OUS Cultural Diversity week starts Monday

Published 12:25 am Sunday, October 26, 2008

Campus Cultural and Social Awareness Week is a chance to recognize and celebrate the diversity of backgrounds and life experiences brought to the OUS community by faculty, staff, students and the Tri-State community. A full-week of programming ranging from the academically challenging to fun and interactive, Campus Cultural and Social Awareness Week seeks to provide programming that addresses and celebrates a wide variety of community and diversity issues.

The schedule of events is as follows:


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—The OUS faculty, staff and students are asked to wear something pink on this day in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join OUS in focusing attention to increasing awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure.

— A conversation with Rebecca Lesler, author and OUS student about her book, “Magic Stone: Return of Two Kings” from 11 a.m. to noon in the Caucus Room.

“The Magic Stone: Return of Two Kings is another world full of witches, wizards and magic. Young Evan and James are both faced with a life they can no longer bear.

When the truth finally comes out, instead of running from the truth, they embrace their calling.

Merlin, who created the world, blames himself for everything that has happened in both the human world and the wizarding world.

He makes sure that no harm comes to those two children. Unfortunately, Evan’s world gets shaken up just a little harder. Sagefee and Phillip stop at nothing in order to rule both worlds. Can two children stop two powerful, evil sorcerers?

— From noon to 1 p.m. in the 1804 room, for women only is a breast cancer awareness seminar.

Ginger Hardy, OUS clinical support coordinator, will be hosting the event. She will be giving a short presentation about breast cancer, examination techniques, and prevention.

— From 1:10-2:30 p.m. will be a cultural conversation on racial and ethnic inequality.

Students will define prejudice and discrimination in the context of a discussion on ethnic inequality. Special guest will be JV Collier. Facilitator will be Dr. Charles Jarrett, associate professor of sociology.


— There will be the “Road To Success” concert featuring JV Collier from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Paramount Arts Center.

Collier, bassist for grammy award winner Bruce Hornsby, Pointer Sisters, Gladys Night, and many others will combine music with an inspirational anti-drug message to area youth Dr. Charles Jarrett (Ohio University) will provide musical support. Carrie Cline with WSAZ will be the emcee.

For more information on previous programs, refer to www.southern.ohiou.edu/faculty/jarrrett

— There will be a chili fest with food, games, desserts and fun, from 4-8 p.m. in the Rotunda.


— A silent auction by Live United to raise funds for the United Way of the River from 9 a.m. –7 p.m. in the Rotunda

— From noon- 1 p.m in the Rotunda., the Brown Bag Concert Series continues with David Miller, a student at Ohio University Southern, who will perform Bluegrass and old time claw hammer style banjo music.

— From 1:10-2:30 p.m. in Riffe 156, there will be a panel discussion on stereotyping. Panelists will include Robert Pleasant, director of enrollment and student services, Chad Corbley, Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services and special guest JV Collier. Facilitator will be Charles Jarrett, associate professor of sociology.

— From 3-4 p.m. in Dingus 101, will be “Exploring Privilege in America.”

In this brief, interactive workshop the following questions will be explored:

–What exactly is meant by “privilege” and how does it relate to “power”? –What are different types of privilege and from which types do you, as an individual, benefit? –Conversely, what does it mean to be on the other side of privilege?

—Who is disadvantaged by others’ advantages, and what are the negatives associated with privilege?

—Is it possible to give up or relinquish privilege, and if so, how does one go about doing this?

The purpose of this workshop is to learn about privilege while also having an open conversation about its consequences.

Facilitator will be Chad Corbley, Ph.D. postdoctoral fellow, Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services

— Open Mic at 6 p.m. in the Rotunda will be “Stand & Deliver” and open mic session open to poets, musicians, dancers and other artist who sign up in accordance with the rules of the night.

Admission is free and open to the public.


— A workshop on the topic of financing you college education with facilitator Jacki Adkins from 1-2 p.m. in T-Com II

— From 5–7 p.m. will be the movie “Crash” sponsored by: Justice Club, in the Bowman Auditorium.

The film deal with diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters careen in and out of one another’s lives.

And no one is immune to the simmering rage that sparks violence and changes lives.

There will be a discussion moderation by Dr. Charles Jarrett, associate professor of sociology. The guest speaker will be JV Collier.