American Intercultural Center seeks diversity event submissions for Fall 2017 Human Mosaic

The American Intercultural Center is seeking diversity event submissions for the Fall 2017 Human Mosaic brochure. (See the Spring 2017 Human Mosaic pdf.) The Human Mosaic is traditionally distributed to UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty at the beginning of the semester. Please complete an online submission for each event. The submission deadline  is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2017.

American Intercultural Center seeking diversity event submissions for the Fall 2017 Human Mosaic

The American Intercultural Center is seeking diversity event submissions for the Fall 2017 Human Mosaic brochure. The Human Mosaic is traditionally distributed to UW-Green Bay students, staff and faculty at the beginning of the semester. Please complete an online submission for each event. The deadline submission is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2017.

UW-Green Bay Student Napho Xiong selected to attend prestigious public health summer program

UW-Green Bay human biology junior Napho Xiong has been selected to participate in the prestigious Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) through Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Napho Xiong Junior, Human Biology
Napho Xiong
Junior, Human Biology

The program is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. It includes public health course work at Columbia University, hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment, seminars with public health leaders and mentoring by faculty members.

Xiong says she is excited for the opportunity of a lifetime to gain firsthand experience on public health issues.

“I am looking forward to helping communities who are at a disadvantage and who are experiencing health disparities that prohibit them from achieving equal and quality health care,” said Xiong. “I am extremely thankful and appreciative to everyone, especially members of the UW-Green Bay American Intercultural Center, who have helped guide me on the journey to my success.”

American Intercultural Center interim diversity director Mai Lo Lee helped Xiong seek out summer programs. AIC multicultural advisor Rosa Serrano assisted in the application process. Last year, she spent the summer at the University of Michigan in its summer undergraduate program. Xiong thinks it was a stepping stone to the Columbia University experience.

The 42 students selected to participate in the program will have the opportunity to visit various communities throughout the New York City metropolitan area to observe public health interventions and programs in operation. At the end of the program, each student will produce a final paper and deliver a presentation to Columbia University Medical Center staff, faculty and invited guests.

“Essentially, members of the AIC, especially Mai, have really pushed me to become involved in such wonderful and once in a lifetime opportunities,” she said. “Without Mai, I never would have been able to accomplish all that I have.”

Postponed: H. Samy Alim presentation is postponed until fall of 2017

Update, due to medical reasons, this program has been postponed until fall of 2017:
Prof. H. Samy Alim of Stanford University will be speaking at UW-Green Bay on Monday, April 24, 2017. Alim is an internationally renowned scholar on race, culture and linguistics. He is an expert on the analyses of youth culture, hip hop and education as well as the ways in which speech and language are racialized. His books include Articulate While Black, Raciolinguistics and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy. He will be presenting the following talks:

  • “Understanding Linguicism” at 9:30 a.m. in the 1965 room
  • “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” at 12:30 p.m. in the 1965 room
  • “Racing Language and Languaging Race in Hyper-Racial Times” at 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre.

Alim’s visit is sponsored by the Professional Program in Education, the Diversity Task Force, American Intercultural Center and the Black Student Union. For more information on Professor Alim’s visit, please contact Christin DePouw at depouwc@uwgb.edu.

‘Food Chains’ documentary screening, April 12

The documentary Food Chains will be screened at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Christie Theatre. The documentary reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and super-markets. The film is free and snacks will be provided. The screening is sponsored by the Common Theme Task Force, American Intercultural Center, and la Organización Latino Americana.

Workshop offered: Racing Language and ‘Languaging’ Race in Hyper-Racial Times, April 24

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is hosting an educational workshop, “Racing Language and ‘Languaging’ Race in Hyper-Racial Times,” Monday, April 24, 2017. The sessions are free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Visitor Lot near Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Topics (attend one or more):

All sessions will be presented by Samy Alim, a professor of Education, Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL), the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) and African & African American Studies (AAAS). In his most recent book, Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (2012, with Geneva Smitherman), he addresses language and racial politics through an examination of President Obama’s language use… and America’s response to it. His other books include Street Conscious Rap (1999), You Know My Steez (2004), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007) and Global Linguistic Flows (2009). His forthcoming volume, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, will appear in 2017 (with Django Paris, Teachers College Press).

Learn more about the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbaic/ or by contacting Assistant Prof. Christin DePouw (Education) at depouwc@uwgb.edu. Sponsors are the Campus Life Diversity Task Force, Black Student Union, UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education and the American Intercultural Center.

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Upcoming: immigration and refugee awareness events

Several groups on campus are sponsoring upcoming events focusing on immigration and refugees. Events are sponsored by the Diversity Task Force, Women of Color, American Intercultural Center, Office of International Education, Humanistic Studies Academic Program and the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships. For questions, contact the American Intercultural Center (AIC) at 465-2720.

  • March 28 — a short presentation and panel of local experts focused on recent immigration orders from President Trump. Sessions will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light snacks will be available.
  • April 4  — the Office of International Education presents “Salam Neighbor,” a documentary about Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan at 7 p.m. A short discussion follows the film.

UW-Green Bay AIC Interim Director Mai Lo Lee is featured

UW-Green Bay Interim Director of the American Intercultural Center, Mai Lo Lee, was featured last week in the Appleton Post-Crescent. “…she enjoys community events that celebrate diversity and educate about acceptance and inclusion. That is why she has volunteered the last three years with Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities.” It’s an interesting read.

Black History Month event: Stella by Starlight

Stop by the American Intercultural Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 to sign up for a reading and discussion of the book Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper. The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. on March 21. Though the book is intended for young readers, the subject matter is well-told historical fiction about a segregated southern town and a young girl’s bravery. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book while supplies last. This event is one of many Black History Month events on campus.