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Diversity Lecture Series begins Feb. 23

BOONE-Appalachian State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Development announces the Spring 2011 Diversity Lecture Series, which enhances understanding of different perspectives, cultures and social issues.  This series promotes local to global connections and the responsibilities of community membership.  The public is invited.

All Diversity Lecture Series events are free except the C.E.A.D. conference which has a registration fee.

Events are as follows:

Redefining Manhood in Fraternity Culture
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Blue Ridge Ballroom
7 p.m.
Fraternities were founded on the premise of promoting a sense of brotherhood as well as encouraging responsibility and leadership.  Ted Bunch, formerly the senior director and co-creator of Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Accountability Program, the largest program for domestic violence offenders in America, will examine current definitions of masculinity, particularly as they relate to fraternity men.   He will also discuss how fraternity members can alter these definitions to promote equality in the fraternity and sorority community. Bunch has worked with police and fire departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders to domestic violence.

Athletes Proactively Standing Up for Women
Wednesday, March 23
Blue Ridge Ballroom
7 p.m.
Members of the athletic community share a commitment to promoting competition, good health, respect, and collaboration.  Tony Porter, educator and activist working in the social justice arena for more than 20 years, will discuss “well-meaning men” and how they inadvertently contribute to normalizing violence against women.  He will also detail ways athletes can become actively involved in the movement to end violence against women.  Nationally recognized for his effort to end men’s violence against women, Porter is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women.

C.E.A.D. Conference: Succeeding in a Culturally Diverse World
Saturday, March 26
Plemmons Student Union
11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
$10 registration fee
During the Celebrate, Educate, Appreciate Diversity (C.E.A.D.) Conference, participants will deepen their understanding of how personal bias and multiple identities impact interactions and perceptions of diversity;  explore their understanding of privilege, biases, and stereotypes about others; increase their understanding of otherness and build on their knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews;  and practice inclusive language and other practical skills they can use to create inclusive environments.  Register for the conference at www.multicultural.appstate.edu

Religion and Women: Don’t Leave Your Faith at the Door
Wednesday, April 13
Blue Ridge Ballroom
7 p.m.
Faith communities of all types have a long standing commitment to helping those in need.  In this presentation, Wayne Barnes, community educator and victims advocate for a local domestic violence shelter in New Orleans, will address ways members of faith communities can assist victims of violence as well as encourage change to prevent violence.  He will detail approaches these groups can implement to make positive changes to end violence against women.  Barnes worked in the area of juvenile delinquency prevention, in the juvenile court system as a court administrator, and in detention facilities as a counselor before embracing the ending violence against women movement.

For more information on the Diversity Lecture Series, contact Augusto Peña at penaae@appstate.edu or 828-262-6252.

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