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Events listed on the Diversity Matters calendar are collected from the University of Northern Iowa’s Calendar of Events and other campus sources. If there is an upcoming diversity-related event that you would like to see posted here, please send an e-mail to


October: Relationship Violence Awareness Month


Monday, November 3, 2014

"It's On Us" Pledge Signing

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Main Corridor, Welness/Recreation Corridor

Take the "It's On Us" pledge; computer stations will be available from 8:30-10 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. Those taking the pledge will receive an "It's On Us" sticker. Click here for more information. 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Workshop

Time: 6:30 PM

Location Sabin Hall, Room 002

MVP is a widely acclaimed leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered “women’s issues:” rape, relationship abuse, sexual assault and harassment. The MVP approach views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront harassment and abuse before, during and after the fact. This will be an interactive workshop and is sponsored by Student Wellness Services.


Monday, November 3, 2014

CROW Forum

Time: 12:20 PM

Location: CME

Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, will present "Pots and Purity: Performing the Domestic Goddess in the 19th Century." Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome. Contact Catherine MacGillivray with questions at, or (319) 273-7102.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

 Lunch 'n Learn NCBI

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: CME Conference Room

Come learn about NCBI. No registration required.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Cultural Conversation about Sexual Assault in Iowa

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Center for Multicultural Education

Led by UNI Women's and Gender Studies alum Lata D'Mello and other professionals working on research and prevention of sexual assault, this disucssion panel will focus on raising awareness about sexual assault through a cultural lens. The conversation will explore what sexual assault and domestic violence justice would look like, especially in immigrant and minority communities, and how college students can help address these issues. This event is sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Beat the Blame Game

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Lang Hall Auditorium

Campus Activities Board will sponsor Beat the Blame Game, an interactive program that offers a platform to learn about victim blaming, examine gender stereotypes and equip audience members with the ability to respond effectively when confronted with statements in which a victim is blamed. Capacity of the show is 400 students. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bridgette Bates-Poetry Reading

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: CME 

As part of an Iowa book tour, poet, Bridgette Bates, will visit UNI and give a poetry reading. Bates is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a “Discovery” Prize. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Bates’ book, What Is Not Missing Is Light, winner of Rescue Press’ Black Box Poetry Prize, takes us inside a museum to view fragments of ancient female statues that have survived centuries of destruction. More immediately, the poems engage us because they explore the female body as survivor— with recent news of nude photo hackings and politics of the female body her message is urgent. The reading is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day of Solidarity

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: In front of Mauker Union

Faculty and staff representatives from the College of Education and the Women and Gender Studies Program will sponsor a Day of Solidarity gathering. This gathering is for all faculty and staff who desire to stand in support of students and others who were victimized by the racist, sexist, homophobic, and other offensive comments anonymously posted to Yik Yak (the social media site). Students are also welcome to attend, and we invite ALL who are ready and willing to stand up against oppressive language and actions to wear black on November 6th.

T-shirts to wear for the event can be purchased by emailing with your size by Wednesday, October 29. The cost of the shirt will be approximately $8. The shirts will say "We Can Do Better" (front) and "Panther Pride (noun): the feeling one gets from being a part of a diverse educational community that respects, supports, encourages, and values the contributions of all its members while pushing all to rise out of their ignorance" (back).

Feel free to contact Stephanie Logan, Kerri Clopton, or Catherine MacGillivray if you have any questions.


Monday, November 10, 2014

RHG Film & Discussion Series: "Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism"

Location: Center for Multicultural Education

Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film & Discussion Series explores topics related to the 2014-15 RHG theme Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

This evening Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue.

“For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, combat veterans, and gamers themselves, the film trains its sights on the wildly popular genre of first-person shooter games, exploring how the immersive experience they offer links up with the larger stories we tell ourselves as a culture about violence, militarism, guns, and manhood. Along the way, it examines the game industry's longstanding working relationship with the U.S. military and the American gun industry, and offers a riveting examination of the games themselves -- showing how they work to sanitize, glamorize, and normalize violence while cultivating dangerously regressive attitudes and ideas about masculinity and militarism.”

The RHG Film & Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and UNI Rod Library.  All series events are free and open to the public.


Veteran's Week: Novemeber 10-November 14 


FlagMonday, November 10, 2014

Burqas and Body Armor: Reflections of a Female Army Civilian in Afghanistan

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: CME

Dr. Michele Devlin, UNI Professor of Global Health, served with the US Army Corps of Civilians in Afghanistan. This presentation describes her experience serving "downrange" in a non-combat role with the United States military and working with local populations. She will discuss how the role of Army Civilians differs from that of a combat troops and provides a broad understanding of civil-military response to conflict, disaster zones, and refugee crises around the world.


flagTuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

11:00 AM ROTC Flag Raising (Front of West Gym)

12:15 PM Unsung Heroes: Story of America's Female patriots (CME)

6:00 PM Veterans Ball- For more information and to register for free, click HERE (University Commons Ballroom)


flagWednesday, November 12, 2014

11:00 AM-2:00 PM Military and Veteran Center Open House-Come see the center and eat free food! (Top of Mauker Union)


flagThursday, November 13, 2014

11:00 AM Veteran Panel-President Ruud and other veterans discuss howw the military made them successful for civilian life. (CME)

1:00 PM Q&A with Actor Stephen Lang-He brings to life the story of eight Medal of Honal recipients from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. (AMVets Post 49-1934 Irving St, Cedar Falls)

3:30 PM-7:30 PM Military Resources fair (Gallagher-Bluedorn)

7:30 PM Beyond Glory play-Free tickets for Veterans, call 1-877-549-7469 (Gallagher-Bluedorn)


flagFriday, November 14, 2014

6:15 AM ROTC 5K Walk/Run (West Gym)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Lecturer: Thomas King

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: CME

Dr. Thomas King is an author who often writes and also advocates for First Nation causes. His book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account, is an unconventional assessment of Indian-White relations in North America. This book is featured in our book club this year. King is also Professor Emeritus from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees from Chico State University and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“Leadership for Diversity Inclusion” UNI-NCBI Workshop

Time: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Center for Multicultural Education

This is more than a workshop, it is part of a campus-wide program to create a community to which everyone wants to belong. Offers a uniquely positive, hands-on approach to:
•Understand and affirm the rich layers of diversity within a group.
•Learn to identify the impact of oppressive behaviors and attitudes on oneself and others.
•Develop practical interpersonal skills that empower effective leaders and allies.

All Students, Merit, Professional & Scientific, Faculty, and Administrators are encouraged to attend. Facilitated by the UNI-National Coalition Building Institute volunteer team. Lunch and snacks provided.
Must pre-register and be able to attend the full day:
Sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost. For more information 273-2519.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Crow Forum

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: CME, Room 109A 

Reginald Green, emeritus administrator, Academic Advising, will present "The Double Whammy: Cartoon Representations of Minority Women." Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lunch 'n Learn

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00PM

Location: CME Conference Room

Come learn about NCBI. No registration required.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Guest Lecturer: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Lang Hall-Auditorium

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture of the New York Public Library. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. Muhammad will also be speaking at 3:30 p.m. at an informal book discussion prior to his keynote address.


Monday, February 2, 2014

Crow Forum

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: CME, Room 109A 

Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics, will present "Women in Law School." Faculty, staff, students, and the public are welcome.


Monday, March 23, 2015

RHG Film & Discussion Series: "Miss Representation"

Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Location: CME

This evening Miss Representation will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue: “Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.”


Monday, April 13, 2015

Gender-free: Bystander approaches that move us beyond “Tough Guise” and “Sexy Empowerment"

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: CME

Media and social media portray and depict carefully crafted messaging and messages to America’s youth on what it means to be a woman or a man. What social norms and thresholds of behaviors distinguish when a girl or woman is considered “hot” and “desirable” as opposed to a “slut” or “whore?” To what extent are boys and men held to similar standards of behavior – or are they?   

Friday & Saturday, April 25 and 26, 2015

Autism and Arts Education Symposium

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Russell Hall

The Autism and Arts Education Symposium presents keynote speakers and sessions that address issues related to children with autism and arts education (music, art and drama).

Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics, will present "Women in Law School." Faculty, staff, students, and the public are welcome. For more information, click here