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Welcome to the first Social Justice Engagement (SJE) bi-weekly newsletter for the 2013-2014 school year! Let me first start by introducing myself. My name is Dr. Mitsu Narui and I am the new Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives here at the Multicultural Center. While I have been at the MCC in this role since April 1, working at the Multicultural Center has in many ways been a return home, as I was here as a graduate assistant from 2006-2009.


Our big task this summer has been restructuring our academic initiatives. Many of you may have previously referred to our academic initiatives as Intergroup Relations. We are now known as Social Justice Engagement. In changing our name, we wanted to put emphasis on social justice and create initiatives that would encourage students to become socially just global citizens. So we hope that you check out some our upcoming SJE programs, including What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series with Dr. Sabra Webber from Comparative Studies on September 9th and our first Community Cinema on September 19th.


Undertaking all of this work cannot happen without a great team. Besides myself, the SJE team consists of:

  • Nicole Nieto, Program Manager: Nicole oversees our workshops and trainings that we offer to the campus and community
  • Jaz Mickey, Graduate Administrative Associate: Jaz oversees our Certificate in Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) and works with our student group, Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity through Education (AIDE)
  • Franzi Ludemann, Graduate Administrative Associate: Franzi oversees Assessment for both SJE and the rest of the Multicultural Center
  • Ryan Clift, Undergraduate Student Associate: Ryan helps with our Community Toolkit project


We hope you come by to say hello to any of us. Hope your year has gotten off to a great start!


Go Buckeyes!


Mitsu Narui, PhD
Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives




September 9: What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series: Dr. Sabra Webber

Prof. Sabra Webber Join the Multicultural Center (MCC) for the 5th Annual What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series as we kick off the year with Dr. Sabra Webber on Monday, September 9th at 4pm in the MCC large meeting room.  Dr. Webber, Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies, will share her research on Muslim identities and cultures.  Dr. Webber has expertise in folklore and North Africa.  Please join us in this event co-sponsored by AIDE.  Light refreshments will be served and a limited number of books relating to the talk will be available to the first students in attendance.  For more information please contact Nicole Nieto, nieto.12@osu.edu.





Time: Monday, September 09, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Multicultural Center Office of Student Life - Suite 1000  

September 11: Multicultural Center and L.A.S.E.R. Lecture Series Present: Cristina García
Cristina García Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador's Hotel. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. Her recent young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, is set in a Swiss boarding school in the 1970s.


García's work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. Recently, Garcia was a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin as well as the University of Miami. Currently, she is University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. For more information contact Indra Leyva at leyva-santiago.1@osu.edu


Time: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Ohio Union Performance Hall (1st Floor)

September 13: Dinner for Social Justice 500 Miles for Education
 This dinner is the kickoff of the 500 miles for Education campaign which includes a philanthropic goal, especially one that supports Immigrant Rights and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

The goal for the dinner is to inform the community about DACA students and the opportunity to participate in the running/walk challenge of 500 miles over a span of nine months. The scholarship will help High School DACA students to finance their journey to a four-year university, and therefore an opportunity for economic mobility. For more information contact Indra Leyva at leyva-santiago.1@osu.edu


Time: Friday, September 13, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Multicultural Center Office of Student Life - Suite 1000

September 16: Selfies for Social Justice: Ally Week Kick-Off
ally weekAlly Week is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to "Build CommUNITY" with and on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class, or other identity different than their own.


Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. Ally Week sponsors, The Student Life Multicultural Center, Greek Life and University Residences, are invested in working with the Ohio State community to share the information and tools necessary for everyone to actively participate as an "ally" to members of our campus and Central Ohio community.


Join us beginning on Monday, September 16 at Noon 4-8 pm in the Multicultural Center to Pose for an Ally Week Photo explaining why you stand as an ally to a person, or a group, who is different from you, and to learn more about the different programs and activities you can get involved in during this week.

Selfies for Social Justice--Make your statement!


For more information, contact Angie Wellman (wellman.63@osu.edu).

September 19: Ariel Luckey workshop on Immigration & Performance

Ariel LuckeyAriel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright whose performance and community work dances in the crossroads of education, art and activism. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel was named a "Visionary" by the Utne Reader for the innovation and quality of his first solo show Free Land. Commissioned by the National Performance Network in partnership with La Peña Cultural Center and the White Privilege Conference, Free Land has toured across the country at over 50 theaters and universities. In 2010, SpeakOut - the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture published a DVD of Free Land and the accompanying Free Land Curriculum Guide, an arts-based model for social justice pedagogy.


Time: Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Maudine Cow Room


Furthermore, In celebration of Ally Week 2013 and Hispanic Heritage Month, The Student Life Multicultural Center, in partnership with University Residences and Greek Life, are pleased to present Ariel Luckey at 7 pm on September 19 in the US Bank Conference Theater of the Ohio Union.


For more information, contact Angie Wellman (wellman.63@osu.edu) or Indra Levya (leyva-santiago.1@osu.edu).

Septemeber 19: Community Cinema: The Graduates/Los Graduados
filmJoin the Student Life Multicultural Center as they sponsor Community Cinema to show The Graduates/Los Graduados. This film by Bernardo Ruiz speaks of the pressing issues in education today as explored through the eyes of a divesre array of Latina and Latino adolescents from across the United States and the challenges facing both the students, their families, educators, and community leaders.



All Community Cinema screenings are held in the Student Life Multicultural Center located on the 1st floor of the Ohio Union on Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. For more information, contact Nicole Nieto (nieto.12@osu.edu).