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African/African American Community News & Events

September 30, 2013

In this Issue
October is LGBTQ History Month
Beyond White Supremacy
The George Zimmerman Verdict
Own It! Women's Retreat
Annual Research Competion
Social Justice Engagement
HIV/STI Testing
Community Connections
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Katherine Betts





Katherine Betts,
Intercultural Specialist



October is LGBTQ History Month
As we close out our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, we enter into celebrating LGBTQ History Month. Every October, the Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors a month-long series of events. 


Please take a moment and browse our "Love Makes a Familty & We Have Faith" Photo Exhibit out in the Ohio Union Great Hall beginning October 1st.
Also, MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our keynote speaker, Janet Mock! In celebration of National Coming Out Day, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Student Life Multicultural Center welcome writer and activist, Janet Mock, on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Ohio Union Cartoon Rooms. She will share her story of coming out as a trans woman, and the importance of being out as an act of advocacy. Her memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More will publish on Feb. 4, 2014. For more information visit go.osu.edu/JanetMock or contact Angie Wellman, wellman.63@osu.edu.  
Oct. 1: Beyond White Supremacy: Visiting Distinguished Professor in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The Women's Place, Office of

Diversity & Inclusion, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, The

College of Arts & Sciences present American author, feminist, and social activist bell hooks.


hooks will be presenting a lecture Tueday, October 1st entitled "

Beyond White Supremacy: Visiting Distinguished Professor in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies" in  Hitchcock Hall, RM 131 at 4 p.m. The admission is first come, first served.


bell hooks will also be conducting a reception & book signing following the lecture at 5:30 p.m. at the patio between Hitchcock Hall & Knowlton Hall. Look for signs post-lecture.


 Oct. 4: 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.
Own It! Women's Retreat 
Own It! A Retreat for Women of Color
Friday, November 22nd through
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
Annual Research Competion
The National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates is in the process of preparing for its February 10-15, 2014 conference.  


The national organization sponsors an annual research competition that is open to students who study in all fields and disciplines. There are two research classes: (1) undergraduate and (2) graduate students. The research review committee awards identical prizes in both classes. They include:

  • One $1,000 first place prize
  • Two $500 second place prizes
  • Five $200 third place prizes  

In addition, all participants are eligible to have their research papers published in the National Monograph Series. All participants are recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Click here for more information.


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.