Cultural Competency Advisory Committee

Community Resources

Updates from DEI:

    1. Tuesday, November 29 *new* – Japan Club: Martial Arts Demonstration @ 3 – 4 PM @ Kethley 235
    • Karate and Judo are already quite famous worldwide, but there are seven more representative martial arts in Japan. As a black belt holder of one of them, Mizuki Umebara introduces the features and general knowledge of these nine martial arts. Participants can also practice one of these!
    • This event is free and open to the DSU campus and general public.
    • Sponsors: Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) and International Education
    • For more information, please contact Mizuki Umebara at mumebara@deltastate.edu.
    1. Tuesday, November 29 – “Inclusive Leadership and Leading Diverse People” Guest Lecture by Carmela Montengro @ 6:30 PM *Register here for the Zoom*
    • Please mark your calendars to hear from Carmela Montenegro, a diversity and inclusion lecturer from Recreation Equipment, INC (REI), the nation’s largest outdoor recreation co-op corporation.
    • This event is free and open to DSU students, faculty, and staff.
    • Sponsor: Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
    • For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Davis at tdavis@deltastate.edu.

     

    1. Wednesday, November 30 *new* – Japanese Calligraphy Workshop @ 2 – 3 PM @ Union 2nd Floor East Lobby
    • Let’s write with a brush and ink! In this workshop, you can learn about Japanese characters and how to do the calligraphy.
    • This event is free and open to the DSU campus and general public.
    • Sponsors: Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) and International Education
    • For more information, please contact Mizuki Umebara at mumebara@deltastate.edu.

     

    1. Thursday, December 1 *new*– Japan Club: Martial Arts Demonstration @ 6 – 7 PM @ Kethley 235
    • Karate and Judo are already quite famous worldwide, but there are seven more representative martial arts in Japan. As a black belt holder of one of them, Mizuki Umebara introduces the features and general knowledge of these nine martial arts. Participants can also practice one of these!
    • This event is free and open to the DSU campus and general public.
    • Sponsors: Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) and International Education
    • For more information, please contact Mizuki Umebara at mumebara@deltastate.edu.

     

    1. Friday, December 2 – NEA Big Read: Bolivar County Event Kick-Off @ 10 AM – 5 PM @ Union 1stFloor Lobby *Register for a FREE copy of Homegoing and a t-shirt*
    • Get ready for the NEA Big Read: Bolivar County project with the official kick-off event! On Friday, December 2, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, an official kick-off event will be held at Delta State. Not only will this event distribute books to the community to begin reading, but it will bring greater awareness to issue of modern slavery, including forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking and exploitation, all present in Homegoing.
    • The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Delta State University is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project.
    • In collaboration with the Bolivar County Library System and other community partners, Delta State will host a series of spring 2023 events, including book discussions, special speakers, arts performances, and other relevant activities around the book Homegoing.
    • About Homegoing: “A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. One of Oprah’s Best Books of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway award winner, Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.”
    • These events are free and open to the DSU campus and general public.
    • Sponsors: The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, Delta State University, and the Bolivar County Library System
    • For more information, please contact Michelle Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu.
    1. Friday, December 2 – La Tertulia @ 11 AM – 12 PM @ Kethley 235
    • La Tertulia is a Spanish immersion salon for Spanish-learning and Spanish-speaking people. Learn to speak Spanish! Get to know Hispanic and Latin American cultures! Meet Spanish-speaking friends!
    • This event is free and open to DSU students, faculty, and staff.
    • Sponsors: Division of Languages and Literature and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion