October 31, 2014

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.

Multicultural Fair Draws Thousands to Campus

For the more than 4,000 people who attended UMW’s Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 14, the campus was transformed into a space for music, dance, art and food from countless cultures.

“The day was a great mixture of student performances as well as local and regional performers,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “It made the day unique and special.”

Franklin said about 60 UMW volunteers helped make this year’s event possible.

For an album of photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150817947446660.473326.63057846659&type=3 or read the story in the Free Lance-Star.

Day of Silence, 4/20

It is that time of year again – the UMW Day of Silence is Friday, April 20.  If your department didn’t donate, you can still get a shirt!

If you are unfamiliar with what the Day of Silence is, check out this video by Anand Rao’s Social Movements Class from Spring 2011:

Come to the front of Lee Hall between 11 and 2 this week and next week until we run out!


Women’s History Month

Exhibit: on Hold

Thursday, March 1 5 p.m., Combs Hall, Room 139

Anne Leighton Massoni is a contemporary female photographer who deals with issues of history, infertility, lineage, and identity with women who have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. She uses both created images and found imagery to represent an underlying story which touches on the personal while still attempting the collective.


Great Lives Lecture Series: Louisa May Alcott (by Harriet Reisen)

Tuesday, March 13 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Seminar: Is the Arab Spring a Women’s Winter?

Wednesday, March 14 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

The Arab revolution that started January 2011 influenced the Middle East and put an end to dictatorship systems in at least three countries. The demonstrations further transformed traditional perspectives and depictions of Arab women as silent and passive victims. The atmosphere of the region with reference to a variety of discussions on gender equality, social justice, human rights, and democracy emerged after the successes of the Arab Spring.


Women’s Research Symposium

Wednesday March 14 4-6 p.m., Red Room, Woodard Campus Center

Please join UMW students as they showcase their undergraduate research in women’s studies. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Contact Professor Cooperman at rcooperm@umw.edu for more information regarding submitting an entry.


Great Lives Lecture Series: Juliette Gordon Low (by Stacy A. Cordery)

Thursday March 15 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Adelante Mujeres!

Monday March 19 5:30 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Adelante Mujeres! is a documentary that explores the lives, culture, and history of Mexican-American women. Professors Connie Smith and Jessica Locke will facilitate a discussion following the viewing of this film.


Latin American Women on the Spot

Monday March 19 6:15 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Join UMW students in an exciting presentation, coordinated by Professors Elizabeth Lewis and María Laura Bocaz, of various posters that provide pictures and essential information of outstanding Latin American women in the arts, sciences, literature, politics, and other areas.


Women and Politics in the Era of the American Revolution

Tuesday March 20 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

Join Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri, professor of history at George Mason University, as she discusses womanhood as it was understood and experienced in 18th- and early 19th- Century America. She will provide insight into the lives of women in this era, with a special focus on James Monroe’s wife, Elizabeth Monroe.


Social Justice Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Human Trafficking

Wednesday March 21 Noon, Woodard Campus Center, Meeting Room 1

The Social Dynamics of Family Violence

Wednesday March 21 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

Research shows that one in four women is a victim of violence. Join Dr. Angela Hattery, sociologist and associate director of the program in women’s and gender studies at George Mason University, as she discusses this research with an emphasis on intimate partner violence.

Poetry Readings

Thursday March 22 5-5:30 p.m., Combs Hall, Room 139

Join Professors Ana Chichester and Connie Smith as they present a series of bilingual readings of poet Claribel Alegria. The poet, who is from El Salvador, has written several collections of poetry about women’s empowerment.


Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle McGuire

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m., 2012 Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

Danielle McGuire is a writer and assistant professor in the history department at Wayne State University. Since receiving a doctorate from
Rutgers in 2007, McGuire has won numerous teaching and research awards. Her dissertation on sexualized racial violence and the African-American freedom struggle received the 2008 Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history. She is the author of At the Dark End of the Street.


Self-Help or Self-Hurt?

Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m.,  Meeting Room 1, Woodard Campus Center

Join the Black Student Association as they lead a discussion about men who write self-help books for and about women. The discussion will center on whether the information and advice presented in these books help or just reinforce patriarchal ideas that previously existed in society.

Film and Discussion: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Chandler Hall, Room 102

This documentary chronicles the life and activism of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Muta Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, who became a world-renowned environmentalist and women’s rights activist with the seemingly simple idea of planting trees. Join the African Student Union and Women of Color as they view the film and discuss Maathai’s life and legacy.


Film and Discussion: Miss Representation

Wednesday, March 28 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

This film educates the audience by exposing the media’s negative portrayal of women and its effects on girls. It seeks to empower women by identifying the steps toward eliminating these portrayals and effects.


V-Day UMW “The Vagina Monologues” 2012

Friday, March 30 and Saturday 31 8 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Cost: $3 in advance; $5 at the door

Email em.c.butler@gmail.com to purchase tickets

The 9th annual UMW production of The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, uses the arts to explore women’s issues of sex, love, rape, abuse, relationships, menstruation, and childbirth. By promoting inner beauty and self-worth, The Vagina Monologues celebrates the true essence of the vagina, femininity, and the ability to speak out against the pressures of society.

Black History Month: My Black Is Beautiful: Footprints, Reflections and Paths

Steel Drum Band

Wednesday, Feb. 1

7 p.m.; Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the commencement of the 2012 Black History Month Celebration as Ewabo plays an eclectic range of music that incorporates soul, R&B, and funk music on Caribbean steel drums.


Library Exhibit: Celebrate Black History Month

Feb. 1-29

Simpson Library will feature written and digital resources from the UMW libraries collections that highlight prominent African-American women and African-American history and culture.


Dinner: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, Feb. 6

Seacobeck Hall

Dinner cost: one meal-plan meal or $10.30 plus tax

Eagle Dining will feature African and Caribbean cuisines.


Social Justice Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Prison Industrial Complex

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Noon; Woodard Campus Center, Meeting Room 4


Film Discussion: The Prep School Negro

Wednesday, Feb. 8

6 p.m.; Combs Hall, Room 139

André Robert Lee’s film portrays how a full scholarship to a Philadelphia prep school was supposed to be his way out of the ghetto, how he paid a high personal cost for the elite education, and looks inside today’s continuing racial naïveté. Co-sponsored by the James Farmer Visiting Professor Committee, James Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Civil Rights and Social Justice, Office of Student Affairs, Department of History and American Studies, and Department of Sociology and Anthropology.


An Evening of Jazz: A Tribute to America’s Great Black Artists

Thursday, Feb. 9

8 p.m.; The Underground, Lee Hall

The UMW Faculty Jazz Ensemble will feature works by legendary African-American jazz musicians. Co-sponsored by the UMW Department of Music.



Sunday, Feb. 12

4 p.m.; Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

An evening of gospel music and spiritual uplift with choirs, singing groups, and praise dance teams. Co-sponsored by Voices of Praise.


James Farmer Visiting Professor Lecturer and Black History Month
Keynote Speaker: Angela Davis

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
7 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
Co-sponsored by the James Farmer Visiting Professor Committee

An icon of the nation’s quest for social justice, activist and scholar Angela Davis has spent decades building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality. The author of eight books, Davis has served for the last 15 years as professor of feminist studies and professor of history of consciousness, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Co-sponsored by the James Farmer Visiting Professor Committee, James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the AT&T Student Leadership Colloquium.


Essence of African-American Culture: Fashion and Arts

Friday, Feb. 17

7 p.m.; Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

The Black Student Association will celebrate African and African-American culture with a talent show and Pan-African fashion show.


Lunch: Cuisines of Black Cultures

Monday, Feb. 20

Seacobeck Hall

Cost: one meal-plan meal or $8 for lunch.

Eagle Dining will feature Creole and Southern soul cuisines.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Noon-6 p.m.; Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and Talk to the Hands.

Donate blood or to volunteer to assist with this event, email tragland@mail.umw.edu.


The Color of Sisterhood: African-American Camp Fire Girls, Girl Scouts, and Social Change

Wednesday, Feb. 22

7 p.m.; Combs Hall, Room 139

Georgetown University Assistant Professor of History Marcia Chatelain will explore the role of African-American women’s activism in desegregation and in transforming national girls’ organizations. Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Department of History and American Studies.


22nd Annual Step Show and Competition

Saturday, Feb. 25

7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.); Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Cost: $7; $5 with UMW ID

An array of the area’s most talented step teams will engage in a high energy, entertaining competition. Co-sponsored by Women of Color and the Black Student Association.


Film Discussion: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Tuesday, Feb. 28

6 p.m.; Chandler Hall, Room 102

A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. This documentary explores his activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice, and human rights. Sponsored by PRISM- People for the Rights of Sexual Minorities.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events Next Week

Marc Lamont Hill

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will include a keynote lecture, a film and discussion and a day of service.

Keynote Speaker: Marc Lamont Hill
Sponsored by the Office of the President
Wednesday, Jan. 18
4 p.m, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Activist, social critic, and scholar Marc Lamont Hill is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s most notable African-American leaders. An associate professor at Columbia University, he has emerged as an important voice in a new generation of public intellectuals. With a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Hill has focused his research on the intersections of youth culture, identity, and educational processes.
In his inspirational keynote speech, Building Toward the Dream: Progress in the Age of Obama, Hill will address political activism and social change in today’s society. He will speak about the importance of honest communication about both the past and present to precipitate social progress. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his ability to connect with individuals and inspire them to work for social justice. Hill hopes to remind people of King’s legacy and encourage them to continue to work for social change.

Film and Discussion: King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
Sponsored by Omicron Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Thursday, Jan. 19
6 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411

In the 2007 documentary King: Man of Peace in a Time of War, an archived interview with Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as interviews with Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, and others, gives an in-depth look at King’s dream of peace. During a time of unrest, when the Vietnam War and civil rights movement were at the forefront of the world’s mind, King still expressed hope and a strong belief that one day there would be peace. This influential documentary provides an intimate look into King’s life and thoughts; it is a tribute to the man whose strong will and pursuit of equality is still an inspiration.

MLK, Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, Jan. 21
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. This year, the UMW MLK, Jr. Day of Service will focus on service projects that recognize Dr. King’s dedication to addressing social justice issues, such as poverty and public health. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the UMW MLK, Jr. Day of Service. Honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving back and getting involved with the Fredericksburg community. Please register online at the James Farmer Multicultural Center website. Community service projects are available in three- or four-hour increments. To sign up, please download the following form and return it to our office in Lee 211, click this link to sign up online,  or contact the Office of Community Service at 540-654-1122.