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August 27, 2013

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A Family Affair & Reunion
September is Hispanic Hertiage Month
Dr, Jamie Washington
Reconstruction Page
Social Justice Engagement
HIV/STI Testing
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         Greetings AFAM community, and welcome to what I know is going to be a truly exciting and inspirational year. First, I would like to introduce a new staff member who will be working very closely with African and African American Initiatives. Please welcome our new Graduate Administrative Associate, Ms. Briona Posey.


         Briona is studying in the Fisher College of Business focusing on her Master of Human Resources Management degree, and came to us by way of Louisville, Kentucky.  She will be working with many of our AFAM  initiatives including the 36th annual African American Heritage Festival planning and operations. Briona, we are so excited to have you join us, and know that you will make a tremendous contribution to our community.  
        As we begin to start the academic year, I want to remind all student organizations and campus partners that we are happy to accept announcements to add to the newsletter. You will need to submit these announcements to Briona at posey.65s@osu.edu by Wednesday of every week. We will also continue to provide you announcements about upcoming events, initiatives, and resources that  are relevant to the African and African American Community.  
         As we enter this year, we do so on the heels of some major civil rights issues that have transpired over the summer. To name a few,  The Trayvon Martin case, Paula Deen deposition, and Fisher university of Texas. This year as an OSU community, I hope that we will continue to model extraordinary leadership through offering opportunities as a AFAM community to continue to do deep thought and reflection about the myriad of civil rights issues that are reflected in the examples. Further, I hope that we make a commitment to find opportunities to model consciousness and compassion as a united AFAM community.  
         I encourage you to demonstrate this commitment by finding ways to become involved within the AFAM community during your time here. There are many wonderful student organizations and initiatives that need your energy to continue a strong legacy.   
          In closing, Briona and I look forward to serving you this year. We invite you to come out and connect with us at the Student Life Multicultural Center. Take care, and have a wonderful day!

Katherine Betts



Katherine Betts,
Intercultural Specialist
Thank you for attending A Family Affair & Reunion!
Family Affair 2013
A Family Affair & Reunion was recently held at the new Hale Hall last Saturday, August 24th. It was an amazing event with food, live entertainment, tours of Hale Hall, and giveaways. It was truly a "family affair" as we met up with old friends and greeted new ones. 
Thank you to all that came out and made this a huge success! We look forward to continuing to cultivate the African and African American experience here at The Ohio State University. 
September is Hispanic Heritage Month
Every September, the Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors a month-long series of events in observance of this annual national event highlighting Latino contributions. This year, we will have many interesting programs and presentations throughout the month. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Latino rich cultures, ethnicity and pride. For a full calendar of events click here
Sept. 4-7: Presenting Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington!

The Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Student Life, Black Student Association, the African American Heritage Festival, Sorority and Fraternity Life, and College of Education present Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington.


Dr. Washington will be visiting our campus from Wednesday, September 4th - Saturday, September 7th. Dr. Jamie Washington is founder of the Washington Consulting Group and founding faculty of the nationally recognized, Social Justice Training Institute. He brings over 20 years of experience in higher education as an administrator, leadership development and organizational change consultant. You can learn more about Dr. Washington at http://sjti.org/


Dr. Washington will be facilitating workshops and leadership retreats with many of our student leaders and or departments across campus. So please check your respective organization/department calendar for a scheduled session with Dr. Washington. You will not want to miss this transformative experience to  learn how to be a more effective leader and claim your space as a part of the fabric of this University!


For more details please contact Katherine Betts (betts.128@osu.edu).


Sept. 17: Reconstructing Rage
Reconstructing Rage    

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents 

Reconstructing Rage with Keynote Speaker: 

Townsand Price-Spratlen, 

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, 

The Ohio State University 

Date: Tuesday, September 17  |  Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Location: Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, MLK Lounge 

(154 W. 12th Ave.)


Dr. Price-Spratlen will discuss his book (2012, with William Goldsby), RECONSTRUCTING RAGE: Transformative Reentry in the Era of Mass IncarcerationThe talk will explore challenges and triumphs of an organization, founded by former felons, which improves the life outcomes of former felons, their families, and the many communities - including those near the Ohio State University campus - navigating collateral consequences of mass imprisonment.  If you or a member of your family or neighborhood has been touched by the criminal justice system in any way, or if you're just interested in social justice, please help spread the word and join the conversation.  


Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP click here.  


Social Justice Engagement: Courses, Workshops, Dialogues and Trainings!
SJE logo
All Student Life Multicultural Center academic initiatives will now be under Social Justice Engagement (SJE). The mission of SJE is to help students to have an open mind while actively seeking to understand one's self and others in relationship to identities and culture.

Additionally, Educational Studies: HESA 2577 (formerly known as Leadership and Intergroup Dialogue) will now be called Crossing Identity Boundaries: A Journey towards Intercultural Leadership.  In this course, students will learn the importance of working effectively with diverse populations. In turn, students will be able to leverage these skills into different careers and job possibilities. Three sections are available this Fall Semester (see Buckeyelink under ES HESA 2577). This course can be used to fulfill the Leadership Minor requirements. You can read the master syllabus here. For more information contact Dr. Mitsu Narui (Narui.1@osu.edu.)


Every Tues.: Free Walk in HIV/STI Testing
Red RibbonThe Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) has partnered with the Student Wellness Center (SWC) to offer another free walk-in HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing site on campus. During Fall and Spring semesters, testing will be offered every Tuesday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Campus community members can test for HIV antibodies by an oral swab, no blood or needles, and in a safe and secure location inside the MCC. HIV test results are provided within 20-40 minutes. Walk-in testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis; the last client is 30 minutes prior to the end time.



The partnership between the MCC and SWC was created in order to offer more convenient HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing locations on campus. The college aged population makes up 21% of the population in this country, but 39% of new HIV infections. Minority students' risk is even higher.

The ability to provide free HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing in the MCC to members of the campus community is with the support of the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health. Students have multiple free testing options to choose from on campus, including by appointments in the SWC and weekly walk-in testing at the SWC (Thursdays) and MCC (Tuesdays).


Please take advantage of the services provided. If you would like more information, please contact the MCC at 614-688-8449 or email us at mccinfo@studentlife.osu.edu.