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Sept. 23-27: The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: Law and Disorder Week
Sept. 26: Let's Get Free: Banned Writings of Black Liberationals
Sept. 28: The Organization for Accessible Water
Oct. 4: Save the Date: The George Zimmerman Verdict
Save the Date: Tango Fire Friday
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"My dream is to live in a society where our laws protect our children..."

- @sybrinafulton


As we come off another successful 2013 Ally Week, we now have the opportunity to take our notion of "Building CommUNITY" even further-as we support the No Place for Hate Task Force and its Law and Disorder Week.


Operating under the theme, "The Suffering Will Not Be Televised," this inaugural week will explore a myriad of topics, from implicit bias in human interaction, law enforcement and civilians' rights, to intragroup racism. 


But, this week goes further than just coming together to dialogue about "law" and "disorder."  This week will give us an opportunity to remember young, African American men like Jonathan Ferrell and Oscar Grant.


This Wednesday, September 25th we will learn more about Oscar, at a screening of Fruitvale Station at 7:00 p.m. Thank you to all who have reserved their tickets for Wednesday night as tickets have already sold out today. Thanks to a partnership with the Gateway Film Center, and multiple sponsorships from the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Bell National Resource Center and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, we will learn and experience how a simple decision can quickly impact one's life-and others'. Remember, for those students who have reserved your ticket, you must print out your ticket and present a valid student Buck ID at the Gateway Film Center.


We cannot sponsor meaningful discourse and events like this, without also remembering Trayvon Martin. His name and case, among other factors and occurrences, somewhat contributed to the development of our No Place for Hate Task Force. I am not sure where you were when the verdict was ultimately handed down, but I do recall the responses that we saw, heard and felt here in the Student Life Multicultural Center. Thanks to a group of like-minded students, faculty and staff, this week's start and end, will be a testament to their belief that even in moments of disagreement, there is learning, but more importantly, hope.


On the afternoon of Friday, September 27, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., I invite you to come to the Student Life Multicultural Center and pen a letter of support (and hope) to the Martin Family. The set-up will not be fancy-just paper, pen and laptops; and, the need for creating a safe space where people can perhaps express what they could not before or after the verdict.    


Throughout the week, you may see individuals walking around in black hoodies and red t-shirts referencing the week. Please note that a limited number of t-shirts will be available at each night's program for distribution. I only have one request. When you wear it, do it, thinking about all the other names that we could recall and Sybrina Fulton's ultimate wishes.


Standing in Solidarity...



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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. 23-27: The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: Law and Disorder Week

No Place For Hate Task Force presents 

The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: Law and Disorder Week 

September 23 - 27, 2013 


Monday, September 23 

"Your Perception Is Not My Reality" 

Hale Hall, MLK Lounge, 6:00-7:30 pm 

This panel discussion will address the role that implicit bias plays in human interaction, ways to identify it, and how to address it. Participants will explore (mis)perceptions of the Black community and the implications it possesses. The Trayvon Martin outcome will be examined. 

Hosted by: The Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity 


Tuesday, September 24 

"Red, Rights, and Blue" 

Ohio Union, Suite 1000, Student Life Multicultural Center, 6:00-7:30 pm 

Officers from the OSU Police Department will speak with audience members about law and its procedures and answer questions that directly affect civilians. Discussion surrounding best practices when confronted by police officers or law officials will be addressed. Learn about your rights as a civilian and become more familiar with the intentions of law enforcement. 

Hosted by: Student Life Multicultural Center 


Wednesday, September 25 

Fruitvale Station at the Gateway Film Center 

Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High Street, 7:00-9:30 pm 

We will be offering a private screening of Fruitvale Station which follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old resident of California's Bay Area, whose life takes a tragic turn at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. A brief discussion will follow in the theatre. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free to OSU students but they are limited. 

Sponsored by: The Office of the Vice President for Student Life, The Student Life Multicultural Center, Bell National Resource Center, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity


Thursday, September 26 

"Black People are Racist Too!" 

Hale Hall, MLK Lounge, 7:00-9:00 pm 

This speed dialogue program will explore several topics and themes that presented themselves on social media during the Zimmerman trial. Can black people be racist?, I am/am not Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel is stupid!, It's not about race! Come to the meeting to engage and share your thoughts on these hot topics. Hosted by: The Black Student Association 


Friday, September 27 

"Letters to Our Family" 

Ohio Union, Suite 1000, Student Life Multicultural Center, 12:00-7:00 pm 

This event will give students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to write letters of love, support, and encouragement to the family of Trayvon Martin. People can come in anytime between noon and 7 PM to write letters and sign petitions. We are asking that letters be handwritten, but we will provide laptops for necessary accommodations. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the Stand Your Ground Law Provision made for Ohio, and sign a petition against it. 

Hosted by: The African American Heritage Festival and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ohio State Chapter

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


Sept. 28: The Organization for Accessible Water

The Organization for Accessible Water is an on campus student organization tasked at spreading awareness on the water crisis around the world. OAW will be hosting a tailgate, Saturday,September 28th at the RPAC from 2-6pm. The event will offer free food and discussion on the water crisis.

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.


Save the Date: Tango Fire Friday
Don't miss Tango Fire Friday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Palace Theatre. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires brings this smoldering art form to the stage with an all-new production featuring 12 spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians, tracing the history of the art form from its origin on the streets of Buenos Aires through its evolution into contemporary ballroom styles. Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004B08F46BFBDF . Visit http://www.capa.com/ for the complete season!
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!
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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.


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

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