Main Menu

Multicultural Student Affairs Programming 2017 – 2018

Upcoming Events

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Dining Hall

Wednesday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Shepherd University, Dining Hall

Come join us at the Dining Hall to learn about another culture through food, music and amazing cultural locations!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Dining Services

safeTALK

Thursday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Shepherd University, Student Center, Cumberland Room

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Learning goals and objectives:

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present

Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked

Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide

Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe

Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

Training features:

Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer

Access to support from a local community resource person

Powerful audiovisual learning aids

The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe

Hands-on skills practice and development

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Furia Flamenca Dance Company

Friday, September 22 at 7:30

Shepherd University, Frank Arts Center

Furia Flamenca, an award-winning dance company, brings the ferocity and passion of flamenco to the stage and transports audiences to Southern Spain in technically refined, emotionally explosive, and dynamically choreographed dancing. Its unique style combines the traditional gypsy with the more modern flamenco to create a perfect balance. The most sought-after flamenco dance company in the DC Metro area, Furia Flamenca has performed in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the DC Metro area including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Terrace Theater, Lincoln Theatre, National Theatre, Wolf Trap, Baltimore Lyric Opera House, Publick Playhouse, and Alden Theatre, to name a few. The company is regularly invited to perform at Happenings at Harmon Hall and regularly performs at some of the biggest Metro DC festivals, such as the Washington Folk Festival, INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Dance DC Festival, Velocity DC, Taste of Bethesda, and the annual Washington, DC’s Feria de Sevilla. The company’s choreographies have been selected to participate in the areas most prestigious choreographer’s showcases including Dance Bethesda, World Dance Showcase, and Dance Place’s New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase. Their performances and productions have been recognized as some of the best in the DC Metro area with two Metro DC Dance awards in 2009 and five finalist nominations in 2012.  The company is an Arts Partner with the Joy of Motion Dance Center.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Voices on Campus: Latinx Rights

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Shepherd University, Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Voices on Campus is a continuing series on campus that gives a voice to those who may otherwise not have the opportunity. This session will explore issues and concerns relating to Latinx and Hispanic populations on campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

National Coming Out Day 2017

Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

Shepherd University, Student Center, Ram’s Den

Stop by at our table to pick up some helpful resources and awesome pride gear!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

Saturday, October 14 at  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Shepherdstown, North King Street

The Out of the Darkness Walks are proof that when people work together they can make big changes in the world. They are The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s largest fundraiser – they produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are smart about mental health.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Red Hoop Pow Wow

Saturday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Shepherd University, Wellness Center

The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invite you to experience Native American culture at the Red Hoop Pow Wow. The great drum will sound and an array of dancers in colorful regalia will affirm their unbroken link with the proud customs of their ancestors. The public is invited for the music, dancing, and food.

“Mitakuye oyasin” is a phrase from the Lakota language that translates into English as “all my relations,” and expresses an interconnected worldview of oneness, a spirit that event planners hope to share with all visitors to the pow-wow.

This All Nations pow-wow, presented and organized by the Brown and Winters families of Wanblee, South Dakota, is the third visit to the University campus. Dancers and singers are expected to arrive from several states, representing many Native American tribes. The Medicine Horse Singers will be the host drum. The head man will be Charlie Under Baggage. The head woman will be Jennifer Under Baggage. Reed Brown Jr. is the organizer and arena director for the Red Hoop Pow-wow. Mr. Brown, an Oglala Lakota, is a frequent visitor to Shepherdstown and has family connections in the area. Raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, his ancestors include the famed Sioux chief, Red Cloud, the medicine man, Chips, and the Moytoy line of Cherokee chiefs.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Voices on Campus: Ableism

Monday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Shepherd University, Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Voices on Campus is a continuing series on campus that gives a voice to those who may otherwise not have the opportunity. This session will explore issues and concerns relating to the idea of ableism on campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Movember Info Table

Tuesday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Shepherd University, Student Center, Ram’s Den

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. Join us in the Ram’s Den to come explore resources and get some awareness gear!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Voices on Campus: Veterans

Friday, November 10 at 7:oo p.m.

Shepherd University, Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Voices on Campus is a continuing series on campus that gives a voice to those who may otherwise not have the opportunity. This session will explore issues and concerns relating to Veteran populations on campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân Showing and Discussion

Monday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Shepherd University, Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

This documentary tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. Now they are saying loud and clear in their Native tongue, Âs Nutayuneân—We Still Live Here. Discussion will be led by Dr. Eva Maria Suarez-Budenbender of the English and Modern Languages Department.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs