October 28, 2020

Women’s History Month Events

The following events will take place as part of Women’s History Month:

 

  • Monday, March 16: Film and Discussion: “Finding Kind”- 7 p.m. in, Lee Hall, Room 411

In this award-winning film, filmmakers document a cross-country journey of discovery and education, exploring the myths and realities of mean girls. Interviewing women and girls about their lives and experiences, “Finding Kind” is a quest to find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect. This session will feature the documentary followed by a moderated discussion of interrelationships and the effects of bullying or dysfunctional behavioral and communication patterns among girls and women. Sponsored by Alpha Mu Sigma.

  • Tuesday, March 17: Dismantling Racism in the Feminist Movement – 4 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411

Join Feminists United on Campus and Virginia Organizing for a workshop on how to identify racism in the feminist movement. Listen to peoples’ experiences of racism within the movement, and identify ways to combat racism. Co-sponsored by Feminists United and Virginia Organizing.

  • Wednesday, March 18: Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anita Taylor-  7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411

Dr. Anita Taylor is an expert on such topics as gender and language and communication, women as communicators  and public speaking. She has coached debate and taught at the university level for more than four decades, working since 1979 at George Mason University, where she is professor emerita of communication and a member of the women and gender studies faculty.

  • Monday, March 23: JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”-  6 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412

Sharon La Cruise’s “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” details the life of the incredibly influential but largely forgotten civil rights activist, Daisy Bates.

25th Anniversary of the Multicultural Fair

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is gearing up for its 25th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at UMW’s Fredericksburg Campus.

The Multicultural Fair is one of the University of Mary Washington’s long-standing, community-wide events and the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s signature cultural event. The Multicultural Fair celebrates cultural diversity by featuring craft and food vendors and performers who represent a broad range of cultural groups and cultural traditions. The Multicultural Fair also features children’s performances, activities, and attractions. Annually, the Multicultural Fair attracts thousands (between 5,000 and 6,000) of UMW student and staff members and community members from surrounding counties and regions.

This year will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Multicultural Fair, which began in 1990. There will be an excellent line-up of over 40 multicultural performances and over 50 vendors selling a wide range of cultural items including jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, tapestries, art, personal care items and more.

For more information about the 25th Annual Multicultural Fair, go to the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s website at students.umw.edu/multicultural, or call the Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044. Follow the Multicultural Fair on social media at #UMWMultiFair.

Film “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” Feb. 18

daisy-bates-posterJFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”

Wednesday, Feb. 18 | 6 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall room 412

Sharon La Cruise’s “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” details the life of the incredibly influential but largely forgotten civil rights activist, Daisy Bates.

Dismantling Racism Workshop, Feb. 16

Monday, Feb. 16 |4 – 6 p.m. | room 414, Lee Hall

Sponsored by Feminists United on Campus and Virginia Organizing

This workshop will engage participants in learning about and discussing personal, cultural, and institutional racism. Participants will learn how to become allies and advocates for combating racism.

Diversity Webinar, Jan. 27

On Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412, the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion will host a webinar titled:

White Privilege: How It Undermines Our Best Efforts to Diversify and Be Inclusive

Ever notice that despite best intentions and thoughtful planning, efforts to create inclusive and diverse campus communities often fall short of expectations? Have you begun an initiative with high hopes for change only to have them give way to frustration and discouragement? Join this Diverse Webinar, White Privilege: How It Undermines Our Best Efforts to Diversify and Be Inclusive, where we’ll examine the historical patterns and impacts entangled in white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression. We’ll explore how they show up in our thoughts, interactions, institutions, and cultural practices — creating divisive environments and outcomes despite best intentions. We’ll explore conversational tactics that deepen understanding and engagement especially when viewpoints differ and tensions run high.

MLK Day Events, Jan. 22 and 24

Blood Drive

Sponsored by the Black Student Association, Brothers of a New Direction, and Women of Color

Thursday, Jan. 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, ITCC

Take a minute out of your day to donate blood and help save a life.

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 24 | 10 a.m. to noon | Center for Faith and Leadership

1514 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA  22401

The UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service is a way for students to give back to the Fredericksburg community in honor of the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to strengthening communities. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service. Please register online at the James Farmer Multicultural Center website, students.umw.edu/multicultural or on OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/59560/events/926881/occurrences/2003907

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.

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 Keynote Speaker: Christine Chavez

Christine Chavez once heard her grandfather, Cesar Chavez, say, “We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.” Taking it to heart, she has mastered modern-day campaigning and community organizing. She is the farmworker coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and formerly was the United Farm Workers’ political director. Latina Magazine recently named Chavez one of its top Latinas for her longtime involvement with civil rights issues, particularly her work on marriage equality. She will be giving a keynote address entitled “Cesar Chavez: the Past and Current Struggle for Hispanic Americans” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm in Lee Hall, room 411.