Southeast Missouri State University

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

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

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-a-Thon will be held in February 2014.  Volunteers will go out into the Elementary Schools in the Cape community and share multicultural literaure with the students.  Volunteer training sessions will be held early in the Spring 2014 semester.  Persons who wish to volunteer to read will need to attend one of these sessions, and select a class to read to, based on the schedule provided.  Books will be available for checkout at these meetings.  Volunteers will also receive information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to share with the students during their visit, as well as a classroom activity such as a worksheet or coloring sheet to leave with the students.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marcia Brown-Haims at (573) 651-2188 or

Professionalism Is Not A Skill, It's An Attitude

Date:  Monday, February 3, 2014
Location: University Center - Indian Room and Redhawks Room
Time:  6:30 p.m.

This presentation will explore the mindset of professionals. Women and men will be separated to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of professional dress. Then, will come together to learn from other professionals today ways to stand out in the business world. For more information, please contact Kei-Shae McCrary at (573) 986-6055 or

Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority in America (Open Forum)

Date:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Location: University Center - Indian Room
Time:  6:00 p.m.

This will be an open forum that will highlight the myths that have contributed to black inferiority. By examining and discussing the “Ten Uncomfortable Myths” that shape the African American image in households, black entertainment, education, and family styles this session will offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences related to the topics addressed. For more information, please contact Steven Taylor or Rashaun Henry at (573) 651-2273 or

BRAND Academy

Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2014
Location: University Center - Indian Room
Time:  5:00 p.m.

BRAND Academy is a career preparation and mentoring program that strives to provide a realistic perspective of career planning and professional development. Program objectives include identifying skills and competencies, providing a sector analysis of career choice, developing professional behaviors, and creating career foundations. For more information, please contact Sean Spinks at (%73) 986-6135 or

Southeast Multicultural Showcase

Date:  Saturday, February 15, 2014
Location: Show Me Center and University Center
Time:  10:00 a.m.

This program will highlight academic and support programs, scholarship and grant award opportunities and extracurricular leadership activities available for minority and multicultural students on our campus.  For more information, please contact James Williams at (573) 651-5942 or

National TRIO Day Celebration

Date:  Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Location: Show Me Center- Meeting Room
Time:  5:30 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) 986-6117 or

Michael Davis Lecture

Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Location: Rose Theater
Time:  12:00 p.m.

The Michael Davis Lecture was established in 1997 to honor a journalism student in the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University who died February 15, 1994, of injuries he sustained in a fraternity hazing incident. Each year the department invites a media professional of color to speak about current issues, news and trends in the industry. For more information, please contact Dr. Ann White at (573) 651-2419 or

Building Cultural Competence Across Campus

Date:  Thursday, February 20, 2014
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. Working with representatives from campus organizations including NPHC, discussion will highlight 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