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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

2020 Fall Semester

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite you to attend all of these events to explore and celebrate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We encourage you to take advantage of these virtual events where we challenge conventional thinking, discuss insights and experiences, and invite you to do the same.

Additional events can be found on the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion website.

This semester we will be celebrating 3 cultural history or heritage months.

Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

LGBTQIA History Month (October 1 - October 31)

Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month (November 1 - November 30)

 

 


Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2021

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: HACU, Future Housing Leaders

Details:

One of HACU’s corporate partners, Future Housing Leaders, is hosting their Housing Matters Virtual Speaker Series that focuses on Single Family Mortgage Finance and Real Estate Investing. These upcoming webinars are open to undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in the housing industry, so students from all majors are more than welcome to attend.

If you miss the 1st of the webinar then check out the 2nd on the 22nd. Check out the slide down panel further down the page. They use different links to register.

 

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub 

Details: 

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosts grant writing webinars to support efforts for those planning on writing their first grant or engaged in writing a grant for submission. The series features speakers and panelists who share important information for writing a competitive grant. Drs. Martha Desmond and. Delia Valles, HSI STEM Hub leadership, also host live help sessions where they answer questions posed by grant-writers.  The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing. Our Impression of the Challenges Community Colleges Face.

Meet our speaker! Rachel Boren earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia, where she was trained in program evaluation and research methods in education and the social sciences. She has a diverse portfolio of training and experience with program evaluation and research in education and healthcare, most recently as an evaluator for the Provost’s Office at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Director of Evaluation for a 70 million-dollar National Institutes of Health funded center based at the University of Washington. Currently, she is the Director of the NMSU SOAR Evaluation and Policy Center, where she serves as the evaluator for several grants at the University and for organizations across the state with the support of her SOAR team. 

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7 PM EST 

Time: 7 pm EST

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here Registration Code: HSI-STEMHUB-2021

Event Sponsor: NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub 

Details: 

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Workshop, April 15, 7 PM EST
 

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a research-informed, student-centered instructional approach that simultaneously develops discipline content mastery and key process skills (skills that are valued by employers.) POGIL takes place in a structured environment in which students work cooperatively in self-managed teams on carefully crafted guided inquiry activities. This inquiry-based environment has been shown to energize students and provide instructors with continuous feedback about what their students understand and misunderstand. Students quickly recognize that logical thinking and teamwork are as important as getting the correct answer, and this underscores the concept that learning is not a solitary task of memorization, but an interactive process of refining one’s understanding and developing skills that are important in both the classwork and in the workplace.

This one-hour introductory e-series workshop is a general overview that will include discussion and activities. We will cover:

  • The roles used in POGIL classrooms
  • The learning cycle and how it applies to POGIL activities
  • The process skills students develop in a POGIL classroom

SEATING IS LIMITED!!!

Date: Saturday, April 17th, 

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here for English

               Register Here for Spanish

Event Sponsor: Immigrant Services Program ISP, Center for Equity and Student Achievement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

I am so excited to share with you the UndocuHub's first virtual UndocuHub Welcome and Community Information Session. We are inviting anyone who is connected to immigrant communities in Colorado and is interested in hearing about the UndocuHub's resources.

The UndocuHub is a new group of organizations and service providers that want to share their resources with the undocumented community in Colorado.  At the event, we will explain how the project was started and introduce you to resources on the UndocuHub's page. We also want to hear from YOU about what UndocuHub should be to best help your community.

The UndocuHub was created to provide a centralized resource to undocumented families and individuals across Colorado that need services. By providing legal, education, financial, healthcare, food, and job resources in one platform, we can bridge the gap between services and community.

Learn how you can use us as a resource, tell us how we can help, and check out our website today!

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, HSI Initiatives and Inclusion

Details:

I’d like to invite you to Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Inaugural Hispanic/Latina/o/x Advocacy Forum on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm MST.

As a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), MSU Denver serves the largest number of Hispanic/Latina/o/x students than any university of Colorado. We are also proud to educate the most DACA and Undocumented students in the state.

We are hosting a forum to educate the community about the local and national priorities for Hispanic/Latina/o/x college students and what it means for MSU Denver to be an HSI. We will highlight student services and our advocacy initiatives to Members of Congress. 

To register, please click on the link below. Please also share with your networks and anyone that may be interested in attending this event. 

https://metrostateuniversityofdenver.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/i/76EE2110F0A5B9C12540EF23F30FEDED

 MSU Denver Advocacy Forum | Hispanic/Latina/o/x Local and National Priorities

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here 

Event Sponsor: Excellenica in Education

Details: Join Excellencia in Education, members of congress, college and university leaders and other's virtual about the discussion of critical role of HSI's, Emerging HSI's, and the road ahead for Latino sucess in higher education.

If you haven't miss the 1st of the webinar then check it out on the 8th. Check out the slide down panel further up the page. They use different links to register.

Invitation to the National Briefing on 25 Years of HSIs

 

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2021

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: HACU, Future Housing Leaders

Details:

One of HACU’s corporate partners, Future Housing Leaders, is hosting their Housing Matters Virtual Speaker Series that focuses on Single Family Mortgage Finance and Real Estate Investing. These upcoming webinars are open to undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in the housing industry, so students from all majors are more than welcome to attend.

 

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: HACU, Apple, Amigos@Apple, Student Services

Details:

The Latinx Exchange provides a forum for Apple Latinx employees to share their respective stories and offer advice to students in the early stages of their professional careers as they speak of the infinite possibilities in the world of technology. Software engineers who work for the Apple Cloud Services (ACS) organization will discuss challenges and inspirations as members of the tech field. The Apple Cloud Services team is responsible for crafting systems for Apple services such as iCloud, iTunes, Siri, Maps, and Apple’s software developers take great pride in providing user-friendly products.

Students who would like to learn more about applying to work at Apple, will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters from the Apple Cloud Services team, and receive guidance in Apple’s hiring process. Additionally, students will hear about the importance of diversity and inclusion from Apple’s Latinx employees, and learn how commitment to this mission makes it one of the top technology companies in the nation.

The Latinx Exchange is scheduled to take place on April 28 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. The deadline to register is April 21. For the link to register, click here. Apple will send additional event details to each student upon their confirmation.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Student Services at chnip@hacu.net.  We hope to see your university represented at the Amigos@Apple Latinx Exchange!

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub 

Details: 

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosts grant writing webinars to support efforts for those planning on writing their first grant or engaged in writing a grant for submission. The series features speakers and panelists who share important information for writing a competitive grant. Drs. Martha Desmond and. Delia Valles, HSI STEM Hub leadership, also hosts live help sessions where they answer questions posed by grant-writers.  The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing. Our Impression of the Challenges Community Colleges Face

Meet Our Speaker! Dr. Nora Garza, Vice President for Resource Development & External Affairs, Laredo College, has successfully co-written and managed six Title V individual and collaborative grants during the past 20 years. She has written and managed four USDA NIFA grants in the past 15 years. She has co-written and managed two U.S. Department of Education Title III, STEM Articulation grants. She has spearheaded and administered HSI grants for Laredo College individually and has forged partnerships with numerous colleges and universities in support of Hispanic student success. She has continued to serve on the TAMUK-Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering TAMUK Leadership Board for over ten years. Her expertise in the grant implementation and reporting process, especially Title V, Title III, and other STEM grants has been invaluable to Laredo College. She has devoted over 25 years to teaching Hispanic students from first grade to the college level. Her specific content expertise at the undergraduate and master’s level is education, sociology, certified Bilingual Teacher, Professional Reading Specialist, and Educational Supervisor (1971, 1975). She received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Community College Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin.  She loves what she does to bring resources for students to reach their goals. Many years of service to her college and AAUW as well as founding president for the Texas Hispanic Serving Institutions Consortium.

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm PST

Location: Virtual

Website: Look Here

Event Sponsor: AAHHE Faculty Fellows Program, 

Details:

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education invites nominations for its 2021- 2022 AAHHE Faculty Fellows Program (FFP). The AAHHE Faculty Fellow Program is a six-month program with a primary goal to prepare Latina/o/x new faculty, who are beyond their first year on the tenure-track, for successful careers in academia and beyond and to increase the number of tenured and promoted Latina/o/x faculty.

The AAHHE FFP aims to a) provide strategies to assist tenure-track faculty in achieving their scholarly and career goals; b) build community and network with other Latina/o/x faculty, and c) develop future leaders who are dedicated to uplifting their communities. The AAHHE FFP will run from late September 2021 - March 2022.

Eligibility

To be considered, applicants must: a) be a Latina/o/x enrolled in a tenure-track position beyond year one by the start of the AAHHE FFP; and b) exhibit a track record of service and fem/mentoring to the Latina/o/x community. 

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply for the AAHHE FFP, selection process, program requirements, and important dates, please visit the program's webpage by clicking this link.

 

 

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Register Here

Event Sponsor: NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub 

Details: 

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosts grant writing webinars to support efforts for those planning on writing their first grant or engaged in writing a grant for submission. The series features speakers and panelists who share important information for writing a competitive grant. Drs. Martha Desmond and. Delia Valles, HSI STEM Hub leadership, also hosts live help sessions where they answer questions posed by grant-writers.  The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing. Our Impression of the Challenges Community Colleges Face

Meet our speaker! Dr. Jorge Iniguez earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, and an undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He has served as an instructor at CSUN and Pasadena City College (PCC). Dr. Iniguez is improving student success by providing research opportunities at PCC. His peer-reviewed publications facilitated a partnership with CSUN that brought the NIH BUILD PODER program to the biology department at PCC. He has received over $90,000 in scholarships and fellowships and plans to use his persuasive writing skills to provide additional funding for the project. He has experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and is committed to providing equitable access for all students to achieve personal development, critical thinking, information literacy, and literacy competence.

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click here

Event Sponsor: Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2020/2021 Virtual Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. This year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars. 
Beginning on Wednesday, September 9, we are excited to host New York-based Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist Taína Asili for a performance and talkback moderated by Dr. Michael Benitez, VP for Diversity and Inclusion at MSU Denver. 
Taína Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her music combines powerful vocals carrying themes of social justice with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. For over 20 years she has brought the music of love and resistance to venues across the globe – From the Women’s March on Washington to Carnegie Hall to the main stage of San Francisco. After the 2016 election, a bigger audience has caught up to the artist Huffington Post named one of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands to Get you Through the Trump Years.” Her protest songs “No Es Mi Presidente” and “Freedom,” inspired by social movements against white supremacy, mass incarceration, and police violence, have been lauded by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard. Taína Asili’s music exudes strength of spirit, and inspires audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click Here

Event Sponsor: Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2020/2021 Virtual Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. This year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.

On Thursday, October 1 the series is proud to feature members of The Dream Unfinished (http://thedreamunfinished.org/) for a chamber music performance, program discussion, and Q&A moderated by Dr. Brandon Matthews, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at MSU Denver.

The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra. Its mission is to use classical music as a platform to engage audiences in dialogues surrounding social and racial justice. The Dream Unfinished is an orchestra that looks and sounds like New York City. TDU’s 2020 season The Red, White, and Blues will use classical music to spark dialogues on voting rights and voter suppression and promote greater civic engagement throughout NYC.

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship 2019 || October 23 2019, St. Cajetan's Event Center Auraria Campus


Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 7:50 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click here

Event Sponsor: Chicana/o Studies Department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

Please join us for a professional development session for students, student teachers, educators, and community featuring Dr. Angela Valenzuela and Dr. Chris Milk of Academia Cuauhtli. Rooted in the development of Academia Cuauhtli, a Saturday school in Austin, Texas that offers Mexican American Studies and Tejano history and culture in Spanish to 4th graders from Sanchez, Metz, Houston, Perez, and Zavala Elementary Schools, this session will challenge hegemonic practices, knowledge production and literacy in schools. By centering the experiences of Latinx students in spaces where they historically been ignored and silenced, Dr. Valenzuela and Dr. Milk will inform how we can shift our classroom practices to elevate Latinx youth, family, and community knowledges to academically support and enrich student learning.    

 

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship 2019 || October 23 2019, St. Cajetan's Event Center Auraria Campus 

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click Here

Event Sponsor: Chicana/o Studies Department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D.In 1969, Chicana/o students marched out of West High School in Denver, Colorado, demanding changes to the public school system, including an increase in educational opportunity, the inclusion of Chicana/o culture, history, and perspectives in the school curricula, an increase in Chicana/o teachers, and relief from the racism that they experienced in school. 

Forty-one years later and in the midst of a global pandemic, Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities continue to negotiate inequitable conditions in schools compounded by the current social and political climate that has brought educational inequities into sharper focus. Yet, in the face of this adversity, just as Chicana/o communities did forty-one years ago, Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities today are resilient and strategic in the ways that they negotiate these new barriers and actively work to dismantle long-standing systemic inequities.  

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship welcomes, Dr. Angela Valenzuela. Dr. Valenzuela has a long history of research and teaching in the sociology of education, minoritized youth in schools, educational policy, urban education reform, culturally relevant curriculum, Ethnic Studies, and indigenous education. Her foundational book, Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring, carefully documents how schools “…rather than functioning as a conduit for the attainment of the American Dream, subtract resources from Mexican youth.”  This work along with numerous other publications, including her most recent publication, Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth, has culminated in the co-founding and directing of Academia Cuauhtli, a partnership-based, community-anchored Saturday school that centers Mexican American and Indigenous knowledge and has had district-wide positive impacts in Austin, Texas. 

Valenzuela differentiates between education and the form it often takes, schooling. Schooling processes that lack the critical aspects can divest Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x students of their cultural wealth and lead to alienation, disengagement, and lack of academic success.  Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities deeply value education and all the possibilities of its promise.  Thus, the theme of this year’s professorship asks us to reflect on the ways that Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities have reclaimed and continue to reclaim schooling to radically reimagine the work of education. 

 

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship 2019 || October 23 2019, St. Cajetan's Event Center Auraria Campus 

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Location: Virtual

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Event Sponsor: Chicana/o Studies Department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

Ethnic Studies emerged out of th1960s civil rights movement and demands from students of color for better access to higher education, the inclusion of their history, culture, and perspectives in the school curricula, an increase in professors of color, and the implementation of ethnic studies programs that centered the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity (Hu-DeHart, 1993). Since then, ethnic studies programs have proliferated across the country and into K-12 curricula with many states now requiring ethnic studies to graduate from high school.  Research has documented the powerful impact of ethnic studies on school engagement and connection, retention, and ultimately graduation.  Moreover, ethnic studies foster critical thinking and on students’ understanding of and attitudes about race and/or people who differ from themselves” (Sleeter, 2011). Please join us for a community panel discussion on the transformational work of ethnic studies.

 

 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship 2019 || October 23 2019, St. Cajetan's Event Center Auraria Campus

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Location: Virtual

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Event Sponsor: Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2020/2021 Virtual Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. This year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.

On Thursday, October 15, closing out Latinx Heritage Month, we are excited to virtually host members of ¡Aparato! for a performance and talk followed by a Q&A moderated by IPutu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena, Affiliate Faculty in Music at MSU Denver.

Easily—if not quite accurately—described as “jarocho punk”, the aural landscape transmitted by ¡Aparato! bridges the terrestrial with the ethereal: earthbound concerns meet the means to transcend, through sound and imagery; a here, now and a somewhere else, something better, both at once. This is a science fiction soundtrack for tomorrow’s Raza, “the people,” time travelers, and visionaries.

¡Aparato! embodies the narratives and struggles of the world’s migratory people: Cat (Nancy Méndez) is of Mixtec and Zapotec heritage from indigenous Oaxaca to Anaheim, California. El Tejarocho (Alexandro D. Hernández) was raised between Los Angeles, the Texas-Mexican border and rural Michoacán, México.

¡Aparato! has achieved critical acclaim on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Top 100 Songs of 2016, OC Weekly, Austin Chronicle, and Smithsonian Folkways. ¡Aparato! has performed for audiences at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Latin Alternative Music Conference, Grand Performances (Los Angeles), including national and international tours. Their music continues to draw upon their vision of punk-futurism grounded in the instrumentation of their Mexican and Central American ancestors.

Higher Education Diversity Summit - Creating an Anti Racist Higher Eduction - October 28-29, 2020 - Keynotes Dr. Laura Rendon and Dr. Natasha Croom


Date: October 28-29, 2020

Time: Oct. 28 - 9:00 - 4:00 pm | Oct. 29 - 9:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click Here

Event Sponsor: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The Higher Education Diversity Summit is a major conference that is leading the conversation about diversity, social justice, and inclusive excellence in Colorado. HEDS keynote speakers will be Dr. Laura Rendón and Dr. Natasha Croom. Attendees range in knowledge and skill levels, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, all bringing important and varying perspectives to the inclusive excellence conversation

October 28, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Keynote – Dr. Laura Rendón

Keynote with a question and answer session

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop Sessions 1

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Workshop Sessions 2

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Music, Race, & Social Justice – Bruce Sunpie Barnes

October 29, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Keynote – Dr. Natasha Croom

Keynote with a question and answer session

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop Sessions 3

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Workshop Sessions 4

 

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2020

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click Here

Event Sponsor: Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2020/2021 Virtual Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. This year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.

On Thursday, October 28 we are thrilled to welcome New Orleans musician, book author, and ethnographic photographer Bruce Sunpie Barnes to our virtual series, for a talk and discussion moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Macy, Professor of Ethnomusicology at MSU Denver.

Sunpie is a 17-year member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang (One of the oldest existing Afro-Creole carnival groups in New Orleans), and the bandleader of the popular New Orleans musical group Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. His latest book and CD project is entitled Le Kèr Creole ( The Creole Heart) which he co-authored with Rachel Breunlin and Leroy Etienne. 

A former National Park Service Ranger, photographer, former high school biology teacher (30 years), former college football All-American, and former NFL football player (Kansas City Chiefs), Sunpie Barnes' many careers have taken him far and wide. He has traveled to over 53 countries playing his own style of what he calls Afro-Louisiana music, incorporating blues, zydeco, creole jazz, gospel, work songs, Caribbean and African influenced rhythms and melodies. He is a multi-instrumentalist, mastering accordion, harmonica, and piano along with rubboard, talking drum, and djembe.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Website: Click Here

Event Sponsor: Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Details:

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is excited to announce our 2020/2021 Virtual Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. This year-long series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars. 

Wrapping up our Fall 2020 series is Singer, Speaker, Educator, and 'RAPtivist' (rap activist) Aisha Fukushima (https://aishafukushima.com/) with an exciting keynote moderated by Dr. Michael Benitez, VP for Diversity and Inclusion at MSU Denver.

Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark, and beyond. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE, South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine, and Tour highlights include performing for audiences of over 20,000 people in Nepal, speaking with the President of Estonia about the power of music to create change, and sharing stages with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Emory Douglas (Black Panthers), KRS-One, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, The Isley Brothers, and M1 (Dead Prez). 

As a public speaker, Fukushima combines the art of performance and lecture. In her speeches, she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism, and cultural activism with live musical performance. She was the first non-Native person to deliver a keynote address at Montana’s 2012 Schools of Promise Conference for Indigenous youth and has presented at such diverse venues as Stanford University, Yale Law School, Duke University, the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) conferences, UMass Amherst, TEDxSitka, TEDxBend, TEDxWhitman, TEDxUWCCR, Rock The School Bells, Osaka University, among others.

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