All Past ComArtSci Inclusion & Diversity Events

Spring 2017

Inocente Galicia, subject of "Inocente," an Academy Award winning short documentary. Co-sponsored with Professors Ling Cui and John Valadez. 

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Journey to Inclusivity: Four Phases, Four Players – A Conversation: Featuring Dr. Shubhra P. Gaur, Professor of MICA

ComArtSci Kids Costume Party. Hosted by Academic and Student Affairs Office.

Helping Faculty and Staff Recognize and Respond to Student Mental Health Needs” – Dr. Scott Becker, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services. 

Creativity and Mediocrity.” – Karl Gude, Media Sandbox Director. 

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro as part of the WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up Series. Panel featuring: Chuck Stokes, WDIV-TV Detroit Editorial and Public Affairs Director; Dr. Eva Evans, Retired Deputy Superintendent of Lansing Public Schools; Tama Lynne Hamilton-Wray, RCAH Assistant Professor, and; Dr. Pero Gaglo Dagbovie, Professor of African American History and Associate Dean in The Graduate School.

Spring 2018

A Conversation with Michael Lawrence, MSU’s Foster Swift Collins & Smith Professor of Constitutional Law. He studies constitutional law and racial injustice. Co-host with Quello Center.

Social Justice Festival. Snyder-Philips. 

MILO (Multiple Interactive Learning/Training Objectives) Range Theatre training session 

NEWSROOM, RP&T Expectations & Strategies – Ask the Decision Makers: Terry Curry, Prabu David, Kami Silk, Shelia Cotton, Dawn Pysarchik & Eric Hunter

Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising as part of the WKAR Indie Lens Pop-up Series. 

How to Recognize and Respond to Mental Health Cues 2.0” – Dr. Scott Becker, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services.
Dialogue with the Inclusiveness Committee ComArtSci Listens.

ComArt Sci Talks Conversation with Jemele Hill, ESPN Anchor and ComArtSci Alumnx.

Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation with Photographer and Author Lauren Pond. Co-host with Religious Studies.

Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist, Congressional Medal of Freedom winner. Indie Pop-up Series

Student Poetry Slam competition. Theme: My America. Co-sponsors: WKAR Radio & Impact 89 FM.

Classroom Best Practices for Emergency Situations – by Officer Steven Beard of MSU PD. Will discuss ways to secure an area or what you might be able to do during an active violence incident. Thirty-minute presentation with tips and suggestions followed by Q&A.

Refugee Outreach Collective: Understanding the Unimaginable. A Panel Discussion and Art Exhibit. Panelists, such as Jennifer Rumler, an academic specialist in the Communication department, will share academic or professional work with refugee populations or their story of resettlement. An art exhibit by Refuge Lansing will display personal stories and images of recently resettled refugees in East Lansing.

Screening of “Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky,” which is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky. Fourth and final documentary in WKAR-TV’s Indie Lens Series. Sponsor: Inclusiveness Committee.

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke will speak as part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. Tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at the Wharton Center Box Office. Each person is limited to two tickets. ComArtSci is a co-sponsor.

MSU’s Take Your Child To Work Day. ComArtSci will host events. TBD. For MSU events, click here.

Infusing Inclusiveness in the Classroom. ComArtSci Impact Faculty Award Winners - Allison Eden (COM), Karl Gude (JRN) and Amol Pavangadkar (M&I) - will present teaching practices that help their students understand and appreciate diverse populations. Lunch will be served.

Fall 2018

September 16, 2018, 7:30 a.m. Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI. Capital City Dragon Boat Race: A warm up Tai Chi workout will kick off the day-long event at 7 a.m., followed by the race at 7:30 a.m. The day will consist of an awards ceremony, parades, fashion show, and other family friendly games and activities. Event Organizer: Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. More information can be found here. If interested in being part of ComArtSci’s racing team, please email Pierce Wiselogle

September 17, 2018: Wilson Hall Auditorium C102 from 7:00pm-9:30pm. "Maineland" Documentary Screening with Director Miao Wang. "Maineland," a documentary film "that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine." Wang, a former Chinese international student, will share the production processes and her own stories about acclimating to America.

September 21, 2018 9:00-10:30 a.m. 101 Oyer. ComArtSci Community Conversations with Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D. MSU's Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The Committee will then meet from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the same room. All are welcome.

October 4, 2018 2-3:30 p.m. "The Road to Little Rock" Screening and Q&A with Homecoming Grand Marshall Ernest Green

October 5, 2018 9:30-11:00 a.m. Presence & Poise with Industry Pros – Getting Linked-in. Panel and bio workshop with Tanae Howard and Lauren Clayborne. Register here. 

October 11-13, 2018. ComArtSci: Year of Global Africa. A three-day event featuring films and visual arts by, for and about individuals on this continent. Organizers: Ross Chowles and Geri Alumit Zeldes of ComArtSci.

October 13, 2018. 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. International Center 5th Annual International Vaccine Halloween and Family Resource Fair, where students, scholars and family members, with or without insurance, will be able to get free or low cost vaccines at the event. Flu shots will be available at this event! Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Scholars.

October 16, 2018. 8:00a.m.-12:30p.m. MSU Union. 3rd Annual WorkLife Conference - Building a Community in a Culture of Change. This event is free! 

October 18, 2018 5-6:30 p.m. Women of Color Community Social Hour at Saddleback BBQ (Okemos) RSVP required. Sponsored by MSU IDEA Coordinators. 

October 19, 2018 8-9:00 a.m. Room 184: ComArtSci Community Conversations with Bill Beekman, Michigan State University's Athletic Director. Moderated by Joanne Gerstner, School of Journalism

October 19, 2018 9-10:30 a.m. Room 184. RP&T Expectations & Strategies 2.0 Ask your Chairs and Director: This panel will feature Lucinda Davenport, Teresa Mastin, Jim Dearing, Johannes Bauer and Dimitar Delinski. Tenure-track faculty, this is your opportunity to ask and learn about the reappointment, promotion and tenure process. Moderated by Wei Peng, Professor in Media and Information.

October 30, 2018 5:30-7:00 p.m. Theorizing the Senate Hearings: Survivor Narratives at this Moment of Crisis. Panel conversation at the MSU Museum. Panelists include Amanda Thomashow - Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator at Michigan Public Health Institute, Tamara Butler - Dept. of English at MSU, Soma Chaudhuri - Dept. of Sociology at MSU, Teresa Mastin - Chair of Advertising and Public Relations at MSU. Moderated by: Melanie Jacobs - MSU Law School

October 30, 2018 2-4:00 p.m. 3rd Annual ComArtSci Costume Bash. Come bring your little ones to break out their costumes one day early this year. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy a myriad of family friendly events and spooky treats. 

October 31, 2018 Deadline to sign up for the Thanksgiving Dinner Program. Sign up to host an international student for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Scholars. 

November 5-8, 2018. MSU Week of Veterans Day Events. 

November 8, 2018 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. Chittenden Hall, room 110. Reflect & Connect - Moving from Debate to Dialogue. Sponsored by the MSU WorkLife Office. 

November 8. MSU Union. World Usability Day. 

November 11, 2018 noon-5:00 p.m. MSU Union. 2018 MSU Global Festival. Country-specific exhibits, cultural demonstrations and live performances by international students will bring the community together to celebrate cultures around the world. Pick up souvenirs at the World Gift Shop, where all proceeds go to international student scholarships, or take home some new dance moves; students will be teaching traditional steps in an open dance studio following their performances. Volunteer here or join the Facebook event.

November 12, 2018. 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. MSU Law building, third floor - Castle Board Room. Disability Rights are Human Rights with speaker Arlene Kanter, Professor of Law & Director of the Disability Law & Policy Program, Syracuse University College of Law. Join this pivotal discussion on disability rights. Lunch will be provided. 

November 13, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Red Cedar Spirits. Malcom X memoriam committee meeting. Malcolm X was a civil rights leader who grew up in Lansing. This group is forming to do more to honor his legacy to the Lansing area and is welcoming newcomers and ideas to their group. 

November 14, 2018. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Room 145. Making It: Latino Students' Pathways to College documentary screening. Hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) and Detroit Public TV, this documentary includes information on research-based supports for Latino students as they go through high school and transition to college. The documentary also features Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Southwest Detroit and Migrant Student Services at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with REL. Snacks will be provided. More information can be found here. 

November 16, 2018 9-10:30 a.m. Room 184: ComArtSci Community Conversations with Esther Thorson, Journalism Professor.

November 16 & 17, 2018. Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Leadership Summit. Students can register here.

November 21, 2018. Year of Global Africa Mini-Grant Applications Due. Have an idea to host a Year of Global Africa Event and need funding? Now is your chance! The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is assisting those with Year of Global Africa event ideas with funding in order to see those events come to fruition. 

November 22, 2018. Noon-2:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Unity Dinner. Hosted by the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions in the MSU Brody classrooms. More information can be found here. Register here.

December 6 & 7, 2018. Accessible Learning Conference. 

Spring 2019

January 11, 2019. 9-10:30 a.m. Room 184. "Pointers from a Panel of Recent Re-appointees." Panelists: Josh Introne (M&I), Anastasia Kononova (AD+PR), Young E. Anna Lee-Argyris (M&I), Jingbo Meng (COM) and Amanda Hampton Wray (CSD). Curious about the reappointment process within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences? Now is your chance to educate yourself on the process led by a panel of recent reappointed faculty. 

January 25, 2019 12:30-2:00 p.m. MSU Police Department Community Room. ComArtSci Community Conversation with Dr. Robert L. Green, Ph.D., Dean and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University. Come listen to Dr. Green discuss his childhood and what it was like to be part of the first black family allowed to purchase a home in East Lansing. Dr. Green worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. Green is dean and professor emeritus, Urban Affairs Programs, MSU.

January 25, 2019 12:00 p.m. Snyder-Phillips Hall. MSU’s 2nd Social Justice Art Festival. Explore how art can be used as a medium to promote social justice and encourage dialogue across the MSU community. This festival will provide an opportunity for MSU students to showcase their unique art (poetry, storytelling, photography, painting, dance, theatre, etc.) as it relates to social justice topics. The festival aims to unite students, faculty, and staff across the MSU community around topics affecting our community. More info can be found here

February 1, 2019 6-8:00 p.m. MSU Detroit Center (3408 Woodward Ave). Screening of "Bags to Butterflies" which takes a glimpse into Michelle Smart's craft handbag business. These luxury purses and clutches are handmade by formerly incarcerated women, many of whom have spent a majority of their lives in prison. The business, which holds the same name as the film, is a means of transitional employment for these women. In addition to gaining skills in this craft, Michelle assists the women's reentry into society in many ways ranging from searching for housing to being a strong emotional pillar they can lean on and grow with. 

February 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium. 19th annual Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series. Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey with Frederick D. Haynes III Senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas; Haynes is also an author, radio show host and social activist. With a passion for people and community, he has been an activist against racial, economic and social injustice from the local to the national levels.

February 15, 2019, 9-10:30 a.m., Room 184 ComArtSci Conversation featuring JRN Professor Joe Grimm and Sergeant Florene McGlothian Taylor. “100 Questions and Answers About Police Officers,” the 13th volume in the Bias Busters guidebook series. The guides are created as part of a journalism course under the supervision of Editor in Residence Joe Grimm. They provide basic information about different groups of people to encourage larger in-depth conversations.

February 20, 2019 6:00 p.m. Racial Justice and Combatting Sexual Violence: Towards Inclusive Transformation.

February 21, 2019 12:40 p.m.-1:40 p.m. Room 154. Guest Lecture in JRN 300 Reporting & Writing: Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post columnist. Robinson recognized the interconnections between politics and culture and frequently adds his unique view of the American narrative on MSNBC.

February 21, 2019 5:00 p.m. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. 19th annual Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series. Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey with Eugene Robinson A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post columnist, Robinson long ago recognized the interconnections between politics and culture and frequently adds his unique view of the American narrative on MSNBC.

February 28, 2019 5:00 p.m. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. 19th annual Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series. Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey with Vernon Jordan Civil rights activist, presidential advisor and author, Jordan has held influential positions in politics, the public service arena, corporate America and law. A graduate of DePauw University and Howard University School of Law, he has never hesitated to speak truth to power or to choose his own path, regardless of others’ views. 

March 7, 2019. WKAR Indie Lens Series: The Providers. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. Amidst personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.

March 12, 2019 5:30 p.m. MSU Museum. “Covering the Crisis: Journalism and Sexual Violence.” This panel will chronicle how journalists have been reporting the Nassar crisis. Panelists: Kate Wells (Michigan Radio); Kim Kozlowski (Detroit News); Judith Walgren (School of Journalism); Teresa Mastin (Advertising + Public Relations); Joanne Gerstner (Journalism)  Moderator: Susan Carter (School of Journalism).

March 15, 2019. 11:45 a.m.-12:45p.m. Room 184 “States of the Art” in Mentoring Workshop. Melissa McDaniels, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Grad School Dean in Research Mentoring, will give a 20-minute presentation on mentoring models and trends, followed by a 40-minute discussion in which she will prompt for ComArtSci mentoring priorities. Lunch will be served. 

March 21, 2019 7-9:00 p.m. Room 145. WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up Series: The Providers. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico at clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. With personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

March 29, 2019 Noon-1:00 p.m. Room 184. IMPhD Mentoring Workshop. The purpose of this event is to provide current IMPhD students with the opportunity to connect and network with current IMPhD faculty in hopes to build a foundation for future mentoring. This event will include activities geared towards learning more about current IMPhD faculty/students and their interests. Light refreshments will be provided.  

April 5, 2019. 1:00 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room Big Ten A. Annual RCPD Awards and Appreciation Reception. Join the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) and esteemed guests who know the annual reception as an eye-opening experience that expands awareness of what is possible when we collaborate to maximize ability and opportunity. In order to attend this event please RSVP here.

April 16, 2019 5:30-7:30 p.m. MSU Museum. Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak. This innovative exhibition is co-curated by sister survivors and their allies, reflecting on the vast crisis of sexual violence centered on the MSU campus in recent years. Inspired by hundreds of teal bows and ribbon tied in early 2018 around campus trees as tributes to the survivors, the exhibit chronicles the continuing struggle by the survivors to call public attention to sexual violence and to promote dignity, healing, and positive transformation locally and globally. Visual art, poetry, text, and audio installations celebrate the power of singular and collective voices to challenge injustice, demand institutional accountability, and build a better world. A living reminder to each and every survivor of sexual violence that you are not alone, this dynamic space invites interactive dialogue with all visitors, as we consider together strategies to promote institutional change and nurture cultures of safety, compassion, and healing.

April 16, 2019 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room Big Ten A. “Learn at Lunch Series: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot. Why the Protest’s in Ferguson and Baltimore matter, and how they changed America.” Jennifer E. Cobbina’s research examines the intersection of race, gender, and crime. Her work also focuses on prisoner reentry, desistance, and recidivism.

April 18, 2019 7-9:00 p.m. WKAR Studio A. WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up Series: Won't You Be My Neighbor? Take an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in one of the most celebrated theatrical releases of 2018. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? explores his legacy, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Rogers stood firm in his belief about the importance of protecting childhood. This intimate portrait goes beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

April 23, 2019. 5:30 p.m. "Repair: Art, Ceremony, and Healing in the Shadow of Violence" followed by public poetry reading from 7:15-8:45 p.m. MSU Museum. The panel will explore ways art has helped survivors of the Nassar crisis heal. Panelists: Alexandra Bourque (Artist); Jordyn Fishman (Artist); Kelly Hansen (Exhibition Designer); Karin Zitzewitz (MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design); Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University); Valerie von Frank (Sister Survivors Support Parents’ Group); Trinea Gonczar (Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner’s Program) Moderator: Carla Acevedo Yates (Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum). The poetry reading will immediately follow the panel at 7 p.m. and be put on in partnership with the poetry center. 

April 30, 2019. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ComArtSci Greenhouse. Empathic Games Open House Lab and Brunch. Experience student games created for the Empathic Games Initiative led by Professors Elizabeth LaPensée, Robby Ratan, Geri Alumit Zeldes, Jeremy Bond, Wei Peng, Lauren Gaines McKenzie and Andrew Dennis.

May 9, 2019 7-9:00 p.m. WKAR Studio A. WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up Series: Charm City. During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the frontlines. In these divisive times, Charm City offers humanity as common ground.