CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 17, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Black History Month in February with events designed to commemorate the heritage of African-Americans.
A number of activities, programs and discussions are planned. They include:
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read-a-Thon
The event will be held throughout the month in local schools. Volunteers will read in classrooms in Cape Girardeau elementary schools and share multicultural literature with students. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marcia Brown Haims at email@example.com or (573) 651-2188.
“Examining the Unwritten Rules for African-American Professionals”
Wednesday, Feb. 6 University Center Indian Room 6 p.m.
This presentation by Men Encouraging New Ways and SELF (Sisterhood, Empowerment, Leadership and Femininity) explores the false perceptions, stereotypes and challenges that African-American men and women often encounter as professionals in their chosen fields. The discussion is an opportunity to highlight the “unwritten rules and expectations” that are not often shared yet exist in the professional world and to discuss deliberate approaches to address and overcome them. The students, faculty, staff and general public are invited to attend this free event. For more information, contact Steven Taylor or India Jeffery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 651-2273.
“Battlefield Tested: Leadership Lessons of Historic Military Generals”
Thursday, Feb. 7 University Center Redhawks Room 5 p.m.
By analyzing the leadership philosophies of Sun Tzu, Gen. Colin Powell and Gen. George Patton, enduring leadership lessons and themes that have been proven on the battlefield and that anyone can use to be successful and progressive will be identified and discussed. The facilitated discussion will focus on the key elements of leadership, the importance of a personal philosophy while leading, and how strength of character always defines a leader. The students, faculty, staff and general public are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Academic Support Centers. For more information, contact Michael Ignacio at email@example.com or (573) 986-7483.
“Are You Honest with Yourself: Real-Life Approaches to Culture and Diversity”
Tuesday, Feb. 12 University Center Indian Room 6 p.m.
Participants will be encouraged to engage in a proactive discussion on the emerging cross-cultural experiences that promote and develop intercultural understanding. The facilitators will highlight their experiences with “building bridges” and having the difficult conversations that must occur to address the myths and stereotypes that support division rather than promote inclusion. Participants are welcome to discuss and address their thoughts and reactions. This activity will focus heavily on audience participation, and facilitators will be prepared with topics for discussion and will assist in dialogue and note-taking. The students, faculty, staff and general public are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Academic Support Centers. For more information, contact Valdis Zalite at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 651-2512.
Southeast Multicultural Showcase
Saturday, Feb. 16 Show Me Center and University Center Ballroom 10 a.m.
This program will highlight academic and support programs, scholarship and grant award opportunities, and extracurricular leadership activities available for minority and multicultural students. Minority and multicultural students who are either juniors or seniors in high school and their parents are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Southeast’s Office of Admissions. Students should RSVP by Feb. 6 to James Williams at email@example.com. For more information, contact Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 651-5942.
“School Choice or Chance: Why Are We Waiting for Superman?”
Tuesday, Feb. 19 University Center Indian Room 6 p.m.
Utilizing a panel of students from different educational settings (private, public and magnet) and excerpts from the film, “Waiting for Superman,” this facilitated discussion will include the topic of the changing educational climate (public, private, charter and voucher systems) and its impact on the African-American family. The students, faculty, staff and general public are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Academic Support Centers. For more information, contact Lisa Nolan or Rashaun Henry at email@example.com or (573) 651-2512.
“All Politics Are Personal: From the Fiscal Cliff to Your Front Yard”
Tuesday, Feb. 26 University Center Indian Room 6:30 p.m.
Political awareness and understanding are critical to Americans. The shifting political base impacts people from the local to the national level. This guided discussion will center on the idea that the “future belongs to those of us who remain aware and vigilant” and will be aimed at addressing current beliefs, the differences and commonalities between the two major political parties, the changing demographics of today, and how being involved is necessary for moving forward. The students, faculty, staff and general public are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Academic Support Centers. For more information, contact Valdis Zalite or Trent Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 651-2512.
National TRIO Day Celebration
Thursday, Feb. 28 Show Me Center Meeting Rooms 6 p.m.
National TRIO Day celebrates the sustained impact and success of the federal TRIO programs in communities and reflects on the importance of educational opportunity programs in creating a fairer society for all Americans. As a critical component of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, TRIO programs work to protect and further access to higher education for low-income and first-generation students, students with disabilities, and veterans and are committed to the principles of Social Justice. Accomplishments of the participants in and of the Southeast TRIO Programs will be highlighted. This event, which is sponsored by the TRIO/McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services and Academic Support Centers, is by invitation only. For more information, contact Monica Barnes at email@example.com or (573) 986-6117.