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Heritage Month

UST to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month Fall 2017

From September 15th to October 15th, University of St. Thomas will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of activities that incorporates art, history, and cultures. The day of September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. As well as Mexico and Chile celebrate theirs on September 16th and 18th.

Please join the Student Diversity and Inclusion Services office in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Events will take place throughout the month of September and October and we encourage you and your students to attend.

We will have Purple Couch in SDIS on Fridays from 3-4pm. Purple Couch will be at the ASC MakerSpace on September 29th, 3pm – 4pm for Latin Arts and Crafts. There will be music, art, and craft such as Papel Picado. A special menu at T’s will be featured September 25-29th and a display with featured works in the OSF Library September 15th – October 15th.

On Wednesday, September 13th, at 6:00 pm in ASC Scooters come join DAB & HOLA for Loteria – Mexican Bingo. Loteria, often referred as Mexican bingo is a visually and engaging game in which instead of numbers and letters it uses short poems/Spanish phrases.

Come out to Culture Stew on Monday, September 18th, 5:30pm in ASC Dorsey Commons and have a meal with us and with the Director of Latino Affairs from Minnesota State University – Mankato, Jessie Mancilla. Latinidad is vibrant in Minnesota. Let’s unpack the truth of the educational, economical, and social Latinx stereotypes through national and state statistics, scholarly articles, and theories and absent narratives. Learn ways to navigate and continue the conversation to educate our campuses, our greater community and support our Latinx population during the Trump era.

We continue with our And Still We Rise series in partnership with the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW). This month it is led by Ruby Murillo, Director of Latinx Center at Augsburg University. Wednesday, September 20th at 5:30 pm in the LDCW (OEC 103).  As a Mexican American woman and first generation college graduate, Ruby’s commitment to serving the Latinx community stems from personal experiences and the stories that other Latinx students have shared with her. Ruby will talk about those students who graduate and will share empirical data that shows how those students were driven to succeed. Ruby will also shed light on her personal experiences as a young woman of color navigating spaces in the professional field of Student Affairs and within her own community.

One of the most influential labor activist Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers Association. Come join DAB’s event Non Violence Activism – Dolores Huertas on September 25th, 5pm in ASC 340 Hearth Room to learn and engage with us as we talk about the Chicano civil rights movement. There will also be an opportunity for students to go see the movie “Dolores” at The Lagoon on Tuesday, October 3rd!

For our first Movies that Matter this fall, which is on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 5:30pm in ASC Woulfe South, join us as we watch “Made in LA”. Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. Popcorn and refreshments will be served!

Witness for Peace – Midwest will be hosting Carol Rojas on Tuesday, October 10th from 12pm at McNeely Hall Room 100. Carol Rojas is from the Feminist Antimilitarist Network. Carol will present on popular education and intersectional organizing in a dynamic of escalating post-accords Colombia.

We hope you can join us for these fantastic events! For more information visit our SDIS website https://www.stthomas.edu/studentdiversity/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UofStThomasSDIS/

 

J-Term Book Club

J Term Book Club 2018

January Term Book Club 2018 Presents:

By Lauret Savoy

Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent’s past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors toward her—paths of free and enslaved Africans, colonists from Europe, and peoples indigenous to this land—lie largely eroded and lost.

In this provocative mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Lauret Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.

-lauretsavoy.com

2016 American Book Award  from Before Columbus Foundation.  

Finalist for the PEN American Open Book Award and Phillis Wheatley Book

Trace invites you to reflect on how places are created, and foster a variety of perspectives that recognizes lasting injustices of our society. As well as realizing the contexts of racism on the American land in a narrative that impacts us deeply.

SDIS will be hosting weekly book discussion events in January 2018. Come join us on this journey. Sign up for the J-Term Book Club this coming up Fall. Questions/Interests contact Dia Yang, SDIS Education Program Director, dyang@stthomas.edu.