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Intercultural Community News & Events                   September 16,2013
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September is Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 16-20: Ally Week Schedule
Sept. 17: Reconstructing Rage
Sept. 18: Line Dancing with AIC!
Sept. 18: Asian American Association General Body Meeting
Sept. 19: Ariel Luckey!
Sept. 21: The Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center
Sept. 23-27: Sustained Dialogue Information Session
Sept. 26: Let's Get Free: Banned Writings of Black Liberationals
Oct. 4: Save the Date: The George Zimmerman Verdict
Seeking LGBTQ Male Leads
Social Justice Engagement
Free Walk in HIV/STI Testing
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"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion."

-An Ethiopian Proverb


It was in the early 2000's when I first heard this Ethiopian proverb, and tucked it away in my mental rolodex. I retrieve and recite it often when I am facing something quite daunting in either my personal or professional life.


And, although I am not a fan of any type of creepy-crawler, I can only imagine thousands of "little" spiders in distress (for whatever reason), coming together to weave a web, to capture the "King" of the jungle.


Can you imagine this too-a 400 to 600 pound mammal being webbed and lifted up by numerous arachnids? Talk about an awesome victory chant!


It is with this same spirit, of uniting together, that we invite you to take part in Ally Week 2013. The purpose of Ally Week is to encourage students, staff and faculty to "Build CommUNITY" on behalf of those who are different from themselves.


So, what does this mean? Simply put, this means that we will pause, to acknowledge and engage with others, through meaningful CommUNITY-building activities and events.


This week and onward, you and I can connect, and begin to spin a mighty intercultural web that will tie up the "lion-like" issues that prevent us from understanding one another based on identities like race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity and socioeconomic class.


I am looking forward to all of the week's programs, which can be found at mcc.osu.edu, especially a visit and performance by Ariel Luckey on Thursday evening. He will mix poetry, audience interaction and Hip Hop music, along with his own personal insight, to demonstrate the concepts of power and privilege.


I look forward to seeing you (and all of our collective selfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) at some of our events!


Until our spider webs UNITE...


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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. 16-20: Celebrate Ally Week!
Ally Week 2013 TODAY!: Selfies for Social Justice: 
Ally Week 2013 Kick Off Celebration

Monday, September 16, 2013 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Multicultural Center (first floor of the Ohio Union)


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!



How to Be an Ally 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Interfaith Room of the Ohio Union


The "Becoming an Ally" workshop provides a space to explore how to be supportive and respectful to each other across identities and experiences, and to ask questions and engage in conversation.  

Come to this workshop to:

  • Explore different social identities
  • Think critically about institutional racism
  • Learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities
  • Discuss faith and spirituality
  • Recognize privilege, and discover how to address it

Participants will leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete strategies that can be used toward making our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.  Educational materials and Ally buttons will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Great Hall Meeting Room One


Themes such as oppression, difference, and interconnectedness will come to the forefront during this lively panel discussion. Students will share their perspectives and personal experiences as African-American, Asian, LGBT, Latino, Jewish, and Mixed Race students on our campus. Panelists will also discuss ideas that, if implemented, can help participants create safe and inclusive spaces in our residence halls and classrooms.


Attendees will leave the training with newfound awareness of different identity groups at Ohio State, along with concrete strategies that can be used toward making our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone. Educational materials and Ally buttons will be provided. All are welcome to attend!


Ariel Luckey Performance 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Ohio Union - US Bank Conference Theater


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! Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright whose performance and community work dances in the crossroads of education, art and activism.

Mixing performance poetry, interactive exercises and live hip hop music in a multimedia presentation, Ariel Luckey invites his audiences to reflect on the dynamics of power and privilege in their personal lives and communities. In this highly engaging performance that will feature his powerful poem "ID Check", Luckey will be sharing stories of heartbreaking injustice and inspiring alliance building that provide opportunities for critical dialogue and cultural capacity building.

For more information about Ally Week, contact Angie Wellman. 
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. 18: Line Dancing with AIC!
line dancing
The American Indian Council host Line Dancing Nights in the Multicultural Center, located on the first floor of the Ohio Union from 5:30-8pm. 
Come out with friends and show off your dance moves! Our amazing instructor Gerald Morton will be joining us again this year. Water will be provided. Please email Madison Eagle, Vice President, if you have any questions.


Sept. 18: Asian American Association General Body Meeting
Sept. 18th | 6:00pm
Ohio Union Student Alumni Council Room

Did you not make very many friends on the first day of school? Well, then come to the very first Community Meeting (CM), hosted by Asian American Association (AAA)! This CM will allow you to mingle with members of the Asian American community and find out about upcoming events in the Asian American community! We'd love to hear ideas of how we can improve the Asian American community! Asian American Prom, anyone? For more info contact, Annabelle Estera.
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


Save the Date: The George Zimmerman Verdict
The George Zimmerman Verdict
Friday, October 4th  |  Noon-1pm
Saxbe Auditorium, 130 Drinko Hall

The George Zimmerman Verdict has spurred conversations nationwide about race, gender, discrimination and the law. On Friday, October 4th a discussion organized by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity wil look at the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by Zimmerman and the implications of the verdict. Visit kirwaninstitute.osu.edu for updates.


Seeking LGBTQ Male Leads

OSU filmmakers will be casting for an LGBT short film (shot on DSLR) that will be premiering on October 26th during the Queer Student Organizing Boot Camp at The Ohio Union. Seeking-XAVIER: African-American (or Afro-Latino) transman; athletic build MARCUS: Southeast Asian male; medium build  ALI: African-American male; medium build.  All main characters are early to mid 20s.

Production will take place between October 6th through October 19th. This is part one of a four part series that will be taking place throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. For more information about casting (supporting roles and extras included) email Amber DuPree and Rashida Davison at wanderingsolesmedia@gmail.com by September 25th. 



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 Ribbon

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.


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!