2016-2017 Office of Multicultural Affairs Calendar of Events
August 31 (Wed.): OMA Picnic
Location & Time: Campus Rec Courtyard, 6pm
Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) as we bring to you the OMA Picnic! You will be entertained by incredible performances and great company. This is a great opportunity to engage with a diverse group of students and make new friends!!
September 7 (Wed.): OMA Game Night
Location & Time: OMA Office, 7-9pm
Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs to compete in games, sing karaoke, and enjoy the company of new friends. Door prizes will be awarded and snacks will be provided. This is an event you don't want to miss.
September 13 (Tues.): Brave Space Series: Current Social Issues
Location & Time: TBA, 4pm
September 15 (Thurs.): Hispanic Heritage Month - Noche de Gala
Location & Time: Twilight Ballroom, 7-9pm
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Victor Saenz
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 Latino diverse culture while listening to an outstanding Latino speaker while enjoying Latin music and performances that showcase the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic-Latino 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 1st
October 6 (Thurs.): OMA Town Hall Meeting
Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 6pm
Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and engage in meaningful dialogue concerning the current racial and political events that have occurred in our country these past few months.
October 12 (Wed.): Muslim Spoken Word
Location & Time: BPSC Theater, 7pm
Keynote Speaker: Maryam Kashmir
Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in educating the SFA campus about the Muslim Culture and Religion. Maryam Kashmir is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer; she is a 3rd generation British-Kashmiri Muslim. Kashmir will performer spoken word while educating and engaging the audience about her life journey as a Muslim woman. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to Kashmir, as well as a panel of Muslim students, to become better informed about the Muslim culture, religion, and it's people.
October 26 (Wed.): Brave Space Series - LGBT
Location & Time: BPSC Commons (3rd Floor), 5-7pm
Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in educating the SFA campus community about the LGBT community, as well as receiving additional resources for working with LGBT students and fellow colleagues.
November 2 (Wed.): Step Show
Location & Time: BPSC Grand Ballroom, 7pm-10pm
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.
November 7-9 (Mon, Tues, Wed): Tunnel of Oppression
Location & Time: BPSC Theatre, 6-9pm
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) present 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 16 (Wed.): Native American Heritage Month - Lumhe Sampson Bros
Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 12pm-1pm
Evening Performance: BPSC Grand Ballroom, 7pm - 8pm
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents Native American Heritage Month by bringing the vibrant and educational performance of the Sampson Bros. This event will shed light on the Native American history, culture, while also paying tribute to the Native American people. Come and enjoy the Sampson Bros perform as they carry on their familial legacy of activism through performance art. The Sampson Bros will perform twice, don't miss out!
December 1(Thurs): OMA Kente Cloth Ceremony
Location & Time: Twilight Ballroom, 7-9pm
The Office of Multicultural Affairs will like to celebrate all graduating OMA students. Please complete the Kente Cloth application if you are or were an OMA student member, worker, intern, or ambassador who is graduating this Fall semester. The Deadline to apply is November 18, 2016. Link is located on the far right side.
January 16 (Mon.): MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Check-In Location & Time: BPSC, 10am
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 keynote speaker Helen Abdullah. To register sign up on www.sfasu.edu/oma. Free lunch and t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers who complete their assigned projects. SIGN-UP LINK COMING SOON!
January 28 (Sat.): 3rd ANNUAL OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS DIVERSITY CONFERENCE
Location & Time: BPSC Grand Ballroom, Registration Begins at 9am-3:15pm
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 7 (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
February 28 (Tue): Celebrating Women's Perspectives: A Discussion on Current Issues and Their Impact on Women
Location & Time: BPSC Multimedia, 6:30pm
Join us as the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Title IV office hear from influential women from SFA about various topics such as politics, health and more.
March 2 (Thurs.): VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 6:30pm
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
March 3 (Fri.): OMA 1st 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 SFA. Keynote speakers include Anissa Centers from KTRE, Dr. Nina Ellis Hervey, Cyndra Krogen- Morton and many more . This 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.
April 3 (Mon.): DIVERSITY WEEK KICKOFF
Location & Time: BPSC Plaza, 11am-2pm
Join us as we kickoff diversity week with activities that promote cultural awareness.
April 4 (Tues.): OMA PEACE MEAL
Location & Time: Yellow House, 6pm
Keynote Speaker: Hoan Do
The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to the Annual OMA Peace Meal. This is an event where 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. The event is free but donations are welcome. Donations benefit the Romani Relief Project. Registration will open March 24, space is limited and catered food will be provided.
Participants will also have the opportunity to listen to a motivational speaker that targets all demographics. Hoan Do is a student success coach, author of Succeeding in the Real World, competitor in NBC's hit show American Ninja Warrior and is recognized as the best youth mentor by the International Examiner.
April 5 (Wed.): MICROAGGRESSIONS WORKSHOP
Location & Time: Tiered Classroom, 6pm
Join us as we have Cherry Steinweider and Anne Eigler discuss the impact on microaggressions.
Cherry Steinwender is Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for the Healing of Racism.
Mrs. Steinwender co-authored Dialogue:Racism, a seminar that examines the history and sociological phenomenon of racism in the United States. She has conducted workshops for delegations from South and Central America, Africa, South Asia and Europe who were guests of the U.S. State Department and interested in learning about American racism.
Mrs. Steinwender has been a guest on several television and radio talk shows locally, nationally and internationally, and has been interviewed for feature articles in area newspapers and magazines.
She will be coming to SFA to discuss diversity and the impact of microaggressions and the way we can grow as a community.
April 6 (Thurs.): SALSA MAGIC
Location & Time: BPSC PLAZA (RAIN SITE: Regents Suite A, 6pm-9pm
Why go to the club when Salsa Magic brings the club right to you? There simply isn't a more exciting, interactive, diverse & educational form of entertainment than Salsa Magic. Lee "El Gringuito" Smith, a professional Latin dancer who has taught in over 800 + cities around the World teaches various International styles of Salsa and the roots of Latin Dancing with his partner. Once the lessons are over, he spins records and keeps the party moving! Get ready to hear the best in Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, & Today's hits! Salsa Magic has performed at over 450 Colleges in 48 States, teaching more College students to Latin dance than anyone in the world! Students, faculty, staff and community are invited to come watch and learn from one of the hottest Salsa dancers in the country! Get ready for an interactive, body moving, learning experience that will leave everyone wanting more…
For a full schedule of events for diversity week go to www.sfasu.edu/oma
April 25 (Tues.): OMA BANQUET & KENTE CLOTH CEREMONY
Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 5:30pm
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 APRIL 17, 2016