We advocate on behalf of our community—ComArtSci students, faculty and staff—to ensure equity and opportunity. We work to foster an environment that empowers and includes all.
Members of the Inclusiveness Committee represent a diverse cross-section of our college and are committed to creating a community of excellence, one built by a diversity of faces and thoughts. We work to ensure individuals feel safe, heard and have equal opportunities for success. The committee provides leaders in the college with guidance on college policies especially in areas of inclusion and diversity and plans activities that will create a better understanding of our community and our world.
Want to get involved? The ComArtSci Inclusiveness Committee is searching for both undergrad and graduate students from each department to join our committee and aid us in expanding our reach and impact to students.
This is an excellent opportunity for professional extracurricular experience.
For more information contact Pierce Wiselogle, AD+PR undergraduate and Inclusiveness Committee Media Coordinator.
At ComArtSci and WKAR, we encourage debate and discussion through events that open our eyes to new perspectives and allow us to learn more about our community and world.
The ComArtSci Inclusiveness Committee meets on the third Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in room 184 unless otherwise stated.
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 9-10:30 a.m. Room 184. ComArtSci Community Conversations with Teresa Mastin, ComArtSci Ad&PR Department Chair.
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.
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 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. 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 25, 2019. WKAR Indie Lens 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.
April 30, 2019. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 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.
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is a tenured professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and the Faculty Excellence Advocate for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Her anthology includes journal articles, documentary films, radio documentaries, book chapters and a comic book - many works recognized by international communication associations such as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Broadcast Education Association.