Events

CARIBBEAN DAY FESTIVAL. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 STUDENT UNION STARBUCKS 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Click here for Caribbean Day flyer PDF

Caribbean Day Festival is an event that opens Diversity Week, and Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the food, traditions, and cultures that permeate the Caribbean Basin. This event will be filled with various musical selections and light Hors d'oeuvres found in the Caribbean nations.

Opening remarks from: Mr. Lee A. Gill, J.D. UA, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

Featuring: The UA Steel Drum Band and other selections.

Sponsors: The Multicultural Center and HOLA.

Contact: Mr. John Alvarez Turner, Associate Director, Hispanic Outreach, The Multicultural Center jjt32@uakron.edu or (330) 972-6917


WOMEN'S WELLNESS FAIR. MARCH 12, 2015. 10:00 A.M. -1:00 P.M. THE STUDENT UNION CONCOURSE.

All are invited to come by the booths and enjoy displays focusing on women’s health issues. The Women's Wellness Fair vendors include: Lupus Foundation of America, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio, Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), Battered Women\'s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, The University of Akron Student health Services, The University of Akron Student Recreation and Wellness Program, Title IX Coordinator, Alliance For Healthy Youth, American Heart Association and Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program.

Sponsored by The Multicultural Center, Women's & Gender Resource Center, Office of Inclusion & Equity and The Student Union. 


THE NILE PROJECT. MARCH 1, 2015 4:00 P.M. STAGE DOOR at EJT.

General Admission - $10.00 UA Students - $5.00 See: Ticketmaster

The Nile Project will have two different public performances at EJ's Stage Door.

Showcasing the diversity found in the peoples and cultures of the Nile Basin, The Nile Project promotes a message of cross-cultural cooperation. Interactive Performance: In this hour-long musical performance, participants will experience the Nile River through song, dance and musical instruments. 

Sunday, March 1 
Interactive Lecture/Demonstration/Concert: In this two hour interactive lecture demonstration, founder Mina Girgis breaks down the creative process involved in producing music and the musicians showcase the rich ethnic and cultural diversity found in the Nile Basin. 

Tuesday, March 3
There will also be a variety of student symposiums, workshops & master classes planned on 3/2 & 3/3. For further information visit uaevents.com.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and General Mills Foundation.

Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, EJ's Contemporaries is a series of innovative, provocative, edgy trend setters, breaking stereotypes while generating critical acclaim for their artistry.


THE 2015 VAGINA MONOLOGUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON. JANUARY 31, 2015. 8:00 P.M. EJ THOMAS STAGE DOOR. 

Venue Details: Live on Stage At EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door. Seating is limited.  Call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570 to secure tickets in advance. Further information available at www.uaevents.com E. J. Thomas Hall – The University of Akron 

Cost: $5 Students, faculty, and staff and $10 non-UA members. T-Shirts will also be on sale at EJ Thomas Hall

The University of Akron's 2015 V-Day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues” is a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. All proceeds benefit the V-Day Organization and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties. The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members.

Sponsored by The Women’s & Gender Resource Center, The Multicultural Center, Office of Inclusion and Equity, EJ Thomas Hall, Women's Studies Program, L.I.P. Service and EJ Thomas Hall.


MLK JR. DAY ACTIVITIES. JANUARY 19, 2015. 9:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON. STUDENT UNION GRAND BALLROOM. 

The University of Akron’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair enables the community to mark the King holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off”! It also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families.

The celebration has been very well-received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus. Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences, and the importance of education.

Activities include the following:

  • Biographic information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • A variety of childrens activities
  • Performances
  • Martin L. King Jr. gallery and other visual displays
  • Information about a diverse group of organizations

This event is Free and open to the public. 

Participating Organizations:

Akron Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Program; The University of Akron Percussion Department; DJ Zaga; New Season Gospel Choir; JustUS Line Dance Group; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Zeta Theta Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter; Sigma Lambda Honorary; The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration; The University of Akron Bookstore; The University of Akron Counseling and Testing Center; FADIA; Working In Progress; The University of Akron School of Social Work College of Health Professions; African Student Association; Tubbs Chiropractic; National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH); Hillwood II Apartments L.P; The University of Akron Department of Residence Life & Housing Residence Hall Program Board; The University of Akron Residence Hall Council (RHC); SAAB; PASO; CareSource; HOLA; The University of Akron Athletics; Ma’Sue Productions; Lumbay6 Interventions Inc.; New Generation and Troop 91041; God’s Creation; Unity in the Community; The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa; Holistic Leaders and Mindful Meditation; Muhammmad Economic Blue Print Program; Emerging Leaders; Fit Over It; StudentsFirst; NSBE UA Student Chapter; SHPE UA Student Chapter; Stop The Violence Akron Movement (STVAM); The University of Akron Women's Basketball Team; Corrosion Squad. 

Sponsored by: The Multicultural Center, The Women's & Gender Resource Center and The Office of Inclusion & Equity.


WOMEN AND ADVOCACY SERIES. 2014.

Women Connecting at Work: Supporting Individual and Organizational Success.- Dr. Becky Hoover, Associate Provost, Talent Development. October, 13, 2014. 2:15P.M. Institute for Teaching and Learning. Leigh Hall 414. 

This session will examine how women can connect at work to help support each other’s professional growth, protect women colleagues from unfair criticism, and encourage recognition for women’s achievements. This advocacy for fairness and excellence is important for women’s individual careers and for organizational success.

Sponsored by: The Women's & Gender Resource Center and Institute for Teaching and Learning. 


EDUCATION PROFESSOR TO DISCUSS CONFUCIAN ETHICS AND FEMINISM. SEPTEMBER 24, 2014. 2:15 P.M. ITL.

Dr. Huey-Li Li, a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the College of Education, will present "Does Gender Matter? A Critical Examination of the Convergence of Confucian Ethics and Feminism" on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m.

Li publishes research articles on critical pedagogy and environmental ethics. Her pedagogical praxis centers on transformative learning and teaching that could re-claim professional educators as ethical agents.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Women and Gender Resource Center.

Register at ITL Seminars.


WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS. SEPTEMBER 25, 2014. INFOCISION STADIUM, FIFTH FLOOR. 5:30 p.m.                                             

This event highlights the accomplishments of distinguished, diverse female leaders from around the country who have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields. Click here for PDF

2014 honorees include: 

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2014 honorees are:

Tracy CarterMs. Tracy L. Carter, MHSA System Director,  Government Affairs and Health Policy Summa Health System; 

 Vanita OelschlagerMrs. Vanita Oelschlager, Author and founder of VanitaBooks, LLC; former teacher, philanthropist & caregiver; 

Rev. Dr. Diana L. SwoopeReverend Dr. Diana L. Swoope, Senior Pastor, Arlington Church of God.

 Dr. Adis Maria VilaDr. Adis Maria Vila, Senior Fellow, Institute for Cross Cultural Management, Florida Institute of Technology and former Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Air Force Academy; 

 Julie ZhaoDr. Julie Zhao, Director, Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs) Program and Assistant to the Dean for Diversity, College of Engineering, The University of Akron; 

This year we have added a new component honoring Rising Trailblazers recognizing upcoming women and their achievements. This year’s Rising Trailblazers are: 

Margo SommervilleCouncilwoman Margo Sommerville, Ward-3 Akron City Council; 

 Jasmine SimmonsMs. Jasmine Simmons, 2013 Sofia Deaflympian, USA Deaf Sports Federation and UA outstanding Speech Language Pathology scholar. 

Previous honorees have included:  Brigadier General Dana Born, Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force AcademyRonda Ferguson, Vice President and Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer, First EnergyRoxia Boykin, Vice President Community Benefit and Diversity, Summa Health System; Betty Martinez Lowery, Senior Manager, Minority Business Development, Walt Disney; Dr. Florence Denmark, Professor of Psychology at Pace University and Former American Psychological Association PresidentTheresa Barrera, Vice President of Supplier Diversity, WalmartSherry Williams, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of HaliburtonJudge Carla Moore, Ninth District Court of Appeals and Judge Kathryn Michael, Akron Municipal Court among many others.  

Sponsored by: The Women's & Gender Resource Center and Women's Studies Program. 

 


HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE WEEK. APRIL 16th - 22nd, 2014.
 

An international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 1 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), up to 9000 homosexual men and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. This is a time where we must reassert our commitment to human rights.

Sponsors: Hillel: Heebroos at The University of Akron and The Multicultural Center


LETS TALK AFRICA. APRIL 15, 2014. LEIGH HALL, ROOM 409. 

A Forum in Celebration of Africa Week engaging The University of Akron community on the pressing issues and concerns of Africa today. 

Featuring: Dr. Oghenetoja Okoh, Dr. Enoch Damson, Dr. Rosa Githiora

Sponsored by: African Student Association (A.S.A)


WOMEN'S WELLNESS FAIR. MARCH13, 2014. THE STUDENT UNION CONCOURSE.

All are invited to come by the booths and enjoy displays focusing on women’s health issues. The Women's Wellness Fair vendors include: Lupus Foundation of America, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio, Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), Battered Women\'s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, The University of Akron Student health Services, The University of Akron Student Recreation and Wellness Program, Title IX Coordinator, Alliance For Healthy Youth, American Heart Association and Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program.

Sponsored by The Multicultural Center, Women's & Gender Resource Center, Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Student Union and Supported by The Women's Studies Program. 


 

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR. FEBRUARY 26, 2014. E.J. THOMAS HALL.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is heralded as one of the most exciting groups to emerge in world music in recent years. Under the direction of choirmaster David Mulovhedzi, the choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa. Since its first international performances in Australia in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has become a worldwide phenomenon performing to sold-out audiences throughout the world.          

Tickets: EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street Akron, OH 44325-0501. A - $36.50, B - $26.50, UA Students - $11.50. Ticket Office: (330) 972-7570.  

Sponsors: The Multicultural Center, The Women's & Gender Resource Center, The Office of Inclusion & Equity & EJ Thomas Hall.  


 DR. CONSUELA WARD. ‘POWER AND PRIVILEGE’.  FEBRUARY 6, 2014. STUDENT UNION.

Dr. Consuela Ward has more than 15 years of experience in the field of diversity as a speaker, consultant, trainer, instructor, administrator, and coach. Her workshop will tackle the ways in which ‘race affects our view of the world like a pair of glasses or perhaps shades. We see through a lens based on a perspective influenced by power dynamics in lived experience’.

Sponsored by: The Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Multicultural Center, The Women's & Gender Resource Center and The Student Union.


Unity Celebration  UNITY CELEBRATION. FEBRUARY 3, 2014. STUDENT UNION BALLROOM. 

A community development event designed to intentionally increase the level of diversity acceptance and acknowledgement on campus and throughout the community. 

Featured Speakers: Dr. Rosa Githiora, Associate Director of Multicultural Programs and Mr. Darnell Davis, Residence Hall Council Diversity Director. 

Featured Activity: Michele Norris The Race Card Project.

Sponsored by: Residence Hall Council. 


THE 2014 VAGINA MONOLOGUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON. FEBRUARY 1 AND 2, 2014. EJ THOMAS STAGE DOOR. 

Venue Details: Live on Stage At EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door. Seating is limited.  Call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570 to secure tickets in advance. Further information available at www.uaevents.com E. J. Thomas Hall – The University of Akron 

Cost: $5 Students, faculty, and staff and $10 non-UA members. T-Shirts will also be on sale at EJ Thomas Hall

The University of Akron's 2014 V-Day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues” is a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. All proceeds benefit the V-Day Organization and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties. The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members.

Sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, The Multicultural Center, Women's Studies Program, Office of Inclusion and Equity, EJ Thomas Hall, L.I.P. Service and Committee for Research on Women and Gender (CROW).


MLK JR. DAY ACTIVITIES. JANUARY 20, 2014. THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON. STUDENT UNION GRAND BALLROOM. 

The University of Akron’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair enables the community to mark the King holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off”! It also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families.

The celebration has been very well-received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus. Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences, and the importance of education.

Activities include the following:

  • Biographic information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • A variety of childrens activities
  • Buchtel High CLC Step Team and Rygt Step Urban Line Dancers
  • Martin L. King Jr. pictorial gallery and other visual displays
  • Information about a diverse group of organizations

Sponsored by: The Multicultural Center, The Women's & Gender Resource Center and The Office of Inclusion & Equity.