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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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Printable spring 2015 calendar of events

Coming in April 2015 Laverne Cox!

Wichita State is excited to bring keynote speaker for GAYpril, Laverne Cox. She will deliver the keynote address entitled, Ain’t I a Woman? My Journey to Womanhood.  Laverne Cox is the first transgender actress to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine and to receive an Emmy nomination for her role in Orange is the New Black.  She will explore how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Welcome Home Spring Open House

Wednesday, January 28th
1 - 3 p.m., Rhatigan Student Center 208

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites students, staff and faculty to make the Office of Diversity and Inclusion their home away from home. Learn more about available resources, programs and our #ItooAmWichitaState campaign. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Springfest

Thursday, January 29th
6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Heskett Center Gym

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Are you looking for a way to get involved on campus? Will you need support in your classes? If you answered yes, stop by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s info table. This is a great way to learn how to get involved on campus and meet the Ambassador of Diversity and Inclusion. We will be handing out spring calendars!  For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Brown Bag Diversity Discussion: Black Mount Rushmore

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 4th
Rhatigan Student Center 142

Cosponsored with Black Student Union

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If there was a Black Mount Rushmore, what African-American faces would be sculpted and chiseled into your mountain of black leaders? Share your thoughts at this month’s discussion. Brown Bag Diversity Discussions are held the first Wednesday of every month. Bring your lunch and an appetite for discussion. Brown Bags allow the WSU community an opportunity to dialogue about specific issues regarding multiculturalism and diversity. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Safe Zone LGBTQ Training

3 - 5 p.m., Thursday, February 4th
Rhatigan Student Center 265

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The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite you to Safe Zone training. This training is a dynamic, interactive session that includes activities and discussion around: inclusive language, the process of coming out, the power of the straight ally, understanding sexual identity, how to respond to homophobic/transphobic incidents, where to go for help and much more. The goal of Safe Zone training is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) persons. Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of supportive people who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQA persons within the WSU campus community. By attending this training, individuals are committed to being a Safe Zone Ally in which bigotry and discrimination, specifically regarding LGBTQA persons, are not tolerated. Sign up for Safe Zone training online at wichita.edu/safezone. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Thirsty Thursday: Black History Month

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, February 5th
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Cosponsored with Black Student Union

Join us as we discuss and learn about Black History Month. Enjoy refreshments and snacks in your home away from home. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034 or www.wichita.edu/odi.

Men of Excellence

5:30 - 7 p.m., Thursday, February 5th
Rhatigan Student Center

(Host: Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Join the Men of Excellence group and learn how to become a part of this great organization at their spring meet and great. Light refreshments will be provided. The purpose of Men of Excellence is to continually strengthen the bond between men, develop leaders through community service and cultural awareness, and support each other academically and socially at Wichita State.

Great Blacks in Wax

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Thursday, February 12th
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Rhatigan Student Center 208

Come to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion located in the Rhatigan Student Center room 208 and learn more about African American figures from the past and present. Get to know each “wax figure” and learn about the amazing accomplishments of those featured. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Lunar New Year of the Sheep

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Thursday, February 19th
Rhatigan Student Center 142

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the 2015 Asian New Year: Year of the Sheep. There will be a variety of games, prizes and performances provided by several Asian and Pacific Islander student organizations. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to experience firsthand the traditions and celebrations of various Asian cultures.  For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034 or www.wichita.edu/odi.

7th Annual Culture-N-Movement

6 - 8:30 p.m., Friday, February 20th
CAC Theater

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Come enjoy a night of poetry, music and dance with Wichita State’s most talented students at our annual talent showcase, Culture-N-Movement. The first place prize is $150 for group acts and $50 for individual acts. If you are interested in participating, fill out and submit your registration form online at wichita.edu/cnm or stop by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Rhatigan Student Center room 208. The deadline for registration is Monday, February 9, 2015. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034 or www.wichita.edu/odi.

Men of Excellence

5:30 - 7 p.m., Thursday, February 26th
Rhatigan Student Center 209

(Host: Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Join Men of Excellence for their bi-monthly meeting. The purpose of Men of Excellence is to continually strengthen the bond between men, develop leaders through community service and cultural awareness, and support each other academically and socially at Wichita State.

African American Entrepreneurship in Wichita: Past and Present

PRESENTED BY Professor Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr.

6:30 - 8 p.m., Thursday, February 26th
Hubbard Hall 209

Robert E. Weems, Jr., the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at WSU, will discuss the findings of his “Wichita Black Business History Project.” Weems has interviewed a number of local African American entrepreneurs and other long-time black residents of Wichita. These interviews, along with related documents and artifacts, will ultimately be housed in Special Collections in Ablah Library. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.