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Intercultural Community News & Events                   October 7, 2013
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October is LGBTQ History Month
Oct. 9: Food for Thought @ Hillel
Oct. 10: An Evening with Janet Mock
Oct. 18: Tango Fire Friday
Nov. 1: Ohio State Law Fair
Nov. 2: Standing on the Side of Justice
Save the Date: Own It! A Retreat for Women of Color
Social Justice Engagement
Free Walk in HIV/STI Testing
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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to work the registration table at Parent and Family Weekend. Besides meeting wonderful and supportive Buckeye Parents, I heard "touching" stories about why so many families return each year. Many cited the "sense of family" that our great institution exudes. Others said they love the entertainment and being on campus during football season. I even had a few whisper to me that they love the free swag, especially the parent totes (they are quite lovely and make sturdy shopping bags)!

Later that afternoon, I attended the Student Life Multicultural Center's contribution to the weekend. Thanks to TJ Stewart, assistant director of Intercultural Programming (and some of our incredibly talented office interns), the Center presented, "Rock, Pop and Soul! Do You Hear What I Hear?" Mixing part lecture, with media, song and audience participation, attendees heard a music lover's roll call of "oldies, but goodies," inspirational melodies and classic Hip-Hop records, with the aim of deconstructing the lyrics for deeper meaning.
Not only was the session creative and unique, but acknowledged the many contributions of musicians and songwriters to the diverse, American fabric. Standing in the rear of the workshop also confirmed what I have always known-that Buckeye Parents are pretty cool! When we rocked out to the Rolling Stones and U2, I saw parents tapping their feet, swaying in their chairs and mouthing the words! Who knew that our parents could move (and groove) to "Rock, Pop and Soul?"
As a parent, who is constantly reminded not to embarrass my son with my own dance moves (back in the day, I could cut a mean rug), it is good to know that places and spaces like ours, can create and implement intercultural programming that spans multiple generations. Regardless of the genre, music has a way of making us close our eyes, and recall where we were the first time we heard a particular song. I gather that many of our Buckeye Parents did this on Saturday and perhaps as they returned home on Sunday.
This week, I invite you to join us for a number of meetings and events. Please check our calendar of events at http://multiculturalcenter.osu.edu/events/. All are welcome!
Until the next record spins...



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Dr. Davida L. Haywood
Director, Student Life Multicultural Center  
October is LGBTQ History Month

Celebrate 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. 9: Food for Thought "Dilemmas and Opportunities

after recent Iran - US talks"

"Food for Thought" is a six session event that will touch on different important matters every month: human rights, women rights, LGBTQ around the world, African-American identity, humanitarian aid, and more. Open your mind, eyes, and ears! Join us for a FREE DINNER and discussion on October 9th at 6 p.m. at OSU Hillel (46 E. 16th Ave.) and explore middle East changes from an Iranian born Israeli, Meir Javedanfar.
For more information contact Keren Cohen, keren.osu@gmail.com.  


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



Oct. 18: 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!
Nov. 1: Ohio State Law Fair
The Pre-Law Advising, Undergraduate Black Law Student Association and the Moritz College of Law presents their annual Ohio State Law Fair and the Law School Admissions Meet & Greet!  Come and meet over 80 law school representatives from around the nation who will share information with you about their respective university and the law school admissions process November 1st from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at the Ohio Union in the Archie Griffin Ballroom. This program is free and open to the public. For questions regarding the Law Fair, contact: Ryan Heitkamp, Pre Law Advising at heitkamp.12@osu.edu


Nov. 2: Standing on the Side of Justice

ACLU of Ohio, Ohioans to Stop Executions, and Ohio Organizing Collaborative presents Standing on the Side of Justice Saturday, November 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse.


Stand up for justice at the Ohio Statehouse! Join a coalition of faith groups, unions, professional associations, community groups, and rights organizations as they call for Ohio lawmakers to:

  • Halt the death penalty;
  • End the War on Drugs and mass incarceration;
  • Break job barriers for the formerly incarcerated; and
  • Stop "stand your ground" proposals.

For more information, contact us at contact@acluohio.org, or  visit our calendar page.

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

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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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.

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