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MULTICULTURAL HEALTH FAIRS. Tuesday, September 17 10am—2pm.

Polsky Building, 3rd Floor Atrium and Thursday, September 19 10am—2pm. UA Student Union, 2nd Floor Concourse

The Multicultural Health Fairs aim to connect community health agencies and organizations with students, faculty, and staff to share information on topics related to health equity, multicultural health care, and social determinants of health.  Exhibits will address issues such as diseases or disorders that affect some populations disproportionately, access to health care services, and building healthy communities.

PARKING 9:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M. Polsky Building: 275 S High St, Akron, OH 44308. Student Union: East Campus Deck, 188 Spicer St, Akron, OH 44304.

Health Fair Exhibitors: Akron AIDS Collaborative. Providing information on rapid HIV testing, as well as food pantry resources; Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program-Raising sickle cell disease awareness, promoting the Mychal Clayton Sickle Cell Awareness Walk (9/21), and sharing how to be tested for sickle cell trait, which can be passed on to children; Buckeye Community Health Plan-A Medicaid Managed Care Plan that will be distributing information on benefits offered. Extra Benefits include: Start Smart for your Baby; Be Well! and Adolescent Well Care, where members are rewarded for taking an active part in their healthcare; Transportation up to 30 one way trips to medically necessary appointments; Respite for caregivers who provide 24 hour care to a member; Vision Services; Adult Dental; Asthma Management program for children; NurseWise, a 24 hour medical advise phone line; and MemberConnections, a program which keeps members connected to healthcare and social services; Community AIDS Network-Providing education and housing for individuals who are HIV positive, risk reduction education, HIV testing, community outreach, and community referrals; County of Summit ADM Board The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health will share mental health resources, including agencies and programs for new and expecting mothers, veterans and their families, education on suicide prevention, and on the mental health effects of bullying and stress; Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Introducing recreational opportunities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park related to Health & Wellness; Lifebanc- Addressing the myths and misconceptions about organ, eye, and tissue donation. Greater diversity of donors increases access to available organs for the nearly 120,000 men, women, and children in need of a transplant– more than 50% of whom are minorities. Provides free educational programming. Volunteers needed!; Highland Insurance Agency LLC- Providing information on health plans available under the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchange, information on government financial assistance available, and how to sign up for plans on the Marketplace Exchange. (certified navigator); Ohio Benefits Bank- THURSDAY 9/19: A representative from Community AIDS Network will be available to sign attendees up for the OBB to determine eligibility for programs and resources that can stabilize a household, AND benefit the community as a whole: programs address food and nutrition, healthcare assistance, taxes and student aid, home energy assistance, etc.; Ohio Organizing Collaborative- Table Topics will surround policy issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and a monthly Caregiver's Circle that aims at building support, voice and power for caregivers; Project RISE-Providing local resources and school programs that can make a difference in the homeless population. Project RISE provides the following resources: Enrollment, transportation coordination, education and enrichment services. Also, school supplies, McKinney-Vinto interpretation, community collaboration, professional development and tutoring sessions to promote healthy choices; Safe Landing Youth Shelter- A youth crisis shelter (ages 11-17) and an outreach program (SOS– Street Outreach Services) for homeless and at-risk youth (ages 18-22). Connecting youth to services: counseling, housing, food assistance, and more; Summit County Public Health- Providing information on infant safe sleep, infant mortality, healthy eating, care coordination, SCPH services including immunizations, dental, minority health, maternal depression, and stress management; The Way of Mind and Body- Reshaping the language around holistic health and wellness in a way urban communities can relate and apply to their everyday life styles. Connecting urban life with health through policy and life skills. Connecting the dots between economic and health disparities through such topics as gardening, abandoned properties, food deserts, health access, self knowledge, self esteem, and the war on drugs.

Hosted by: Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC)www.uakron.edu/ahec and The University of Akron, The Multicultural Center www.uakron.edu/multicultural-center.


The University of Akron’s China Week, sponsored by the Confucius Institute, is an invitation to explore China’s culture, politics, economics, history, philosophy, language, martial arts, cuisine and more. The University of Akron’s Confucius Institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to “enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture” around the world.

Sponsored by: Confucius Institute

Contact: Nancy Easterling at 330-972-2013 or nee@uakron.edu



The National Conference of Artists is the oldest and largest continuously operating national African American visual art organization based in the United States whose mission is to preserve, promote, inspire and support African American Art and Culture through the visual arts.

For Registration and Program Information click on: http://www.nationalconferenceofartists.com/?section=15  

Contact Information: Brandon Laster lbrando@uakron.edu  



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 and The Student Union.



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 Office of Inclusion & Equity & EJ Thomas Hall.  

WOMEN'S WELLNESS FAIR. March 13th 2014. 10am-1pm. 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 Resource Center, Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Student Union and Supported by The Women's Studies Program. 


 International Women's Day Speaker- Robina Niaz. "Muslim Women: Education & Empowerment As A Turning Point For Muslim Women And Families". March 7, 2012 EJ Thomas Hall.

2011 CNN Hero, Robina Niaz is Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families, a community based, non-profit organization founded in 2005 to address the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. Robina's efforts to found this important resource have been recognized by several awards, including a current Soros Fellowship and the Union Square Awards in November 2005.

General Public - $8.00

UA Faculty-Staff with Zip Card - $6.00                  

UA Students - $4.00  

Sponsored by: The Office of Inclusion and Equity, Women's Resource Center, Women's Studies Academic Program and Office of International Programs

Contact Information: 

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu

Ms. Rebekka Reusser ext. 6194 or rreusse@uakron.edu

The Vagina Monologues- February 9, 2012 6:00p.m. & February 10, 2012 8:00 p.m. EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door.

Sponsored by The Women's Resource Center, The Women's Studies Academic Program, and EJ Thomas Hall

The University of Akron's 2012 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.

The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members. All proceeds benefit Vday.org and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties.

  • General Admission- $10.00
  • UA Students- $5.00


First Local Model African Union Symposium, October 27, 2011 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Student Union Ballrooms C,D and E and Rooms 335 and 308

The Model African Union Program provides a unique opportunity for university and college students and faculty to study Africa and the African Union. It aims at highlighting economic, social and political-security issues facing the African continent; generate understanding of the multi-various determinants, capabilities and constraints shaping the foreign policies of Member States of the African Union; Demonstrate the need for effective diplomatic and collaborative socio-economic and military strategies in crisis intervention; and The role and performance of the African Union.

Sponsored by African Student Association (ASA), The Office of Inclusion and Equity, Pan African Studies Program and The Women's Resource Center.

Contact Information: 

Dr. Enoch Damson damson@uakron.edu or Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu 

The Migrant Journey: Mexican Migrant Rights Advocate Jaqueline Garcia Salamanca, October 17, 2011 Student Union Room 310 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

A former undocumented immigrant in the United States, Jaqueline García Salamanca is an advocate and organizer working in Veracruz, Mexico with the Jesuit Migrant Service. She has worked tirelessly in migrant sending communities while also providing humanitarian support for migrants who are taking the dangerous journey northward in search of jobs and better lives for their families. See the Flyer Here

Sponsored by: the Women’s Resource Center, Women’s Studies Academic Program, Center for   Conflict Management and The Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Contact Information: 

(330)972-7008 or Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu

LGBT National Coming Out Day Open-Mic. October 11, 2011. Student Union Starbucks Stage 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Support Coming out by speaking out. Share your spoken, written and musical talent. Celebrate, Educate, and Bring Awareness to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. See event flyer here

For open mic registration and time slot reservation contact Aamina Jenkins ZPN Diversity Chair zpndiversity@uakron.edu or call 330-972-7014. Open-mic participation is open to all faculty, staff and students.This Event is Free.

Sponsored by: Zips Programming Network, The Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Women’s Resource Center, The LGBT Equality Committee and LGBTU.

Contact Information: 

Aamina Jenkins (330)972-7014 or zpndiversity@uakron.edu

Summit County Sexual Assault Symposium August 5, 2011 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

The Summit County Sexual Assault Coalition in conjunction with Greenleaf Family Center is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Sexual Assault Symposium at The Student Union Ballrooom. Jessamyn Tracy from the National Center for Victims of Crime will be the plenary speaker. 

The $25 fee includes a boxed lunch, parking, and up to 5.75 CEUs for Counselors (RCX088906) and Social Workers (RSX088731). All registration forms are due by July 29th, 2011. Contact person: Deb Costa, Director of The Rape Crisis Center DebC@scmcbws.org 

Please click on the links below for more information:


The University of Akron STEMM Speaker Series which is an opportunity for all students to integrate knowledge across disciplines and enhance their critical thinking. The theme for 2011 is global climate change and we have scheduled five expert speakers to talk on different dimensions of this important issue including defining the issues, plausible solutions, and the impact on health and the environment.  Beyond the science, climate change has significant ramifications for political and economic policy, human health, alternative energy and future sustainability.

Contact Information: 

Dr. Helen Qammar, Director, Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL), hqammar@uakron.edu

New York Public Library Awards Fellowship To Paula Maggio July 17, 2011.

Paula Maggio, a visiting lecturer with UA's Women's Studies Program, has been awarded a short-term fellowship with the New York Public Library (NYPL).  The NYPL announced the recipients in the July 17 issue of the New York Times Review of Books (PDF).

This opportunity supports scholars from outside New York who need to use the Library's unique research and special collections.

Maggio, one of 25 recipients, will use this fellowship to work on her book, "Bloomsbury at War: Pacifism and the Bloomsbury Group 1914-1945."


Cornel West - Diversity and Multiculturalism- March 7 2011 7:30 p.m.- EJ Thomas Hall.  

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision."

Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date. In addition, West has published 18 other books and has edited 13 texts and has received more than 20 honorary degrees.                                                

Sponsored by: Office of The President, The Office of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Multicultural Development and Center for Conflict Management.

  • General Public - $8.00
  • UA Faculty-Staff with Zip Card - $6.00
  • Seniors - $6.00
  • UA Students - $4.00



The Vagina Monologues- February 13 & 18, 2011 4:00 p.m.- Stage Door at EJ Thomas Hall.

Sponsored by The Women's Studies Academic Program, The Women's Resource Center and EJ Thomas

The University of Akron's 2011 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.

The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members. All proceeds benefit Vday.org and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties.

  • General Admission- $10.00
  • UA Students- $5.00

Event Photos http://www.uakron.edu/wrc/news-events/events/the-vagina-monologues-2011/index.dot

Cece Gable - March 21, 2011 7:30 p.m. - Stage Door at EJ Thomas Hall.

Sponsored by The Women's Resource CenterThe Women's Studies Academic Program and EJ Thomas Hall

Cece GableA consummate jazz cabaret performer, CeCe has sung in jazz clubs throughout the United States and Europe. Influenced by many women and men of jazz, she offers her own voice on jazz standards and the American Songbook. A native of Barberton, Ohio and graduate of Kent State University, Cece will be accompanied on piano by David Ake.


  • General Admission - $10.00
  • UA Students - $5.00

Angela Davis March 28, 2011, The Historical Legacy of Black Women’s Leadership Faculty Roundtable, CAS 205, 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Faculty Roundtable Women’s History Month, 2011 in Honor of Angela Davis. Black women have a long and vibrant history as public intellectuals and political activists as the scholarly career and political commitment of Angela Davis, our featured 2011 women’s history speaker, exemplifies. Come help celebrate 2011 Women’s History Month with a discussion of the meaning of black women’s leadership past and present. Featuring:  TJ Boisseau, History; Heather Burton, Acad. Achievement; India Burton, Theater; Coleen Curry, Acad. Achievement; Kate Flach, History; Nicole Rousseau, Sociology (KSU); Zachery Williams, History. 

Sponsored by History Department and Committee for Research on Women and Gender (CROW)

Angela Davis March 28, 2011, Angela Davis - Democracy and Civil Engagement Discussion with Students, Honors Complex Large Hall, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00p.m.

Free Admission 

Angela Davis has been an activist and writer promoting women's rights and racial justice while pursuing her career as a philosopher and teacher at the University of Santa Cruz and San Francisco University. Angela Davis has been active as a student, writer, teacher, scholar and organizer for more than three decades and continues in her pursuit promoting human rights and combating oppression. 

Sponsored by EJ Thomas HallOffice of Inclusion & EquityThe Women's Resource Center & The Women's Studies Academic Program.

March 28, 2011. Keynote Speaker: Angela Davis - Democracy and Civil Engagement. EJ Thomas Hall. 7:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by EJ Thomas HallOffice of Inclusion & EquityThe Women's Resource Center & The Women's Studies Academic Program.

Angela Davis Angela Davis has been an activist and writer promoting women's rights and racial justice while pursuing her career as a philosopher and teacher at the University of Santa Cruz and San Francisco University -- she achieved tenure at the University of California at Santa Cruz though former governor Ronald Reagan swore she would never teach again in the University of California system. She studied with political philosopher Herbert Marcuse. She has published on race, class, and gender.

Known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression, human rights activist Angela Davis has been active as a student, writer, teacher, scholar and organizer for more than three decades. As a gifted diversity speaker, Angela Davis is a moving orator, recounting her place in our nation's tumultuous history.

  • General Public - $8.00
  • UA Faculty-Staff with Zip Card - $6.00
  • Seniors - $6.00
  • UA Students - $4.00

FALL 2010


Theresa Flores: The Slave Next Door Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. EJ Thomas Stage Door- September 15, 2010 7:30 p.m.- FREE for Students with valid Zip Card.

Theresa FloresMs. Flores is a native of Ohio who holds a B.A. in Social Work and a Master of Counseling Education and has been a licensed Social Worker in Ohio for over twenty years. She is a survivor of trafficking who strives to bring greater understanding to the issue of Human Trafficking and modern day slavery by exploring its causes and solutions.

Her presentation on Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today is scheduled for 9/15/2010 at 7:00pm. EJ Thomas Stage Door. Sponsored by EJ Thomas Hall and The Women's Studies Program

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