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Calendar

Below is a running lists of events that will be periodically updated with our multicultural student organizations' scheduled programs. Another excellent resource for campus-wide events and a wider range of approved cultural credit opportunities is the university's calendar of events.

January

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1 to 3 p.m. - Org Fair - Second Annual Only Love Photo Campaign - Stetson Green

Sponsored by Safe Zone and the Cross Cultural Center.

The Only Love Project Photo Campaign is a Safe Zone initiative to create a safe and accepting campus. The purpose of the photo campaign is to raise awareness that there are allies who care about those that are struggling with their sexual identity. This event is free to the Stetson University community. Participants are asked to wear white and can pose by themselves or in groups. The photo booth will be set up in the Cross Cultural Center.

For more information, contact rstabile@stetson.edu or visit http://www.onlyloveproject.tk/.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - MSC Leadership Retreat (off-campus) - Clarion Hotel, Orlando

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Council

The MSC Leadership Retreat is a mandatory event for MSC representatives and invited organization leaders.

Monday, January 20, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement.

  • 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Keynote Speaker - Hollis Center Field House
  • 10:30 a.m. to Noon - MLK, Jr. Unity March - Chisholm Community Center, DeLand, Fla.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Day of Service - various locations

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TBD - MSC Fit: Women Taking Charge: Self-Care and Power Machines - Hollis Center

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Council and the Black Student Association.

MSC Fit is an initiative that empowers women of diverse backgrounds to take charge of their fitness regimen and includes an orientation to the gym, sessions on how to use equipment, and a chance to learn how to utilize resources such as fitness trainers and nutritionists.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Second Annual Civil Rights Speaker Series: 1963 Children's Crusade: Janice Kelsey - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center and the Stetson University Department of Education.

The second annual Civil Rights Speakers Series features Janice Kelsey, a child foot solider during the American Civil Rights Movement's Birmingham Children's Crusade. Kelsey has a 33-year career in the Birmingham school system. She was introduced to her first "mass meeting" in the Birmingham Movement in 1963 and remembers personally being in the audience and hearing the messages of Martin Luther King, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Rev. James Bevel. She remembers the self-actualizing moment of her decision to participate in the workshops on nonviolence and join the children's movement. She has special memories of May 2, 1963, "D-Day" -- the first mass march in the "children's campaign." She remembers being stopped by police as she walked with other students from the Sixteenth Street Church toward City Hall, and that when the students stood in line following the police order to end their march, they were arrested on the spot and jailed.

Join us in hearing this dynamic journey, moderated by College of Law professor Bob Bickel. This event is free and open to the public. It is not a recordable event by outside agencies. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Social Justice Leadership Retreat - Off-campus

Sponsored by Student Development and Campus Vibrancy and the Cross Cultural Center.

The Social Justice Leadership Retreat is a three-day immersion aimed at empowering students. This experience is open to Stetson University students who want to understand systems of oppression, privilege, identity development and take action to create a more fair and just world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn, explore and reflect on issues of social justice with their peers. They will also have the opportunity to explore their own identities and backgrounds while connecting with other students. Students will work in small teams and with the full group for a variety of interactive activities and discussions followed by self-reflection. The cost is free to students and all meals are included*. Enroll by January 17, 2014.

February

Monday, February 3, 2014

Noon to 3 p.m. - Lunar New Year - CUB Steps

Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, APAC and the Multicultural Student Council.

The Lunar New Year celebration will include a fusion of musical performances, art demonstrations, Chinese name art and food. Performances by the Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple, Inc. will commence at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

5 to 7:30 p.m. - Film Viewing: The Power of One - Cross Cultural Center

Sponsored by Africana Studies and the Cross Cultural Center.

The Power of One is a 1992 dramatic film based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Bryce Courtenay. Set in South Africa during World War II, the film centers on the life of Peter Philip 'Peekay', a young English boy raised under apartheid, and his conflicted relationships with a German pianist, a Colored boxing coach, and an Afrikaner romantic interest. Directed and edited by John G. Avildsen, the film stars Stephen Dorff, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Daniel Craig. Film and discussion led by Susan Peppers-Bates, Ph.D. and Stuart Michelson, Ph.D.

The event is open to students only. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

10 a.m. to Noon - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - Rinker Field

Sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega.

Registration: 9 a.m. - Rinker Field (registration and finish line) and CUB Circle/Emily Hall path (race walk)

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. In partnership with the Office of Wellness and Recreation and the Cross Cultural Center, this event is sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega as a means to bring attention to silent issues around domestic violence against women. Everyone is welcome to participate -- men are highly encouraged to wear high heels. Signups begin Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on the CUB steps. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on February 8, 2014 to conclude with complimentary food and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit local domestic abuse shelters in Volusia County.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Black PRIDE (LGBT Panel) - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by Safe Zone and the Cross Cultural Center.

A "fishbowl" look into the ways lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning individuals address the complexities of race, gender, gender expression and social pressures as they shift identities to "survive", "pass" and "succeed". Candid conversations followed by Q&A. Refreshments will be provided. Not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Social Justice Lecture Series: Susan Rankin - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Spring Social Justice Lecture Series will feature Susan Rankin, Ph.D., who will share a broad perspective on acceptance and freedom: how we should think about race, class, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and other underserved communities. These sessions would complement the work we are doing around transgender awareness and also tap into current events related to Supreme Court rulings and social justice issues that impact sexual minorities. They would also stimulate thought about ways in which Stetson University can better build cross-cultural community alliances and coalitions, thus providing a greater collective resource for under-served communities. Not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - John B Well Week: Love Louder Photo Project Campaign - Hollis Center

Sponsored by the Counseling Center.

Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression. Even as we work to stop negative words and actions that hurt us, we can strengthen our abilities to cope with hard times, focus on the positive, support the people around us and reach out for help if we need it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

1 to 3 p.m. - Second Annual Only Love Campaign - Stetson Green

Sponsored by Safe Zone and the Cross Cultural Center.

The Only Love Project Photo Campaign is a Safe Zone initiative to create a safe and accepting campus. The purpose of the photo campaign is to raise awareness that there are allies who care about those that are struggling with their sexual identity. This event is free to the Stetson University community. Participants are asked to wear white and can pose by themselves or in groups. The photo booth will be set up in the Cross Cultural Center.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Dark Girls Documentary and Panel Discussion - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by the Black Student Association, the Multicultural Student Council and the Cross Cultural Center.

Panelists featuring prominent female leaders in Volusia County will challenge excerpts of the documentary Dark Girls, which explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black-American culture. The documentary explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Moderated by Francina Eilen. Not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

6 to 11 p.m. - Annual BSA Ball and Banquet - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by the Black Student Association.

One of the most anticipated events of the year, the ball features cultural foods, entertainment and music around a featured theme. Get ready to be enlightened -- this year's theme is the "Civil Rights Movement." Dare to be significant and experience the civil rights movement like never before. RSVP by contacting BSA bsa@stetson.edu. Tickets will be available for $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to BSA philanthropy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Author Lawrence C. Ross Jr. The Divine Nine: The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities in America - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Cross Cultural Center.

America's black fraternities and sororities are a unique and vital part of 20th century African American history. Since the creation of the first black fraternity in 1906 at Cornell University, they have provided young black achievers with opportunities to support each other, while serving their communities and the nation. From pioneering work in the suffragette movement to extraordinary strides during the Civil Rights era to life-changing inner-city mentoring programs in the 1990s, members of these organizations share a proud and vital history of brotherhood, sisterhood and service. Author Lawrence C. Ross Jr. will discuss how these organizations have played a major role in shaping generations of black leaders. Open to the public. Not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

March

Monday, March 10 and 11, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. - PRIDE WEEK: Juicy Justine featuring panel - Stetson Room, Carlton Union Building

Sponsored by Kaleidoscope Gender and Sexuality Diverse Student Organization.

Annual presentation by Juicy Justine.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - PRIDE WEEK/TRANSaction Day -- Certified Transgender Sensitivity Training for Law Enforcement - Lynn Business Center

Sponsored by Safe Zone and the Cross Cultural Center.

A lack of consistent identity documents, fear of prejudiced officers and other factors can create complicated problems for transgender individuals when interacting with police. The Transgender Sensitivity Training for law enforcement is a proactive measure to lessen the impact of discrimination, dispel transphobic attitudes and establish protocols for handling interactions with transgender individuals. Sessions include:

  • TRANS 101
  • Protocol and Practical Strategies
  • Recognizing Hate Crimes and Harassment
  • Traffic Stops and Initial Contacts Between Police and the Trans Community

RSVP is required.

2:30 to 4 p.m. - TRANSaction Day: HirStory -- How We Identify panel presentation - Lynn Business Center room 108

Sponsored by the Safe Zone and the Multicultural Student Council.

All people have multiple identities which often overlap, intertwine and impact each other in different ways. Trans identities are singular facets of the individual -- panelists will present a wide spectrum of gender identities, a brilliant array of pathways and the ties that bind these identities to their work and the community. Candid conversations and Q&A to follow. This is not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

7 to 8:30 p.m. - TRANSaction Day Keynote Speaker: Kye Allums - Rinker Field House

Sponsored by the Safe Zone and the Multicultural Student Council.

Kye Allums is the first publicly transgender person to play NCAA Division I college basketball. Kye, a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., announced in November 2010 that while he identifies as male, he will continue playing on the women's basketball team. Kye recognizes that the media attention around his coming out can provide visibility for the trans community. At this session he will share his journey and explore next steps for inclusion and diversity in the sports arena and college campuses. This is not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

5 to 6:30 p.m. - PRIDE WEEK/BOOKFEAST: ZAMI - A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography by Audre Lorde - Cross Cultural Center

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Council and Africana Studies.

ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle, which captures the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s. She explores the complexities of the multiple intersectionalities of her identity as a black feminist lesbian. This is a very powerful book. Refreshments will be provided. Free copies of the book are limited. Contact tri-c@stetson.edu to sign up for the Bookfeast. Student ID is required for cultural credit. Bookfeast led by Susan Peppers-Bates, Ph.D.

11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. - PRIDE WEEK: Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show - Lee Chapel

Sponsored by Kaleidoscope Gender and Sexuality Diverse Student Organization.

A loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a campy, sloppy salute to horror movies and sexual liberation. Wear your best costume. Bring your sense of humor. And some toast.

Friday, March 14, 2014

8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - PRIDE WEEK: Prom Night - Location Allen Hall

Sponsored by Kaleidoscope Gender and Sexuality Diverse Student Organization.

Attire for the night is dressy, but that ranges from tuxes and gowns to "church clothes" to a suit and cocktail dress to retro prom outfits for some. Basically, dress it up as much as you'd like.

Monday, March 17, 2014

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Day of Dialogue: Understanding Muslim Culture and Islam (RESCHEDULED)

Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Center at Celebration.

The day of dialogue is a peek into the incredibly diverse cultures of Muslims and will feature a combination of plenaries and breakout sessions with notable community leaders, scholars and individuals. Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Gender Roles in the Family and Community
  • Muslim Youth Perspectives
  • Education
  • Traditions

The purpose is to underscore the importance of enlightenment, personal growth and social progress to develop cooperation and harmonious communities. Space is limited. RSVP is required. This is not a recordable event. Student ID is required for cultural credit.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

7 - 8:30 p.m. - The Politics of Natural Hair

This event is for any and everyone who would like to gain a little knowledge of all that is ETHNIC HAIR. At this event we will provide a timeline of black hair. Presentation followed by a panel discussion around the differences and beauties of having natural and processed hair. This event will raise awareness of the stigmas that women with natural hair go through in everyday life. Co-Facilitated by Francina Elien and Dr. Shawnrece Campbell.

Friday, March 21, 2014

7 to 10 p.m. - Greek Week: Stompfest - Edmunds Center

Sponsored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement, the Black Student Association and the Cross Cultural Center.

Stompfest is a step show -- an elaborate synchronization of foot stomping and hand clapping -- traditionally performed in the African-American National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Stompfest includes artist performances, dance exhibitions and a comic host, creating an experience unlike any other. This is an inaugural event wherein the step show is judged on precision, degree of difficulty and originality. Each organization is allowed 15 minutes to showcase their hard work and talent to the audience and judges. Tickets required for admission.

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Carnival - Rinker Field House

Sponsored by the Caribbean Student Organization.

The most anticipated annual event of the year! Costumes, Caribbean food and dance hall music. Free and open to the campus community.

April

Tuesday, April 2, 2014

6 to 8 p.m. - Annual Trilogue of the Abrahamic Faiths - Allen Hall (RESCHEDULED)

Jewish, Christian and Muslim people come together to find common ground by exploring their common origin. In this session participants will hear multiple perspectives and engage in open dialogue around differences and commonalities that highlight the importance of faith as one dimension of individual identity.

This program is held in response to the national Interfaith Youth Core "Better together Day" which is a pledge to stand up to intolerance and build interfaith cooperation. Free Halal and kosher food provided.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6 to 8 p.m. - MSC Lavender and Achievement Ceremony - Rinker Field House, Hollis Center

Sponsored the Multicultural Student Council.

The Lavender and MSC Recognition Ceremony will recognize LGBTQIA graduates, multicultural student organization leaders and supportive faculty and staff for their contributions.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6 to 7 p.m. - Poverty and Homelessness: Seeking a Deeper Understanding- Stetson Room, CUB

Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center and Dr. Shankar-Brown

Presentation by Dr. Shankar-Brown including lecture, narratives including children's voices, and film clips – followed by a whole group discussion on poverty and homelessness in our community and the United States.

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