Diversity Week 2015

  2015 Diversity Week: Sept. 27- Oct. 3. A place for you at WVU!

The theme for Diversity Week 2015 is “A Place for You at WVU.” The week-long event, sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, includes a variety of events occurring throughout the week, providing opportunities for individuals to come together in unity to celebrate the rich diversity of our University community.

Join us September 27 through October 3  for as many events as you can and see that there is “A Place for You at WVU.”

Diversity Week Schedule 2015 (PDF)

**Please refer to the schedule below for the most recent schedule.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Click on the date below to jump to that time in the schedule. 

Sunday, September 27th
Monday, September 28th
Tuesday, September 29th
Wednesday, September 30th
Thursday, October 1st
Friday, October 2nd
Saturday, October 3rd

Sunday, September 27th

4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  –  TARANG

Hatfield's, Mountainlair
Ballrooms, Mountainlair


Come out to celebrate the popular Indian "Festival of Lights," Diwali. It will be a night of culture, music, diversity and food.
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner                   
6:30 p.m.
- 9:30 p.m. Tarang Celebration

Tickets are available at the door.
  
For more information visit: http://indians.studentorgs.wvu.edu/

Sponsored by Indian Student Association 

3:00-9:00 pm     Co-ed soccer tournament 

Grass field by CPASS Building and Towers (Evansdale)

Co-ed soccer tournament with sixteen teams with 120 players represented. Go Team!!

Sponsored by WVU Brazillian Student Association and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  –   Community Coalition for Social Justice Annual Meeting/Picnic 

Westover City Park Pavilion

There will be a brief business meeting then picnic follows. Food will be provided and the High Street Jazz Band will perform. All are welcome to attend!

Monday, September 28th

National Good Neighbor Day

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  –  Ice Cream Social

Pylons Lobby, Health Sciences Center North

Sponsored by Student Advisory Board 


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   –   WVU Swing Dance

In front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair 


Noon - 3:00 P.M.  –  Good Neighbor Day

Mountainlair Plaza
1st Floor Common Area (Inclement Weather - Mountainlair Commons)

WVU Student Government Association
Vice-Chair Julie Merow and Committee


NOON  –  Men Working to End Violence Against Women

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

A discussion sharing the practical strategies that the WVU community can use to mobilize men to contribute to the struggle to end violence against women.

Dr. Walter Dekeseredy, Professor of Sociology, Director of Research Center on Violence, and Anna Deana Carlson, Endowed Chair of Social Science and Dr. Amanda Sanchez, Professor of Sociology 


3:00 p.M.  –  A Place for You in Nature

WVU Research Forest

WVU School of Natural Resources will sponsor Canopy Tours. Transportation would be provided. Limited Seating.

Contact Robert Barricelli at  Robert.Barricelli@mail.wvu.edu.
Davis College of Natural Resources and Design


3:00 P.M. - 4:00 p.m.  –  Tea at Three  

Classroom 802B, Allen Hall

"A Network Reception: Doctoral Students and Graduate Staff"

Sponsored by Dr. Joy Saab, Office for Diversity & Global Initiatives, College of Education and Human Services


3:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.  –  Day of Service - Good Neighbor continues


6:00 P.M.  –  Are you hip? Or Nah? (Game Show Night)

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair

Do you think you know about WVU Sports? Are you hip to pop culture? Are up-to-date with current events? Come test your knowledge and diversify your thinking at this Game Show Night hosted by the WVU NAACP. Four teams will be determined at the start of the event!

Awesome prizes will be given to the top two teams. 

WVU NAACP


3:00-9:00 P.M.   –   CO-ED SOCCER TOURNAMENT (cont.)

Grass field by CPASS Building and Towers (Evansdale)

Co-ed soccer tournament with sixteen teams with 120 players represented. Go Team!! 

Sponsored by WVU Brazillian Student Association and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS)


7:30 P.M.  –  Diversity is a Way of Life  

Ballrooms, Mountainlair 

Come to this interactive and energetic discussion about the daily challenges that arise between people of different backgrounds and worldviews! 

Love a challenge? Enjoy activities? Then, this program is for YOU! 

Become aware of your surroundings, and the role you have in social contexts that could reduce challenges for fellow neighbors.

Justin Brown, residential educator from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, will provide a high energy presentation that brings strong fundamental ideas and concepts on topics and trends that relate to diversity.

This is event is a David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas Workshop.

DJ will provide music before event. Refreshments provided! Free event. Prizes!

Tuesday, September 29th

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  –  Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

Lakeview Resort Conference Center

Community members invited
Cost: $69
Presented by AGI Seminars
Visit: http://www.dandiconference.com/


11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.  –  HSC Around the Globe: A Presentation from the Global Engagement Office

Okey Patteson Auditorium, Health Sciences Center North

Presented by Dr. Christopher Martin, Director, Occupational Medicine and Director, Global Engagement Office  


11:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  –  Women of Color Luncheon

Ballrooms, Mountainlair

“Connecting, Inspiring and Honoring All Women”
Keynote: Attorney Katherine "Kitty" Dooley, U.S. Army Veteran and WVU Alumnae
Performance by Chelsea Malone, Miss West Virginia 

This event is a paid event. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://cwc.wvu.edu/special-events

Tickets will not be available at the door.

Hosted by The Council for Women's Concerns


Noon - 12:30 P.M.  –  Irish Dance Club

In front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair

4:00 p.M. - 5:30 P.M.  –  How WOMEN are Succeeding in the Davis College

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

A panel of female faculty and students
Five female faculty members with a student from their specific area will participate in the panel. Each faculty person will share personal experiences and provide top five pieces of advice for success in the fields of science and creativity for women and also top 10 ways for success.

Sponsored by Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  –  What does it take to succeed in college?

Classroom G3, Engineering Science Building

This Student Success Panel will feature representatives from different engineering organizations to share their success stories. Participants will highlight the importance of internships/co-ops, summer research programs, and WVU student organizations. All students are encouraged to attend. 
Moderator: Dr. Lizzie Santiago

Sponsored by: Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  –  Culturas: What it means to be Latino/a

Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair

A discussion  about the various identities and cultures in the Americas and its importance. The panel includes Ryan Pyan, Brandy Ledesma, Michele Stephens, Ph.D., Juan Guillermo Sanchez Martinez.

Moderated by Renzo  Diaz, President Culturas

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  –  Nostalgia for the Light

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

Nostalgia for the Light is an award-winning documentary about two stories - the first of astronomers in the Atacama Desert who use astronomy as a tool to delve into the universe’s past, and those of the women who continue to search the desert for traces of their loved ones who had been killed during the dictatorship of former Chilean President Pinochet. 

Michelle Stephen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Latin American History and Director of Latin American History 

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Programs

7:00 p.m.  –  How to be a Student Leader in the Area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Blue Room, Evansdale Residential Campus

A discussion of leadership opportunities in areas of Diversity and Inclusion with various campus student leaders in diversity. The panel will consist of Jihad Dixon, WVU NAACP; Renzo Diaz, Culturas; Sean Fitzwater, SGA; Ryan Payan, Culturas; Samantha Shimer, Council for Women's Concerns; Shaniwar Waris, SGA. 

Moderated by: Professor Daniel Brewster, Sociology and Anthropology

Wednesday, September 30th

Noon - 12:30 p.m.   WVU Hip Hop Dance Club

In front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Journey Series - "From Russia with Love"

Laurel Room, Mountainlair
Maria will expound about her life as a graduate student back home and in Morgantown, sharing the similarities and differences. She has found her place at WVU! 

Maria Matveenko, TESOL & Linguist graduate student and native of Russia


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  –  LGBTQ and equity in an age of globalization and personal liberties

Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair

The individuals participating on this panel are graduate instructors with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and will discuss LGBTQ+ equity in an age of globalization and individual liberties.

Panelist include: Kalo Sokoto, Lacey Bonar and Brendan Muckian-Bates 

Jennifer Orlikoff, Director Center for Women and Gender Studies

5:00 p.m.  –  Journey Series - "Tragedy to Triumph"

Laurel Room, Mountainlair

Come hear this student’s journey when “life happens” that changed her plans around. 

Raquel Echeverria, Political Science Doctoral Candidate

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  –  Study Abroad: Germany

Classroom G102, Engineering Science Building

Students will discuss experiences studying abroad in Germany on a faculty led trip. 
Dr. Todd Hamrick and study abroad students.

Sponsored by: Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  –  Art Imitating Life: A discussion of race neighborhoods and the criminal justice system

Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair

Come and engage in a discussion that proves that this current generation embodies the power to reverse the trends of race and injustice. And if not, what happens?

Dr. Rachael Woldoff, Associate Professor Sociology and Eric McKinley, Esq.; Criminal Defense Attorney from Camden, N.J.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  –  Reporting on Race and Justice: A Virtual Reality Tour of Selma, Ala .

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

Professor Joel Beeson will demonstrate the Virtual Reality (VR) documentary "Fractured Tour: an Immersive Tour of Selma's Divides," and share behind-the-scenes insights into the reporting and storytelling process. With students Shaleah Ingram and Morgan State University student Emily Pelland, they will also lead a discussion on the challenges of reporting on race while doing a collaborative reporting project on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights march and the 150th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest war in America's history that ended chattel slavery. They will discuss opportunities for emerging technology, such as VR, to drive new conversations on race and economic and social justice in our country. 

Joel Beeson, Professor Reed College of Media

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  –  What They Won't Tell You About Diversity Week: An Interactive Discussion

Event Hall, College of Law

The structure of Diversity Week, and the conversations about diversity and inclusion throughout colleges, businesses, and American society, revolve around the need to insure inclusion of underrepresented minorities. These racial, gender, sexual, national, and other minorities often are given a week (or month or other status) in ways that some claim are empowering and others claim are marginalizing. Some even argue that the aims of diversity week (and diversity programs and initiatives) ultimately defeat the purpose they claim to serve. Why is that? What should the aims be? 

This interactive discussion will include speakers who will offer initial thoughts on the premise and then allow for small and large group discussion of what the demands and dangers of diversity initiatives are and what they should be.

Discussants: Professor Atiba R. Ellis, Professor Cynthia Gorman, Professor Jonathan Hall, Associate Dean Kendra Fershee

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  –  Multicultural Awareness

Blue Ballroom, Mountainlair

Interested in joining a Historically Black Greek Fraternity/Sorority? Want to learn more about African, Latino or Native American Student Organizations? Hear from student leaders. Find YOUR place at WVU!

Bruce E. Mitchell, II, Diversity Specialist/Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Thursday, October 1st

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  –  HSC Cultural Exchange : An event to share and appreciate the diverse cultures of HSC students

Mary Babb Randolph Center, Health Science Center

Presented by various students.

Sponsored by Global Engagement Office

11:00 a.m. - Noon  –  Where in the World is Public Health?

Okey Patteson Auditorium, Health Science Center North

SPH students  from five departments discussing how each specific field of study relates to the latest trend items happening in the world.

Biostatistics – Africa; Epidemiology – South America; Occupational & Environmental Health – Europe; Social & Behavioral Health Sciences – Asia; Health Policy, Management & Leadership – U.S.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  –  WVU Native American Studies Peace Tree Ceremony

WVU Peace Tree, Outside E. Moore Hall, Downtown Campus (Inclement weather, Mountainlair Ballrooms)

Dr. Daniel Wildcat  (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma), Director of Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and Professor of Indigenous and American Indian Studies & Sociology at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS. 

Sponsored by Native American Studies and Co-Sponsors: the Carolyn Reyer Fund for Native American Studies & the History Department

11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  –  Brown Bag Lunch & Film "Profession of Arms"

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

A film  about 16th century medieval Italy 
Presenter: Matt Vester, Professor of History

Sponsored by Multicultural Programs

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  –  African Dance Ensemble

In front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair

Michael Vercelli, Ph.D., Director African Dance Ensemble and World Music

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  –  The Journey to WVU  & Beyond: Diverse Perspectives on Promoting a Culture of Health and Service

Pathology Amphitheater, Room  2118, Health Sciences Center

Panel discussion of SOD  alumni who "Found their place @ WVU.” Exhibit and reception to follow. 

Sponsored by School of Dentistry

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  –   Women in Natural Resources

Monongahela Room, Mountainlair

Social event  to meet faculty and students in the STEM based natural resources programs. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Davis College of Natural Resource and Design

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  –  Healthy Masculinity

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

Real Man/Strong Man- a discussion with WELLWVU, Office of Wellness and Health Promotion about dominant and counter stories of masculinity and the importance reframing our stories.

Alison M. Tartaglia, Health Education Specialist and Wesley Thomas, Male Engagement Specialist 

Sponsored by: WELLWVU

5:00 p.m.  –  Journey Series:  "From Mozambique to WVU"

Laurel Room, Mountainlair

Elias Mondlane

6:00 p.m.  –   Exploring Geographies of Race in the United States

Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair

This multi-media  event will help us to learn and reflect on the role of place in the patterns of discrimination that have shaped and continue to influence our experiences in the United States. What is exciting is that as we reflect on this geography, we will also identify spaces of change that we can be a part of.

Dr. Maria Perez, Dr. Cynthia Gorman and Dr. Jonathan Hall, Professors of Geography

7:00 p.m.  –  "Coffee House" Poetry Night

Mountainlair Ballrooms

Unity...Unity! That's What We're Preaching.

Join Orville the Poet and Flowetry Man the #PoeticRockstar as they share their heart through spoken word. Using words to build unity in the community, and building social awareness throughout the campus. Laugh, smile and snap your fingers to the powerful words of OTP and the #PoeticRockstar. Students and staff interested in sharing poems or visual art may sign up ahead of time for a slot to display art or read and share the stage with our special guests.
 To sign up for a slot to display art or read poetry, sign up using this form

Bruce E. Mitchell, II.

7:00 p.m.  –  All Things are Connected

Classroom G09, White Hall

Native Nations  & Environmental Policy-Making. Free and open to the WVU Community. 

Sponsored by Native American Studies and Co-Sponsors: the Carolyn Reyer Fund for Native American Studies & the History Department

7:30 p.m.  –   Love for All: Religion and the LGBTQ Community

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

Join  this multi-religious panel that seeks to provide faith-based support of LGBTQ people. Attendees will hear messages of inclusion from the perspectives of Christianity, Judaism, and more. Attendees will have opportunity to ask the panelists anonymous questions.

Contact wendell.barry@aol.com with any questions. 

Panelists: Rev. Dr. John Elder, Rabbi Joe Hample and Dr. Michael Richard, endowed Methodist Minister.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Commission

8:00 p.m.  –  Rocky Horror Picture Show

Joseph Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair

All student -produced, with representation from nearly every major at WVU. FREE and open to the public.

Sponsored by WVUp All Night LIVE

Friday, October 2nd

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  –  International Festival

*INCLEMENT WEATHER LOCATION: MARILLA CENTER AT MARILLA PARK, NEAR SABRATON. Shuttles leave on the hour from the Stansbury/Hodges Loop. Plenty of free parking is available, or visitors can walk along the Decker's Creek Trail, and across the footbridge. Questions: liz.finklea@mail.wvu.edu .

The  event is to showcase the diverse cultures of the world which are represented by WVU’s international community with our hosts, the Morgantown community. The Festival promotes sharing by way of information booths, arts and crafts, entertainment, and a taste of international cuisines as showcased by students. All are welcome.

Sponsored by Office of International Students & Scholars

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  –  Native American Luncheon Discussion: "Power and Place: Indian Education in America"

Jerry West Lounge, Coliseum

Limited seating. Contact:  vsantana.odgi@gmail.com

Sponsored by Diversity and Global Initiatives
College of Education and Human Services

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.  –  The Irish Dance Team Performance

Mary Babb Randolph Center, Health Science Center

Emily  Everson (SOP Class of 2018), Kathryn Baker, Haley Quigley, and Hunter Moreland

Sponsored by School of Pharmacy

12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.  –  A Pharmacy Internship experience in Amsterdam

Mary Babb Randolph Center, Health Science Center

Catalina Saenz

Sponsored by School of Pharmacy

12:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.  –  Song “Décalé Gwada” and dance presentation

Mary Babb Randolph Center, Health Science Center

Presented by Walter Oben, RJ Jacobs, and Cameron Turner (SOP Class of 2018) followed by Jeopardy on Cameroon.

Sponsored by School of Pharmacy

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  –  Zombies

Classroom G11, Engineering Science Building

A presentation on ethics in engineering featuring historical cases of unethical research, Frankenstein and regenerative medicine and unethical cases of medicine. All students are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by: Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

7:30 p.m.  –  Mountaineer Idol

Ballrooms, Mountainlair

Watch as we go into our third round of the award-winning Mountaineer Idol. At this stage we will have nine finalists competing in musical acts for their spot as THE Mountaineer Idol. 

Sponsored by WVUp All Night LIVE

8:00 p.m.  –  Cynthia Wilson's "Battered but not Broken"

Met Theater Downtown, High Street
Inspirational Stage Play- Poignant theatrical performance draws attention to domestic violence. Wilson’s play is partially drawn from her own experience while in an abusive relationship which, for years, she kept to herself out of shame and fear.

(WVU Bd. Of Governors Policy 44 prohibits all forms of discrimination including domestic violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence). 

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission and $15.50 for student tickets

8:00 p.m.  –  Rocky Horror Picture Show

Joseph Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair

All student-produced with representation from nearly every major at WVU. FREE and open to the public.

Sponsored by WVUp All Night LIVE

9:00 p.m. (with two 45 minute sets)  –  WV Symphony Beo String Quartet

Food Court, Mountainlair

Hear a signature quartet from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This group specializes in taking modern popular, up-beat tracks to classical instruments.

Sponsored by WVUp All Night LIVE

3:00 p.m.  –  CYNTHIA WILSON'S "BATTERED BUT NOT BROKEN"

Met Theater Downtown, High Street

Inspirational Stage Play- Poignant theatrical performance draws attention to domestic violence. Wilson’s play is partially drawn from her own experience while in an abusive relationship which, for years, she kept to herself out of shame and fear.

(WVU Bd. Of Governors Policy 44 prohibits all forms of discrimination including domestic violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence).

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission and $15.50 for student tickets

8:00 p.m.  –  CYNTHIA WILSON'S "BATTERED BUT NOT BROKEN"

Met Theater Downtown, High Street
Inspirational Stage Play- Poignant theatrical performance draws attention to domestic violence. Wilson’s play is partially drawn from her own experience while in an abusive relationship which, for years, she kept to herself out of shame and fear.

(WVU Bd. Of Governors Policy 44 prohibits all forms of discrimination including domestic violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence).

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission and $15.50 for student tickets

9:00 p.m.  -  "WVU Boxing Club Expo"

Food Court, Mountainlair

Uppercut left...duck!... The boxing club will have a full ring set up inside the food court, and they invite you to come and try your hands inside the ring. Gloves will be provided! 

Sponsored by WVUp All Night