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Intercultural Community News & Events                   October 2, 2013
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October is LGBTQ History Month
Oct. 2: Chit Chat with Cheryl
Oct. 4: The George Zimmerman Verdict
Oct. 10: An Evening with Janet Mock
Save the Date: Tango Fire Friday
Save the Date: Own It! A Retreat for Women of Color
Congratulations Heidi Liou
Social Justice Engagement
Free Walk in HIV/STI Testing
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The value of working in a space that acknowledges and honors diversity, inclusion and interculturalism, is that there is always "room to grow." All three of these concepts are fluid and constantly evolving. I would even liken this evolution to a reoccurring theme in our space over the past few weeks, "Building CommUNITY."

This week, as we kick-off our 2013 LGBTQ Heritage and Awareness Month, we know that Building a CommUNITY takes time-to locate those with like-minded interests who are committed to a common goal. But, "Building CommUNITY" also poses unique challenges, particularly when silos and barriers, or attitudes and missed opportunities to interact and engage with others who may not eat, speak or worship like us, aren't had (or taken advantage of).
I invite you to (purposefully) interact and engage with us throughout the entire month of October. Perhaps, you will join me as we view two photo exhibits, Love Makes a Family and We Have Faith, in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union throughout October. It has been a few years since I have seen Love Makes a Family, but the photo exhibit is a poignant tribute to family, identity and love. 
Or, maybe you will join Angie Wellman, our Intercultural Specialist for LGBTQ Student Initiatives (thanks for all of your hard work!), when she screens the documentary, "Anyone and Everyone," on Tuesday, October 8th at 4:00 p.m., in the Student Life Multicultural Center. This piece takes a look at families dispersed throughout the United States, who come to terms with what "family" means-when a child explores his/her sexual orientation.
Likewise, I encourage you to come and hear from our annual National Coming Out Day keynote speaker, Janet Mock. Known widely as a writer and activist, Ms. Mock will share her personal narrative about coming out and responsibility to serve as an out-advocate. We will welcome Janet on Thursday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Cartoon Room (Ohio Union).
October presents a wonderful opportunity for us to continue to "Build CommUNITY." Together, we can create the space where we break down the silos and barriers; comb through the attitudes; and, hopefully embrace new opportunities. Won't you join us?
Building Community, One Buckeye at a Time...


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Dr. Davida L. Haywood
Director, Student Life Multicultural Center  
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 colorful month-long series of events. This month we focus on "Building CommUNITY!"


Please take a moment and browse our "Love Makes a Familty & We Have Faith" Photo Exhibit out in the Ohio Union Great Hall through the month of October. 
Oct. 2: Chit Chat with Cheryl 
Allies for Diversity is collaborating with RHAC this week to chat about diversity and inclusion Wednesday, October 2nd at 7p.m. in Taylor Tower. Cheryl Lyons, the Director of Residence Life, will be discussing bias incidents, gender neutral housing and other topics surrounding the importance of inclusion in our living environments.

Free Jimmy Johns and cookies will be available!

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.


Oct. 10: An Evening with 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

Contact: Angie Wellman, wellman.63@osu.edu



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!
Save the Date: Own It! A Retreat for Women of Color
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

Congratulations Heidi Liou!
Congratulations to our very own Student Associate, Heidi Liou on her submission to the recent Coke/Art Recycling contest. Heidi Liou is a third year Fashion and Retail Studies major who designed a shirt out of a canvas laundry bag that she received from the Involvement Fair. She also made a headband and bracelet out of old t-shirts. This competition invited students to create works of art from recycled materials.
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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