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Diversity & International Education Week

Events scheduled from Nov. 12-19.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-5-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Diversity & International Education Week will begin Monday, Nov. 12 when free Latin American coffee and cookies are served to the general public, students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union (Room 269).

The free coffee will be followed by a presentation on “Retaining and Graduating Men of Color in Higher Education: Implications for Faculty and Administrators” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Those two events are just two in a weeklong series of events that are a part of Minnesota State Mankato’s annual observance of Diversity & International Education Week, which begins Monday, Nov. 12 and continues through Monday, Nov. 19.

Other highlights during the week include the university’s first Multicultural Affairs Conference on Nov. 15-16, and 42nd Annual Diversity Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16. The week’s events are free and open to the public (unless noted). A complete schedule is available at

Monday, Nov. 12
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., CSU 269, “Latin American Coffee” event. Kick off the week by tasting delicious coffee from different areas of Latin America. Cookies will be provided. Contact:
• 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “Retaining and Graduating Men of Color in Higher Education: Implications for Faculty and Administrators,” a presentation by J. Luke Wood, assistant professor of administration, rehabilitation, and postsecondary education at San Diego State University (SDSU). Contact:
• 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CSU 264, “Families of the World Brazil,” Families are invited to bring their children from ages 5 to 12 to view a film depicting a day in the life of both an urban and rural child in a target country, enjoy traditional snacks, and play a game. Contact:

Tuesday, Nov. 13
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., CSU 264, “ISA Café Saudi Arabia” event. Join international students from Saudi Arabia (the largest group of international students on campus) to learn about life in Saudi Arabia and the experiences of these students at Minnesota State Mankato. Contact:
• 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “The Dakota Conflict: 150 Years Perspectives ‘Through Their Own Eyes,’” a presentation by Mary Lethert Wingerd, associate professor of history at St. Cloud State University. Contact:

Thursday, Nov. 15
• 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., CSU 202, “Mentoring for Women 101: Getting and Giving the Mentoring You Need.” Brown Bag Lunch Series. Sponsored by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Center. Contact:
• 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Memorial Library 45, International Poetry Recital, sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Contact:
• 3 p.m. Talk on craft, CSU 253; 7:30 p.m. Reading, CSU Ostrander, Edwidge Danticat Residency. Haitian-born fiction and prose writer Edwidge Danticat will visit campus to discuss the craft of writing and read from her published work. Contact:

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 15-16
• 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday CSU, “Multicultural Affairs Conference: Changing Faces in Education.” Registration cost is required. For complete information and to register, visit Contact:

Friday, Nov. 16
• 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., CSU Heritage Room, Global Citizen Awards. Not open to public. By invitation only. Recognition of faculty, staff and students who have made a major contribution to globalization efforts at Minnesota State Mankato. Contact:
• 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Hearth Lounge, “Traditional American Indian Flute,” David BraveHeart will be playing traditional American Indian Love Song Flutes. Contact:
• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., CSU 238, “Trans* 101, Understanding Transgender Identity.” Learn more about transgender identity, transphobia, privilege and diversity. Acquire skills and knowledge to more effectively work with and understand the transgender community. Registration required. Contact to reserve your spot.
• 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Armstrong Hall 15, Geography Colloquium, “Environment and Human Virtue: A Dynamic Interface,” presentation by Jasper Hunt, professor of experiential education, Department of Educational Leadership, Minnesota State Mankato. Contact:
• 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., CSU Ballroom, 42nd Annual Diversity Dinner, Learn more about the Native American heritage that is so deeply rooted in Mankato’s history. Cost is $12 for Minnesota State Mankato students, $35 for non-students. A student table is $80, a non-student or sponsored table is $215. Contact:

Monday, Nov. 19
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “Star Dreamers Part One: The Indian System” Film about the causes of the 1862 War in Minnesota. Featuring producer Sheldon Wolfchild. Contact:
• 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “Two Spirits” film screening and discussion with Richard La Fortune. This documentary film interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a different time in the world. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by American Indian Affairs and the LGBT Center. Contact:

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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