Minot State University Diversity Week looks at "Strength through Diversity: Community and Place"
Minot State Universityís Diversity Week, "Strength through Diversity: Community and Place," is Feb. 8-12. Diversity Week will involve a range of presentations, film screenings, lectures and interactive programs that will attempt to broaden understanding and openness to the community and world around us. The Soul Food Celebration is not officially part of Diversity Week, but it is a diversity event.
Schedule of Events
Monday, February 8th
- Engagement Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Conference Center (Student Center, third floor)
In the spirit of Vision 2013, we are promoting learning through varied experiences and the relevance of engagement of Minot State University students, faculty and staff in our larger community. This event is designed to begin a dialogue between members of the community and MSU about how we can best work together for our mutual benefit. The Engagement Fair will have tables for both MSU departments as well as for area organizations and businesses to provide information on their programs and to promote ideas about sharing our time, talent, and energy.
- The Lost Colony: A Broadside Ballad, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Aleshire Theater
Rick Watson, singer/speaker; Loren Files, Bass guitar; Josh Rivera, percussion; Alex Barcomb, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. Part poem, part song, East/West folk jazz ... focusing on the way places and spaces do and do not embrace the diverse ways of seeing creation - new ways of seeing life and history that come upon people from the outside ... an ultimately hopeful piece of music and verse that points to a future for people to see the power of our planet and the cosmos around us to shape reality whether we embrace change and diversity or not.
Tuesday, February 9th
- Student Social Work Organization presentation on Service Learning, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Main 106
Students will share how they have been involved in community projects. They will focus on what they have learned, how they think they have grown through this involvement, and how the community work fits with their academic work.
- Rabbit Proof Fence, 7:30-10 p.m., Aleshire Theater
Participants will watch "Rabbit Proof Fence" and then participate in a discussion following the film. "Rabbit-Proof Fence" is a 2002 Australian film (directed by Phillip Noyce) based on the book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It concerns the author's mother and two other young, mixed-race Aboriginal girls who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth. They fled in order to return to their Aboriginal families after being placed there in 1931. The film follows the girls as they trek/walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2414km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong. (summary provided by IMDB)
Wednesday, February 10th
- Connecting Non-local Students to the History and Culture of North Dakota
Dr. Lori Willoughby and Dr. Gary Ross, 10-10:50 a.m., Main 109
Developing a sense of place is important for students who complete their degrees from a distance and for those who come from a distance. In this presentation, Willoughby and Ross share how during a three-day orientation they help to build a sense of place in the College of Business, at MSU and in North Dakota.
- Indian Taco Sale, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Main, first-floor hallway
- Chinese Culture Presentation
Dr. Schun Yee "Florence" Flesche and her daughter, 3-3:50 p.m., Main 211
Thursday, February 11th
- Iím Not Broken: Donít Fix Me!
JoLynn Webster, Lynne Rumney, Paula Burckhard, Dawn Olson, Kally-Anna Paradis in a panel presentation, 9-9:50 a.m., Main 106 Although individuals with disabilities make up the single largest minority group in our country, many cultural stereotypes and myths persist. Members of the panel will discuss a myth-busting disability studies course at Minot State University that helps students understand how to respect, include and support individuals with disabilities across the life span, in an increasingly diverse American population.
- Food Fair, everyone is invited - free food! 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Multicultural Center
- Music provided by Erik Anderson and Johnny Coomansingh, noon-12:30 p.m., Multicultural Center
- Peru Study Tour Presentation
Kemerly Moorhouse, 1-2 p.m., Main 106
Cultural immersion tours provide a great opportunity for people to get a life experience in another culture. During the Peru study tour, participants learned through their everyday experience the differences between the Peruvian culture and their own. Attendees will learn about participantsí experiences through anecdotes and photographs of the trip and how this immersion experience changed their lives.
Tuesday, February 16th
- MSU Black Student Association Soul Food Celebration, Minot Municipal Auditorium
The MSU Black Student Association invites the Minot State community to the Soul Food Celebration. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner follows at 7. The social hour will include music, poetry and games for all ages. Food will include hot, homemade chicken, cornbread, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, Jamaican food and desserts. Tickets, available from MSU Black Student Association members and at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, are $10 for an adult or $8 for children or with an MSU ID. One hefty, scrumptious plate per ticket, while tickets last; 150 seats are available. For more information, contact Joe Davis, MSU Black Student Association president, at email@example.com or 721-1935.