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Intercultural Community News & Events                   September 10, 2013
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September is Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 16: Chew on This: #DineandDialogue
Sept. 17: Reconstructing Rage
Sept. 19: Ariel Luckey!
Sept. 21: The Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center
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Throughout my career in higher education, I have learned that when we are permitted to go there, there is a sense of "deeper" teaching and learning that can occur. Some of you may be wondering what I mean when I say, go thereGoing there is a physical, intellectual and emotional space where we are able to just be "who we are." I had the opportunity to experience this space, this past weekend at a planning retreat for some of the Student Life Multicultural Center's (SLMCC) student leaders.
As always, I was impressed with our students when they were willing to go there-without much prompting. They understood "who they were" and were willing to do the same for the person sitting next to them. As the lead facilitator (a huge shout out to Dr. Jaime Washington!) challenged our students to identify and name their multiple identities, he also encouraged them to "listen" to others' personal journeys-and the important places where their narratives intersected.
I watched, if you will, numerous "light bulb" moments, as students shared their stories, one after the other. I heard plenty of, "Yeah, me too!" and "I will be the first in my family to..." comments. Our students were completely fine with talking about their high and low moments in college-and how they weren't alone in celebrating and confronting those experiences head on. More importantly, I heard and learned that collectively, the experiences had made them better leaders. By going there, leadership qualities like honesty, perseverance and resilience resounded throughout the space and came through loud and clear.
As an institution, we need more opportunities to go there-if not for ourselves, then for those sitting next to us.
Until next week...


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Dr. Davida L. Haywood
Director, Student Life Multicultural Center  
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. 16: Chew on This: #DineandDialogue

Do you find yourself wondering... Are Asians privileged? Is it okay for Selena Gomez to wear a bindi? Why are there so many Asians on YouTube, and why are they so popular? Where are all the Asians in professional sports? Why are there so many Asians in the STEM fields?


Want to talk about...Interracial dating and sexuality? International Asians and Asian Americans? Navigating career choices as an Asian or Asian American? Asians in the media? Asians in politics?


Then come to "Chew On This." We want to dialogue with you! Meet other students from around campus, as well as staff, faculty, and community members. At this first meeting, we want to hear what topics you want to explore throughout the year. Lunch is offered at no cost, but space is limited. 



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  

Sept. 19: Ariel Luckey!

In celebration of Ally Week 2013 and Hispanic Heritage Month, the Student Life Multicultural Center, with University Residences and Greek Life, present nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright Ariel Luckey. 


Luckey will conduct a workshop at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th entitled "Race(ing) to the Border: The Colonial Legacy of American Immigration Policy" in the Ohio Union, Maudine Cow Room. For more details on the workshop click here.


Luckey will also be in the Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater performing poetry, interactive exercises and live hip hop music later that evening at 7 p.m. For more details on the performance click here.

Sept. 21: The Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC) Health Fair


The Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center is hosting its first annual Parking Lot Blow Out Health Fair! This event will be
September 21st from 5pm-9pm. The GCMC would love for various organizations to be represented as an outlet for outreach to the community. There is NO CHARGE for participation. This event will be packed with food, music, a key note speaker and much more. The GCMC requests set up to take place at 4:00p.m. along with a requirement of at least one representative constantly at your station. Table and chairs are not provided. Please RSVP with Bruce Brown brucebrown@arcohio.org 614-359-8844 by September 6th if you are able to attend.


Sept. 23-27: The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: Law and Disorder Week
Mark your Calendars! Law and Disorder Week 
will be taking place from
September 23rd through September 27th!


The week will explore topics and themes that have recently come to the forefront of media attention regarding the law and how people of difference are (mis)treated differently. Cases such as Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and the Zimmerman Verdict are well known cases but there are countless others. We invite members of the OSU community to join us in a series of events, programs, and dialogues to explore these topics as we create a safe place for exploration and move toward a more inclusive and informed Ohio State. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at these events throughout the week, please contact Betty Cowans (cowans.7@osu.edu)! For the schedule of events to add to your calendar, please visit go.osu.edu/lawanddisorder!

Brought to you by: Ohio State: No Place for Hate, the Office of Student Life, the Student Life Multicultural Center, Kirwan Institute for The Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, and the Bell National Resource Center.
Sept. 26: Let's Get Free: Banned Writings of Black Liberationals
Join the ACLU of Ohio for an evening of powerful ideas and powerful writing in honor of Banned Books Week. This event will be Thursday, September 26th at 7:00p.m.
At this event community members will read selected works from Black activists who were censored for using their pens to tell the truth. Black freedom writers across nations have long used words--written and spoken-- as a tool to highlight racial injustice. We will celebrate these writers and their revolutionary spirit.
Free and open to the public. To RSVP, call (216)472-2220 or email contact@acluohio.org


Job Opening: Student Associate


Position Description

2013-2014 Academic Year 

Overall, this position will actively serve and work with Open Doors. Open Doors is a four-hour training program broken down into three conceptual modules, each teaching a unique aspect of responding to bias. The intent of this program is to create a safer and more welcoming environment, which acknowledges that acts of bias occur at our University and helps individuals and communities heal from, and become more resilient to acts of discrimination and bias.


Successful Student Associates must possess qualities that include a team-oriented mentality, effective communication, interpersonal skills, administrative skills, professionalism, and a willingness to support diverse communities. 


Job Responsibilities:                

Coordination of Trainings                                              

  • Work to schedule trainings with student, staff and faculty groups across campus
  • Assist in maintaining database and resource site
  • Prepare all materials for participants and presenters for all trainings
  • Work with GAA to implement updates to program

Experience with Open Doors                                                  

  • Become familiar with program by attending Open Doors sessions
  • Attend Open Doors Train-the-Trainer event

Other duties as assigned: Other assignments as determined by staff need      


Terms of Employment:

  •   September 2013 through April 2014
  •   Weekly, 10-20 hours. Scheduled work will be weekly with flexible hours that will vary based on   programmatic need
  • Work Study preferred but no mandatory
  •   Compensation at rate of $9.00 per hour   

Click here for full job description! 

Position will remain open until filled. 

Interested in this position? 



Adan Hussain

Open Doors-Graduate Administrative Assistant

Student Life Multicultural Center

The Ohio State University


Social Justice Engagement: Courses, Workshops, Dialogues and Trainings!
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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
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The 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.


Mentoring Undergraduate Student Experience (MUSE)
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Mentoring Undergraduate Student Experience (MUSE) is a mentoring organization that helps connect students together on campus. First year students receive one-on-one and family style mentoring from upper class students while gaining exposure within the university and enhancing skills that contribute to academic, professional, social, and leadership development. This is a great way for you to build your resume and build your social network at OSU.

We are looking for both mentors and mentees to join our organization! Our meetings and social events are weekly on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM. If you would like to learn more about us or learn how to join, please check out our website at www.ohiostatemuse.com.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ohiostatemuse@gmail.com. Thanks and we hope you consider joining MUSE!



Newsletter Submissions
Those interested in advertising with the Student Life Multicultural Center must submit content no later than Wednesday at Noon, before the week you would like your advertisement to be posted.

Please insure that your copy is no more than 100 words, that you include a .jpeg file that relates to your content, a contact person, and a link for more details if necessary. 

Email all content to mccinfo@studentlife.osu.edu, subject line: Newsletter Submission.

Thank you!