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Diversity Week 2013


Sunday, October 20

Tarang 2013

This is a ticketed event. The cost includes all Tarang activities. Children under 5 years are FREE. WVU Students: $12 with valid ID. WVU Volunteers and Participants: $5. General entry: $20. Tarang tickets can be purchased at door. All Tarang events are sponsored by Indian Students Association. Tarang is the Hindu word for excitement and joy.

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Tarang Children’s Dance

Mountainlair Ballrooms
Children will be performing.

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner: 2013 Tarang Celebration

Indian cuisine will be served.

7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Tarang

Mountainlair Ballrooms
WVU students will be performing.

Monday, October 21

12:30 p.m. – Diversity Week Celebration Kick-off

Mountainlair Food Court
“There’s a place for YOU at WVU!”
Presenter: David M. Fryson, Esq. Chief Diversity Officer, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Free ticket drawing for Dec. 14 – Bob Thompson – Joy to the World

2:00 p.m. – The Power of Privilege

Mountaineer Room, Mountainlair
Discuss ways people can be privileged or discriminated against. Learn how people can use their privilege in positive ways.
Presenters: Sarah Erb, Stephanie McGraw, and Amanda McKinner, Doctoral Interns from the Carruth Center and Psychological Services

4:00 p.m. – Being a Good Neighbor

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
Legal principles are established to ensure healthy communities.
Presenter: Carrie Showalter, Attorney for Students, Student Legal Services, Office of Student Life

5:00 p.m. – The Black Family: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
This presentation will examine the journey of the African American family from slavery and its residuals, through reconstruction and Diasporas, and discuss amazing stories of strength and courage that make up the “Black Family”.
Presenter: Marjorie Fuller, Director, Center for Black Culture and Research
Free ticket drawing for Feb 11- Soweto Gospel Choir

5:30 p.m. – Leaning in @ WVU

Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair
“Leaning in” is the new catchphrase coined by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Come hear the provost and other exceptional faculty members talk about what ‘leaning in’ has meant for them in their careers. Find out how ‘leaning in’ individually can benefit us collectively—making a better, stronger WVU.
Presenter: Provost Michele Wheatly, Vice President for Academic Affairs Administration
Free ticket drawing for April 27- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake

7:00 p.m. – Assistive Technology

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
Learn how everyday apps and assistive technologies can help persons with disabilities in the workplace or academic setting.
Presenters: Barbara Judy, ADA Director and Founder of Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Lisa Dorinzi, MA, Trainer (JAN)
Free ticket drawing for March 26 – Armernet String Quartet

Tuesday, October 22

11:00 a.m. – Arrive Alive

Towers PRT/Student Rec Center Roadway, Evansdale
Using a DUI simulator, this program will allow people to experience various driving conditions while safely operating a computer-generated simulation system. The program mimics the difficulties drivers will encounter at various blood alcohol content levels.
Presenter: Lt. Peggy Runyon,West Virginia University Police

12:15 p.m. – African Dance Ensemble

In front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair
World Dance Music
Presenter: Michael Vercelli, Director of World Music

3:00 p.m. – What is Your Real Color? Communication and the Value of Team Diversity

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
Learn how ‘real color’ can help you to understand yourself and others better in building relationships.
Presenters: Tony Michael, JD, Institute for Labor Studies and Research
Tonya Michael, JD, Instructor, WVU Extension Service
Seating is limited. Please RSVP at:

3:00 p.m. – Journey Series: The Dust That Covers My Heels

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
Discussion of Teboho’s journey from Johannesburg to Morgantown.
Presenter: Teboho ‘Tebz’ Mabuka, Undergraduate, Political Science

4:00 p.m. – I’m Worth the Weight

Laurel Room, Mountainlair
Explore cultural beliefs and stereotypes about obese people and discuss tips on how to reduce discrimination.
Presenter: Deborah Christel, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Science

5:00 p.m. – Health and Wellness in Nigeria

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
Come and hear how Joy, a native of Nigeria, helps women and children infected and affected with HIV/AIDs by ensuring their comprehensive needs are being met.
Presenter: Adebayo “Joy” Jumoke, Educator, WELLWVU

6:00 p.m. – Jesse’s Story – Movie

Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair
This movie tells the story of how Jesse Billauer’s tragic surfing accident rendered him with quadriplegia, and how he lives life to the fullest, despite his life-changing injury. (92 minutes)
Sponsored by: Life Rolls On Foundation
Moderator: Jill Hess, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Accessibility

6:00 p.m. – International Body Image Norms and Ideals

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
A panel of students and faculty from different nations will talk about body image ‘norms’ and standards of beauty across the world.
Facilitators: Lauren Deckelbaum and Brendan Muckian-Bates, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Women’s and Gender Studies

7:00 p.m. – Speak Up (!) Diversity Poetry Reading

Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair
WVU students, faculty, staff, and community members share original poetry about diversity, identity, and their experiences.
Hosted by: Melissa Chesanko, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
To sign up beforehand contact:
Free ticket drawing for Dec. 12- Moscow Ballet’s Green Russian Nutcracker

8:30 p.m. – Deaf Jam – Movie

Gluck Theatre, Mountainlair
A film about Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen, introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. (70 minutes)
Moderator: Jill Hess, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Accessibility

Wednesday, October 23

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Go Green, Facilities Management

Common Area, Mountainlair

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 26th Annual Women of Color Luncheon

Mountainlair Ballrooms
This celebration in recognition of WVU women and diversity seeks to enhance the quality of life for all at WVU.
Keynote speaker: Diane Lewis, Action Facilities Management
Cost: $17 per person.
Luncheon Registration and Ticket Purchase
Sponsored by the Council for Women’s Concerns

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Irish Dance Team

In Front of J.A.C.S., Mountainlair
Presenter: Kathryn Baker, Team Leader, Student Organizations

3:00 p.m. – We’re One Global Family

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
Who’s part of our WVU family tree? A discussion about our cultural diversity.
Presenters: Michael Wilhelm, Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
Doina Jikich, Associate Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
Angela Reh, Immigration Specialist, Office of International Students and Scholars

4:00 p.m. – Social Media Impacts

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
Discover more positive ways to use social media today to impact your tomorrow.
Presenter: Carrie Showalter, Attorney for Students, Student Legal Services

4:00 p.m. – Journey Series: China 101

Monongahela Room, Mountainlair
My adventure as a student here and my homeland of Henan Province
Zhengjun Wang, Doctoral Candidate – Physics

5:00 p.m. – Journey Series: From Sand and Rocks of Turkmenistan to the Profusion of Trees and Mountains of West Virginia

Laurel Room, Mountainlair
Presenter: Madina Sabirova, Undergraduate, General Studies

7:00 p.m. – The Times are Changing: Were the Hippies Right?

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
A lighthearted look at the social changes in the 1960s, the upheaval over cultural issues, and an overview of the ideas espoused by that generation of young people, and how those ideas influence us today.
Presenter: Ruth Kershner, Ed.D, Professor, Community Medicine

7:00 p.m. – Orange is the New Black: Diversity in Pop Culture

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
Whether you’re a diehard fan or a newbie, join in the conversation. Discuss how this popular TV series might offer new or unconventional messages about gender, sexuality, difference, and inclusion.
Presenter: Brian Jara, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Thursday, October 24

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Nutrition Promoting a healthier WVU

In front of Hatfield’s, Mountainlair
Student Representation
Wellness and Health Promotion, WVU

11:30 a.m. – Peace Tree Ceremony

Location: Between E. Moore and Martin Halls, across from the Mountainlair
(In case of inclement weather: Vandalia Lounge)
Guest of Honor: Klane King, Blackfeet Nation, Blood Tribe

12:00 p.m. – Hip Hop Dance Club

Common Area, Mountainlair
Tiernie Stewart, Chairperson, Student Organizations

3:00 p.m. – Journey Series: My Journey and My Dream – A Unique Path from Rwanda to West Virginia

Laurel Room, Mountainlair
How a man’s dream became a reality, and how this realization led to visions of future change.
Presenter: Patrick Rukundo,Undergraduate, Biochemistry

4:00 p.m. – Consent Game

Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
The ultimate goal of this interactive activity is for participants to walk away with a comprehensive understand of what consent is and what it is not.
Presenter: Alison Tartaglia, Trainer, WELLWVU

5:00 p.m. – Drive + Texts = Wrecks

Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair
The best way to end distracted driving behaviors is to educate all Americans about the dangers it poses.
Presenter: Lt. Peggy Runyon, WVU Department of Public Safety

5:30 p.m. – Peace Tree Lecture: Modern Problems, Traditional Medicine

G11 Life Science Building, Downtown Campus
Guest of Honor: Klane King, Blackfeet Nation, Blood Tribe
Hosted by: Native American Studies Program

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – From Camouflage to Campus

Mountainlair Ballrooms
Veterans will speak on military topics including the transition to becoming a WVU Mountaineer. After the discussion, stay and greet over 20 organizations serving the needs of WVU staff and student veterans and their families. Talk with staff and community experts on services available to the veteran community.
Guest speaker: Lt. Col. Lisa Rosser
Ken Gray, Vice President, Student Affairs
Dr. Carolyn Atkins, Professor
Peter Allen, US Marine Corps “Thirteen Weeks in Paradise”
Paul Jerabek, US Army, “The Last Jump”
Dennis Ribeiro-Matos, US Army, “Another Day”
Nicholas Shamblin, Army National Guard, “A Time to Change”
Jerry McCarthy, Interim Veterans Advocate.
Refreshments provided by Office of Student Affairs.
Who Should Attend: All veteran students, faculty, staff, and family members. All staff and students who would like to hear the personal stories of our veterans and learn about resources available at WVU. Anyone working with veterans or future career goals that would include working with our veterans. Don’t miss this session!
Free ticket drawing-Nov. 10- Mountain Stage

9:00 p.m. WVU – Up All Night “Around the World”

Mountainlair Comedy Club, Mountainlair Side Pocket
Comedy Show Guest comedian: Troy J. Hammond, Comedian, Motivational Speaker, Animation Voice Over, Comedy Writer, and Song writer
Sponsor: WVU Student Affairs

Friday, October 25

11:00 a.m. – Lecture: Confronting the “New” American Dilemma; The NACME Strategy

Building G102, Evansdale Campus
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Engineering
Presenter: Dr. Irving P. McPhail, President and C.E.O.

11:30 a.m. – Native American Luncheon: Keynote Speaker: Klane King

Allen Hall 802B, Evansdale Campus
Global Initiatives and College of Education and Human Services
To RSVP email for attenders:

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. WVU – Up All Night “Around the World”

Irish Dance Club, Kathryn Baker, Team Leader
Henna Tattoos, Kramer International Entertainment
Origami Lessons, WVU Japanese Club
Chinese Weaving Lessons, WVU Chinese Club
Chinese Acrobats, Kramer International Entertainment
Sponsor: WVU Student Affairs

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to serving all conference attendees with disabilities and adheres to the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA. Attendees requiring accommodations should contact Sharon Mallow at 304-293-7470 or e-mail:

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, color, or national origin.