April 25, 2015

UMW Hosts Judge Hatchett for Black History Month

Glenda Hatchett, best-known for her nationally syndicated show Judge Hatchett, will provide the keynote lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month at the University of Mary Washington.

Judge Hatchett will speak on her experiences throughout her career, spanning from serving as the senior attorney and manager of public relations for Delta Air Lines to being the first African-American chief presiding judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court and presiding over the two-time Emmy nominated national show.

Hatchett-Closeup

Glenda Hatchett

A book signing and sale for Hatchett’s national best sellers, Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! And Dare to Take Charge, will take place following the presentation at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is hosting a series of events throughout the month, including:

  • Cuisines of Black Cultures, Mondays in February in Seacobeck Hall
  • UMW Jazz Night: A Tribute to Duke Ellington, Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Pollard Recital Hall
  • Gospelfest, Saturday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • The Enslaved Community of James Monroe, Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Dismantling Racism Workshop, Monday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 414
  • 25th Annual Step Show Competition, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium

For more information and a complete listing of events, please visit http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/ or contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 645-1044.

Call for Applications for 2015-2016 RISE Peer Mentors

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is currently accepting applications for RISE Peer Mentors. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 to the JFMC via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com or to the office located in Lee Hall 211.

Peer mentors receive excellent leadership and networking opportunities. Any current freshman, sophomore or junior student may apply to serve as a peer mentor. The qualifications for participating as a mentor include: (1) having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; (2) good interpersonal and communication skills; (3) previous leadership experience; (4) involvement in campus and/or community activities; (5) commitment to diversity and multiculturalism; and (6) knowledge of campus and community resources. Students interested in serving as peer mentors are expected to commit to the program for the entire academic year.

All peer mentor applicants undergo an interview and have to provide one letter of recommendation from a UMW faculty or staff member. The interviews will take place during the first half of the spring semester. The final selection of mentors will occur by the fourth week of March. The successful applicants will receive a notice of the decision with further instructions regarding their participation.

For more information about the program, please visit the JFMC or students.umw.edu/multicultural/rise. Applications are available in the JFMC, on our website, or at orgsync.com/59414/forms/64115.

Call for Applications for 2015-2016 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership

The Office of the President is receiving applications and nominations of students for the 2015 – 16 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership (CADL). This award is given annually to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW. The student must be enrolled at the institution for the fall and spring academic terms. The student must possess characteristics of leadership and a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus. This award is sponsored and presented by the Office of the President.

Any student may apply for the award who feels they meet the stated criteria and qualifications. Information is available online at students.umw.edu/multicultural/citizenship-award-for-diversity/. Students are encouraged to apply for this award, if eligible.   Applications are are available in the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) in Lee Hall 211 or at umwjfmc@gmail.com.

Faculty and staff, please share this information with your students. We want to consider every deserving student for this dynamic award. The identified student for this award will be notified of their selection near the end of this semester. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

‘Little Rock Nine’ Member to Speak at UMW, Jan. 21

Ernest Green, one of nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, will give the keynote address as the University of Mary Washington celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

Green will discuss his life and experiences as one of the Little Rock Nine, in addition to its impact on the civil rights movement and society today. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge.

As a member of the Little Rock Nine, Green became the first African-American student to graduate Little Rock High School. In 1999, Green, along with other members of the Little Rock Nine, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded to a civilian. Presented by then-President Bill Clinton, the award recognized Green’s bravery during integration at the Arkansas public school.

UMW also will participate in MLK Jr. Kids Day on Sunday, January 18. The annual community celebration includes games and crafts for children from 3-4 p.m. at James Monroe High School. Additional information about the event is available by contacting UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service at (540) 654-2272.

For more information about the keynote address, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044 or via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com.

Call for Women’s History Month Program Proposals

The Women’s History Month Planning Committee invites members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Program. Proposals are due by Dec. 10, 2014 and the sponsors will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar as well as in print and electronic publications. All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable.

The program proposal form can be found at http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/womens-history-month/.  Please include as much information on the form as possible.

Return forms and appropriate attachments to:

Women’s History Month Planning Committee

James Farmer Multicultural Center

Attention: Adriana Lema Polo

Lee Hall, Room 211

1301 College Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA  22401

Email at alemapol@umw.edu

Latino Identities Month Call for Proposals

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Latino Identities Month Celebration. This year’s celebration will incorporate aspects of Afro-Caribbean culture into its theme. Proposals are due by Thursday, May 15, 2014 and the sponsors will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Latino Identities Month calendar as well as in print and electronic publications.

LIM Program Proposal Form (PDF)

Multicultural Fair, April 12

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fredericksburg campus rain or shine.

The Multicultural Fair is one of the largest, most anticipated events hosted at the University of Mary Washington and has entertained thousands of UMW and Fredericksburg community members for nearly 25 years. This year, the fair will feature over 30 diverse  performances, over 50 multicultural vendors, delicious ethnic and festival  foods and children’s activities. For additional information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044540-654-1044, or go to http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/multicultural-fair/.

UPDATE: UMW Will Commemorate MLK Day With Week of Events

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a weeklong celebration of lectures, events and community service, beginning Sunday, Jan. 19. The university was closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the holiday.

UMW's celebration of Martin Luther King will kick off with MLK Kids Day on Jan. 19.

UMW’s celebration of Martin Luther King will kick off with MLK Kids Day on Jan. 19.

On Sunday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m., children from the local community were invited to join UMW students at James Monroe High School for an afternoon of games, activities and crafts at the annual MLK, Jr. Kids Day. The free event was sponsored by the UMW Office of the President; James Farmer Multicultural Center; Office of Honor, Leadership, and Service; and Multicultural Outreach Effort (MORE).

Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine, will present the keynote lecture on Jan. 21.

Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine, will present the keynote lecture on Jan. 21.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address on Tuesday, Jan. 21 by civil rights icon Ernest Green has been canceled due to adverse weather conditions. Green was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. In 1958, Green was the first African-American student to graduate from the school. In 1999, President Bill Clinton awarded the members of the Little Rock Nine the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian, for outstanding bravery during the integration of Little Rock Central High School.

The celebration will culminate in a day of service for the campus community on Saturday, Jan. 25. Volunteers should register at http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/ or by phone at (540) 654-1044. On Saturday, volunteers will meet at Lee Hall, Room 411 at 10 a.m.

For more information and a full list of events, visit http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/ or call (540) 654-1044.

Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances.

The Multicultural Fair features dozens of music and dance performances, as well as food and crafts.

“It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.”

Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and UMW Praise Dance.

This year’s fair featured more than 60 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and 11 food trucks from different cuisines.

“The goal [of the fair] is to celebrate cultural diversity and celebrate the differences amongst us and how they enrich our lives,” said Franklin. “It’s a very celebratory day.”

The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://www.umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

UMW Announces Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership

Drema Khraibani of Woodbridge, Va., has been named the 2012-2013 recipient of the University of Mary Washington’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership.

The annual award is given to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW. The student must possess characteristics of leadership and a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus.

As the award recipient, Khraibani will serve as an active spokesperson for diversity inclusion, a peer mentor to students and a voice for underrepresented populations, while maintaining high academic standards.

Khraibani, an environmental science and secondary education double major, is a student representative for the President’s Council on Sustainability, the Fredericksburg Forum and the RISE Peer Mentor Program. She is a member and past president of the Islamic Student Association and is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society. Khraibani, daughter of Mohamed Khraibani of Lorton and Donna Bailey of Woodbridge, is a 2009 graduate of Freedom High School.