Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location:  Show Me Center
Time:  6:00 p.m.

This annual dinner event will feature Ms. Soledad O'Brien as the guest speaker, along with stirring tributes to Dr. King and his legacy. Dinner tickets are $20 and can be purchased by submitting a reservation through the Registration Form.

For more information, please contact Online Learning by calling at (573) 651-2626 or mlkcommittee@semo.edu.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-A-Thon

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Location: Local Schools

Volunteers go out into the local schools and share multicultural literature with children.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marcia Brown-Haims at (573) 651-2188 or mjbrown@semo.edu.

Dark Girls - A Dialogue

Date:  Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: University Center - Redhawks Room
Time:  6:30 p.m.

Dark Girls ia a fascinating and controversial film that has gone underneath the surface to explore the prejudice dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It examines the roots of classicm, racism and the challenges they encounter in America to the most remote corners of the globe. Segments of the film will provide the discussion points to lead a conversation on the impact of that discrimination based on skin color and complexion can have on the self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-acceptance of women of color.

For more information, please contact India Jeffery at (573) 986-7444 or ijeffery@semo.edu

Connections through Cultural
Competence (Activity)

Date:  Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: University Center - Indian Room
Time:  6:00 p.m.

Participants will be encouraged to engage in a proactive and productive facilitated discussion on cross-cultural experiences promoting cultural understanding and competence. This session will provide open discussion highlighting the need to address stereotypes and debunk myths in an effort to promote campus-wide inclusion. Participants are encouraged to bring an open mind and be willing to share personal experiences, thoughts and reactions to the conversations that take place and demonstrate a willingness to be a change agent. This activity will revolve around audience participation. Facilitators will be prepared with a series of topics that will highlight the need for cultural competence across campus.

For more information, please contact Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-2512 or vzalite@semo.edu.

The Etiquette Advantage

Date:  Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: University Center, Ballroom B
Time:  5:00 p.m.

Manners Matter! Learn how to present a professional image when dining with future employers and colleagues. Join us for an interactive dining experience covering professional dress, etiquette, and social skills.

For more information, please contact Sean Spinks at (573) 651-2273 or sspinks@semo.edu

The Black Evolution

Date:  Friday, February 20, 2015
Location: Towers Cafe
Time:  8:00 p.m.

From February 16 to February 20, Black Student Union will be hosting event depicting the Black Evolution in our world. Monday's event will be an African Dance Workout, Tuesday will be a one act play on slavery, Wednesday will resemble the Harlem Renaissance in the form of an open mic night, Thursday will be a forum on white privilege, and Friday will be a soul food dinner either catered or cooked depending on prices with spades, dominoes, and music. The money would be for the soul food dinner.

For more information, please contact Micah Thomas at (314) 898-6407 or msthomas2s@semo.edu.

Manifest Your Destiny (University Speaker
Series presentation and Michael Davis lecture)

Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Academic Hall Auditorium
Time:  7:30 p.m.

Hill Harper is a humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator, and philanthropist. He is currently starring in the USA Network's "Covert Affairs." He is also the author of four New York Times best sellers. His collective writing and acting work has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards. Harper created the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering, inspiring, and guiding your toward a better future. Through the organization, he visits correctional facilities to deliver powerful motivational messages of hope and self-empowerment to young people serving their time and longing for a new way of life.

For more information, please contact Joanna Shaver at (573) 651-2280 or jshaver@semo.edu.

National TRIO Day Celebration

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Location: Show Me Center- Meeting Room
Time: 6:00 p.m.
*By Invitation Only

National TRIO Day celebrates the sustained impact and success of the Federal TRIO programs in communities and reflects on the importance of educational opportunity programs in creating a fairer society for all Americans. As a critical component of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, TRIO programs work to protect and further access to higher education for low-income, first-generation students, students with disabilities and veterans and are committed to the principles of social justice. Accomplishments of current and former participants in the Southeast TRIO Programs will be highlighted.

For more information, please contact Monica Barnes at (573) 986-6135 or mbarnes@semo.edu.