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Assessment Committee

 
Baseline by CampusLabs is hosting a number of assessment training workshops this semester.
If you need a log in, please contact Dr. Thomas Lane
October 4, 2018 1:00 pm
Unlock the Power of your Data through Text Analytics: Part 1
 
October 18, 2018 1:00 pm
Unlock the Power of your Data through Text Analytics: Part 2
 
October 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs
Chartwell's Recognizes Breast Cancer
SOAR Recruitment
New Student & Family Programs are now officially recruiting students to serve on our SOAR Leader team for summer 2019! If you could please pass on the attached flyer and information below to the students you work with, that would be awesome! Thank you!
The Counseling Center
Student Affairs 2018
As we celebrate October as Careers in Student Affairs Month, we recognize  part of our responsibility is to feed the field with outstanding new professionals. It's also important to recognize what working in student affairs may look like in a variety of roles. In order to meet these needs, a networking session will be held October 24. Students will hear from some current SA Pros about the education, schedule/days on job, perks and challenges.
Disability  Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center invites you to for our first ever, 

Disability Equity Week

Join us for a week filled with various sessions, interactive exhibits, and the opportunity to participate in adaptive sports and games!
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to participate! 
Disability Equity Week Schedule

Monday, October 29
“Getting the Memo: Understanding the Accommodations Process”
PSU Ballroom East, 12-1pm


Adaptive Sports & Games
Foster Recreation Center-MAC Court, 2-3pm
Tuesday, October 30
The Ability Exhibit
PSU Ballroom East, 9am-4pm


“Representations of Disability in Literature and Popular Culture”
PSU 313, 9:30-10:45am

Adaptive Sports & Games
Foster Recreation Center-MAC Court, 11am-12pm


Shattering the Silences Series—“Words Matter: The Evolving Language of Disability”
PSU Ballroom East, 5-6:30pm  
Wednesday, October 31
The Ability Exhibit
PSU Ballroom East, 9am-4pm


Adaptive Sports & Games
Foster Recreation Center-MAC Court, 11am-12pm

Student Panel
PSU 313, 12-1pm

Thursday, November 1
Normal Isn’t Real, Film Showing
Drury University, Lay Hall Auditorium
10am-12pm

Adaptive Sports & Games
Foster Recreation Center-MAC Court 2-3pm

Friday, November 2
Document Accessibility Training
Cheek 100, 11am-12pm
Admissions
Admitted Student Day, Saturday, March 30th, 2019: This special visit event is designed for those admitted students still finalizing their college choice for fall 2019.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Missouri State’s academic programs and opportunities, tour campus and the residence halls, and complete all the necessary further steps to become a Bear! 
 Career Center Events

Alumni Relations

Be a Bear T-Shirt Contest
    

 

Calling all student designers! The annual Be a Bear T-Shirt Design Contest is officially underway. Designs for the 2019 Be a Bear T-Shirt will be accepted through November 27th. The winning designer will not only get notoriety and the pride of having their design displayed across campus and beyond, they will also receive a prize package courtesy of the MSU Bookstore and MSU Alumni Association. See details about the contest here.  The 2018 winner was Alexis Stegner, graphic design major.

As a reminder, October is your last chance to purchase the 2018 Be a Bear T-Shirt! Sales for the shirt will officially end at the conclusion of Homecoming 2019. Your purchase will help support the Emergency Scholarship Fund AND help us meet our goal of surpassing last year’s donation total of $9,005.75.

The Relaxation Station

 

 

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Problematic costumes

As an example, costumes can easily be offensive by perpetuating stereotypes. Instances of people sporting blackface, sombreros or Keffiyeh are used to signify and demean particular cultures or races on a nearly annual basis. Just last year, a student wearing a costume “stereo-typically representing a person of color while another student pointed a gun at him” prompted community discussion at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Costumes can also cross the line into cultural exploitation, which is when aspects of marginalized cultures are taken and used by dominant cultures for their own interests, often without context. During Halloween, this frequently happens when non-Native Americans wear war bonnets in costumes. In Native cultures, such head wear carries tremendous spiritual and political importance. It is worn only by tribe members appropriately acknowledged by their own people and generally during ceremonies.

 

Costumes that ignore current contexts are problematic, as well. As an example, last year a father caused panic at a Nebraskan mall’s Halloween event by wearing a black hooded robe and mask and carrying a duffel bag and fake rifle. The father received criticism from other parents, citing mass shootings around the nation as reason to be fearful of the costume.

Thinking it through

As students discuss their costumes or we think about our own, it’s helpful to ask some questions to ensure these costumes don’t impact others unintentionally and negatively.

* Is my costume based on someone’s race, ethnicity or culture?

* Does my costume contain spiritual or religious significance?

* Does my costume use stereotypes to make a joke or be sexy?

* Is my costume potentially distasteful or dangerous given the climate?

Some great resources exist to help students think through this subject. The University of Denver’s department of Housing and Residential Education has developed an informative student leader toolkit regarding privilege and cultural appropriation, including discussion questions, videos, articles and podcasts. Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) organization created the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” poster campaign to help foster dialogue, as well.

 

Have a fun, safe, and inclusive Halloween!

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