk Discussion” feat. Apryl Jones from “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood”, 7-11PM, LRH Great Room

A discussion regarding topics affecting women in their college lives such as being First

Generation student, establishing unity as women, relationship issues with parents, significant others, and having respect for oneself.

Saturday, Feb. 21 (Halftime performance at the Mens Basketball game)- The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, 3:30pm, TRAC

A professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area. Their performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 – “Dear White People” (2014), Film showing and moderated Dialogue, 8PM, Brookens.

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.

Saturday, Feb. 28 – BSU Ebony Ball, 6:30-9pm (After Party 10PM-1AM SLB), Sangamon Aud. Lobby

A gala showcasing and honoring African American Student Leaders. Includes a court

nominated and voted on by students. Formal attire is encouraged.



Asian/Pacific Islander and International Heritage Month (April)Mulan

Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States

Wednesday April 1st – 12-1:30PM • PAC Restaurant • Luncheon is limited space

Discussion by author Dr. Lan Dong, UIS Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Lan Dong is the author of two books, Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States and Reading Amy Tan, and a number of journal articles and book chapters on Asian American literature, children’s literature, and popular culture. She is the editor of Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine and Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives. Currently she is editing a two-volume Encyclopedia of Asian-American culture.

Friday, April 3 & 17  Conversation Café, 12-1PM, HRB 52: Discussions based on cross cultural experience.

Monday, April 6 – Taksin Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey, film screening and discussion, 6PM, Brookens Aud., Moderated by Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky and Dr. Sibel Oktay

Friday, April 17 – Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration, 2PM, Housing Commons (sponsored by International Student Services & Japanime Springfield)