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Celebrating the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration Featuring Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry

A Look at Modern Oppression

Black History Month Calendar

International + Distance Education Alliance (I+DEA) Student Teaching Abroad & Upcoming Events 

Passport to Success

Upcoming Events


AAASE Black Trivia Challenge
Wednesday, Feb 18
Poe 120
Professional Communication Workshop 
Thursday, Feb 26
Poe 512
0.5 PGU
Register in SAGE
Friday, Feb 27
Poe 120
Last day to drop a course or change to credit only
Wednesday, Mar 4
Spring Break  
March 9-13
College of Education Student Ambassador Information Sessions  
Tuesday, Mar 17 
Poe 505

Wednesday, Mar 18
Poe 505

Thursday, Mar 19
Poe 505 
Registration Begins
Wednesday, Mar 18
Education Council Spotlight Awards
Wednesday, Apr 8
Friday Institute 
Celebrating the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration  Featuring Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry

By: Marshall Anthony, Jr. 
Graduate Student, Higher Education Administration 

On Monday, January 12, I attended the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration, sponsored by the African American Cultural Center, featuring Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” Dr. Harris-Perry is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs as well as the Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Throughout the commemoration event, I had the pleasure of assisting Dr. Harris-Perry and her best friend, Dr. Blair Kelley, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs at NC State.

During her commemoration presentation, Dr. Harris-Perry captured the audience with her intellect, perspective, and charisma. From Emmett Till to Eric Garner, Dr. Harris-Perry discussed systematic oppression and its negative effects on the lives of African-American males in this country. Dr. Harris-Perry not only examined the issues plaguing African-American males, she provided proactive solutions to correcting these historical injustices. The “Be Creative” strategy resonated with me the most. Throughout history, African-Americans’ innovative spirits found effective strategies to: overcome slavery, receive basic human rights; and, vote. My ancestors have equipped me with the tools to defeat centuries of unjust treatment, and I feel I have the responsibility to transform those tools into strategies that will work for my community, today.

As an aspiring higher education professional, Dr. Harris-Perry highlighted the importance of social justice advocacy. College student activism, historically, has addressed many issues of injustice. However, the work is far from done. The effects of systematic oppression are still evident in the justice system as well as in the disparities of access, health, and wealth of African-Americans in this nation. As Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry stated, we must be creative in addressing these injustices, and remain proactive in our approach, by starting today.  

A Look at Modern Oppression  
My Reflection of the Tunnel of Oppression 


By: Audrey White, Freshman
Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies

has longstanding history in our world: dictatorships, slavery, sexism, racism, and sex trafficking are just a few examples of oppression among a multitude of others. Even in America, “the land of the free,” oppression pervades modern culture.

The Tunnel of Oppression tour brings these modern instances of oppression to life in a thought-provoking way. It consists of a series of scenes and a discussion in which participants are encouraged to think more deeply about the issues facing many people in the world. 

Oppression is a problem that many face, even on a college campus such as NC State. As members of this community, we are called to take a stand against modern oppression by raising awareness and educating others and ourselves about its very real existence. It may seem to be an overwhelming problem, but there is hope for America and our community. We must commit ourselves to taking a stand for what is right whenever we see oppression happening before our eyes.

What will you do to stop oppression?
Black History Month Events
February is Black History Month. Check out  some of these great events happening around campus.

For a full list of details, visit:

Be sure to attend the AAASE Black Trivia Challenge on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00pm in Poe 120. 
International + Distance Education Alliance (I+DEA) 

Student Teaching Abroad & Upcoming Events

 China: Student Teaching Abroad (Fall 2015)

Program Dates: November 3-December 6, 2015
Location: Beijing, China
Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Participating students  complete the required 10 weeks of student teaching in North Carolina and then travel to China for five weeks. While in China, students will interact with university students and faculty as well as Beijing Royal School students and faculty. Participants will learn Chinese and also gain experience teaching English as a Foreign Language. See the flyer to the right for additional information.

Click here for information on how to apply.

I+DEA Upcoming Events 

Lunar New Year and Carnivals 
Wednesday, Feb 18
Poe Hall, 2nd Floor Atrium

Lunar New Year (Spring Festival) is a traditional festival for many Asian countries. It is a festival to celebrate the New Year, and a festival for family reunions, ancestor worshiping and blessings. Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus and public street party. People in Europe and South America all celebrate Carnivals, but the dates vary, usually in mid-to-late February. 

Festival of Colors (Holi and St. Patrick's Day)
Wednesday, March 4
Poe Hall, 2nd Floor Atrium

Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on March 17. Celebrations generally involve public parades, festivals, music, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

Songkran and Easter 
Monday, April 13
Poe Hall, 2nd Floor Atrium

Songkran, also known as Songkran Water Festival, or Thai Lunar New Year, is an important nationwide festival of Thailand. The traditional throwing of water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad away and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs. Easter is a festival and holiday celebrated by Christians. It is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. 

Welcome New Passport Students & Mentors

On Friday, January 30 Passport to Success welcomed 18 students to the program. Be sure to attend the Culminating Reception on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:15pm in METRC to hear presentations from the graduating Passport to Success students.  
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