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Saturday, April 19

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Annual Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. Conference 2014
Alger 110, Rhode Island College

This year's conference theme is Resistance. There will be a focus on past & present work and theories of resistance with the goal of affecting social and structural change.

Dhoruba Bin Wahad is this year's key-note speaker. Bin Wahad is an activist and writer who worked to organize Black Panther Party chapters in New York City and is a co-founder of the Black Liberation Army. He established the Campaign to Free Black and New African Political Prisoners.

To purchase visit Outside Linkhttp://diversitylife2014.brownpapertickets.com/ (be sure to click the drop down menu to April 19th to ensure that you are purchasing tickets for the conference itself and not just the dinner on the 18th)

Monday, April 21 - 25

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
April School Vacation Children’s Activities
Henry Barnard School

For RIC student-parents – free supervised activities for your children while you’re in class
For additional information email unitycenter@ric.edu
To pre-register go to Outside Linkhttp://surveymonkey.com/s/ric-aprilvacation.

February is African American History Month

For a short history of American civil rights laws click Outside Linkhere.

Visit the collection of linocut prints by artist and educator Margaret Taylor Burroughs (1917 – 2010) permanently installed on the 4th floor of the Adams Library. Burroughs, who was co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Rhode Island College in 1990. See this beautiful collection and view the libguide: Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Margaret_Burroughs for more information.

Sunday, February 2

1 – 3:30 p.m.
19th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
RISD Metcalf Auditorium/Chace Center

Langston Hughes' powerful and poignant poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, are read aloud by members of the community accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio.

Sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design. Free and open to the public. Reception following the event.

Monday, February 3

4:30 – 6 p.m.
Free Movie - Brother Outsider: The Bayard Rustin Story
Unity Center

Posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, Bayard Rustin was present at most of the important events of the civil rights movement – but always in the background. Winner of the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin asks why?

Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center

Tuesday, February 4

6 p.m.
Black History and Trivia Game
Student Union Café

First prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25.
Hint: Familiarity with African American History Month programming could mean a better chance of winning! Contestants must be Rhode Island College students and are randomly selected from the audience. Contact the Unity Center for additional information (456-8791). Contestants receive a chance to win a commemorative Trayvon Martin hoodie.

Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center.

Saturday, February 8

7 p.m.
31st RI Black Heritage Society Ball
Omni Providence Hotel, One West Exchange Street in Providence

The Black Heritage Society Celebrity Club Ball is a jazz-themed gala in recognition of the iconic Celebrity Club, founded by the late Paul Filippi. Preview the forthcoming documentary on the Celebrity Club, enjoy swing-dance performances and dance all night to music from the golden era of jazz! Music provided by Positivity, with guest guitarists Dylan Molho and James Wright.

Tickets $100 on sale now
Sponsored by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
For more information, email info@ribhs.org or call (401) 421-0606.

Monday, February 10

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blood Drive
Student Union Ballroom

Roll up your sleeve and save a life! This blood drive commemorates Dr. Charles Drew, the African American inventor of the modern blood-banking process. Dr. Drew attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, received his first doctorate in medicine in 1933, taught surgery at Howard University Medical School and became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University.

Sponsored by the RIC Office of Health Promotion and the Unity Center in conjunction with the Rhode Island Blood Center.

Tuesday, February 11

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blood Drive
Second Day
Student Union Ballroom

The Rhode Island Blood Center is the only source of blood products for the state's hospitals and relies solely on volunteer donations. Roll up your sleeve and save a life!

Sponsored by the RIC Office of Health Promotion and Unity Center.

Wednesday, February 12

7:15 a.m. depart Providence Station
9 a.m. arrive Northeastern University
Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a trip to the Black History 101 Mobile Museum on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston. The traveling exhibit contains over 5,000 collectible black memorabilia from slavery to hip-hop. Museum founder and curator Khalid el-Hakim seeks to raise public consciousness by "sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements and experiences of African Americans." Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Professor Griff (Richard Griffin) of Public Enemy will lecture on The Influence of Malcolm X on Public Enemy and Hip-Hop at the Cabral Center, 10:30 a.m.

Travel cost approximately $13
Sponsored by the RIC Africana Studies Program

Wednesday, February 12

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Free Movie: Good Hair
Student Union 422

This 2009 documentary produced by Chris Rock in conjunction with HBO is a comedic yet compelling look at black women's perceptions and treatment of their hair, with commentary from celebrities and an exposé on the $9 billion industry. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center

Thursday, February 13

6 - 8 p.m.
Mapping Ancient Nile
Bannister Focus Gallery

Richard Lobban Jr., professor emeritus of anthropology at Rhode Island College, is an avid collector of African historical maps. This exhibition of original maps from his collection is combined with a PowerPoint lecture to illustrate the changing consciousness and information about the great Nile River and explain its history from the most ancient times through exploration and colonial conquest and to modern Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan.

Co-sponsored with the JP Adams Library.

Thursday, February 13

7 p.m.
The Vagina Monologues: RIC Chapter 2014
Gaige Auditorium

Civil rights are women's rights. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls and revitalize local anti-violence organizations, including shelters and rape crisis programs. The Vagina Monologues, a play by Eve Ensler, is based on dozens of interviews with women about sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. Every year, groups around the world perform the play to generate awareness and funding to stop violence against women and girls. Men and women are welcome to attend.

Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 for RIC students with ID (tickets available at the Women's Center and Unity Center, DDC lower level)
Sponsored by RIC Feminists United

Friday, February 14

7 p.m.
The Vagina Monologues: RIC Chapter 2014
Second performance
Gaige Auditorium

Sponsored by RIC Feminists United

Tuesday, February 18

4 – 6 p.m.
Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair
Alumni Lounge

Photographer and writer Michael July presents his work on what he calls “the renaissance and rebirth of the Afro occurring in communities all over the world.” Working with art directors from Ebony and Elle magazines, July created a beautifully designed and uniquely informative coffee-table and lifestyle book. In this encyclopedic collection of Afros and ’fro-inspired hairstyles, July’s photos capture well-known cultural icons like Touré, Dr. Cornel West, Michaela angela Davis and many others. He is currently exhibiting collaboratively with the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Ind., and the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. His talk is followed by a book signing and light refreshments.

Sponsored by the RIC Student Union, Unity Center, Bannister Gallery and Harambee

Thursday, February 20

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Mapping West Africa and Slavery
John Brown House, Power Street, Providence

Lecture by Richard Lobban Jr., professor emeritus of anthropology, Rhode Island College.

Friday, February 21

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Free Movie: Malcolm X
Unity Center

Spike Lee's sweeping biopic of the man born Malcom Little, who became Malcolm X and died El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is based on the autobiography written with Alex Haley. The movie chronicles the intellectual and spiritual enlightenment of an American folk hero from his boyhood through his rise and fall in the Nation of Islam to his assassination on Feb. 21, 1969.
Light refreshments

Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center

February 21 - March 16

Fridays/Saturdays 7:30 p.m. / Sundays 3:00 p.m.
For Colored Girls Who Have considered Suicide
When The Rainbow Is Enuf

Ntozake Shange’s powerful and critically acclaimed choreo-poem performed for a limited time only.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – for more information visit Outside Linkwww.mmtri.com or call 401.305.7333.

Presented by Mixed Magic Theatre at Lorraine Mills
560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

Saturday, February 22

6 – 10 p.m.
Journey to the Motherland
Student Union Ballroom

The eighth annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, music and entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information email womenofcolor2013@gmail.com or contact the Unity Center at 456-8791

Tickets: $10 general admission at the door, $7 in advance for RIC students with ID
Sponsored by RIC Women of Color.

Monday, February 24

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Free Movie: Fruitvale Station
Student Union 307

Fruitvale Station is a fictionalized recounting of the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year's Day of 2009. The film follows Grant's life in the 24 hours leading up to the cold-blooded shooting. The film, starrring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, was the winner of the 2013 Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Best First Film from the New York Film Critics Circle and Best New Filmmaker from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center and Africana Studies Program.

Wednesday, February 26

Hoodie Day

Wear your hoodie all day long in memory of Trayvon Martin. Skittles and Arizona watermelon juice drink (limited supply) available at the Unity Center

Sponsored by the RIC Student Union

Wednesday, February 26

5 – 7 p.m.
Open Forum: In Memoriam – Injustice in the Justice system
Student Union 307

This facilitated discussion allows public commentary about the effects of racial profiling, mass incarceration and the media on African American life and death in America.

Sponsored by the RIC Unity Center and L.I.F.E.

Building Community From the Inside-Out
January 13 - 20

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

The Walking School Bus

Monday to Friday, January 13 to 17

This program helps students to safely walk in groups to and from school while supervised by a trained "Walking Leader". Volunteers welcomed throughout the school year.

Outside LinkThe Walking School Bus at FamilyServiceRI.org
A program by the Providence Children's Initiative
For more information contact Allyson Trenteseaux at:
(401) 331-1350 ext. 3443
or Trenteseauxal@familyserviceri.org

Lessons on Nonviolent Resistance and Change

Wednesday, January 15

Sal Monteiro, Assistant Director of Training, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and Adewole Akinbi (RIC '13), screen "A Time for Justice," and review the history, development and use of nonviolent protest to affect social change. Followed by facilitated discussion on the relevance of nonviolent practices within today's social challenges.

12:00 to 1:30 PM
Faculty Center, South Dining Room

Beloved Community Lunch

Friday, January 17

Luncheon with reflection on Dr. King and community building. Bring lunch (sharing is encouraged) and your thoughts about MLK and how his legacy impacts your life and work.

12:00 to 2:00 PM at the Unity Center

MLK Scholarship Breakfast

Monday, January 20

For 31 years the Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island has helped RIC and other deserving students across the state by providing scholarships for the cost of college. Keynote speaker, Michael Vaughn Sr, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, U. of Delaware, College of Engineering.

7:30 to 10:00 AM at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
For ticket information, contact the Minister's Alliance of RI

MLK: Amazing Grace

Monday, January 20

Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson bring history to life at the Providence Children's Museum through songs and stories as they portray civil rights activists Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy and more.

Recommended for children 5 and up
Show times: 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM.
Admission $9

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Sponsored by the Unity Center, FSEHD, L4L and Student Activities.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Join us for free movies and lessons in Indigenous American life. All events located in the Unity Center DDC lower level.

Monday, November 18

2:00 - 3:30 PM
A Good Day To Die

By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, the film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. From the forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools, to discrimination by law enforcement authorities, to neglect by government officials responsible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM sought redress for the many grievances that its people harbored. Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee climactic flash points which saw him standing steadfast as a leader for his cause.

Wednesday, November 20

12:00 - 2:00 PM (light refreshment)
Incident at Oglala-The Leonard Peltier Story

This straightforward, illuminating documentary, directed by Michael Apted and produced by Robert Redford, shows the unscrupulous lengths government prosecutors and the FBI went to in order to get their man.

Tuesday, November 26

12 - 1 PM (lunch included)
Sovereign Nation/Sovereign Neighbor

This ten-minute short film produced and directed by Kendall Moore, looks at the brutal treatment of the Narragansett Indian Tribe during the 2003 Smoke Shop Raid in Charlestown, Rhode Island. The film, which was funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, received the Independence Award at the Media That Matters Festival in 2006.

Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11

All Week Long

Featured Foods

Sample a variety of lunch and dinner entrees inspired by different cultures all week at the Donovan Dining Center and learn about the culture and country that inspired the dish.

Equality Shirts T-shirt sale

Purchase your $5 t-shirt all week long at the Unity Center. Various sizes with the signature Human Rights Campaign equal sign in gold on blue, or in pink on red for marriage equality.

Anti-Italianism in America

In honor of Italian-American Heritage Month, the James P. Adams Library’s main exhibit will feature examples of discrimination against Italians in America. Like many immigrant ethnic groups, the Italians were vilified and persecuted because of their skin color, language and religion. They were lynched, interred as enemies during World War II, and stereotyped as members of the Mafia. The exhibit will highlight this history using materials from Adams Library collections. Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Italian_Immigrants

Monday, October 7

2 – 3:50PM M,W
Sociology 208 – OPEN CLASS
Minority Group Relations
Craig-Lee 231

The social dynamics of selected minority groups are examined from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include racial and ethnic identity, discrimination, and conflict and cooperation among majority and minority groups. Khalil Saucier, Associate Professor

4 – 6PM
GLOBAL LENS FILM
LA VIDA ME MATA (LIFE KILLS ME)
Adams Library Fortes Room

(Chile 2007) Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant director Sebastián Silva’s debut film about the unlikely friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Best Chilean Film of 2007, Chilean Art Critics Circle. (Spanish with English subtitles) For a complete list of Global Lens film screenings visit the DOD website. Sponsored by the Dialogue on Diversity

4 – 7:50PM
Sociology 344 – OPEN CLASS
Minority Issues in the Justice System
Craig-Lee 202

This national cross-cultural investigation focuses on minorities and considers whether there are informal or institutionalized biases toward minorities in specific areas of the criminal justice system. Khalil Saucier, Associate Professor

4PM
Interfaith Forum
Interfaith Center DDC lower level

The first in a continuing Monday afternoon forum to gather together and discuss faith-related topics in a safe environment. Guest speakers TBA
Sponsored by the Interfaith Center

4:30 – 6:30PM
Love Medicine - Reflections & Connections
SU 434

The Big Read in Rhode Island based on Louise Erdrich’s novel, Love Medicine, is a National Endowment for the Arts program. Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Loren Spears leads participants in creating artistic pieces reflecting the novel’s themes of family, cultural identity and the ways traditions create connections. Light refreshments.
Presented by the Tomaquag Museum, Funded by National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest
Sponsored by Bringing Books to Life

6 – 7:30PM
Authentic Indian Dance
SU Ballroom

Yoga master Shanthi Muthu introduces Indian culture and tradition and teaches participants “Bharatanatyam,” the graceful and expressive classical Indian dance form that tells a story.
Sponsored by Student Activities.

Tuesday, October 8

11 – 12:20PM TU, TH
Communications 332 – OPEN CLASS
Gender and Communication
Whipple 217

The differences and similarities of the communicative patterns and behaviors of women and men are studied.
Valerie Endress, Associate Professor

12 – 3PM
Study Abroad Informational Fair
DDC President’s Dining Room

Want to study in another country for college credit? Speak with representatives of off-campus study abroad programs. Discover opportunities to live and learn in a variety of locations and situations, a great way to experience cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity.
Sponsored by the RI College Study Abroad Office

2PM – 3:50PM
English 326 – OPEN CLASS
Studies in African American Literature
Craig Lee 252

This open class seeks to create a space for student-led presentations and discussions in connection with multi-ethnic literature and to encourage critical thinking about the impact of cross-cultural conversation.
Jean E. Brown, Professor
Daniel Scott III, Professor

2 – 3:50PM TU, TH
History 101 – OPEN CLASS
Multiple Voices: Africa in the World
Gaige 309

Examine the historian's craft by studying pivotal events highlighting the historical relationship between Africa and the world.
Peter Mendy, Associate Professor
Dept. of History

3 – 5PM
ARRANGED
Interfaith Center DDC lower level

This feature length film focuses on two young women one an orthodox Jew, the other a devout Muslim who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. The two will learn that they have much in common and friendship has no religion. Winner of the Audience Award at the Berkshire International Film Festival and Best Narrative at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.
Sponsored by the Interfaith Center

4 – 5:30PM
Cheetah Conservation in South Africa
Clarke Science 106

The importance of diversity within the animal kingdom is highlighted. Human destruction of the natural cheetah habitat has radically reduced numbers of this unusual big cat. Learn how conservationists are taking measures to insure the cheetah’s future in Africa and raise awareness of animal abuse.
Presented by Mary Ball Howkins, Professor (retired)

4 – 5:30PM
General Education 264 – OPEN CLASS
Multicultural Views Same-Sex Orientation and Transsexuality
Horace Mann 183

Direct Service Coordinator of RI Youth Pride Incorporated, Jaye Watts, discusses how YPI provides services for LGBT youths and young adults from 13-23; transgender issues and concerns and tools for change that lead to safe, inclusive communities.
Elizabeth Rowell, Professor
Dept. of Elementary Education

4 – 6PM
What To Do When Stopped by the Police
SU 307

This community support program provides information and skills for issues related to citizen-police interactions. Topics discussed include citizen rights, police procedures, racial profiling and recent court decisions with brief discussion regarding the arming of campus police.
Sponsored by the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers
Presented by Charles Wilson, Treasurer and past National Chairman

Wednesday, October 9

10 – 2PM
RIC Flu Vaccine Clinic
SU Ballroom

Free with proof of insurance.

11:30 - 5PM
The Hope Bus
On the Quad

The Hope Bus is an outreach program serving all of RI, with a focus on low income, uninsured and underinsured populations. In 2010 breast cancer became the no. 1 cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. The incidence of breast cancer is rising as more immigrants become acculturated to U.S. lifestyle. October is breast cancer awareness month. Learn about accessing affordable screenings, support & counseling.
Sponsored by Health Promotions and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

12:30 – 2PM
ACCESS Challenge: Eye-Opening Experience
On the Quad

The Fall 2013 Access Challenge features visual impairment (VI) simulation activities for students, faculty, and staff to experience what it is like to have low or no vision. Learn about service dogs, braille, white cane awareness, being a sighted guide, careers in the field of VI, and more!
Sponsored by Advocacy & Beyond Club (ABC), the Disability Services Center and the Sherlock Center on Disabilities
(rainsite: SU Ballroom Lobby)

12:30 – 2PM
LovePower & Memory Lanes Concert
On the Quad

The bands, LovePower and The Memory Lanes, managed by Resources for Human Development (RHD), help support individuals with a broad range of abilities, personalities, and goals to cultivate their own artistic expression. Enjoy a midweek break of music and fun!
Sponsored by the Disability Services Center and Learning for Life

2 – 3:50PM M,W
Sociology 208 – OPEN CLASS
Minority Group Relations
Craig-Lee 231

4 – 5:30PM
From Cape Verde to America: Finding Your Roots
Adams Library Fortes Room

Knowledgeable of the resources available in the U.S. and Cape Verde, Attorney James Lopes presents on Cape Verdean genealogy starting with his own family tree. Participants will learn about documenting their personal history, using DNA information, tracing whaling roots and more. The Adams library is one of the largest repositories of materials related to Cape Verde and its American connection. Learn more about it at Outside Linkric.Libguides.com
Presented by James J. Lopes, Esq.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library
Supported by the Committee on College Lectures

4 – 5:30PM
“Post-Racial” State Violence and Resistance
Roberts Hall Alumni Lounge

This student-driven lecture and discussion examines the killings of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Through evidence and analysis this program seeks to raise awareness of antiblack violence and create a platform for imagining new forms of resistance to state violence and racism.
Sponsored by L.I.F.E. (Live. Inspire. Fight. Educate.)

5:30 – 7:15PM
Elementary Education 261 – OPEN CLASS
Diversity Viewed Through Cross-Cultural Lenses
Horace Mann 183

View the acclaimed 1999 Iranian film The Colour of Paradise which “explores the world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father’s crippling shame.” Hashem is a widower, ambitious to marry into a prosperous family, and he fears the possession of a blind son will devalue him in the marriage market.
Elizabeth Rowell, Professor

Thursday, October 10

10AM – 3PM
El Camino
RIC Campus/Unity Center

This 30-minute directed walk begins at the Unity Center and mimics the journey of undocumented people coming from Guatemala to the U.S.A. The walk will be accessible to participants throughout the day (rain or shine) and will culminate with discussion of immigration issues and stories from 3-4pm in the Unity Center. Light refreshments will be served.

11 – 12:20PM TU, TH
Communications 332 – OPEN CLASS
Gender and Communication
Whipple 217

2 – 3PM
Film Studies 219 – OPEN CLASS
Methods of Film Analysis
Horace Mann 193

Guests welcomed to view the documentary, Aaron Briggs and the HMS Gaspee, produced and directed by RIC Alumnus Andrew Stewart (2009). Followed by Q & A and commentary with the film maker and researchers.

2 – 3:50 TU, TH
History 101 – OPEN CLASS
Multiple Voices: Africa in the World
Gaige 309

4 – 5PM
Aaron Briggs and the HMS Gaspee
Horace Mann 193

This short documentary begins with an examination of the history of the Brown family’s role in the RI slave trade. It then focuses on the role of young Aaron Briggs, an indentured male of African descent, in the colonial assault and burning of the British patrol schooner the HMS Gaspee, an event widely believed to have sparked the American Revolution.
Produced and directed by Andrew Stewart (RIC ’09)
With contributions from Richard Lobban, Ray Rickman and Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

4 – 6PM
Author Lecture on PYM: A Novel
Alger Hall 110

Mat Johnson, author of PYM the Open Books Open Minds selected reading for 2013/14 delivers the keynote lecture and takes questions and comments from the audience. Book signing to follow.
Sponsored by Open Books Open Minds
Supported by the Committee on College Lectures

7 – 10PM
Diversity Week Open Mic
SU Café

Got talent? Poets, musicians, comedians, singers, hip hop artists – students, faculty, staff, friends – all are welcome. Join us for a night of campus entertainment. Microphones and plug-ins for iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players provided. Registration night of the event.
Sponsored by Student Activities.
Emcee – Gripp/glasseyeballs.com

Friday, October 11

12 - 2PM
Which Way Home
Unity Center

Bring your lunch and join us for a screening of Which Way Home, a documentary highlighting the plight of immigrant children. Beverages provided all are welcomed.
Sponsored by LASO and the Unity Center

8PM until supplies last
Outrageous Bingo
SU 307

It’s Bingo with a twist and LOTS of prizes, traditional BINGO, Human Bingo, Diversity Word Search & more prizes! Refreshments served. Bring your game face.
Sponsored by Student Activities in conjunction with the Unity Center

RIC Welcome Receptions

Friday, September 13th

Students with Children Reception
Kids Welcome, Games & Food!
3 – 6PM in the Student Union Ballroom

Tuesday September 3rd

Nuevos Estudiantes que Hablan Español / New Student Spanish Speakers
Co-sponsored by LASO (Latin American Student Organization)
4 – 6PM in the Unity Center (DDC lower level)

Wednesday, September 4th

Multicultural Mixer
Music & Mingle with food
4 – 6PM in the Unity Center

RIC 9th Annual Diversity Week, October 7 – 11

RIC Diversity Week seeks to provide shared learning opportunities that increase awareness, disseminate knowledge, and develop skills & perspectives that strengthen the campus community, and promote mutual respect. Proposed programs should engage a diverse audience in learning opportunities that focus on equity and inclusion of cultural, ethnic and racial identity; linguistics; gender expression; sexual orientation; age; disability; religion; socio-economic status and other group distinctions.

February 2013 is African American History Month

At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington

“Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." – Abraham Lincoln 1865

The Public Relations Committee of James P. Adams Library presents exhibits featuring The Emancipation Proclamation and videos about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including interviews and speeches, during the month of February in the main lobby. See the libguide at Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Emancipation_Proclamation.

In addition, a collection of linocut prints by artist and educator Margaret Taylor Burroughs has been permanently installed on the 4th floor of the Adams Library adjacent to the Director’s office. Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from RIC in 1990. Visit this beautiful collection and see the libguide Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Margaret_Burroughs for more information.

OPEN CLASS: Critical Issues in Africana Studies The Black Image in Film

Africana Studies 262
Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:50am Craig Lee 050

Curious about Africana studies? In support of Black History Month, Tryon Woods, visiting professor at Rhode Island College and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth opens his class to interested students all month long.
Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program

Stories from the Bench

Saturday, February 2nd
10:00am 24 Meeting Street, Providence

The RI Black Heritage Society brings together the first and only African-American judges appointed to the Rhode Island Bench, celebrating their achievements in the Ocean State's justice system at the Historic Brick Schoolhouse on Meeting Street: U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, Superior Court Associate Judge Walter R. Stone, District Court Associate Judge William C. Clifton, Superior Court Associate Judge Edward C. Clifton and retired Superior Court Judge Alton Wiley
This event is free and open to the public.

18th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Sunday, February 3rd
1:00 – 3:00pm RISD Metcalf Auditorium/Chace Center

Langston Hughes’s powerful and poignant poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, continue to resonate today. Join guest reader, internationally acclaimed storyteller, Len Cabral and members of the community from diverse backgrounds as they read aloud the poignant and often amusing works from one of America’s most prolific writers. Musical accompaniment by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio.
Coordinated by Anne Edmonds Clanton; co-sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design. Free and open to the public. Reception following the event.

“The Loving Story”

Monday, February 4th
6:00pm Student Union Ballroom

The ACLU of Rhode Island and the Unity Center will co-host a screening of “The Loving Story,” an award-winning HBO documentary about an interracial couple arrested for miscegenation in 1958 and exiled from Virginia. With the help of the ACLU, Mildred and Richard Loving took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1967 the court struck down this discriminatory law across the nation. The film also provides a parallel to contemporary issues of marriage equality. Following the film, ACLU representatives will provide an overview of the ACLU and its work, and answer questions.
Sponsored by the Unity Center in conjunction with the Rhode Island Affiliate, American Civil Liberties Union

The History of Math: An Examination

Wednesday, February 6th
12:30 – 2:00pm Gaige Hall 164

Informed by the work of scientist and anthropologist, Dr. Chiekh Anta Diop and the work of ethno-mathematician Ron Eglash, author of African Fractals, this student-lead presentation explores how European intellectualism informs math curricula by taking a closer look at David M. Burton’s text History of Mathematics: An Introduction. Presented by Alioune Y. Diop ‘12 Math & Physics

Film Series: Black in Latin America Haiti and the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided

Wednesday, February 6th
12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union 422

Explore Black history beyond the United States. Of the more than 11 million Africans who survived the Middle Passage, only about 450,000 were brought to the U.S. The first episode of the four-part documentary series, created by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that uncovers the African roots of Latin American culture and the more than 10 million Africans who had another kind of African American experience – south of our borders.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Film: Martin Luther King’s “I Have A dream” speech

Wednesday, February 6th
4:00 – 5:00pm Adams Library Reinhardt Room

Sponsored by the JP Adams Library Public Relations Committee

Open Mic Night: Focus on Freedom and Equality

Thursday, February 7th
7:00pm Student Union Café

RIC Student Activities hosts this Open Mic Night, encouraging students, faculty, staff and community members to share songs, poetry and other performance pieces related to the national theme of African American History Month. Microphones and plug-ins for iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players are provided.
Sponsored by Student Activities

Saturday, February 9th
10:00am 24 Meeting Street, Providence

Come and reminisce about Providence's legendary Celebrity Club. In the 1950's, a time when most public venues were still segregated, Providence's Celebrity Club was a vibrant, integrated scene for jazz and entertainment. Here stories of the day and keep the history alive at the historic Brick Schoolhouse. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the RI Black Heritage Society

Providence's Celebrity Club

Saturday, February 9th
10:00am 24 Meeting Street, Providence

Come and reminisce about Providence's legendary Celebrity Club. In the 1950's, a time when most public venues were still segregated, Providence's Celebrity Club was a vibrant, integrated scene for jazz and entertainment. Here stories of the day and keep the history alive at the historic Brick Schoolhouse. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the RI Black Heritage Society

BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, February 11th
11:00am – 6:00pm Student Union Ballroom

This blood drive commemorates, Dr. Charles Drew, the African American inventor of the modern blood banking process. Dr. Drew revolutionized blood procurement. Drew attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, received his first doctorate in medicine in 1933, taught surgery at Howard University Medical School and became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University. Roll up your sleeve and save a life!
Sponsored by the office of Health Promotion and the Unity Center in conjunction with the RI Blood Center.

BLOOD DRIVE

Tuesday, February 12th
11:00am – 6:00pm Student Union Ballroom

Day 2 - The RI Blood Center is the only source of blood products for the state’s hospitals and relies solely on volunteer donations. Roll up your sleeve and save a life!
Sponsored by the office of Health Promotion and the Unity Center in conjunction with the RI Blood Center.

Josephine Baker and the Banana Skirt: An African American Woman in 1920s Paris

Tuesday, February 12th
2:00 – 3:30pm Clarke Science 106

Matthew Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies at Brown University, is an expert in the study of race and race-relations. His current research critiques the visual culture of race and the ways race is viewed through the body. This presentation focuses on the poster art marketing dancer Josephine Baker to Parisian audiences.
Sponsored by the Art Department.

RIC TRIP to see the movie LINCOLN

Tuesday, February 12th
7:00pm Student Union Lobby

Join RIC students to go see the 7:30pm showing of Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln at the Providence Place Mall cinema. Transportation is available but seats are limited. Trip tickets are available in advance at the Unity Center (DDC lower level), $5 for students with a RIC ID.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Student Activities.

Crossroads: Proclamation and Protest

Wednesday, February 13th
12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union Ballroom

The History Department’s keynote lecture commemorates the anniversaries of two important events in African American history by addressing President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 (150 years ago) and the March on Washington in 1963 (50 years ago) when Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Light lunch & refreshments provided.
Presented by Robert Cvornyek, Professor, Chair Elisa Miller, Associate Professor History Department

Film Series: Black in Latin America Cuba: the Next Revolution

Wednesday, February 13th
12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union 422

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at how the slave labor for the sugar industry in the 19th century influenced Cuba's culture, religion, politics and music, and what effect the Castro Communist Revolution in 1959 had on racism.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Film: The March on Washington

Wednesday, February 13th
4:00pm Adams Library Reinhardt Room

Archival footage from 1963 shows the hundreds of thousands of people who marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. uniting for the civil and economic rights of African Americans.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library Public Relations Committee

Personal Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, February 16th
10:00am 24 Meeting Street, Providence

Rhode Islanders tell first-hand accounts of their involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, provide a comprehensive perspective on the state’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement, and the collective spirit of marginalized American citizens who compelled the United States to broaden its identity. Guests include Michael Van Leesten, Malcolm Farmer III Esq. and Rev. Dr. H. Daehler Hayes, among others. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the RI Black Heritage Society

So You Think You Know Black History??

Monday, February 18th
7:00 – 8:30pm SU Ballroom

Game show with cash prizes: First prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25. Hint: familiarity with African American History Month programming could mean a better chance of winning. Doors open at 6:30pm. Contestants must be RI College students and are randomly selected. Contact the Unity Center for additional information (456-8791).
Sponsored by the Unity Center and L.I.F.E.

Film Series: Black in Latin America Brazil: A Racial Paradise?

Wednesday, February 20th
12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union 422

In Brazil, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Film: Eyes on the Prize “No Easy Walk” (1961-1963)

Wednesday, February 20th
4:00 – 5:00pm Adams Library Reinhardt Room

This fourth episode of the Eyes on the Prize Series focuses on a pivotal point in the civil rights era. Through mass protests some failed, some successful, dogs and fire hoses, and fatal church bombings, Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as a leading figure of the movement.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library Public Relations Committee

Lord of Two Lands, Can You Dig It?

Thursday, February 21st
4:00 – 6:00pm Alger Hall 110

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer, Richard Lobban, is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College where he is Executive Director of the Sudan Studies Association. After four years of searching, Lobban and colleagues from Moscow and Russia found the lost temple of the Meroitic Empire (300 BC to 340 AD) in the eastern Butana desert of Sudan. Lobban presents his team’s findings, photographs and future plans for uncovering more pieces of this ancient puzzle.
Sponsored by the Sudan Studies Association in partnership with the Unity Center

Journey to the Motherland: A Night of Storytelling

Saturday, February 23rd
6:00 – 10:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom

The seventh annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, music & dance. Tickets are $7 with RIC ID or $10 for the general public. Reserved tables of ten are $80 in advance. Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information email womenofcolor2013@gmail.com.
Sponsored by Women of Color in collaboration with the African Development Youth Initiative

March To Justice

Monday, February 25th
8:00pm Discovery Channel

In commemoration of Black History Month, Investigation Discovery (ID) Films joins the Kennedy family in the premiere of MARCH TO JUSTICE. Members of the Kennedy family are guided through a personal account of Bloody Sunday and other events leading to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The program features interviews with civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, who at 6 years old was the first African American child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana and a survivor of the 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four little girls.
Produced exclusively for ID by NBC News’ Peacock Productions.

Film Series: Black in Latin America Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union 422

In Mexico and Peru Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.
Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Join the Conversation: Exploring a Tobacco Free RIC

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00pm Alger Hall 110

This program brings together a diverse panel of speakers from the medical community and higher education to discuss the science, education and experiences with current trends and best practices in tobacco control. Are smoking related ailments more prevalent in certain groups? How influential are tobacco marketing efforts? Ask questions and obtain information specific to racial and ethnic communities in Rhode Island.
Panelists: Dr. Michael Fine, Dr. Kathleen Hittner, Tafa Awolaju, and Erika Samoorian. Moderated by Dyana Koelsch

Finally Got The News

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00pm Alumni Lounge

The revolutionary documentary about the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit brings to light the primacy of the working class in social justice. The 1-hour screening is followed by a presentation and discussion connecting this 1960s labor history with the current “right to work” legislation in Michigan.
Presented by Dr. Tryon Woods
Sponsored by L.I.F.E.

Film: King: A Filmed Record…From Montgomery to Memphis

Wednesday, February 27th
4:00 – 5:00pm Adams Library Reinhardt Room

View a segment from this 1970 documentary biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. framed by celebrity narrators.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library Public Relations Committee


November is Native American Heritage Month

Thursday, November 29th: 3 – 5 PM

Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum
History, Culture and Arts of the Eastern Woodland People
Student Union room 307
Presenter: Lorén Spears, Executive Director

Explore the history, culture and the arts of Eastern Woodland people.

Join Executive Director, Lorén Spears, for an educator's workshop in Student Union room 307.
The workshop will:
  • broaden perspectives, attitudes, & knowledge
  • include cultural items from the museum's collection
  • offer a "dream catcher" craft activity

Friday, November 30, 2012: 12:00PM-5:30PM

New England Foundation for the Arts Presents
Native Arts Fall Gathering
Roots Arts and Cultural Center | 276 Westminster St., Providence, RI


Free admission; refreshments will be served.
RSVP: By November 26 to Summer Confuorto (617.951.0010 x533)
organizations - artists - performances


Monday, October 1st – Friday, October 5th

All Week Long

Featured Foods

Enjoy culturally inspired lunch and dinner entrees at the Donovan Dining Center, with facts and information about food origins. Sponsored by Donovan Dining Center

Focus on Bullying

Bullying is rooted in cultural insularity, that is, the lack of exposure to and empathy for differences in race, family structure, sexual orientation, learning disabilities, and religion. Strategies for recognizing, preventing, and stopping bullying range in focus from elementary school to college and the workplace. Resources on these topics will be exhibited in the library throughout the month of October. For more information see the LibGuide at Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Bullying
Sponsored by Adams Library

Closets are for Clothes

T-shirt Sale for National Coming Out Day Purchase your $5 t-shirt all week long at The Unity Center, Women's Center, HOPE office, and other locations on campus. Wear it on National Coming Out Day on October 11 to acknowledge the importance of feeling safe and supported on your campus. Sponsored by The Unity Center.
Made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

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Monday, October 1

9 – 11 a.m.
Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Alger 110

Tawara Goode, director of the National Center for Cultural Competence, will discuss the design, implementation, and evaluation of culturally competent service delivery systems. This session will provide an overview of the foundations of cultural and linguistic competence based on the national literature and will identify evidence-based strategies for embedding cultural and linguistic competence into higher education and human service settings.
Sponsored by the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities and the National Center for Cultural Competence

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Straight Eye for the Queer Guy: Exploring the Dynamics of Gay-Straight Friendships
Faculty Center South

What are the unique dynamics that arise in friendships between straight persons and gay/lesbian persons? This discussion will explore the impact of the stigma about both heterosexuals and gay/lesbian persons on being authentic and forming relationships and will raise awareness of how gender role norms influence interpersonal friendships. All are welcome; lunch will be provided.
Facilitated by Joshua Wolff and Steven Threlkeld, Assistant Professors, Department of Psychology

4 – 6 p.m.
Global Lens Film Series
Fat, Bald, Short Man/Gordo, Calvo y Bajito
Adams Library, Fortes Room

Each film in the Global Lens series is selected for its authentic voice, cinematography, and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. In this Colombian feature a lonesome middle-aged virgin is ridiculed by co-workers and family. When his boss takes an interest in him and he joins a self-improvement group, the undulation of his life story becomes clear – change is what you make of it (Spanish with English subtitles).
Sponsored by Dialogue on Diversity. Supported by the Department of Modern Languages.

Tuesday, October 2

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Global Lens Film
Craft/Riscado
Adams Library, Fortes Room

In this Brazilian feature, Bianca, a talented underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro, is afraid of missing her "big break." She perseveres with single-minded dedication to her craft until an audition leads to a rare opportunity. Set against rich visuals, Karine Teles's remarkable performance drives this drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist (Portuguese and French with English subtitles).
Sponsored by Dialogue on Diversity
Supported by the Department of Modern Languages

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Study Abroad Informational Fair
President's Dining Room

Want to study in another country? Speak with representatives of off-campus study abroad programs. Discover opportunities to experience cultural and linguistic diversity first hand while earning college credits.
Sponsored by the Rhode Island College Study Abroad Office

2 – 3 p.m.
Race and Biology: Controversial Connections
Alger Hall 110

Based on the Open Books, Open Minds (OBOM) common book selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this program features Ann Morning, associate professor, Department of Sociology, New York University, discussing the intersection of modern medicine, bioethics, and race. Ann Morning is author of The Nature of Race (University of California Press, 2011).
Sponsored by OBOM and the Dialogue on Diversity

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico de México
Auditorium in Roberts Hall

This authentic Mexican dance troupe, founded by choreographer Amalia Hernández, highlights the beauty of the universe in motion through dance, traditional music, and breathtaking costumes. Buy tickets online at www.ric.edu/pfa/pas.php or by phone (401) 456-8144.
Presented by the Performing Arts Series at Rhode Island College

Wednesday, October 3

10 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
Celebrating Diversity in Media
Communications 240 – Open Class
Whipple Hall 215

In this open class presentation participants will discuss how media serves diverse audiences as a conduit to democratic participation and an advocate of change. There will also be a presentation about the many pioneers who fought for greater inclusion, fair representation, and increased diversity in media. Instructor: Anthony Galvez, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Hope Bus
On the Quad

The Hope Bus is an outreach program serving all of Rhode Island, with a focus on low income, uninsured, and underinsured populations. In 2010 breast cancer became the no. 1 cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. The incidence of breast cancer is rising as more immigrants become acculturated to U.S. lifestyles. Breast cancer is more aggressive in African American women than in other populations. Get your questions answered and learn about accessing affordable screenings.
Sponsored by Health Promotions and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Supported by the Student Nurses Association

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Access Challenge: Eye-Opening Experience
On the Quad

The fall 2012 Access Challenge features visual impairment (VI) simulation activities for students, faculty, and staff to experience what it is like to have low or no vision. Learn about service dogs, braille, white cane awareness, how to be a sighted guide, careers in the field of VI, and more!
Sponsored by Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC)

12:30 – 2 p.m.
LovePower and The Memory Lanes: Unique Bands with Unique Abilities
On the Quad

The bands LovePower and The Memory Lanes, managed by Resources for Human Development (RHD), help support individuals with a broad range of abilities, personalities, and goals to cultivate their own artistic expression. Enjoy a midweek break of music and fun!
Sponsored by Disability Services and Learning for Life

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
Adams Library, Fortes Room

"Gen X filmmaker Phoebe Hart always knew she was different growing up – but she didn't know why. This award-winning documentary traces Phoebe's voyage of self-discovery as an intersex person, a group of conditions formerly termed hermaphroditism. Learning in her teens that she was born with 46XY (male) chromosomes, she seeks to understand her own story and the stories of others affected by this complex and often shameful syndrome" (from Women Make Movies).
Sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program

4 – 5 p.m.
Assessment and Instruction of Children with Severe Disabilities – Visual Impairment Simulation
Special Education 425 – Open Class
Sherlock Center (Bldg. 7) Training Room 017

Learn first hand about the experiences of individuals with visual impairments through simulated low or no vision exercises. Attendees will learn about educational strategies used to teach students with severe disabilities. Instructors: Terri LaPlante, Educational Coordinator, Dual Sensory Impairments (DSI) Project, and Chris Parker, DSI Parent Consultant

4 – 6 p.m.
What to Do When Stopped by the Police
Student Union 307

This program provides much needed information on how to deal positively with police encounters, particularly those related to vehicle stops. Discussion will focus on citizen and police rights, racial profiling, and enhancing the relationships between community and law enforcement.
Sponsored by the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers Presented by Lieutenant Charles Wilson, Treasurer

Thursday, October 4

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
El Camino
RIC Campus/Unity Center

This 30-minute directed walk begins at The Unity Center and mimics the journey of undocumented people who come from Guatemala to the U.S. This event will be accessible to participants throughout the day (rain or shine) and will culminate at The Unity Center with a 4 p.m. screening of Which Way Home, a documentary highlighting the plight of immigrant children. Dinner is included.
Sponsored by LASO and The Unity Center

5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery Exhibits: Opening Receptions
d'Ann de Simone
Main Gallery

This exhibit reflects the artist's increasing anxiety over the state of American culture and her ambivalence toward technology. Using two primary sources of imagery: maps and Chinese paper cuts, the art brings East and West together by blending imagery from both cultures and "mapping" out a new terrain. de Simone is visually impaired and a faculty member in the art department of Michigan State University.

Monique Rolle Johnson
Focus Gallery

Woman is a collection of works by Monique Rolle Johnson that focuses on the commonality of women, their strengths, endurances, burdens, and triumphs. Johnson's work is best defined by its brilliant colors that saturate her surfaces. The rhythmic patterns she employs are suggestive of her Caribbean roots. Johnson has received degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and the College of the Bahamas. Her works are in numerous public and private collections.

6 – 9 p.m.
Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth
Student Union Ballroom

"This documentary focuses on the unique challenges that undocumented youth graduating from high school every year in the U.S. face as they turn 18. Many of these youths are at risk of exile from the only country many of them have ever known as home" (Outside LinkAmericasvoiceonline.org). Followed by discussion about local undocumented college students and Welcoming America/RI, the national grassroots collaborative promoting mutual respect and cooperation between Americans.
Sponsored by L.I.F.E.
Presented by Michelle DePlante, International Institute of
Rhode Island

7 – 10 p.m.
Diversity Week Open Mic
Student Union Café

Got talent? Poets, musicians, comedians, singers, hip-hop artists – students, faculty, staff , friends – all are welcome. Join us for a night of entertainment. Acoustic instruments and simple setups only. Registration night of the event.
Sponsored by Student Activities

Friday, October 5

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Literacy Strategies That Foster Academic Success of Diverse Learners in the College Classroom
Adams Library, Fortes Room

This interactive workshop for faculty presents practical, evidence-based teaching strategies and tools beneficial for students from racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse families and communities, as well as students with disabilities, adult learners, and other students. Light breakfast provided. Presenters: Mark Gunning, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education/Sherlock Center on Disabilities; Keri Rossi D'Entremont, Director, Disability Services Center; Steven Threlkeld, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology. Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning


The Trayvon Martin Case: a conversation about race relations in the U.S.

Join the Unity Center, Africana Studies, the Women's Center and others for conversation on the controversial case and its implications.
Tuesday, April 3rd from 4-6 PM in Alger Hall room 110
Facilitated by Professor Saucier of Sociology and Director of Africana Studies.

Our Bodies Ourselves

Thursday, March 29, 2012
2 PM Faculty Center South
Free/Open to the Public

Brought to the RIC community by the Gender and Women's Studies Program, the Committee on College Lectures, School of Social Work, the Nursing Program, Health and Physical Education, the Unity Center, and the Women's Center.

April is Outside LinkNational Poetry Month!

Join the Adams Library as it celebrates a series of fun-filled Outside Linkpoetry events! Please visit: http://www.ric.edu/adamslibrary/for more details!

Access Challenge

April 25

The Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC) at Rhode Island College is hosting its 3rd annual ACCESS CHALLENGE on Wednesday, April 25, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. on the quad and in the Faculty Center. This extraordinary event was developed by RIC alumna, the late Dana Wright, to educate the RIC community about the experiences of individuals with physical disabilities on campus. Participants experience the challenges of performing their usual daily activities on campus by using wheelchairs for five hours, recording and sharing their experiences at a roundtable dinner discussion.

In addition to the wheelchair Challenge, there will also be an "Eye Opening Experience" (Visual Impairment Simulation activities) on the RIC quad from 12:30-2 p.m.

RIC Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to participate. For more information or to register for this event, visit http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/teachers/abc.html.


Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information on diversity week events stop by the Unity Center (DDC lower level) or check back on this webpage for the latest information on events. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities available upon request.

2012 African American History Month

Black Women in American History and Culture

"In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing – anti-humanism" - - Shirley Chisholm

In honor of African American History Month, and in keeping with the 2012 theme Black Women in American History and Culture, the Public Relations Committee of James P. Adams Library presents an exhibit of works from the library's collection by Black women writers:  Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. The exhibit will be on display the entire month of February in the Library's main display cases.  In addition, the Adams Library will sponsor a film series based on the works of Black women writers: Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Sapphire and Ntozake Shange. All films will be shown in the library's Reinhardt Room (see event listings for details).
A libguide accompanying the film series and exhibit and can be accessed at:  Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/Black_Women_Writers.

Open Classes in February

Friday 8:00 – 11:50am  Craig Lee 051
OPEN CLASS: Minority Issues in the Justice System
Sociology 344  open to guests all month.
Khalil Saucier, Assistant Professor Dept. of Sociology, Director of Africana Studies, RI College

Mon/Wed 11:00am – 12:20pm Forman Center C
OPEN CLASS: Minority Group Relations
Sociology 208  open to guests all month.
Khalil Saucier, Assistant Professor Dept. of Sociology, Director of Africana Studies, RI College

Wednesday, February 1st

12:30 – 2:00pm Student Union Ballroom
The FACTS: Disparities in Health Care and Access
This presentation focuses on RI Department of Health data on socio-economic characteristics, infectious diseases, mortality, maternal & child health and access to health care among African Americans in Rhode Island.  The program explores the impact of socio-political and economic policies on access to health care and will include discussion of initiatives that work to eliminate health disparities by planning and developing comprehensive systems of care that empower communities, exhibit cultural competence and are effective.
Sponsored by the Nursing Department and the RI Dept. of Health
Presented by Carrie Bridges, MPH, Team Lead Health Disparities and Access to Care

Thursday, February 2nd

4:00pm   Adams Library Reinhardt Room     
Film: The Color Purple
The 1985 drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Alice Walker, which garnered 11 Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe award for Best Actress to Whoopi Goldberg. Spanning the years from 1909 – 1949 the film relates the life of a southern wife abused by her sharecropper husband until she becomes emboldened through strong female friendships.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library in coordination with the Unity Center

Sunday, February 5th

1:00 – 3:30pm  Rhode Island School of Design Museum
17th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
Langston Hughes's powerful and poignant poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, continue to resonate today. Two-time Grammy Award-winning performer Bill Harley reads Langston Hughes' poetry aloud, along with members of the community, and accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio.
Coordinated by Anne Edmonds Clanton; co-sponsored by RISD's English Department; reception follows. Free.

Monday, February 6th

6:00 – 7:30pm  Student Union Ballroom
Gospel Jubilee
Joyful Noises
RPM Voices of RI performs selections written, recorded and/or popularized by African American women.   Choir founder and director, Dr. Clarice Thompson, visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at Brown University, utilizes her expertise in music history to speak briefly about the contributions of Black women to Gospel music, the origination of RPM Voices and answer questions from the audience.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and Out of Bounds

Thursday, February 9th

4:00pm  Adams Library Reinhardt Room
Film: Beloved
The movie based on the 1987 Toni Morrison novel of the same name which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  The film, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover examines the haunting effects of slavery on the past, present and future of one mother and her children.  The title character is a mysterious young woman whose presence is somewhat inexplicable.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library in coordination with the Unity Center

Thursday, February 16th

4:00pm   Adams Library Reinhardt Room     
Film: Precious
Based on the 1996 novel Push written by Sapphire, this film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including the Best Supporting Actress award given to Mo'Nique for her portrayal of Precious' mother.  It received critical acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the prestigious Audience Award.  Title character Precious, is an illiterate teenager abused by her parents and pregnant with her second child, but things change when she is accepted into an alternative school and gets a chance to start over.
Sponsored by the JP Adams Library in coordination with the Unity Center

7:00 – 8:30pm            SU Ballroom
So You Think You Know Black History??
Game show with cash prizes:  First prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25Hint: familiarity with African American History Month programming could mean a better chance of winning. Doors open at 6:30pm.  Contestants must be RI College students and are randomly selected. Contact the Unity Center for additional information (456-8791).
The Unity Center, Harambee and Out of Bounds

Monday, February 20th

11:00am – 6:00pm  Student Union Ballroom
BLOOD DRIVE in Perspective: Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950)
In honor of the African American inventor of the modern blood banking process that revolutionized blood procurement and saved the lives of countless soldiers in WWII.
Drew attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, received his first doctorate in medicine in 1933, taught surgery at Howard University Medical School and became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University.  The RI Blood Center is the only source of blood products for the state's hospitals and relies solely on volunteer donations. Roll up your sleeve and save a life! Free coupon for a small Papa John's Pizza for donors.
Sponsored by the office of Health Promotion and the Unity Center
in conjunction with the RI Blood Center.

Tuesday, February 21st

4:00 – 5:00pm  Adams Library Fortes Room
The Transformation of Malcolm X
A commemorative lecture
Rhode Island College student, Peterson Carto class of 2012, presents research on the life and death of Malcolm X, the iconic human rights activist whose story is a lesson in critical thinking.
Sponsored by the Unity Center

11:00am – 6:00pm Student Union Ballroom
BLOOD DRIVE in Perspective: Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950)
Second day of the blood drive honoring the inventor of modern blood banking.
Free coupon for a small Papa John's Pizza for donors.
Sponsored by the office of Health Promotion and the Unity Center
in conjunction with the RI Blood Center.

Thursday, February 23rd

4:00pm  JP Adams Library Reinhardt Room
Film: For Colored Girls
Based on the 1975 choreopoem by Ntozake Shange entitled For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  The experimental play staged on Broadway in 1977, garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Play, earned Trazana Beverley a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and is considered a landmark work in African American literature and Black feminism. The collection of 20 poems was adapted for the screen by Tyler Perry who wrote, directed and produced the big screen film.  The star studded cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, and Phylicia Rashad.

Saturday, February 25th

6:00 – 9:00pm  Student Union Ballroom
Journey to the Motherland
The sixth annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, vendors, music & dance. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  Doors open at 5:00pm.  For more information email womenofcolor@so.ric.edu  or contact the Unity Center.
Sponsored by Women of Color

Monday, February 27th

7:00 – 9:30pm  Student Union Ballroom
The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975)
This interesting collage of historical footage captured by a team of Swedish journalists on a mission to expose the reality of U.S. race relations, research and commentary covers the most tumultuous time of the Civil Rights movement. Present-day interviews with Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, and the Last Poets add dimension to the project which uniquely conveys the influence of the Black Power movement. Images of social activists like Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis bring the past to light and urge the viewer to be thoughtful about non-violence, war, prison and hypocrisy.
Produced by Danny Glover (Louverture Films). Edited by Goran Olsson

Wednesday, February 29th

12:30 – 2:00pm Adams Library Fortes Room
The Symbolic Economy of Policing
Dr. Tryon Woods, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Crime & Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth examines how policing precedes law and explores the continuities between slave patrols and racial profiling. Woods received his doctorate from the University of California and has published in journals in the humanities, social sciences, and law. He has also worked with community-based organizations in major U.S. cities on police accountability.  Dr. Woods is currently at work on two manuscripts, one about globalization and decolonization in Nigeria and Mexico, and the other about anti-black violence in the US.
Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program;
funded by the Committee on College Lectures

7:00 – 9:00pm  Forman Theatre
When Fate Comes Knocking

Mixed Magic Theatre delivers an outstanding performance of the play written and directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley about the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Watch through the critical and humorous lens of men and women gathered on porches talking, singing, laughing, and shelling peas as they feel themselves changing with the world around them.  Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Student Activities


29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Scholarship Breakfast

Monday, January 16, 2012
7:00 AM – Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI

Tickets $35.00 donation per individual/ tables of ten $350.00
Keynote Speaker: Ray M. Di Pasquale, Acting Commissioner of Higher Education
For more information contact the Ministers Alliance of RI ministersalliance@verizon.net

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gilbert Stuart Middle School, 188 Princeton Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 City Year Rhode Island celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day on not a day off. More than 400 local community and corporate volunteers will serve alongside City Year corps members to complete school improvement projects at Gilbert Stuart Middle School, paint murals at the West End Community Center, lead activities at the Elmwood Adult Day Healthcare Center and discuss Dr. King's commitment to social justice at the Knight Memorial Public Library.

9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Program
10:30 AM Service Begins
3:30 PM Service Ends

2011 Annual Giving Tree

Collections will begin on Monday, December 5th and continue through Tuesday, the 19th.

Campus Ministry, the Unity Center and St. Vincent de Paul Ministry at St. Charles Borromeo Parish are joining forces to once again help needy families this holiday season. This year's giving tree will help provide gifts for 20 children in our local community. Visit the Campus Ministry or Unity Center to choose a tag (with a child's age, gender, size and wish) from the giving tree and return the unwrapped gift (with the tag attached) to either location. Cash donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards which the parish will distribute to identified families in need.


MOVIE NIGHT – Rory O'Shea Was Here


Thursday, December 8, 2011
7:00 pm in the Unity Center

When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in a residential home for the disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. He befriends, Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of the home.

Sponsored by ABC (Advocacy & Beyond Club).

Better World Book Drive

December 5th – 16th, 2011

DONATE text books, novels and other used books in designated bins located in the Adams Library, Gaige Hall, and Student Union! Your donations benefit our non-profit literacy partner Books for Africa.


ShowTime @ The Apollo

Thursday, December 1, 2011
7:30 PM – Student Union Ballroom

Tickets $5 in advance/ $7 at the door

Presented by Harambee

RIC KICKOFF – Students with Children

Friday, September 9, 2011

Students with Children Reception from 3 – 6 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This reception provides new and current student-parents with an opportunity to network, gather information about community resources for families, enjoy games & activities as well as food and refreshments. Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend!


African American History Walking Tour

Saturday, September 17, 2011

African American History Walking Tour with Ray Rickman of the Rhode Island Historical Society Tour departs at 10AM from the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence. Tickets are $10. For more information contact Barbara Barnes @ (401) 273-7507 or bbarnes@rihs.org

Saturday September 24, 2011

African American History Walking with Ray Rickman of the Rhode Island Historical Society Tour departs at 10AM from RISD Auditorium, on the Providence River between College and Waterman Streets in Providence. Tickets are $15 and include a copy of Blacks on College Hill.

  • Reservations are required.

For more information contact Will McIntire @ (401) 421-0606 or will@rickmangroup.com

These walking tours celebrate the history of African Americans who lived on College Hill from 1701 to the present. Ray Rickman, a well known community leader, will lead a lively discussion and offer his perspective on the people and historic buildings of Providence's oldest neighborhood.


Let us join together in peace

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meditation Walk for all ages, nationalities, backgrounds, interests and religions.WaterFire, WaterPlace Park (meet at the basin / assemble @ 6:30 PM / walk @ 7:30 PM). Visit Outside Linkwww.thepeaceflagproject.org for more ways to celebrate peace.


Creative Survival: African American Foodways in Rhode Island

September 23, 2011, through March 4, 2012

This exhibit will feature artifacts, photos and documents tracing African Americans' extraordinary contributions to cuisine in Rhode Island, from slavery to the present.

Opening event: Special lecture by cookbook author Norma Jean
Darden, along with a food tasting
Sept. 22, 2011, at 5:30pm
Culinary Arts Museum

Closing event: Cooking demonstration with African American
Rhode Island chefs
Feb. 2, 2012 at 5:30pm
Culinary Arts Museum

Culinary Arts Museum, Johnson & Wales University
315 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI
401.598.2805; Outside Linkculinary.org



Diversity Week 2011
October 3rd – 7th

Adams Library Exhibit: LGBTQ Special Collections

This exhibit showcases the library's unique reserve collection of LGBTQ materials in the main lobby display cases all month. The Outside Linkaccompanying LibGuide describes the exhibit and included materials, and gives historical background for this collection.
Sponsored by JP Adams Library

Featured Foods

Enjoy culturally inspired lunch and dinner entrees all week long at the Donovan Dining Center, with facts & information about food origins and musical selections provided by WXIN radio.
Sponsored by Donovan Dining Center and WXIN

Closets are for Clothes
T-shirt sale for National Coming Out Day

Purchase your $5 t-shirt all week long at the Unity Center, Rainbow Alliance office and other locations on campus. Wear it to celebrate diversity and acceptance on national coming out day October 11th and win prizes! Acknowledge the importance of feeling safe and supported on your campus.
Sponsored by RIC Rainbow and the Unity Center
Supported by RIF grant # 20111200

Monday, October 3rd
10:30 – 11:50AM

Strategies for Culturally Diverse Learners

HM 191
Elementary Education 436 – OPEN CLASS

This workshop provides pedagogical strategies to prepare young learners for proactive roles in promoting cultural understanding and respect for human differences. The session includes a powerpoint presentation of youths' engagement in cross cultural activities and small group activities for participants.
Elizabeth Henshaw, Professor
Dept. of Elementary Education

Related materials:
  1. Derman-Sparks, Louise & The A.B.C. Task Force. (1993). Anti-Bias Curriculum Tools for Empowering Young Children. Washington D.C. National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  2. Garcia, Eugene. (1994). Understanding and Meeting the Challenge of Student Cultural Diversity. Boston: Houghton & Miflin Company.
  3. Williams, Pat. (2005). The Keys to Unlocking Their Potential: Coaching Your Kids To Be Leaders. New York (2005).
11AM – 2PM

Study Abroad Informational Fair

President's Dining Room

Want to get away? Students have the opportunity to speak with representatives of the four RIC affiliated off-campus study abroad programs. Discover opportunities to live in diverse locations and situations, experience cultural and/or linguistic diversity all while earning college credits. Sponsored by the RI College Study Abroad Office.

3 – 3:45PM

Children of Undocumented Immigrant Parents

AL Fortes Room

This presentation summarizes key challenges facing the growing number of US children born to undocumented immigrant parents, and the resources and strengths their families possess. Presenters will discuss their current research examining the impact of the parents' documentation status, interactions with the detention/deportation system on US-born children, parental mental health and family processes. This program will increase participants' awareness of how current immigration policies impact the development of children, and will foster a dialogue about how those engaged with children might respond. Presented by Kalina Brabeck, Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Leadership and School Psychology; Mariaelena Arana; Massiel Frias and Shelby Whittet

Related materials:
  • Brabeck, K.M. & Xu, Q. (2010). The impact of detention and deportation on Latino immigrant children and families: A quantitative exploration. Hispanic Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 32, 341-361.
  • Brabeck, K.M., Lykes, M.L.B. & Hershberg, R. (2011). Framing immigration to and deportation from the United States: Central American immigrants make meaning of their experiences. Community, Work, & Family. Retrieved March 25, 2011 from Outside Linkhttp://dx.doi.org/
  • Capps, R., Castaneda, R.M., Chaudry, A. & Santos, R. (2007). Paying the price: The impact of immigration raids on America's children. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.
  • Cavazos-Rehg, P.A., Zayas, L.H., & Sptiznagel, E.L. (2007). Legal status, emotional wellbeing, and subjective health status of Latino immigrants. Journal of the National Medical Association, 99, 1126-1131.
  • Chaudry, A., Capps, R., Pedroza, J., Castaneda, R.M., Santos, R. & Scott, M.M. (2010). Facing our future: Children in the aftermath of immigration enforcement. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.
  • Yoshikawa, H. (2011). Immigrants raising citizens: Undocumented parents and their young children. New York: Russell Sage.
  • Yoshikawa, H. Godfrey, E.B., & Rivera, A.C. (2008). Access to institutional resources as a measure of social exclusion: Relations with family process and cognitive development in the context of immigration. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 121, 63-86.
4M – 6PM

The Global Classroom

Alger 110

RIC welcomes back, Karen King, the American Federation of Teachers' Everyday Hero Award recipient for 2011. The Connecticut Elementary and Middle School Teacher speaks on advancing service learning in K -12 classrooms. From helping to rebuild a school in Kosovo, to working in the local soup kitchen, to building an eye clinic in Liberia, Ms. King explores how to recognize outreach opportunities; involving students with project development; prioritizing intercultural education within an existing curriculum and the important life lessons that remain for students long after the school year ends. Sponsored by the Feinstein School of Education & Human Development

6 – 8PM

Un Cuento Chino

Unity Center

This film focuses on an Asian man in Argentina visiting his family and juxtaposes two very different cultures and their respective customs, perspectives and languages. Sponsored by LASO

Tuesday, October 4th
10:30 – 11AM

The importance of using GLT Friendly Picture Books with Young Children

HM 183 Early Childhood Education – OPEN CLASS

Film: Both My Mom's Names Are Judy will be shown to learn from children why it is important to read books about their special families and It's Elementary - video clip of an early childhood teacher reading a book to her class. Perusal of picture books, questions and discussion are welcome. Elizabeth Rowell, Professor, Dept. of Elementary Education, RI College

12 – 1:30PM

The Supportive Parenting Project: One Mother's Journey Toward Empowerment

Alger 110

Since 2005 the Supportive Parenting Project at the Paul V Sherlock Center on Disabilities has assisted 73 families in which the parent has an intellectual disability or similar learning challenge. "Life Choices Mentors" work with parents to develop as self-determined individuals, connect to their community, strengthen their personal networks and parent their children. The heart of this panel presentation is the personal story of a mother, as told in her own words, about how the Supportive Parenting Project made a difference in the lives of her family, with time for questions and answers. Facilitated by Mitzie Johnson, Family Support Coordinator, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

4 – 6PM

Building Alliances Across Difference: a case study of Black-Latino collaboration

SU 307

This workshop introduces the case study of Manny Diaz -- a Nuyorican migrant who significantly shaped the political relationships between African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the 1950s and 60s. As an activist and political leader who "felt a kinship with black Americans," he forged alliances to fight poverty and racial discrimination. Diaz collaborated with Malcolm X and social change strategist Bayard Rustin among others. This workshop demonstrates how the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty brought distinct communities into a common struggle toward racial and economic equality. Presented by Ande Diaz, Associate Dean, Roger Williams University, Intercultural Center Director Sponsored by Harambee, LASO and the Unity Center

Advanced reading:
  • "I was the one-percenter": Manny Diaz and the Beginnings of a Black-Puerto Rican Coalition published in the Journal of American Ethnic History.
7 – 10PM

Cultural Food Stories & International Attire Night

SU Ballroom

Food and clothing are essential elements in every culture. Join the campus community and local restaurants in a taste of other cultures as we explore foods from around the world and the hidden stories behind some of these delicious delicacies. Showcase your international attire and its history. Sponsored by L.I.F.E., Student Activities and Donovan Dining Services

Wednesday, October 5th
11AM – 12:20PM

Pioneers in Latino & Black Media in the U.S.

Whipple 215
Communications 240 – OPEN CLASS

This open lecture explores the history and growth of Latino and Black media in the United States. Issues of diversity in media coverage, participation, ownership and representation will be examined. Media shape how we view the world and influence societies on a large range of topics. Historically, racial and ethnic minorities have been marginalized by a lack of coverage and unfair representation. This program serves as an open forum to discuss the current state of ethnic and mainstream media. Anthony Galvez, Professor, Communications Dept.

11:30AM – 5:00PM

The Hope Bus

Quad

The Hope Bus is a special outreach program serving all of RI, with a special focus on low income, uninsured and underinsured populations. In 2010 breast cancer was the no. 1 cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, surpassing lung cancer. For African American women, breast cancer is more aggressive than in other populations. The incidence of breast cancer is rising as more immigrants become acculturated to U.S. lifestyle. Representatives from the Women's Cancer Screening Program will answer questions and educate visitors about accessing affordable screenings Sponsored by Health Promotions and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

12 – 3PM

ACOS

SU Media Center Patio

Aids Care Ocean State offers prevention services for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis and educates the public on practicing safe sex. Know your status – free, anonymous and confidential HIV and Hep C testing.

12:30 – 2PM

Men's Health

Quad/DDC lower level lobby

At least ten things you need to know, including information about Testicular Self-Exam (TSE), safer sex, STI and HIV testing options, HPV vaccine information; FREE condoms and safer sex kits available. Sponsored by Health Services with support from Intercollegiate Athletics

12:30 – 6:30PM

ACCESS CHALLENGE

Quad/Faculty Center

Developed by RIC Alumna, the late Dana Wright, this event educates the RIC community about the experiences of individuals with physical disabilities on campus. Using wheelchairs for five hours, participants perform their daily activities on campus, record difficulties, positive outcomes, public responses and lessons learned. Findings are presented at a round table dinner discussion. The challenge also includes "Visual Impairment" stations where individuals attempt to complete tasks while experiencing simulated impairments. Sponsored by Advocacy & Beyond Club

4:30 – 6:30PM

Race in Cyberspace

CL 202 Sociology 350 – OPEN CLASS

Do online communities bring racial and ethnic groups together or drive them apart? Does online anonymity allow people from across racial and ethnic divides to interact in a virtual space free from stereotypes or allow people to express their racial and ethnic prejudices more freely? These issues will be discussed in an open forum. Dr. Graham presents highlights from his recent research and asks the audience to comment on their experiences with diversity and intolerance in cyber space and be thoughtful of how social inclusion and exclusion can be produced in virtual environments. Facilitated by Professor Graham, Sociology Dept. and the Sociology and Justice Studies Club

5:30 – 6:30PM

Transgender Issues in Early Childhood Education

HM 183
Early Childhood Education 509 – OPEN CLASS

A multimedia class – two films and picture books will be shared to increase awareness and knowledge of the transgender community at home and school. Elizabeth Rowell, Professor, Dept. of Elementary Education, RI College

Thursday, October 6th
9 – 10:30AM

Eric @ RIC

Faculty Center Main Dining Room

The incidence of Autism has grown so significantly that it is no longer a rare disorder. Come and listen to Eric, a RI College student and his mother Judy speak of his journey from a significantly impaired young boy with autism to a young man who was chosen to be the salutatorian of his high school senior class. They will talk about his experience at RIC and the support he receives in order to ensure his inclusion. This program will provide a greater understanding of Autism and how faculty, staff and students can help create an inclusive environment. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Technical Assistance Project in collaboration with the Sherlock Center on Disabilities and the office of Disability Services.

12:30 – 2:00PM

Conversations with History

Forman Theatre

Rhode Island College students perform dramatic readings from the chapter on diversity of Rhode Island College: On the Move, A Fiftieth Anniversary Collective Memoir edited by Marlene Lopes. Voices of the past discuss the arrival of the first faculty members of color and the end of mandatory chapel attendance for students. Dorothy Pieniadz, the first Dean of Students at Rhode Island College, then participates in a Q & A session sharing her approach to campus diversity and the principles of social justice. This program gives students a unique opportunity to understand the history of diversity at RIC and offers varied perspectives on its meaning. Sponsored by Office of the President, Adams Library, Career Development, History Department, Student Activities and the Unity Center

4 – 5:30PM

Know Your Rights!
What to do When You are Stopped by Police

AL Fortes Room

People are often taken advantage of when they do not know their rights. This presentation and panel discussion educates attendees about the rights of citizens when dealing with law enforcement officials. This program addresses the issue of racial profiling, and increases awareness & understanding by answering questions about civil liberties. Sponsored by NABLEO & NBLSA

7:30 – 9PM

The Price of Sugar

SU Ballroom

This documentary explores the issue of modern-day slavery. Focused on the sugar cane industry in the Dominican Republic, the film raises key questions about the origins of what we consume and at what human cost it is produced. The role of Christianity in combating injustices, the long term effects of living in slavery and what you can do to help will be discussed. Sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Friday, October 7th
11:30AM – 1:30PM

Un Cuento Chino

Unity Center

A second screening for those who couldn't attend on Monday. Light lunch provided. Sponsored by LASO

7 – 9:30PM

PoetrySPEAKS!

SU Ballroom

Artistic performances by local slam poets showcasing a broad range of voices, styles and writing. Driven largely by youth, the spoken word revolution is an element of popular culture that engages diverse audiences and adds depth to the national dialogue about our continuously evolving cultures and communities. Sponsored by L.I.F.E.

Narragansett Dance & Storytelling Program

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Narragansett Dance & Storytelling Program presented by Tomaquag Museum from 1 to 3pm at Roger Williams National Memorial located at 282 North Main Street Providence, Rhode Island. The program will provide the public a Narragansett Cultural experience which will include traditional and contemporary storytelling interwoven with music and dance. It will incorporate oral history of the Narragansett people and reflect on the relationship our ancestors had with Roger Williams and the Narragansett ingenuity that helped him survive that first winter. For more information Outside Linkwww.tomaquagmuseum.com


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Witness To History: Egypt Protest
Drs. Richard Lobban, professor emeritus and Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, professor in the Anthropology Department at Rhode Island College discuss their recent adventure in Egypt during the revolution.

SU Ballroom 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Presented by the International Student Office and VISA. Adobe PDFClick here to view the flyer or call 456-8649 for more information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Journey to Asia
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Food tasting in 3 courses, with traditional entertainment
Profits to benefit Japan Relief efforts
RIC students $3 in advance/$5 at the door call 401.516.3545 or visit the Unity Center. Adobe PDFClick here for more information.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New York City trip featuring a guided tour of the SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE.
6:45 AM - 11 PM
$30 w/RIC ID; $40 Non-RIC guests (18+)
Sponsored by Student Activities and the Africana Studies Department. Adobe PDFClick here to view the flyer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

PawSox General Manager, Augusto Rojas wants to talk to YOU. Meet him and learn about his educational and professional journey from undergrad, to lawyer, to overseeing group and corporate sales for the 5th Highest Attended Sports franchise in the New England Region.

Unity Center (DDC lower level room 14) 4:30 - 5:30 PM
For a copy of the flyer Adobe PDFclick here.


Dialogue On Diversity Spring Lecture

Express Yo'self: The Power, Problem and Potential of the Arts
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
12:30 - 2:00pm Alger Hall room 110
Tony Johnson, director of Multicultural Affairs at RISD

Read the flyer



Women's History Month: Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
12:30 - 2:00pm Adams Library Fortes Room (4th flr.)
Presentation by Julie Horwitz, Assistant Professor
Educational Studies Department


February is African American History Month

African Americans and the Civil War

"Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pockets, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States."
Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, February 1st

8:00 - 9:30am Faculty Center Main Dining Room
Coffee and...
Still unsure of what's happening for African American History Month? Join us for coffee and... a preview to the month's programming. Light breakfast included. Students, faculty and staff welcome.
Hosted by the Unity Center and the Rhode Island College Africana Studies Program

Wednesday, February 2nd (rescheduled to Monday, February 21st)

7:00 - 8:30pm Student Union Ballroom
Film - The Lottery
The 2010 documentary which explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York. The film explores the highly politicized battle over the future of American education.
Sponsored by the Unity Center

Tuesday, February 7th

4:00 - 5:30pm Craig Lee 151
Open Class: Africana Studies 450 - Black Radical Thought
Professor Khalil Saucier, director of the Africana Studies Program at Rhode Island College hosts RIC student Yusupha Auber's discussion of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop's research and influence on the Afrocentric movement.

Tuesday, February 8th

4:00 - 5:30pm Alger Hall 110
African Americans and the Civil War
Professor Elisa Miller addresses the 2011 national theme for African American History Month in this keynote lecture highlighting the history of African Americans during the Civil War. African Americans played critical roles in the success of the Union and achievement of emancipation. Through their military service, resistance to Confederate policies, abandonment of their owners, and demands to be paid for their labor, African Americans shaped the direction of the war and helped end the system of slavery in the United States.
Sponsored by the History Department

Tuesday, February 15th

4:00 - 6:00pm Alger Hall 110
Designing Education for Our Times
Superintendent of Bridgeport, CT Public Schools, Dr. John Ramos, nationally recognized as the 2010 recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Consulate of Israel in New York and the 2010 recipient of the John Winthrop Wright Ethics in Action Award for authentic demonstration of ethics and leadership, discusses the importance and implications of public educational reform - a critical lecture pertinent to educators, students, parents and community leaders. RSVP EXTENDED until February 11th; reply to unitycenter@ric.edu.
Sponsored by the Feinstein School of Human Development and the Unity Center

Wednesday, February 16th

7:00 - 9:00pm Student Union Cafe
So You Think You Know Black History??
Game show with cash prizes: first prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25. Hint: familiarity with programming could mean a better chance of winning. Contact the Unity Center at 456-8791 for additional information.
Sponsored by RIC Programming

Friday, February 18th

8:00 - 10:00pm Student Union Ballroom
Fun Friday Movie Night - Glory
Starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman, this 1989 award winning film is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry made up entirely of African American men. The film garnered Washington his first Academy Award for best Actor in a supporting role.
Sponsored by RIC Programming

Monday, February 21st

2:00 - 3:30pm Student Union Ballroom
“I'll Take You There”: An Intimate Look at Black Providence
Stanley Crum, local historian and community leader, discusses the development of Providence's black neighborhoods and social life in the 1940s and 1950s in a conversation with Robert Cvornyek of the History Department. Mr. Crum will focus on the city's organizations, sports, and music scene.
Sponsored by the Student Union/Student Activities/Department of History

6:00 - 8:00pm Unity Center
Film - The Lottery (rescheduled from February 2nd)
The 2010 documentary which explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York. The film explores the highly politicized battle over the future of American education.
Sponsored by the Unity Center

Tuesday, February 22nd
5:30 - 7:00pm Adams Library Reinhardt Room
“Funny Black Men, Fat Black Women: Masculinizing the Feminine in Popular Film”
Dr. LaRhonda Manigault-Bryant, Assistant Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University, explores the portrayal of Black women in the media as maternal Mammies, threatening Sapphires, or seductive Jezebels. This public lecture indentifies three such images in the works of Tyler Perry, and describes the potential impact of each image on Black women today. Based on a chapter from her much anticipated book Pushing Weight: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Implications of Image (UNC Press)

Wednesday, February 23rd

12:30 - 2:00pm Student Union Ballroom
CPR for Friends & Family - Health Issues in Black America
Gather information about the most prominent health issues facing the African American community. EMS of North Providence conducts workshops on the newest procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); space for the CPR workshop is limited call 456.8061 to pre-register. Blood pressure & diabetes screenings also available.
Sponsored by Health Promotions and Health Services

Doors open at 7:00pm  Student Union Ballroom
Film - BILAL'S STAND
Bilal is a Muslim teen who works at his family's taxi stand in Detroit. “The Stand,” as they affectionately call it, has been the family’s social and financial hub for 60 years, and Bilal is in line to carry the torch. Bilal, who burns the midnight oil to keep up both the family business and his grades, develops a secret life designed to enable him to attend a top university. When his two lives collide, he is forced to decide between living the only life he has ever known or taking a shot at social mobility. Based on a true story, director Sultan Sharrief’s debut feature is a film filled with heart and authenticity that transports audiences to a world rarely seen on-screen.
Sponsored by L.I.F.E.

Thursday, February 24th

11:00am - 12:20pm Gaige Hall 100
The Face of Racial Bias
Dr. Keith Maddox, Director of the Social Cognition Laboratory at Tufts University, studies the cognitive implications of stereotypes and their effect on interpersonal perceptions. His lecture will explore the effects of phenotypes on the development of racial bias.
Sponsored by the Department of Psychology
This talk is supported by RI-INBRE Grant # P20RR016457 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.

6:00 - 8:00pm Unity Center
Film - Scarred Justice: the Orangeburg Massacre 1968
The killing of four white students at Kent State University in 1970 made headline news and stunned the nation. Most Americans knew nothing about the black students shot down by police 2 years earlier at South Carolina State College where three were killed and twenty-eight others injured. This compelling documentary tells the truth about this little known incident in the Civil Rights movement. Produced by Northern Light Productions acclaimed Boston non-fiction filmmakers.
Discussion facilitated by Professor Khalil Saucier.

Saturday, February 26th

6:00 - 9:00pm Student Union Ballroom
Journey to the Motherland
The fifth annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, vendors, music & dance. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 5:00pm. For more information, email womenofcolor@so.ric.edu or contact the Unity Center.
Sponsored by Women of Color

Monday, February 28th

6:00 - 7:30pm Alger Hall 110
Diversity: Being Valued in the Workplace for Your Differences
A panel of professionals share their individual experiences with issues of diversity at work while addressing the value of differing identities on productivity, employee relations and upward mobility.
In conjunction with the Suit Up and Show Up campaign
Sponsored by the Career Development Center, RIC AMA and the Accounting Association.

7:30 - 10:00pm Student Union 307
Film - For Colored Girls
Based on the Tony Award nominated production of Ntozake Shange's landmark choreopoem, this Tyler Perry film explores black feminism through the lives and trials of nine women. The ensemble cast includes performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington and Loretta Devine. Free Snacks.
Sponsored by the Unity Center

BLOOD DRIVE

This holiday season Give Hope... Give Life... Give Blood.

The Unity Center and the Office of Health Promotion sponsors the College's final blood drive of this year on Monday and Tuesday, December 6th and 7th from 11:00AM until 6:00PM in the Student Union Ballroom. As the only source of blood products for the hospitals in the state, the RI Blood Center counts on its donors. Give the gift that costs only 20 minutes of your time and can save a life. Every 3 seconds someone needs blood, roll up your sleeve and help to save a life - one pint at a time. Let's make this the most successful 2-day blood drive ever. THANKS!

Buddistic Aspects of African New World Religions

A public lecture with Professor William Green, Department of Religious Studies, Tougaloo College.

Wednesday,  December 1st 2010
12:30 - 2:00 pm at the Unity Center
For more information contact Professor Khalil Saucier (psaucier@ric.edu)
Adobe PDFClick here for the event flyer.

End of Semester JAMboree

Wednesday, December 8th 2010
4:30 - 8:00 pm at the Unity Center
Featuring DJ Crispy Phatt spinning the hottest music!
Free food & beverages / Everyone welcome
Adobe PDFClick here for the event flyer.

Diversity Week 2010: October 4th - 8th


Monday, October 4th  

9AM – 12PM
Minorities and Addiction Recovery: A Call to Action
SU Ballroom
The keynote speaker, Haner Hernandez, holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has worked for over 20 years in the human service field. Following the keynote there will be a panel discussion with individuals in recovery.  A taskforce will then develop a plan of action to address identified concerns.
Sponsored by Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies Program; Professor Robin Montvilo, Director and the Institute for Addiction Recovery - Sandra Del Sesto, Director

11AM – 2PM
Study Abroad Informational Fair
President’s Dining Room, Donovan Dining Center
Want to get away?  Discover opportunities to live in a variety of diverse locations and situations, experience cultural and/or linguistic diversity, all while earning college credits.  Representatives from four RIC affiliated study abroad programs will be on hand with information and to answer questions.  
Sponsored by the RI College Study Abroad Office - Gale Goodwin Gomez, Director

3 – 5PM
“That’s So Gay!”
Student Union 307
This interactive workshop will provide strategies for identifying and reducing trans/bi/homophobia through discussion of the discrimination, social stigmatization & isolation of LGBTQQ students including facts and statistics.
Presented by Youth Pride RI

6:30 – 8:30PM
Emerson Theatre Collaborative presents: Chestina Vanessa Poulson
SU Ballroom (doors open @ 6:00 p.m.)
Emerson Theatre Collaborative presents Melanie Greenhouse’s play about a post-holocaust Jewish family as told in the voice of “Chessie,” the African American domestic whom they employ. It is the portrayal of two cultures—how each transcends race and ethnicity in a segregated environment.  Please join us for “talk-back” after the production with the actors & playwright.
Sponsored by the Dept. of Music, Theater, and Dance, the Student Union, L.I.F.E. and InterVarsity



Tuesday, October 5th

8:30AM – 11:00AM
Folktales from Around the World  
Henry Barnard School
Internationally acclaimed storyteller, Len Cabral, brings his ancestry to life in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales and original stories from around the world. The recipient of the 2001 National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award will be enchanting the students at HBS with two morning performances.
Sponsored by the Henry Barnard School Parent’s Association

OPEN CLASS
10:50 – 11:40AM
Horace Mann 183

Early Childhood Education 423: The importance of using GLT Friendly Picture Books with Young Children
The films Both My Mom’s Names Are Judy will be shown to learn from children why it is important to read books about their special families, and It’s Elementary, a video clip of an early childhood teacher reading a book to her class. Perusal of picture books, questions, and discussion are welcome.
Presented by Elizabeth Rowell, Professor, Dept. of Elementary Education, RI College

2:00 – 4:00PM
Storytelling as a Teaching Tool
Student Union 307
For over 30 years Len Cabral has used storytelling in classrooms as a teaching tool. This demonstrative workshop will help you understand how stories build bridges across cultures and countries, help students become active listeners, and ignite a desire for reading and writing. Len is the author of Len Cabral’s Storytelling Book, a how-to book for educators and storytellers.
Sponsored by Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Dr. Alexander Sidorkin, Dean

6:30 – 8:30PM
Movie Night : In the Time of the Butterflies
Adams Library Fortes Room
This film is inspired by a true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the Dominican dictator, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. They were las Mariposas. Starring American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) award winners Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony.
Sponsored by LASO



Wednesday, October 6th

12:30 -2PM
Know Your Rights
Student Union Ballroom
This presentation and panel discussion will educate you about your rights when encountering law enforcement officials, address the idea of racial profiling and explore the controversial Arizona immigration law.
Sponsored by NBLSA and NABLEO

12:30 -2PM
Japanese Kimono Fashion Fair
Quad - Student Union Lawn
The Rhode Island Japan Society will present a fashion show featuring traditional Japanese Kimonos—a demonstration of how to wear this intricate garment, followed by a “runway” show with models from the college community; interactive martial arts and Japanese items for sale. To volunteer as a model contact the Unity Center at 456.8791 or email unitycenter@ric.edu.
Rain location: SU Café

3 – 5PM
FOODIES:  Teaching diversity to young students through food prep and meal planning.
Henry Barnard School Cafeteria
HBS faculty describe their afterschool cooking program - FOODIES that teaches elementary/middle school-aged students with diverse learning styles about other cultures, cooperation, nutrition and basic math through the art of cooking.  Come prepared to cook and eat!  Perfect for aspiring teachers, parents and all food enthusiasts.  Participation is limited r.s.v.p. to Vpercoco@ric.edu by October 1st.
Presented by Lyn Su Otto, John Arango and Vanessa Percoco, Instructors, Henry Barnard School

Special Lecture
4 – 5:15PM
Clark Science 106
Sharing the Earth: The Case of the African Lion

Based experiences at a lion rehabilitation project in Zimbabwe, this lecture will increase awareness of sharing the earth and the necessity of developing more equally sustaining animal/human relations.
Mary Ball Howkins, Professor, Art Dept., RI College

Open Class
5:30 – 6:30PM
Horace Mann 183

Early Childhood Education 509: Transgender Issues in Early Childhood Education
In this multimedia class, films and picture books will be shared to increase awareness and knowledge of the transgender community at home and school.
Presented by Elizabeth Rowell, Professor, Dept. of Elementary Education, RI College



Thursday, October 7th

9 – 11AM
The College Experience for Individuals with Autism
Student Union Ballroom
Come learn what students with Autism think you should know! An overview of Autism followed by a panel discussion with four adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Presented by Sue Constable, Coordinator ASD Support Center, and Amy Grattan, Master Teacher, Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
Co-Sponsored by Disability Services, RITAP and the Sherlock Center.

12 – 2PM
National Coming Out Day: Because the Closet is a Horrible Place to Hide!
On the Quad
A mini celebration of diversity and acceptance for LGBTQ and allies. Feel safe and supported on your campus. Food, games, dignity, identity, equity.
Sponsored by RIC Rainbow

6 – 9:30PM
Cultural Food & International Attire Night
Student Union Ballroom
Join the campus community in a taste of other cultures, and discover the hidden stories behind some of these delicious delicacies. This is also the perfect event for showcasing your international attire and its history.
Sponsored by L.I.F.E.

7 – 10PM
Diversity Week Open Mic
Student Union Café
Got talent? Poets, musicians, comedians, singers, hip-hop artists—students, faculty, staff, friends—welcome. Join us for a night of entertainment. No amplification. Acoustic instruments and simple setups only. Registration night of the event.
Sponsored by Student Activities



Friday, October 8th

9 – 10:30AM
President’s Dining Room, Donovan Dining Center
Diversity at RIC: A discussion with New Faculty
Presenters: Maria Lawrence, Associate Professor, Elementary Education and Antoinette Gomes, Coordinator, RIC Unity Center

12 – 2:30PM
Matinee Movie: Crash
The Unity Center

You think you know who you are.  You have no idea. The 2006 film about bigotry and racial stereotypes won Oscars for Best Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay and garnered Michael Peña an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actor. Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide – great ensemble cast. Free lunch.

4:30–6:00 p.m.
Movie Night: Including Samuel
New Hall
Photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about inclusion before his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  Now he thinks about it every day. This award-winning documentary, featured on NPR and Good Morning America, examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities as a civil rights issue.
Sponsored by Advocacy and Beyond Club

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For updated information on diversity week events, stop by the Unity Center (Donovan Dining Center lower level), contact us at 456.8791 or at unitycenter@ric.edu.

Reasonable accommodations for disabilities available upon request.


February is African American History Month

The 2010 African American History Theme: The History of Black Economic Empowerment

Click here for more information...

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

7:45–9:30 p.m, Student Union Ballroom
Film – The Great Debaters
Denzel Washington stars as real-life character Melvin Tolson, the Wiley College professor who coached his debate team to a nearly undefeated season.
Sponsored by Harambee.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

6:30–9:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
So You Think You Know Black History?
Game show with cash prizes: third place $25, second place $50, fi rst place $75. Want to be a contestant? Contact The Unity Center at 456-8791.
RIC students only.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Noon–2:00 p.m., Donovan Lower-Level Lobby
Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screening
In recognition of African American History Month, Health Services will offer free blood pressure and diabetes screenings for the entire campus community and distribute important information about these and other health issues impacting African Americans.
Sponsored by The Unity Center and Health Services.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

4:00–5:30 p.m., Alger 110
Herstory Lecture Series – “Fannie Lou Hamer: ‘Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired’ ”
Presentation about the civil-rights activist and member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame who crashed the 1964 Democratic National Convention and helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Free and open to public.
Presented by Marco McWilliams.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Noon–1:30 p.m., Student Union 307
Film – Black Indians: An American Story
This sixty-minute documentary shares the mingled history of African Americans and Native Americans. Viewers are encouraged to discuss their reactions after the screening.
Presented by Maria Lawrence, associate professor, Department of Elementary Education, Rhode Island College, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

7:00–9:00 p.m., Browne Hall
Residence Hall Movie Night – Four Little Girls

Directed by Spike Lee, this fi lm recounts the people and events leading up to one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement. The bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama, resulted in the nation being simultaneously revolted, angered, and galvanized to push forward the fight for equality and justice.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

4:00–6:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Film – The Neo-African-Americans

This documentary focuses on how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the “African American” narrative.
Presented by Kobina Aidoo, producer/director.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

12:30–2:00 p.m., Donovan Dining Center
African American Classical Music Concert

Nationally recognized jazz fl utist Galen Abdur-Razzaq entertains with music and commentary about the history of jazz.
Sponsored by the Unity Center and the Office of Student Life.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

6:00–9:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Past, Present, and Future

A banquet celebrating African American culture, the importance of the past, its impact on the present, and looking forward to the future.
Sponsored by the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity’s Epsilon Upsilon chapter.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

8:00–10:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Word Is Born

Spoken word artist/emcee Amanda Diva hosts an open mic for poets and rappers and performs live. Light refreshments.
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by OASPA, Iota Phil Theta Fraternity’s Epsilon Upsilon chapter, L.I.F.E., and WXIN RIC radio.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

12:30–2:00 p.m., Henry Barnard School 221-S
Herstory Lecture Series – “Ella Baker, ‘Fundi’ ”

This presentation explores the life of social justice activist and visionary founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Free and open to public.
Presented by Marco McWilliams.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

7:00–9:00 p.m., Sweet Hall
Residence Hall Movie Night – Prom Night in Mississippi: One Town. Two Proms. Until Now.

Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom in 2008, paid for by Academy Award–winning actor Morgan Freeman. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman follows students, teachers, and parents in the lead-up to the big day. This seemingly inconsequential rite of passage suddenly becomes profound as the weight of history falls on teenage shoulders.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

7:00–10:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Journey to the Motherland

This fourth annual celebration of African cultures includes dinner, vendors, music, and dance. Tickets are $10 with tables of ten available for $80 and are on sale at The Unity Center.
E-mail womenofcolor2006@yahoo.com for more information.
Sponsored by Women of Color.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3

6:00–7:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
A Night with Gloria Reuben

A candid conversation with the ER, Raising the Bar actress about living with grace and leaving a legacy of dignity.
Sponsored by Student Activities, The Unity Center, and the Women’s Center.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6

2:00–4:00 p.m., Times² Academy, 50 Fillmore Street, Providence
By-Ki-Pu and Black Golf in Rhode Island: The Legacy Continues

This program will examine the origins and development of By-Ki-Pu, Rhode Island and southern New England’s most historic African American golf organization. A panel of guest
speakers will discuss the history, social signifi cance, and civilrights struggles of this premier “club without real estate.”
Facilitated by Robert Cvornyek, professor, Department of History, Rhode Island College, and Bryan Evans, dean of students, Times² Academy.


Dana Wright Access Challenge

May 5, 2010

Register on-line at Outside Linkhttp://sherlockcenter.ACCESSCHALLENGE.sgizmo.com


5th Annual Diversity Week - October 4-10, 2009

Monday, October 5th

10AM – 11AM
Opening Remarks
Adams Library, Reinhardt Room
By Nancy Carriuolo, President, Rhode Island College
An invitation to join President Carriuolo for coffee & tea as she speaks about the growing diversity of the Rhode Island College community.

3 – 5PM
“That’s So Gay!”
Presented by Youth Pride RI
An interactive workshop with strategies for identifying and reducing trans/bi/homophobia.  Discussion of the discrimination, social stigmatization & isolation of LGBTQQ students including facts and statistics
Unity Center - (DDC lower level)

6 – 8PM
Festival of Praise: a Song & Dance Celebration
Sponsored by Women of Color & Hispanic Heritage RI
Featuring Aris Garcia, Trompetista Cultural & worship music from various religious denominations
Gaige Hall Auditorium

8 – 10PM
Meet Your Campus Queers
Sponsored by RIC Rainbow Alliance
Meet, greet, relax, converse
Student Union 307

Tuesday, October 6th

10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Diversity Week Open Classes
Location: Horace Mann 183
Early Childhood Education 423: The Importance of Using GLT Friendly Picture Books with Young Children
Professor Elizabeth Rowell, Department of Elementary Education

12:15 – 1:15PM
First in Her Class: A Page from the Archives
Presented by: Marlene Lopes, College Archivist Fortes Room Adam Library 409
When did the first person of color graduate from Rhode Island College? A search through the College’s archives for the answer to this deceptively simple question.
Adams Library 409, Fortes Room

4 – 6PM
What to do When Stopped by the Police
Sponsored by NABLEO
Presented by Officer Charles Wilson
Q&A with Attorney Mike Fontaine
Discussion: Gates vs. Crawley the Cambridge arrest
Alger 110

6 – 8PM
Film: John Trudell
Sponsored by ELED & L.I.F.E.
Story of the Indian justice activist/artist who became one of the FBI’s most wanted. The film illuminates the civil rights struggles during the 1970s at the height of the American Indian Movement.
Unity Center

Wednesday, October 7th

12:30 -2PM
2nd Annual International Attire Day
Sponsored by Student Union
Represent your traditional heritage or culture of choice by wearing fashions or accessories from around the world
Refreshments
Reception in Student Union Ballroom

Multicultural Gathering & Exchange
The perfect event to showcase your international attire!
Sponsored by L.I.F.E. (Live Inspire Fight Educate)
Students and faculty share their cultures through music, dance, songs, and story-telling.
Light Refreshments
Student Union Ballroom

Chainsaw sculpture
Environmental Artist Michael Higgins
Sculpts a gift for the Unity Center
Sponsored by Student Activities
On the Quad

Thursday, October 8th

9 – 11AM
BYOB – (Break Your Own Bread)
At the Unity Center
Bring your culture’s favorite bread (& spread) enough to share
Complimentary coffee & tea

11AM – 1PM
Volunteer Expo
Sponsored by the Feinstein School of Education and
Human Development
Myriad community service agencies present
opportunities for volunteerism & civic engagement
On the Quad (Ballroom if it rains)

4:10 – 6PM
“Potty Talk” understanding the need for unisex bathrooms

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Rowell
Film: Toilet Training
Adams Library 409, Fortes Room

6:00 - 7:30PM
"Come Let Us Build A New World Together": Africana Studies & the Fate of the Humanities
Sponsored by OASPA & the African and African American Studies Program
Presented by Corey D.B. Walker, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Africana Studies, Brown University
Alger 110

7:00 - 9:30PM
The Links Within the Fabric: A Dialogue on Race
Sponsored by Harambee and L.I.F.E.
Students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members are invited and encouraged to join this open forum discussion of diversity with a focus on racial justice and its intersections with other forms of oppression.
Student Union Ballroom

Friday, October 9th

BYOB (Break Your Own Bread)
Henry Barnard School
Book signing with Norah Dooley
Author of Everybody Bakes Bread,
Everybody Cooks Rice & Everybody Serves Soup

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Universal Design for Learning: A Faculty Workshop
Friday, October 9
Presented by – Mark Gunning, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
Deborah Abruzzini ’80, Master Teacher, Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Location – President’s Dining Room, Donovan Dining Center
Breakfast included - RSVP by Friday, October 2nd to Elaine Sollecito, Data Management Specialist esollecito@ric.edu

12 – 2PM
National Coming Out Day:
Because the Closet is a horrible place to hide!
Celebrate the 30th year of the Rainbow Alliance
On the Quad

Closing Ceremony
3:30 – 5:30PM
SU Ballroom

INFUSION EXPERIENCE - Free concert
Original music with a flamenco Afro-Cuban
flair. On the Quad (4-5:30pm)

Open Classes

Monday & Wednesday October 5th & 7th
11AM – 12:20PM  Gaige Hall 211
Professor: David Thomas
History 340
Muslim World from the age of Muhammad to 1800

Tuesday, October 6th
10:30 – 11:40PM 
Horace Mann 183
Professor: Elizabeth Rowell
ECED 423
The importance of using GLT Friendly Picture Books with Young Children

5:15 – 6:40PM  Horace Mann 183
Professor: Elizabeth Rowell
ELED 261
One Man’s Quest for Disability Rights in a non-Western Country

Wednesday, October 7th
5:15 – 6:40PM  Horace Mann 183
Professor: Elizabeth Rowell
ELED 509
Using Transgender and GL Picture Books with Young Children

Tuesday & Thursday October 6th & 8th
2 – 3:50PM  Gaige Hall 211
Professor: David Thomas
History 266
Globalization in Historical Perspective Since 1500


September 2009

2009 Providence Latino Community Celebration

September 15 - October 15, 2009
Visit www.hispanicheritageri.org for information & events.

April 2009

BOOK DRIVE in cooperation with Better World Books

April 27th through May 11th
Collection Bins located in the Student Union & the Adams Library. Book Drives for Better Lives - DONATE


March 2009

"Freestyle the Art of Rhyme" film & discussion

Monday, March 16th
Documentary about the freestyle culture of hip-hop Improvisational rapping as an art form and language medium. Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald. @ the Unity Center 7-10PM

Women's Dinner sponsored by Harambee

Thursday, March 19th
This evocative event will be held March 19 from 6:30-9:00PM in the DDC Faculty Center. Bring your opinions and questions for a challenging discussion about the advent of women in the 21st century. Dinner included.

"BOMB IT" film & discussion

Monday, March 23rd
Documentary about graffiti and street art directed by John Rice explores the proliferation of quality of life laws against the backdrop of the broken window theory. @ the Unity Center 7-10PM

DIY Women's Household Repair Workshop

Thursday, March 26th
Instructor Terry Monroe with Pittsburgh Paint representative Eric Perloca demonstrate some Do It Yourself ideas for handywomen. @ the Unity Center 4-6PM

Movie night at the Unity Center

Monday, March 30th
Feature film "The Secret Life of Bees" based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd starring Queen Latifah, Dakota fanning and Jennifer Hudson.


Black History Month February 2009 – Heritage 365

The Unity Center invites the campus community to join the celebrations of Black History Month in February 2009. If your office or department is planning an event that you would like included on our calendar or for more information please contact us at 456-8791 or agomes@ric.edu, Antoinette Gomes.

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Blood Pressure & Diabetes Screening

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 4th from 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Location: Unity Center
In recognition of Black History Month 2009, Health Services and the Unity Center will host a program about health issues affecting the African American community. The entire campus community is invited to participate in the screenings and take advantage of important information provided by the RI Department of Health, Office of Minority Health. This event will take place on February 4th from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Unity Center. Director of Health Services, Lynn Wachtel, will be on hand to answer questions.

Newport's Buried History Walking Tour

Date/Time: Sunday, February 8th
Location: Student Union Loop at 11:45 AM
Student Activities sponsored trip to the Newport Historical Society for an African American history walking tour entitled: Newport's Buried History walking tour. The bus will be leaving the SU Loop at 11:45AM Sunday, February 8th and the tour will start at 1:00pm. The ticket price for RIC students is $5 and the ticket price for non-ric guests is $10. Anyone interested must purchase there ticket at the welcome and info center in the Student Union. Tickets will go on sale by Monday, January 26th.

Screening of the Animated Series "Boondocks" with Giveaways

Date/Time: Monday, February 9th from 7 - 9 PM
Location: Unity Center
The RI College student organization OASPA - Organization of African Students & Professionals in the Americas is sponsoring a screening of the animated & controversial television series "Boondocks" with giveaways of (10)Boondocks comic collections &(2) box sets of BOONDOCKS season II on Monday, February 9th from 7-9PM in the Unity Center.

What To Do When Stopped By The Police

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 11th from 4 - 6 PM
Location: Alger Hall Room 110
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, INC. in conjunction with the Rhode Island College Campus Police & the Unity Center presents “What To Do When Stopped By The Police” an honest, informative & enlightening look at citizen’s and official’s rights when interacting with each other.  To be presented with candor on Wednesday, February 11th from 4-6PM in Alger Hall Room 110.

Screening of the Documentary: Brother Outside the Life of Bayard Rustin

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 17th from 7 - 9 PM
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Celebrated Sundance Film Festival documentary Brother Outsider the Life of Bayard Rustin will be screened on Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00-9:00PM in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the RIC Rainbow Alliance call 456-8121 for more information.

Mass Media & the African American Experience

Date/Time: Thursday, February 19th
Location: Alger Hall Room 110
A lecture presented by Dr. Jared Ball of Morgan State University. Dr. Ball is an assistant professor of communication studies with research interests including the interaction between colonialism, mass media theory and history as mechanisms of social movements and political organization. Additionally, he is well known as the host of mid-day Jazz & Justice on Washington DC's WPFW 89.3 FM. Campus wide lecture to be presented - Thursday, February 19, 2009 in Alger Hall Room 110. Sponsored by OASPA, The Unity Center, and the Committee on College Lectures.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity hosts "Past, Present & Future"

Date/Time: Saturday, February 21st
Location: Student Union Ballroom
A Black History Month 2009 – Heritage 365 banquet to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 in the Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom. The program's focus will be Remembering/Honoring Our PAST and acknowledging its impact on the PRESENT while looking ahead to the FUTURE. Dinner from 6-9PM.

History of Negro Baseball in RI and its Players - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: Fortes Room/Adams Library
The Rhode Island College History Department presents “When the Cheering Stops:  Black Rhode Islanders and Professional Negro League Baseball” a look at the history of Negro Baseball in RI and its players.  Lecture and discussion led by department chair, Dr. Robert Cvornyek, with commentary by, Gladys Thomas, wife of notable player and activist the late Charles Thomas. This presentation is open to the public and supported by the Unity Center, African and African American Studies the Adams Library - Tuesday, February 24th from 3:30-5:30 PM in the Fortes Room/Adams Library.

Third Annual Journey to the Motherland

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26th from 7 - Midnight
The RI College student organization, Women of Color, hosts the third annual Journey to the Motherland event on Thursday, February 26th from 7PM until 12 midnight. This year's theme is "Storytelling." The program includes, food, speaker, vendors and music & dancing. Tickets are $8.00 for RI College students, $10.00 for the general public and tables (10) are $70.00 available through the Unity Center.
Contact tarseh94@yahoo.com for more information.

Black History Month Blackout Dance Party

Date/Time: Friday, February 27th from 9:30 PM - 1 AM
Location:
Student Union Ballroom
Black History Month Blackout dance party sponsored by RI College student organization, HARAMBEE. Date: Friday, February 27th in the Student Union Ballroom door open at 9:30PM (no admittance after 12 midnight) party 'til 1:00AM. Students with college identification only! RIC students $3, non-RIC students $5.


December 2008

Kwanzaa Dinner (sponsored by Harambee)

Thursday, December 4th 2008
7pm - 9pm; doors open at 6:30pm

FREE (Donations for the breast cancer foundation appreciated)
For more information contact Harambee in SU 418 (456-8085)

Presentation on LGBTQ health issues by Lynn Wachtel

Tuesday, December 9th 2008; 12pm - 2pm
This event will be held in the Unity Center
Lynn Wachtel, Director/Nurse Practitioner of RIC College Health Services, will be speaking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health issues. There will be pizza as well as a discussion following the presentation. Please sign up for the event at either the RIC Women's Center or The Unity Center, both located in Donovan Dining Center.

Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 9th 2008 at 7:30pm
Event to be held in the Student Union Ballroom on the 2nd Floor
Rhode Island College Praise Ensemble Gospel Choir presents "Come Let Us Adore Him"

Diversity Week 2008: October 5th - 10th

Diversity Week is a collaborative initiative by the Unity Center, NAACP RIC Chapter, Rainbow Alliance, Women's Center, Career Development Center, Bannister Gallery, Student Union, and the departments of Anthropology, Disability Services, Educational Studies, Music, Theater and Dance, and Psychology.

Wednesday, October 6th

October 6th - 30th
Exhibition: Eva Sutten's Dark Dream

Bannister Gallery.
Opening Reception is Thursday, October 8, 5pm - 8pm
(lite refreshments provided)


Tuesday, October 7th

10:00 AM
UMass Amherst Anthropology Program
-Admissions Visit

Fortes Lounge (Adams Library–4th floor).
Sponsored by the Anthropology Department

10:00 AM
Helping children w/ same sex parents feel included in school.

183 Horace Mann (open class)
Discussion led by Dr. E. H. Rowell.

5:00 PM
Discussion: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

CL 152 (open class)
For more information, contact Dr. Joan Rollins.

7:00 PM
5th Annual Word is Born

Student Union Ballroom
Free for RIC students, $2 for non-RIC students
Free T-shirts given to first 100 guests.
Sponsored by NAACP RIC Chapter

1:30 PM
Film: Beyond Belief

A documentary of two women who lost their husbands in 9-11.
Women's Center, DDC lower level.

4:30 PM
Helping children born with facial deformities in developing countries

CL 105 (open class)
Discussion led by Dr. E. H. Rowell

5:00 PM
The Outspoken Playaz from Youth Pride

Learn support strategies for the LGBTQ community.
Sponsored by RIC Rainbow Alliance

Wednesday, October 8th

1st Annual International Attire Day
Rhode Island College students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to support Diversity Week by wearing fashions or accessories from around the world to campus on Wednesday, October 8th. Represent your traditional heritage or culture of choice. Those who participate are welcome to attend a special reception in the President's Dining Room, Donovan Mezzanine Level, during the FREE PERIOD on that day to showcase their selection, socialize among attendees and have photos taken. Light refreshments will be served. For planning purposes, please RSVP 456-8034 or email lgoff@ric.edu. This event is sponsored by the Student Union and Office of Student Activities.

5:00 PM
Discussion: Stereotypes, Prejudice & Discrimination (open class)

CL 152 (open class)
For more information, contact Dr. Joan Rollins.
Sponsored by the Psychology department

5:30 PM
Helping children w/ same sex parents feel included in school.

HM 183 (open class)
For more information, contact Dr. E. H. Rowell.

8:00 PM
Lecture: Hasani Pettiford, author of Black Thighs, Black Guys & Bedroom Lies

Student Union Ballroom (Free).
25 copies of author's book will be given away.
Sponsored by NAACP RIC Chapter.

Thursday, October 9th

2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
See the Movie "Skin Deep"

Forman Center Classroom B
It is a movie about 23 college students that come together to explore the ways in which "race" has figured in their lives. Sponsored by the Educational Studies Department

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
See the Movie "Trudell"

Unity Center - Free
Viewing and discussion follows led by Dr. Maria Lawrence.

Friday, October 10th

8:00 PM
Concert: Black and Blue

Sapinsley Hall.
Sponsored by the Music, Theater and Dance Department

Black History Month 2008



Black History Month 2008
The Heritage of Change

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Iron Ladies of Liberia

Wednesday March 5,2008

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VDAY - Reclaiming Peace 2007

LGBTQQ Summit

Friday, December 1
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Student Union, room 307

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Safe Zone Seminar

Develop a greater understanding of the issues and how we can improve the campus climate. Pick up a resource guide and a RIC Safe Zone sticker. Hear results from the LGBTQQ Summit at RIC. Please confirm your participation in one of the following session as soon as possible:

Session 1 Friday, Dec. 8 12:30 - 3:00pm
Session 2 Friday, Dec. 15 12:30 - 3:00pm
Session 3 Monday, Dec. 18 12:30 - 3:00pm

Free Concert on the Quad

Magdalen Hsu-L
September 27 - 12:30pm

Film Premiere

Peaceful Warrior
Limited Viewing Dates
  • Friday, September 15 - 7:30pm
  • Saturday, September 16 - 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 17 - 5:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Monday, September 18 - 7:30pm
Gaige Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College

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Outside Link Click here to visit the film's website.

Queer Month 2004

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