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Multicultural Student Affairs Programming 2016-2017

Upcoming 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, 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.

“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 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. Shepherd students enjoy free admission.  Non-student general public entry fee is $5, and children attend for $3.

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 will host the first annual social justice event, Hands for Humanity, at the Shepherd University Midway. From 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. join us as we learn about, discover, appriciate, 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 will come together united for all!
The purpose of this event is 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.

Past Events

“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 is National Coming Out Day.  Join us for a listening session about what coming out has meant for a diverse panel of staff and students at Shepherd.
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 will host an open forum featuring Spoken Word artist David A. Romero, who returns to Shepherd University to present his Activism 101 workshop. Through this session, you can learn how to organize the change you want to see on campus and how to become a constructive advocate on your campus, in your 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 will include Naim Muhammad, Tiana Davis, Da’Shawn Long, LaShawn Tolson, Evora Baker, and Dr. Tom Segar. Panel moderator will be 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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