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    Quantity and Quality: A Look at Elements and their Implementation Designed to Enhance Retention Resulting in an Increase in the Ethnic Diversity of Science Related Degrees Awarded

    01/19/2012 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Location: Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
    Speaker: Dr. Keith B. Williams

    This presentation will overview implemented mechanisms designed to address the increase in the number of minority students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Clearly, there are a myriad of benefits associated with increasing the diversity of students obtaining STEM degrees, namely a different perspective and approach to science, an increase in the specific scientific community, a reflection of society, expanded cultural competence and global intelligence, and an effective support to intellectual growth.

    This presentation will present the elements developed over the years by the Wayne State University Department of Chemistry’s Office of Minority Student initiatives, as it has worked closely at the university with NSF’s MI-LSAMP and IGERT programs, Wayne Excel, and student organizations such as the WSU Black Convocation, the WSU College of Science Senate, and the WSU student affiliate of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), along with a number of pre-college initiatives.

    Dr. Keith B. Williams is Director of Minority Student Initiatives for the Chemistry Department at Wayne State University. He has over twenty years of experience in the area of science academic support at the precollege and college levels.

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    Social Media:The Most Valuable Tool in the New Generation of Activism?

    01/19/2012 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: North Quad Opportunity Space, Room 2435 North Quad (entrance is on State Street)

    Please join us for an interactive discussion and interactive presentation about ways to use Social Media to create effective Social Change.

    This event will empower students,faculty, and staff to get involved locally and globally to address social issues that they are passionate about. In addition, it will give participants an opportunity to reflect on past social movements to explore if “social media” is the most effective tool to use in the present to promote change.

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    Innovative ‘Jobs not Jails’ with Inner-city Youth

    01/19/2012 7:00 pm
    Location: Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
    Speaker: Rev. Gregory Boyle, Founder and CEO, Homeboy Industries

    Reverend Boyle started Homeboy Industries, an innovative nonprofit corporation in L.A. that runs several smaller businesses that employ former gang members and at-risk youth. With taglines like “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” revenue generated through the profit enterprises offset free community services such as mental therapy for gang members, housing assistance, job counseling, and tattoo removal. The businesses range from a multimillion dollar silkscreen business to a bakery and a café.

    For more information visit http://www.nonprofit.umich.edu/news_events/news.php

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    Hey Activists, What’s Your Beat?

    01/19/2012 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Northwood Houses Community Center, 1588 Cram Circle

    Music moves movements! Bring along a song whose lyrics inspire you about some form of social justice activism. Come to tell the story of your experience as an activist, or to hear others, all of whom are building a new generation of activism. Wherever you’re an activist, that’s your “beat.”

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    Step Afrika Dance Performance

    01/19/2012 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    Location: Lydia Mendelssohn Theater located in the Michigan League, Free to the Public

    Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. The tradition grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. Stepping comes from a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. The company is critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.

    For more information on Step Afrika, please visit the website at http://www.stepafrika.org/home.htm

    Sponsors: The University Library, The School of Music, The School of Information, The Bentley Historical Library, OAMI

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