Dr. King, Jr. Celebrations and More for when you all return

First of all, the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement would like to wish everyone the best of luck on finals this week as students here at Wooster finish up exams and papers!

We hope that everyone has a great break for the holidays, but we are excited for the events that we are bringing to Wooster after the break.

Beginning Tuesday, January 17th, CDGE and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will begin its Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two events – An Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at 8am and Living and Learning from Crash starting at 4pm. The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is open to all students, staff, faculty and community members and will take place in the Babcock Dining Room.  We will share some of King’s writings and offer prayer from many faiths and perspectives in support of King’s reach for peace and equality.  We ask that you please RSVP at mlkprayerbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Poster for Jan. 17th Events

Living and Learning from Crash is an all-evening workshop featuring a viewing of the award-winning film Crash and extensive discussion and activities afterwards to delve into the issues of prejudice and discrimination that surface in the film.  The workshop will start at 4pm in Lean Lecture Room in Wishart Hall, and will end about 8:30pm.  Dinner is included for free with this workshop, so we ask that if you do register, you intend to stay for the full workshop experience.  This event is open only to COW community members – students, faculty, and staff.  Please register for this workshop at mlkcrashworkshop.eventbrite.com.

On Wednesday, Jan 18th, OMSA and International Students Association will collaborate on the Global Leaders Dinner.  This event, starting at 6pm in the Lowry Ballroom, will highlight the lives and work of various leaders from around the world, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and others.  Food in the International Food Station in Lowry will feature favorite foods or popular dishes from the countries of these leaders, and students and faculty will speak on the importance of these leaders to their respective countries and to the world.

We then have two events that examine the state of education in the United States, starting with our viewing of Waiting for Superman on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30pm.  This film examines the state of United States education and the push for better schooling in communities across the country.  There will be a discussion afterwards, and refreshments will be provided.  Location is TBD.  The trailer for this film can be found here: Waiting for Superman Trailer

OMSA and Cross-Cultural Connections (CThree – formerly known as Cross-Cultural Living Experiences Program (CCLEP)) will collaborate on our Thursday, Jan. 26th event, Examining the Education to Prison Pipeline.  This discussion will examine the racial and socioeconomic inequities that currently exist in our school system, which lead to disproportionate representation of some identity groups in the American prison system.  This event will take place at 7pm, but the location is currently TBD.

Our final even will take place Saturday, Jan. 28th, and will be a service project completed alongside Wooster High School students.  This event is still being planned, so please be sure to check out the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement on Facebook for the latest information!


There are plenty of other CDGE events coming up directly after the break as well.

Thursday, January 19th marks the return of our Conversations on GLocal Engagement, which starts at 5:15pm in the Babcock Dining Room.  This first conversation of the second semester will be focused on the Social Sciences, and can be RSVP’ed for here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2294627292 .

Thursday, January 26th also marks the return of I-Seminar, which offers seniors the opportunity to present their diversity and global engagement related Independent Study projects if they have been nominated by their IS advisors.

Off-Campus Studies will also host a Reception and Open House for those Wooster students returning from their studies and journeys away from Wooster this past semester on January 30th.  We are very happy to have these students back on campus with us and are excited to hear about their experiences!


Again, best of luck during finals, and have a very safe and relaxing winter break! Pack light if you are traveling!

We will see you all when you get back in January!

About Joel P.

Joel P. is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. He studied history at Texas A&M and student affairs at Ohio State, and is an avid coffee drinker and soccer watcher. His eventual research interests include GLBT issues on an international scale and amongst international students, international relations and the First Amendment on campus.
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