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2018 Diversity Week Schedule

  

Sat., September 29


 

 

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2018 Annual WVU International Street Festival

WVU proudly has over 2000 students on campus from over 100 countries from around the world. The international festival provides an opportunity for students and scholars to showcase their culture to the WVU Community.  Come see High Street like you have never seen it before.

Official Sponsors include:

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; WVU Offices of: Global Affairs; Graduate Education; and Student Life’s Multicultural Programs and Student Engagement and Leadership

Community Sponsors include:

BB&T, Mainstreet Morgantown, Sister Cities Commission

High Street

Morgantown

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Annual “Diversity Cup” Soccer Tournament

Game on for the Annual Diversity Cup! The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) in partnership with WVU Campus Recreation and the WVU Sport Management Club are sponsoring the 4th Annual Diversity Cup Five vs. Five Coed Soccer Tournament.

Fútbol. Soccer. Whatever you call it – do you have what it takes?

Students interested in participating can register at   https://cpass.wvu.edu/diversitycup

Gonzalo A. Bravo, Interim Chair, Department of Sport Sciences

Rec Fields

CPASS / Towers

Sunday, Sept. 30

 

 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One Mountaineer Blessing Service  

Come listen to leaders from various religions and denominations give their blessing for the Diversity Week festivities. The service will include singing and music from multiple different groups in the WVU Community.  Following the service, a reception will be held with light refreshments. All Mountaineers and members of the Morgantown Community are invited to enjoy this service.

Ballrooms

Mountainlair

Monday, October 1

Hosted by WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Don’t start your week in a RUFF way!

If you know them, you love them, and the therapy dogs of WVU would love to get to know you.  Come out and enjoy some time relaxing with the beloved “Hearts of Gold” dogs that comfort us through all our highs and lows.

Lindsay Parenti, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

Rhododendron Room

Mountainlair

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

International Game Day for Our Mountaineer Family

Participate with students in the Intensive English Program as they host an interactive game night featuring games from their native countries. Come out and try your luck at our students’ favorite games!

Stacy Fint, Director, Intensive English

3rd & 4th Floor

Eiesland Hall

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pearl S. Buck: Visionary Diversity Champion

West Virginia native Pearl S. Buck was the first American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Laureate in Literature. She was a tireless advocate for equality. In this session, watch an interview of her by her daughter-in-law and engage in some hands-on work with a few of her writings housed in the West Virginia Regional History Collection around diversity.

Participants will design their own Pearl S. Buck bookmarks – one or more of which will be chosen to be produced and distributed throughout the year at various events and venues highlighting Ms. Buck’s work.

Dr. Melanie Page, Associate Vice President for Creative & Scholarly Activity

Jay Cole, Sr. Advisor to the President

6th Floor WV History Collection

Wise Library

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

One Mountaineer Family Feud

It’s Time for Family Feud! WVU Talent Strategy will host four teams from across campus. Watch them battle it out in One Mountaineer Family Feud. Three games will be played—two preliminary rounds and a championship bout between the two winners.  Survey says… YOU SHOULD BE THERE!

Hosted by WVU Talent Strategy

Ballrooms

Mountainlair


 

Tuesday, October 2

 

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting with Vice President Meshea L. Poore

This engaging dialogue with Meshea L. Poore, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will provide you the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and become involved on progressing diversity and inclusion for our Mountaineer Family. Vice President Poore will share her vision for the future of diversity, equity and inclusion for our WVU Community! Come learn and be heard! Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean of Health Sciences

Patteson Hall-HSC

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Tlatelolco” Film Viewing

This program will mark the anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre that occurred on October 2, 1968 in Mexico City. The massacre occurred as the Mexican government’s violent response to student protests, resulting in at least 250 dead students at the hands of the Mexican army. Various experts debate the actual death toll, and there are numerous investigations still ongoing into the possible government conspiracy surrounding the event. Fifty years later, the Tlatelolco massacre still influences current political and social movements in the region.

Jason Burns

Program Specialist, Office of Multicultural Programs

Shenandoah Room

Mountainlair

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Living with Culture Shock

It’s one thing to visit the Grand Canyon or the Taj Mahal on vacation; it’s another to immerse yourself for an extended period in another culture.  In conjunction with the Art in the Libraries’ exhibit, “WVU in the Middle East,” international students and American students will share their experiences of living in another culture.

Beth Royall, Librarian

Room 234

Evansdale Library

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Safe Zone Basics 101 Training

Safe Zone provides a visible message of inclusion, support and ally-ship for all orientations, genders, identities and levels of being “out.” Safe Zone is committed to creating a safe and affirming environment for everyone at WVU, including those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), as well as allied students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Safe Zone is committed to providing faculty, staff and student leaders with the necessary knowledge and tools to serve as allies to the LGBTQ community on campus. At the end of the training session, participants have the opportunity to sign a Member Agreement that affirms their intention to serve as an ally to the LGBTQ campus community. Upon return of the member agreement, participants receive a Safe Zone symbol. Participants are not required to sign this agreement but may simply attend the training session to increase their awareness and personal knowledge.

Dr. Ellen Rodrigues, Assistant Director

LGBTQ+ Center 

LGBTQ+ Center

Hodges Hall-G41

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Green Zone Training

In the Green Zone training, come and increase your awareness of the institution’s policies regarding student veterans and how to effectively work with veterans with brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They have served our country and fought for us, now let’s stand with them.

Dr. Tom Sura, Associate Professor of English

Shenandoah Room

Mountainlair

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Social Workers on The Front Lines

Social Workers on the front lines discuss the current crises facing West Virginia and the nation, including issues such as the opioid crisis, veterans’ affairs, homelessness, and more. Listen to social workers in our state as they reveal their alarming experiences working with the most vulnerable populations. Open your minds and your hearts for this unforgettable panel.

Moderator: 

Dr. Deana F. Morrow

Director, School of Social Work           

Rhododendron Room

Mountainlair

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

From Kuala Lumpur to West Virginia

Hear SGA representative and Model UN VP Bernadine Kwan share her experiences about the amazing sites and cuisine from her native land, Malaysia, as well as the similarities and differences of cultures she has encountered as a WVU student.

Bernadine Kwan, Senior Psychology Student

Vice President of Model UN

Student Government Association representative

Greenbrier Room

Mountainlair

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

THE TRUTH NO FLUFF

This will be an interactive panel featuring WVU student athletes.  Attendees will hear the ins-and-outs of being a student athlete:  the highs, the lows and everything in-between.  The panel will feature an open forum Q & A session and a segment to social media interaction bringing you THE TRUTH of being a student and an athlete…. NO FLUFF.

Featured Student Athletics:

Katrina Pardee – Women’s Basketball

Tynice Martin – Women’s Basketball

Naomi Davenport – Women’s Basketball

Bianca St. Georges – Women’s Soccer

Jake Armstrong – Men’s Swimming

Rob Dowdy – Football

Chase Harler – Men’s Basketball

Darius Hill – Baseball

Moderators:

Pat Biondo, Director of Basketball Operations, Assistant to the Head Coach

Ayana M. Dunning, Assistant Director of Basketball Operations

Ballrooms

Mountainlair

Wed., October 3

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Women of Color Luncheon

The Annual Women of Color Luncheon will inspire and uplift the campus and community through recognition and celebration of women of color at WVU. Ifeoma Ike, Esq., two-time graduate of WVU and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will provide a dynamic address on the power of our voices together.

Hosted by the Council for Women’s Concerns

Ballrooms

Mountainlair


 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Intersectional Safe Zone Training

The LGBTQ+/Intersectional Safe Zone focuses on the inter-relationship among sexuality, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and other aspects of identities.  This training is aimed at helping to improve strategies for assessing and addressing racism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia, as well as increasing understanding of how LGBTQ people of color have been at the forefront of movements advocating for rights for LGBTQ people.

Dr. Ellen Rodrigues, Assistant Director

LGBTQ+ Center

LGBTQ+ Center

Hodges Hall-G41

Session 1:

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session 2:

5:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.

Hidden Figures in the Stars

“Hidden Figures in the Stars” celebrates the astrophysics contributions of West Virginian women including mathematician Katherine Johnson’s contributions to NASA’s space flight program, as well as women in WVU’s Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology. Join Professor Williamson in either of two sessions and blast off into a world that is hidden no more!

Kathryn Williamson

Teaching Assistant Professor, Astronomy

Planetarium

White Hall


7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Lessons Learned

Featured Speaker: Rodney Williams

 

What is the most important life lesson that you will take from your time here at WVU? For Rodney Williams, he “learned how to learn,” a lesson that continues to follow him through what can only described as an “amazing career that is just beginning.”

Williams, born partially deaf, was raised by two Jamaican immigrants in Baltimore, MD as the youngest of six siblings. A lover of learning, Williams holds a B.A. in Economics, a B.B.A in Finance, and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications all from WVU, as well as an MBA in Finance & Supply Chain Management from Howard University. Rodney Williams is CEO and cofounder of LISNR, a revolutionary company known for the creation of an advanced, near-ultrasonic, ultra-low power data transmission technology.

Williams speaks on the importance of embracing personal growth through innovation and the drive for learning even through obstacles that life brings. Enjoy an empowering conversation on the persistence to succeed and how to forge ahead on your own path of strength, despite the obstacles that life may bring. Rodney has a powerful testimony of successes, entrepreneurship, and advice for life.

Sponsored by:

David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and College of Business and Economics

Ballrooms

Mountainlair

Thursday, October 4

 

 

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tunnel of Awareness

Tunnel of Awareness (TOA) is an interactive exhibit increasing awareness of social justice topics that impact our community, our country, and our world.

Tunnel of Awareness is a unique social justice experience where participants gain greater insight into topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and injustices. TOA consist of different rooms, where exhibits are displayed, themed around different topics. Tunnel of Awareness is designed to challenge people’s thoughts, perceptions, and feelings on issues dealing with oppression.

Disclaimer:  This experience is not intended to offend or bring about tension; it has been intentionally designed to make members of the WVU community aware of the harsh reality of hate words, images, and perceptions and their impact on society.

Joslyn R. Brown

Assistant Director, Residence Life

Blue and Gold Room

Evansdale Towers

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Crossing the Pond from London to WVU

“America and England are two countries separated by a common language.” – Bernard Shaw

Engage in a cultural presentation about customs and traditions from ISO President Bjorn Rourke, a current WVU student from the U.K.

Bjorn Rourke, Senior History Student

President, International Student Organization (ISO)

Greenbrier Room

Mountainlair

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Continuum of Harm to Women and Men

The Continuum of Harm to Women and Men explores attitudes, behaviors and aspects of society often perpetuated by men that are contributing factors to high rates of sexual violence and other forms of abuse in our culture. The program is interactive, thought-provoking, and aims to help both men and women better understand how they can be allies in the fight to end sexual violence.

Wes Thomas, Coordinator

Office of Wellness and Health Promotion  

Sam Wilmoth, Title IX Specialist for Equity Assurance

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Shenandoah Room

Mountainlair

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Diversity in Appalachian Poetry

Come enjoy Appalachian poetry by members of our diverse communities! Diversity in Appalachian Poetry will showcase Appalachian poets of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The event will include an information scavenger hunt, a quiz game with prizes, poetry reads from the works of featured authors, and a guest speaker. Don’t miss the poetry, games, and prizes!

Sydney Michalski, American Association of University Women

Stewart Plein, Assistant University Librarian, Downtown Library

Greenbrier Room

Mountainlair

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Transgender / Non-Binary Panel & Safe Zone Training

The Transgender / Non-Binary Safe Zone focuses on the educational and political needs of transgender people and other gender creative, gender nonconforming people, including nonbinary people and agender people.  This training will begin with key concepts related to gender and gender identity, discuss the historical development of transgender rights, and suggest strategies for addressing transphobia.

Dr. Cris Mayo, Director

LGBTQ+ Center

LGBTQ+ Center

Hodges Hall-G41


 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Speak My Language

Our campus is the home of many, unique languages, cultures, backgrounds, and experience. The beauty, we all share them in uniquely, different ways. Come enjoy this self-expression celebration!

This evening of soul, culture, and expression, hosted by the Black Student Union and Student Government Association, will allow members of our Mountaineer Family to express themselves through poetry, spoken word, and music. Special Guests include live music performances by Black Garlic and spoken word by WV Affrilachian artist Crystal Good.

You are guaranteed to snap your fingers, shake your head to the beat, and find someone that speaks your language!

Sponsored by:

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WVU Black Student Union

WVU Student Government Association

Ballrooms

Mountainlair

Friday, October 5

 

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Music at the Pylons

This hour concert will feature faculty, staff, and students in the Music Therapy Program under the direction of Amy Rodgers-Smith, M.M.T.

Amy Rodgers-Smith, M.M.T.

Interim Director of Undergraduate Music Therapy,

School of Music

Learning Center Commons

Health Sciences Center

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Insect Zoo

Join Dr. Park as he takes us on an excursion through the World of Insects!  With over 40 different insects to see from butterflies to beetles to...Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches?! AHHHH! Come see a show of insects that are as unique and beautiful as our Mountaineer Family.

Dr. Yong-Lak Park, Professor

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

Commons Area

Mountainlair

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tunnel of Awareness

Tunnel of Awareness (TOA) is an interactive exhibit increasing awareness of social justice topics that impact our community, our country, and our world.

Tunnel of Awareness is a unique social justice experience where participants gain greater insight into topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and injustices. TOA consist of different rooms, where exhibits are displayed, themed around different topics. Tunnel of Awareness is designed to challenge people’s thoughts, perceptions, and feelings on issues dealing with oppression.

Disclaimer:  This experience is not intended to offend or bring about tension; it has been intentionally designed to make members of the WVU community aware of the harsh reality of hate words, images, and perceptions and their impact on society.

Joslyn R. Brown

Assistant Director, Residence Life

Blue and Gold Room

Evansdale Towers

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On this wonderful day in our WVU neighborhood, won’t you be our neighbor and enjoy the award-winning documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Explore and think about the life lessons of kindness, love, and acceptance from our dear friend, Mr. Fred Rogers. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while reflecting on a joyous legacy.

Hosted by WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Student Recreation Center

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Mountaineer Family Reunion

We are family, get up everybody and sing! We might have our differences, but at the end of the day, we are FAMILY! Let’s end the week with some good food, great music, and some major fun! Everyone is welcome to this reunion!

Remember – it’s not a panel, it’s a party! Turn down for what?

Hosted by WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

5th Floor

Evansdale Crossing


 

Saturday, October 6

 

 

2hrs before kickoff

Homecoming Tailgate

Let’s end Diversity Week with a kickoff. Come out and enjoy some great food and get your dance on with music by DJ Strizy! The Center for Black Culture and Research welcomes all Mountaineers to their annual Homecoming Tailgate. Stop by for the chance to win a free t-shirt! Go Mountaineers!

Hosted by the Center for Black Culture and Research

Tailgate Lot

Mountaineer Field

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

(Food Service)

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

(Performance)

Tarang

Celebrate the popular Indian “Festival of Lights,” Diwali.  It will be a night of culture, music, and lots of delicious Indian cuisine! Enjoy this Indian Culture Festival celebrating and showcasing tradition, stunning outfits, and amazing performances.

 

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Food service at Hatfields

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Tarang Performance in Ballrooms

 

Ticket price:

Children 5 years and under:  Free

WVU students with valid student ID:  $12.00

All others:  $20.00

 

Hosted by the Indian Student Association (ISA)

 

Hatfields

(Food Service)

Ballrooms (Performance)

Mountainlair