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Multicultural Student Affairs Programming 2016-2017

Upcoming Events

Storer College Faculty Award

The third Annual Storer College Faculty Award ceremony will take place in February 2017 as a celebration of Black History Month. More details to come.

The Storer College Faculty Award recognizes a member of the faculty at Shepherd University who incorporates diversity and social justice into their classroom, research, scholarship, and interaction with students.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Diversity and Equity Committee.

Phenomenal Woman Ceremony

The second Annual Phenomenal Woman Ceremony will take place in March 2017 as a celebration of Women’s History Month. More details to come.

The Phenomenal Woman Ceremony is an awards ceremony to celebrate the women of Shepherd University and to award two women (Faculty, Staff, or Student) in recognition of showcasing all the great things women contribute to our society and for empowering our students who identify as women to be active and inspirational members of society.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Past Events

Red Hoop Pow Wow

Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shepherd University Student Center, Storer Ballroom

This All Nations pow-wow, presented and organized by the Brown and Winters families of Wanblee, South Dakota, wass the third visit to the University campus. Dancers and singers traveled from several states, representing many Native American tribes. The Medicine Horse Singers were the host drum. The head man was Charlie Under Baggage. The head woman was 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.

“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.

The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Hands for Humanity

Monday, November 14, 2016, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Shepherd University Midway

On November 14, the Multicultural Leadership Team hosted the first annual social justice event, Hands for Humanity, at the Shepherd University Midway. Over 60 people attended to learn about, discover, appreciate, and love the diversity and cultures that make Shepherd University amazing. While we share our support and passion for those that are in need, we came together united for all!
The purpose of this event was to bring awareness to the issues that are affecting our nation and to promote a positive relationship between our community, university, organizations, and individual staff and students. Our hope is that everyone who ever comes to Shepherd feels supported, appreciated, loved, understood, and most importantly safe.
Sponsored by the Multicultural Leadership Team and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

“LGBTQ Voices on Campus: Coming Out Stories” Listening Session

Tuesday, October 11, 2016  at 7:45 p.m.

Shepherd University Student Center, Storer Ballroom

Tuesday, October 11 was National Coming Out Day.  A diverse panel of staff and students at Shepherd came together to take part in a listening session about what coming out has meant to them.
Sponsored by ALLIES, Counseling Services, Student Activities & Leadership, and Multicultural Student Affairs. 

Activism 101 with David A. Romero

September 28, 2016

Shepherd University Student Center, Storer Ballroom

The Multicultural Leadership Team hosted an open forum featuring Spoken Word artist David A. Romero, who returned to Shepherd University to present his Activism 101 workshop. Through this session, attendees learned how to organize the change they want to see on campus and how to become constructive advocates on campus, in the community, and in the world. FREE for Shepherd students.

“Black Voices on Campus: Common Issues and Divergent Perspectives” Listening Session

September 13, 2016

Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education

A listening session featuring the voices of African American students, staff, and faculty about their experiences of being black on campus and in the community. Panelists included Naim Muhammad, Tiana Davis, Da’Shawn Long, LaShawn Tolson, Evora Baker, and Dr. Tom Segar. Panel moderator was Dr. Richie Stevens.
Hosted in partnership with Shepherd University Student Activities & Leadership, Common Reading, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Black Student Union

Public Forum on LGBT Issues: A Global Perspective in Advocacy And Human Rights

July 12, 2016

Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

This forum explored the struggle in the United States for equal rights and protection for LGBT individuals to live openly without discrimination since the legalization of same-sex marriage in June 2015, which created a backlash of more than 100 bills introduced in 22 states that would legalize discrimination against them. The forum addressed what this backlash means for human rights in the United States, what the experiences of LGBT citizens are in other cultures, and how citizens of the U.S. can work together to create a more just, tolerant, and diverse community. The forum included a panel of six scholars, policy makers, and activists including Norge Espinosa Mendoza, a poet, playwright, and cultural critic.

Hosted in partnership with the Shepherd University Department of Music, the Office of International Student Affairs, and the Lifelong Learning Program.

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