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January 2022

(Zoom) Rob Crossler (MIS) on “The Unintended Technological Consequences of Global Public Crises: The Tyranny of Technological Decision Making in Post-Pandemic World”

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rob Crossler, chair of WSU’s Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship in the Carson College of Business, will speak about how the use of contact tracing and other decisions related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic have been received differently based on demographic information.  Zoom link: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/95581250100  

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February 2022

(Zoom) Anti-racism Training, by Xyanthe Neider

February 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

This session will explore what antiracism is, what it looks like in higher education across instruction and student affairs, and who it is for. The facilitator will breakdown theory, translate theory into practice, and offer some examples of antiracist practices while speaking to the mindset and orientation one needs to do high quality antiracist work.  Neider received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from WSU and now serves as the Director for Teaching and Learning at Whatcom Community College. Hosted…

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Common Reading Invited Lecture, VWS Event: A Reading by Natalie Diaz, Poet and Author

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

An online reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Natalie Diaz will be the Common Reading Invited Lecture event for 2021-22, followed by a question-and-answer session. Diaz received the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Original Verse in 2021 for her book Postcolonial Love Poem. One of her poems, "American Arithmetic," is featured in this year's Common Reading book, Tales of Two Americas. A Mojave and member of the Gila River Indian Community, Diaz is an associate professor at Arizona State University…

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Artist Alison Saar, Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lectureship

February 10 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This lecture is part of the current exhibition Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, which is on view through March 12, 2022. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist from 5:30-6:30pm in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, directly across from the CUB.

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Dr. Xyanthe Neider, Anti-Racism Training

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

This session introduces a framework for leading with racial equity whether in the classroom, the advising office, or in a supervisory role. The framework was developed by a multicultural group of individuals within higher education and the communities they serve. Neider received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from WSU and now serves as the Director for Teaching and Learning at Whatcom Community College. Hosted by the Office of Outreach and Education. Registration Link: https://wsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kdeyvqzMrGd3NG9JFXg0Pt9J9FLROhmOh

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Screening of Get On Up (SEB MLK Film Series)

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. This film is one of three Chadwick Boseman films being screened by SEB as a series honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Catherin Coleman Flowers on Environmental justice (2nd Lane Family Lecture)

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Catherine Coleman Flowers, an environmental and climate justice activist, writes about the disproportionate impacts of inadequate waste and water sanitation infrastructure on rural communities of color in the U.S. She currently serves as a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council and was named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow for Environmental Health Advocacy. Hosted by the School of the Environment as a 2022 Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science. Link for LiveStream: https://environment.wsu.edu/seminars-lectures/lane-lecture/

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MLK Trivia Night

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Attendees at this Virtual Trivia Night will have their knowledge tested on the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as learn more about the civil rights icon in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Global Connections as part of their MLK programming. Register to attend: https://connections.wsu.edu/events-calendar/mlk-trivia-night-2022/

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March 2022

(Zoom webinar) “Dream into Goals”

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Details will be posted soon. The webinar is hosted by CCE and Global Connections.

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Dreams Into Goals webinar (CCE and Global Connections)

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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(Zoom webinar) Panel on “Exploring Eastern Washington in the “Tale of Two Americas”

March 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

This discussion will include faculty from multiple disciplines, such as History, Psychology, and Education as well as a representative from a local homeless shelter (tentative), who will use themes from this year’s Common Reading book, Tales of Two Americas, to discuss respective topics of inequality in Eastern Washington. Panelists will discuss the history of inequalities, inequitable access to mental health care, disproportionate opportunities in education, and disparate housing.

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Panel on “Exploring Eastern Washington in the Tale of Two Americas”

March 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This discussion will include faculty from multiple disciplines that include History, Psychology, Education as well as a representative from a local homeless shelter (tentative), who will use themes from this year’s Common Reading book, Tales of Two Americas, to discuss respective topics of inequality in Eastern Washington. Panelists discussing the history of inequalities, inequitable access to mental health care, disproportionate opportunities in education, and disparate housing will help foster intellectual discussion about issues that involve the entire community. Hosted by…

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(Women’s Leadership Summit) “How Far We’ve Come: A Reflection on the Impact of title IX”

March 4

Details will be posted here soon.  The panel will include Sue Durrant and Jeanne Eggart Helfer.

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“How Far We’ve Come: A Reflection on the Impact of Title IX,” Women’s Leadership Summit

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Lipi Turner Rahman on Nash Collection

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“Back Home(less): Architecture, Empathy, and Memory,: by Phil Gruen

March 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Phil Gruen on “Back Home(less): Architecture, Empathy, and Memory”

March 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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April 2022

Discussion with Washington Senator T’Wina Nobles

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

T’wina Nobles is a Washington State senator representing the 28th Legislative District, which includes Tacoma and surrounding communities. Sworn into office in 2021, she is the first Black state senator to serve in a decade. She serves as the vice chair of the Earling Learning & K-12 Education Committee as well as the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Prior to her election, Nobles taught high school at Stadium and Lincoln high schools in Tacoma and served on the University…

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Washington Senator T’Wina Nobles

T’wina Nobles is a Washington State senator representing the 28th Legislative District, which includes Tacoma and surrounding communities. Sworn into office in 2021, she is the first Black state senator to serve in a decade. She serves as the vice chair of the Earling Learning & K-12 Education Committee as well as the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Prior to her election, Nobles taught high school at Stadium and Lincoln high schools in Tacoma and served on the University…

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(LSAMP Keynote): “Underrepresented Voices in Engineering,” by Noel Schulz

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Details of this even will be posted soon.

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Noel Schulz on Underrepresented Voices in Engineering (LSAMP Keynote)

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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(Zoom) “Rural Queerness,” by Matthew Jeffries

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Matthew Jeffries), of GIESORC, will address what he belives is a mistaken belief that the LGBTW+ community can only find happiness in the big city. Join Zoom: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94393219321?pwd=aUlQWlNoeDdtZmpGU1FEWHJKb0h2QT09 Meeting ID: 943 9321 9321, Passcode 557398

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Matthew Jeffries on “Rural Queerness”

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Matthew Jeffries (GIESORC) will address what he believes is a mistaken belief that the LGBTQ+ community can only find happiness in the big city. Join Zoom: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94393219321?pwd=aUlQWlNoeDdtZmpGU1FEWHJKb0h2QT09 Meeting ID: 943 9321 9321, Passcode 557398

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(SOE 110): “Systems Thinking and Environmental Equity and Justice”

April 26 @ 10:35 am - 11:50 pm

Students in SOE 110, “Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability,” have been tasked with projects to employ systems thinking to issues of environmental equity and justice. Come see their presentations reflecting their understanding of environmental inequalities. Verification of attendance available for Common Reading credit.

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“Systems Thinking and Environmental Equity and Justice,” SOE 110 Group Poster Project Presentations

April 26 @ 10:35 am - 11:50 am

This semester students in SOE 110, “Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability,” have been tasked with projects to employ systems thinking to issues of environmental equity and justice. Come see their presentations as they present their understanding of environmental inequalities. Verification of attendance available

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