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Diversity & International Education Week

Week of Nov. 11-15 to feature speakers, films, dinner and more.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-7-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Diversity & International Education Week, to be held from Monday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 15, will include two highly acclaimed speakers whose presentations are free and open to the public.

Speaking Monday at 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium will be Kenya native Marko Cheseto. A 2008 and 2010 All-America distance runner at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Cheseto suffered frostbite in the Alaskan woods in 2011 and had to have both feet amputated at the ankles. Cheseto speaks to groups on overcoming adversity and making an impact on others. He was the first recipient of the Inspirational Student Award from NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Region 1 in 2012.

Speaking Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium will be actor, director and screenwriter Chris Tashima, who will screen two of his short films, one an Academy Award winner and the other an Emmy nominee. Tashima’s films depict events surrounding World War II that are not widely known. Tashima’s visit is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography.

The following events are free and open to the public (a complete schedule is available at

All week

  • 24-hours, CSU Lincoln Lounge, “Study Abroad/International Student Photo Contest;” the 13th annual photo contest will display photo entries from Minnesota State Mankato study abroad students as well as international students on life in the U.S., Minnesota, Mankato and on campus. Contact: Mandy Prorok,

Monday, Nov. 11

  • 12:30 p.m. CSU Ostrander, “Marko Cheseto….An International Student Running for His Life;” (see above)
  • 7:30 p.m. CSU Ballroom, “Latin Dance Night;” free Zumba lessons, salsa dancing and a live DJ Latin dance party. Contact: Oscar Gonzalez,

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., CSU 269, free coffee samples from Latin American countries.
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., CSU Ballroom, “Transitions: African Voices of New Americans;” the third in a series of events relating to the common read book, “Strength in What Remains,” by Tracy Kidder, this is a panel discussion that will feature refugees from other countries who now live in the Mankato area. Contact: Kate Hansen,

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • All day, “International & Diversity Dress Day;” Participants will wear fashion trends from their country or those they have visited from around the world. Group photos will be taken at the International Center (CSU 250) or the Multicultural Center (CSU 269) all day.
  • 11 a.m., CSU 201, “Faculty International Encounters;” the Global Committee and College of Business will hold a presentation in which faculty will share their international experiences with the campus community in a conversational way. Contact: Kristin Scott,
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., CSU MavAve, “International Student Association presents: Global Expo;” an opportunity to meet the many international and diverse student organizations, groups and departments.
  • 7 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “One Day on Earth;” film showing by Institutional Diversity. This documentary captures the same 24-hour period throughout every country in the world, Free popcorn. Free admission followed by discussion.

Thursday, Nov. 14

  • Noon, CSU 238 (Nickerson Conference Room), “Brown Bag Lunch;” faculty member Annelies Hagemeister will speak on “Help Seeking Among Immigrant Women who have been Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence.” Sponsored by the Women’s Center & Violence Awareness and Response Program.
  • 2 p.m., Memorial Library 45, “International Poetry Recital;” students, faculty, and others from the Mankato community will recite poems in various languages. Contact: Enrique Torner at (507) 389-2116, or
  • 7 p.m., CSU Ostrander, “Academy Award Winner Chris Tashima;” (see above). Contact: Don Friend,

Friday, Nov. 15

  • 6 p.m., CSU Ballroom, “We Are Family Diversity Dinner;” 43rd Annual Diversity Dinner. Focus this year is to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally individuals and their families. Ticket prices and registration information are available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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