It’s February and that means that it is Black History Month. There are scores of multicultural activities on campus this month, including O.M.S.A.’s “Multicultural Professional Day,” “The African D.N.A. Experience,” The “Black History Month Speak Out,” “The Study Abroad Fair,” “What is voodoo?,” “The Mis-Education of the Negro,” “The Parkside International Club Friendship Hour,” “President of the Other America,” The foreign film “XXY,” “Africans and Christianity,” and “Parkside’s Best Dance Crew.”
On Wednesday February 10th, U.W. Parkside held the “Study Abroad Fair,” which encourages full time students of good academic standing to study in other countries. Eric Hinkle studied for a semester in Spain and said that it was, “The best experience of my life.” He learned about the culture, the people, and the language of the locals and he really enjoyed the very delectable Spanish cuisines. Study Abroad programs that are open for students to join are the Cambodia Summer of 2010 Program, which is directed by Professor Lori Allen; the Wolfenbuettel Summer of 2010 Program, which is directed by Professor Siegfried Christoph; the Scotland summer of 2010 program, which is directed by Professor Peggy James; the Ghana Winterim program, which will stretch a month into 2011; and the Brazil Summer Program for 2011. If you would like to study abroad, you needn’t necessarily know a language (but it helps), and full time students can be granted up to $1500 in aid for their studies abroad. If you are interested in the program, Susan Blust should be able to direct you to the professors who will help you and to the company that runs the program. Her email is Blust@uwp.edu.
On Friday February 12th, the Organization for Multicultural Student Affairs is holding the Multicultural Professional Day, which is a mini- workshop that is geared towards building a professional outlook. According to the O.M.S.A. page about it, “Students get the opportunity to learn the importance of having a good resumé, dressing for success, the importance of the Graduate Entrance Exam, and a typical day in the careers of professionals of color. This conference could lead to opportunities to develop a mentor/mentee relationship with a professional.” This is a very valuable workshop that includes a keynote speaker, a lunch, speed networking, Ocean Spray Break & Career Information Tables, Break Out Sessions about resumés, cover letters, and graduate school among other professional exercises designed to build professionalism, help students find direction, and build skills. The workshop lasts from 11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
The dates and times for the rest of the activities that are being held in celebration of Black History Month and other multicultural affairs are as follows:
2/22/2010 7 P.M. “Africans and Christianity.” Molinaro 105
The beauty of U.W. Parkside and America is that people from many different cultures and backgrounds come to work together for common goals. These workshops promote greater understanding on a wide range of cultural issues, improve business skills, allow people to express their pride, and see the world through the lenses of others. These events will allow some to explore viewpoints and traditions they may not have considered and will allow others to express their strong pride in these traditions. Be sure to attend as many of these events as you can; it will definitely be worth it.
Story by Jake Halverson