Stephen F. Austin State University

OMA Calendar of Events

2017-2018 Office of Multicultural Affairs Calendar of Events

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

FALL 2017

AUGUST

August 30 (Wed.): OMA Kickoff Pool Party

Location & Time: Campus Rec Courtyard, 4pm

You are invited to join us as we celebrate diversity with food. Games, music and giveaways. Meet, mix and mingle with fellow students, OMA organization leaders, faculty and staff members. Don't miss out on the fun!

SEPTEMBER

September 6 (Wed.): OMA TOWNHALL MEETING: In Remembrance of Charlottesville

Location & Time: OMA Office, 7-9pm

Please join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in discussing the recent hateful incidents that occurred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, Virginia.

September 6 (Wed.): OMA Game Night

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. Door prizes will be awarded. This is an event you don't want to miss!

September 14 (Thurs.): Hispanic Heritage Month - Noche de Gala

Location & Time: Twilight Ballroom, 7-9pm

Keynote Speaker: Michele Siqueiros
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 more about the Latinx diverse culture while listening to an outstanding Latinx speaker, enjoy Latinx-infused music and performances that showcase the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic-Latinx culture.
Admission: $6 admission for Faulty/Staff/Community Member
$4 admission for Students
Dinner will be provided with admission
*Dress code: Dress to impress

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 28th

September 26 (Tues.): Brave Space Series: Immigration

Location & Time: Tiered Room 2.201, 4 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss intercultural/interfaith issues and concerns that impact our global, local and campus communities. Each meeting has a specific area of focus. This meeting will discuss the impact of immigration on humanity.

September 29th and 30th (Fri. and Sat.): OMA Poverty Simulation

Location & Time: HPE Complex, Sept. 29 -4pm and Sept.30- 9am

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

October 19 (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.
Ticket Prices: TBA

October 24 (Tues.): Brave Space Series - Religious Panel

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 session will explore different aspects of religion with a panel of representatives from multiple beliefs/faiths.

NOVEMBER

November 1 (Wed.): OMA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Location & Time: Regents Suite A, 3 p.m.

It is the Office of Multicultural Affairs 25th Anniversary! Join us as we celebrate by passing out giveaways on the BPSC Plaza. Then join us at 3 p.m. in the Regents Suite A for food, door prizes and entertainment!

November 6-8 (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 6th will be for SFA 101 students and November 7 and 8th will be for the general public)

November 15 (Wed.): Native American Heritage Month Celebration -Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli Performance

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

Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli will provide an interactive presentation that offers tribal dancing, drumming and a brief look at the Mexihca-Nahuatl philosophy. The audience will learn some of the background history and origins of the dances, steps and songs. There will be two performances: 11:30-12 and 12:10-12:40. Don't miss out!

November 30 (Thurs.): OMA Kente Cloth Ceremony

Location & Time: Regents Suite A, 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 10, 2017.

DECEMBER

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SPRING 2018

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, 7pm

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