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Feminist Friday: Anything But Human

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 101 Walter Library
Media Coverage of Women Athletes of Color. Media coverage often takes away the humanity of women athletes of color. Cydney Gaines, Multicultural Associate, MCAE, shares how women athletes of color are often described in deeply problematic ways, and how this contributes to misogynistic, racist, and biased views of women of color in sports. For more information and to RSVP.
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Building bridges

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When members of the College Republicans student group wrote “Build the wall” on a Washington Avenue Bridge panel this fall as part of "Paint the Bridge" day, the action sparked outrage from many immigrant students, students of color and supporters.

The immediate response took two forms: A protest on the Washington Ave bridge the day after the panel was painted and another protest by students at an October 6 Campus Conversation event with President Eric Kaler.

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Power & Privilege Series: Geena Rocero

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wed. Nov. 16, 2016, 6 pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Next up in the 2016-2017 Power & Privilege Series is Transgender activist and Fashion model, Geena Rocero. In her groundbreaking 2014 TED talk on International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero revealed that she was transgender publicly for the first time. Her talk went viral and has more than 2.5 million views.

As the cofounder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and awareness campaign, Rocero works tirelessly to advance the rights of all transgender individuals.

More information, including how to get a free ticket for the event, on the Facebook event invitation page.

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Costume Choices

Thursday, October 27, 2016

It happens on many college campuses every Halloween. Attending a party, a white student will wear a Native American headdress. A fraternity, its members dressed in blackface, will throw a “ghetto party.” A group of students -- or even college administrators -- will don sombreros and fake mustaches. Inevitably, photographs of the costumes will end up on Instagram or Twitter, with those posing unaware or unconcerned about the hurt these costumes cause. The resulting attention leads to embarrassment for the college and sets off racial tensions among students.

Colleges brace themselves for such controversies every year, and this Halloween is no different, with several institutions proactively encouraging students to avoid offensive and culturally insensitive costumes. At a time of frequent college protests over racism, the pre-emptive approach has the support of many multicultural groups and centers on campuses. But institutions are also facing criticism, backlash and mockery over what critics consider to be a chilling of free speech and coddling of overly sensitive students.

Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed.

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Applications sought for disparities in African American men’s health research

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) is requesting applications for translational and community-based research projects focusing on health disparities for African American men, including chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, hepatitis C, unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, and head injuries in athletes. The center will fund five projects with awards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. The center will connect investigators with national and community local partners.

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