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Multicultural Student Affairs Programming 2018-2019

Upcoming Events

Spring 2019

Multicultural Leadership Team Scholarship Applications Available

January 14, 2019 to February 1, 2019

Members of the Shepherd Student Multicultural Leadership Team are full-time degree-seeking students committed to enhancing cultural diversity and improving race relations locally, nationally, and internationally. Members of the Team participate in a multicultural leadership development program that equips, challenges, and empowers them to demonstrate their commitment to cultural and racial diversity by helping to prepare others to live, learn, work, and succeed in a pluralistic society. Applicants for this scholarship must be full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking Shepherd University students who demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to improving race relations, enhancing cultural diversity, and promoting multiculturalism.

Applications are available on Rampulse: https://shepherd.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/mlt

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs            

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ram’s Den, Student Center

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to student activism and empowerment, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Furry Friends Fundraiser 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rumsey Gallery, Student Center

Looking for love? There’s no better solution than Furry Friends! Come play with adoptable animals from local shelters on Wednesday January 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rumsey Gallery. An entry fee of a monetary donation or item required. All donations benefit local animal shelters in need. For more information contact kcale@shepherd.edu or hbrumbau@shepherd.edu

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Student Engagement

Phenomenal Woman Award Submissions

Friday, February 1, 2019 to Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Phenomenal Woman nominations are due on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Please submit your nominations through the Forms tab on the Multicultural Student Affairs RamPulse page or via email to kcale@shepherd.edu. In recognition of March being National Women’s History Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be hosting our fourth annual Phenomenal Woman Award Reception to honor the women of our campus community.  Although we will be celebrating all the wonderful people who identify as women of Shepherd University, this award will be given to 3 women on our campus community (faculty, staff, and student) whom exhibit characteristics that embody how phenomenal women are and how they enrich our society throughout the year. The women awarded will be nominated and chosen by the Shepherd University Community.

Link to Form: https://shepherd.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/msa

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ram’s Den, Student Center

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to contemporary Black activists, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

The Vagina Monologues

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Reynolds Hall

Come see Shepherd University’s production of The Vagina Monologues, a show for the purpose of ending violence against women and girls in Reynolds Hall on Feb. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.  The Vagina Monologues is more than just theater, it is an artistic uprising, a radical act, and an act of resistance. Students/Faculty/Staff: $5, General Admission $10.  All funds directly benefit The Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (formerly known as the Shenandoah Women’s Center) and community organizations to prevent violence against women and girls.

Sponsored by Title IX and The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Storer College Trip

Friday, February 22, 2019 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about the rich history of Appalachia, Storer College, or the Niagara Movement? Join us for a FREE trip to Harper’s Ferry, WV to learn about Storer College and its role in the American movement for social justice on Friday, February 22, 2019. Tour provided by an outstanding National Park Ranger in Harper’s Ferry. Free for Shepherd students, faculty, and staff. Transportation is provided. We will depart from Shepherd at Noon from in front of Erma Ora Byrd Hall and return by 3:30 pm. Email Keira Cale  (kcale@shepherd.edu) to reserve your spot for the trip.

Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership in partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs.

Soul Food Night

Wednesday, February 27 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Shepherd University Dining Hall

Shepherd University Dining Services and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be hosting the Annual Soul Food dinner. The menu includes the following: Roast Turkey Potato Wedges Green Bean Casserole Hugh Puppies Cornmeal Fried Catfish Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes Brown Gravy Signature Mac & Cheese Corn Muffins Spicy Collard Greens with Bacon

Sponsored by Shepherd University Dining Services and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

2nd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Center

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents the 2nd annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This conference was designed to explore topics of society including; race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, intersectionality, and empowerment. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend this free event. Conference gear will be provided to the first 20 student participants that RSVP to the event via Rampulse. All student participants will be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes.  Breakfast and Lunch provided.

RSVP here: https://shepherd.campuslabs.com/engage/event/3078096

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs with grant support from the WVHEPC Diversity for Equity Grant

5th Annual Storer College Faculty Award Presentation, Remarks, and Reception

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Storer Ballroom, Student Center

The Storer College Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member who incorporates diversity and social justice into teaching, research, scholarship, and interaction with students. A reception, including light refreshments, will follow the recognition of this year’s outstanding Storer College Faculty Award.

The award, sponsored by the Diversity & Equity Committee, with logistical support from Multicultural Student Affairs, underscores the significance and legacy of StorerCollege to this region. Past recipients can be found here – http://www.shepherd.edu/storer-college-faculty-award/

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ram’s Den, Student Center

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to inclusive feminism, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

4th Annual Phenomenal Woman Award Ceremony

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Storer Ballroom-Student Center

Please join us in recognizing our three Phenomenal Woman Recipients at our 4th annual Phenomenal Woman Award Ceremony. Although we will be celebrating all the wonderful women of Shepherd University, this award will be given to three women in our campus community (faculty, staff or student) whom exhibit characteristics that embody how phenomenal women are and how they enrich our society throughout the year. The women awarded will be nominated and chosen by the Shepherd University Community. Light refreshments to be served afterwards. Please contact kcale@shepherd.edu for any questions.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ram’s Den-Student Center

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Fall 2018

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia Table: Hispanic Heritage

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Shepherd University, Student Center, Ram’s Den

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to Hispanic Heritage month, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

safeTALK

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Shepherd University, Student Center, Cumberland Room

safeTALK is a three-hour 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 how to do the following:

*   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 include the following:

*   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

Voter Registration Table

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Shepherd University Student Center, Ram’s Den

Midterm elections (and exams) are happening soon! Are you registered to vote? If you are 18 years-old or older and have not registered to vote please visit the Rams Den on Tuesday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and register to vote!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shepherd University, Midway

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Program Board are hosting a Hispanic Heritage Festival to showcase different cultural aspects of our students that positively contribute to our campus community and beyond. During the event, there will be music, crafts, food, games, and more!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Program Board

Rams Rally for Respect

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Shepherd University, Amphitheater

Rams Rally for Respect will address racism, xenophobia, sexual violence, trafficking, and more. Our goal is to empower students to be passionate about standing up against all kinds of abuses. The event will explore dismantling discriminatory power structures by owning diversity and always questioning and refusing to be complacent with systems and situations that oppress marginalized populations.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and RisingLOVE

Coming Out Panel

Wednesday, October 10 from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m.

Shepherd University, Student Center, Storer Ballroom

The Coming Out Panel is a discussion based program designed to increase awareness about the diversity of different sexual orientations and gender identities through peer contact and conversation with audience members, as well as a chance for often silenced voices to speak out and be visible on campus.

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

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Gender Sexuality Alliance

National Coming Out Day 2018

Thursday, 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 and the Gender Sexuality Alliance

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia Table: Ableism and Neurodiversity

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Shepherd University, Student Center, Ram’s Den

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to ableism and neurodiversity, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Voices on Campus: Black Male Experiences, United States vs West Africa

Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Voices on Campus is a continuous series on campus that gives a voice to those who may otherwise not have the opportunity. As part of the International Culture Week, this session will explore the experiences of Black male individuals on campus raised in the United States compared to the experiences of Black male individuals on campus raised in West Africa. For more information, please contact Keira Cale at kcale@shepherd.edu or Fadela Belhaj at fbelhajs@shepherd.edu.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Global Shepherd Students

Multicultural Student Affairs Trivia Table: Native American Heritage

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Shepherd University, Student Center, Ram’s Den

Each month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring a trivia table where students have the opportunity to win prizes for answering a few quick questions surrounding a specific topic. This month’s topic will include questions relating to Native American Heritage month, so make sure you stop by!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs