Stephen F. Austin State University

OMA Calendar of Events

2018-2019 Office of Multicultural Affairs Calendar of Events

AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER| DECEMBER | JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH| APRIL | MAY

FALL 2018

AUGUST

August 29th (Wed.): OMA & Greek Life Yard Party

Location & Time: BSPC Plaza, 6-8 pm

Make plans to join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we compete in games and enjoy snacks, as well as learn what all the Office of Multicultural Affairs has to offer. Door prizes will be awarded. This is an event you don't want to miss!

SEPTEMBER

September 5th (Wed.): OMA Game Night and Cultural Scavenger Hunt

Location & Time: OMA Office, 7-9pm

Make plans to join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we compete in games and enjoy snacks, as well as learn what all the Office of Multicultural Affairs has to offer. In addition, we will be hosting a cultural scavenger hunt! Door prizes will be awarded. This is an event you don't want to miss!

September 19th (Wed.) - Something to Chew On Location & Time: BPSC

Plaza, 12-1:30pm

The Office of Multicultural Affairs brings the discussion to you with its new event series called "Something to Chew On". SFA Students, faculty/staff and community members are encouraged to join in this open dialogue and participate in interactive activity as it focuses on topics of the concerns to the community. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. This event will last until 1:30 p.m. so feel free to come by any time before then to participate.

September 27 (Thu.): Hispanic Heritage Month - Noche de Gala

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 7-9pm

Keynote Speaker: Zahira Kelly
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the Hispanic- Latino/a Heritage Month in style. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Zahira Kelly, an Afro-Latina writer, artist, international speaker, and an award-winning sociocultural critic. The event will also include various cultural performances, food, and culture.
Admission: $5 admission for Faulty/Staff/Community Member
$3 admission for Students
Dinner will be provided with admission
*Dress code: Dress to impress

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning September 4th.

OCTOBER

October 2nd (Tues.): Brave Space Series: Latinx American Story,

Location & Time: BPSC Multimedia, 4 p.m

Throughout history, Latinx people in the United States have faced many obstacles because of various factors that lead all the way back to colonization. This Brave Space will discuss different issues that exist in the Latinx community ranging from Machismo, Anti-Black racism, Cultural assimilation, and Mental health.

October 3rd (Wed.): Multicultural Affairs Movie Selection: Selena

Location & Time: BPSC Movie theater, 7p.m.

We invite students, faculty, staff and community members to come join us as we host the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs movie series! A film will be showcased that provides awareness to various multicultural, social justice and diversity topics. The movie that will be showcased will be "Selena" which is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Association

October 5th (Fri) -OMA Poverty Simulation

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 2pm

The Poverty Simulation is designed to help participants begin to comprehend what it might be like to live in poverty and survive from week to week. Participants will experience some of the daily challenges a family in poverty may endure over a simulated experience of one month. This event is brought to you by the East Texas Human Needs Network. To sign up to participate please register at www.sfasu.edu/oma

October 25 (Thurs.): Homecoming Step Show

Location & Time: William R. Johnson Coliseum, 8pm

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) along with Greek Life invites the SFA community to show support to their favorite Greek Sorority and Fraternity as members of NHPC and MGC showcase their talent through Greek stepping.
Admission: Pre- Sale Prices $5 admission for Students
$7 admission for Faculty/Staff/Community Member
At the door: $10 for everyone. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning October 15th .

October 17th (Wed): Something to Chew On

Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 12-1:30 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs brings the discussion to you with its new event series called "Something to Chew On". SFA Students, faculty/staff and community members are encouraged to join in this open dialogue and participate in interactive activity as it focuses on topics of the concerns to the community. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. This event will last until 1:30 p.m. so feel free to come by any time before then to participate.

NOVEMBER

November 5-7 (Mon, Tues, Wed): Tunnel of Oppression

Location & Time: BPSC Theatre, 6-9pm

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents the Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum which spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theatre and multimedia presentations. In the past, the event has shed light on issues ranging from human trafficking, to genocide and suicide, just to name a few. The Tunnel of Oppression is a very enlightening and eye-opening experience that should not be missed. (November 5th will be for SFA 101 students and November 6 and 7th will be for the general public)

November 15th (Thurs.): Brave Space Series - Mixed Racial Identity

Location & Time: Regents Suite A, 4 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural invites students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss intercultural/interfaith issues and concerns that affect our global, local and campus communities. Each meeting has a specific area of focus. This Brave space session will be about people who are experiencing conflicts or distress due to mixed-race identity and/ or multiracial identity. This session will be able to let participants view the thoughts and struggles a mixed/multiracial person goes through

November 14 (Wed.): Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Come join us as we celebrate Native American month with a celebration! The audience will learn some of the background history and origins of the dances, steps, and songs.

November 29 (Thurs.): OMA Kente Cloth Ceremony

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 6 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will like to celebrate all their student leaders, student ambassadors, and graduating OMA students. Please complete the Kente Cloth application if you are an OMA student who is graduating this fall semester. The Deadline to apply is November 15, 2018.

DECEMBER

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SPRING 2018 (Spring 2019 coming soon!)

JANUARY

January 15 (Mon.): MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Check-In Location & Time: BPSC Movie Theater, 10:30am

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This day is not a day of selfishness but of selflessness. Please join us as we focus on truly honoring Dr. King's legacy by helping others. We will kick off with a keynote speaker. To register sign up on www.sfasu.edu/oma or here. Free lunch and t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers who complete their assigned projects.

January 25 (Thurs.): Gaelynn Lea: A Disability Pride Concert

Location & Time: SFA Music Recital Hall, 7:30pm

Gaelynn Lea, a musician from Duluth, Minnesota, has been playing violin for more than 20 years. In 2016, Lea was named the winner of NPR Music's second Tiny Desk Contest. Lea loves speaking about disability, overcoming challenges and the joy of music. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease. Recently, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. This program is brought to you by the Office of Disability Services and OMA.

FEBRUARY

Feb 3 (Sat.): The Mountaintop

Location & Time: W.M. Turner Auditorium, 7:30 pm

In this award-winning Broadway play, author Katori Hall imagines a provocative conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a mysteriously shrewd motel maid on the night before King's death. Shortly after saying, in his final speech, "I've been to the mountaintop," King finds himself in a poetic and stormy clash of perspectives as performed by acclaimed radio theatre company L.A. Theatre Works. Contains mature language and controversial themes. This event is part of the University Series and brought to you by the College of Fine Arts.

February 9th (Fri.): 4th Annual Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference

Location & Time: BPSC Grand Ballroom, Registration Begins at 8:30am

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to advancing Stephen F. Austin State University's (SFASU) commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. To continue our commitment, The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents the Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference. The Diversity Conference seeks to provide a platform for presenters to share their diversity-related work with conference attendees and engage in vital multicultural dialogue. This year's theme is Facing Diversity. To pre-register signup on www.sfasu.edu/oma/. Free lunch will be provided to all those who pre-registered.

February 15 (Thurs.): Brave Space Series: African Hair Diaspora

Location & Time: BPSC Regents Suite A, 4pm

Discuss political and social issues and concerns impacting global, national and local campus communities. This session will educate audiences on how European colonization impacted the historical biasness toward Afro-type hair and will explore the politics, controversies and obsessions surrounding Afro-textured hair.

February 20 (Tue.): 4th ANNUAL MLK CELEBRATION

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 7pm

Keynote Speaker: TBA
The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. SFA students and community members will present music, dance, and art as they rejoice together in spirit. A keynote address by Dr. Antoine Moss will conclude the celebration. Dr. Moss inspires people to overcome past failures, current obstacles, and self-defeating beliefs through positive self-transformation. As a result of his remarkable success, influence, and ability to lead others to personal transformation, Dr. Moss has been dubbed as the "Man of Inspiration".
Admission: $5 admission for Faculty/Staff/Community Member
$3 admission for Students
Dinner will be provided with admission
*Dress code: business casual

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning January 16th

MARCH

March 2 (Fri.): OMA 2nd ANNUAL WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT

Location & Time: Twilight Ballroom (Check-in 8:30 Program begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Please join the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the 1st ever Women's Empowerment summit. During this summit we invite you to develop relationships with other women who strive to make an impact, learn professional development skills, discuss current issues for women today, learn how to improve personal wellness and much more! This is a full day experience in which you will attend multiple workshops led by the staff and faculty at SFAThis program is open to all current and rising female student leaders, SFA Faculty and staff and Nacogdoches community members. The event is free but spots are limited! Registration can be found on www.sfasu.edu/oma.

March 27 (Tues.): VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 6pm

Vagina Monologues is a play performed by women from the SFA faculty, staff, students, and community. The production, written by Eve Ensler in the '90s, is based on real-life conversations she had with women from around the country at various stages of life about their gender, their sexual experiences and how they felt about their bodies in gender-specific terms and as a whole. The Monologues are meant to be a way to advocate for the halt of violence against women and advocate women empowerment. The Monologues are not only about bringing awareness to the issue of violence against women, also to celebrate women. By presenting "The Vagina Monologues the hope is to bring awareness to issues such as women's rights and empowerment and gender and violence against women.

Cost of Admission: $2.00- All proceeds will go to Nacogdoches Family Crisis Center/ Women's Shelter

APRIL

April 2 (Mon.): DIVERSITY WEEK KICKOFF

Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 11am-2pm

Join us as we kickoff diversity week with activities that promote cultural awareness.

April 3 (Tues.): OMA PEACE MEAL

Location & Time: The Yellow House, 6pm

Participants will have the opportunity to break bread with individuals from all walks of life while engaging in meaningful dialogue pertaining to our diverse communities during the annual OMA Peace Meal. A motivational speaker who targets all demographics also will present. Admission: Monetary donations to go toward the Romani Relief Project. No set amount is required.

April 4 (Wed.): Pieces of SFA

Location & Time: BPSC Plaza; Rain site: BPSC Spirit Lounge, 11am - 2pm

Decorate puzzle pieces to create "SFA" letters to demonstrate how our diverse student body comes together to be Lumberjacks.

April 4 (Wed.): Diversity Poetry Slam

Location & Time: BPSC Movie Theater, 6pm

Celebrate the arts through poetry, music and spoken word at OMA's first poetry slam. You will get the chance to listen to amazing artists and participate in creating your own poetry. If you are interested in participating and sharing original poetry, music or spoken word, sign up at sfasu.edu/oma.

April 5 (Thurs.): OMA Cultural Scavenger Hunt

Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 4pm

Compete by discovering different items related to cultures through a scavenger hunt. Winning teams will receive prizes. Register at sfasu.edu/oma by March 23.

April 24 (Tues.): OMA BANQUET & KENTE CLOTH CEREMONY

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 6 p.m..

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will like to celebrate all their student leaders, student ambassadors, and graduating OMA students.
Please complete the Kente Cloth application if you are an OMA student who is graduating this spring semester. Deadline to apply is TBA