Diverse Perspectives

McKendree University is committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment. We bring together faculty, staff, students and community members from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences; encourage respect and understanding of human and cultural differences; and embrace many viewpoints. Our mission focuses on seven student learning outcomes, including diverse perspectives.  To achieve this, specific classes within the curriculum focus on issues of diversity, and a variety of activities allow students to experience and celebrate it.



2017-2018 Activities


Global Awareness Week
April 1-7, 2018

Play the TAO: Drum Heart Video

TAO: Drum Heart
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Japan's most celebrated company of martial arts drummers combines musicianship, athleticism, humor, and choreography with the ancient art of taiko drumming to create an explosive and dazzling experience. Offering a modern take on a timeless art, TAO artists play pounding melodies with extreme precision on traditional Japanese drums.

Play the Russian String Orchestra VideoRussian String Orchestra
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

The 14-piece orchestra, under the creative baton of founder and Music Director Misha Rachlevsky, has mesmerized audiences around the world since 1991. Featuring some of finest young string players in Russia, the orchestra is known for its warmth, creativity, and captivating concerts. Its signature quality is the depth and variety of its repertoire, from early baroque to compositions written on commission.

Moscow Festival Ballet: Don QuixoteMoscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Leading dancers from across Russia, forged under Bolshoi Ballet veteran Sergei Radchenko’s direction, perform a new production of the timeless tale of chivalrous ideals – Don Quixote.

Christian Unity & MLK Service
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Cummins; Theme: Service. Tom Cummins serves as a volunteer chaplain in the Missouri Department of Corrections at two of the state’s maximum-security prisons. Following more than thirty years with Monsanto Company, Tom went back to school to earn a Masters of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in preaching. He has worked for the last seventeen years as a volunteer chaplain under the auspices of the Criminal Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis at the old “City Workhouse” on Hall Street, the St. Louis County Jail, Potosi Correctional Center, and the Correctional Center at Bonne Terre. In addition to his prison ministry, Cummins serves on a number of local boards and agencies. Tom was born and raised in Minnesota, is married, and has two adult children and three grandchildren.

Play Milk (2008) Video

Milk (2008): Film Art Series
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, @ 7:00 p.m.

Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk, an American activist who fought for gay rights and in 1977 became California’s first openly gay elected official.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
November 12-18, 2017

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of ArgentinaTango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Making its Hett debut, this dramatic, passionate and thrilling company of dancers and musicians brings the essence of Argentina to the stage. Tango Buenos Aires is one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango.


Play the Winona LaDuke Video

Winona LaDuke: Distinguished Speaker Series
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned Native American activist and advocate for environmental, women’s, and children’s rights. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project; founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network; and co-founder of Honor the Earth, with Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.


Play the Battle of Algiers (1967) Trailer Video

The Battle of Algiers (1967): Film Art Series
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. A powerful, documentary-like examination of the response to an occupying force.




Past Activities


Exploring Feminism with McK Young Feminists Brown Bag
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Noon

Elizabeth Gilbert
: Distinguished Speaker Series
Wednsday, April 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” which spent 57 weeks atop The New York Times Bestseller List.

Global Awareness Week 2017

International issues, other cultures and current events are the focus of Global Awareness Week activities and discussions at McKendree University, began March 30. Organized by the Center for Faith and Spirituality and the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service, events presented by several departments and student organizations. Many were open to the public. Highlights included:

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
Tuesday, March 30, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

“The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” presented by the Theatre Department, examined how a community has changed a decade after the hate crime murder of a Wyoming college student.

5K Color Run
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

5K Color Run, inspired by a colorful Hindu celebration that heralds the arrival of spring.

Human Trafficking
Monday, April 3, 2017

Presentation on human trafficking by the International Institute i

International Food Trucks
Monday, April 3, 2017, Noon

Study Abroad Presentation
Monday, April 3, 2017, 4 p.m.

Salsa Lessons
Monday, April 3, 2017, 5 p.m.

Fair Trade Sale
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10 a.m.

Gang Violence in Latin America and the USA Presentation
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11 a.m.

Holocaust Remembrance Tree Planting
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Noon

Tanzania: Who is My Neighbor? Presentation
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5 p.m.

Haiti Disaster Relief for In His Hands Outreach
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10 a.m.

Student Perspectives on Global Poverty
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Noon

Interfaith-sponsored Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5 p.m.

Why Wrap: Exploring Sacred Head Coverings
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10 a.m.

Native Drumming
Thursday, April 6, 2017, Noon

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Questions We Ask, the Answers We Seek, the World We Serve
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Haiti Disaster Relief for In His Hands Outreach
Friday, April 7, 2017, 10 a.m.

When a White Pastor from Alabama and a Queer Indian from Atlanta Meet at a Bar
Friday, April 7, 2017, 1 p.m.

Russian Foreign Policy Discussion
Friday, April 7, 2017, 1 p.m.

Global Youth Service Day
Friday, April 7, 2017

Arts Midwest World Fest: Le Vent du Nord
Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Le Vent du Nord is considered a driving force in progressive Canadian folk music.

Le Vent du Nord Quebec Folk Music Group Brown Bag

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Noon

The Syrian Civil War and Refugee Crisis Brown Bag

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Safe-Zone Training
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Safe-Zone Training sponsored by Student Affairs and Spectrum Alliance Learn to be an ally for all McK students.

Russian National Ballet Theatre “Chopiniana / Romeo and Juliet”
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Russian National Ballet Theatre “Chopiniana / Romeo and Juliet” combines the enchanting music of Chopin and Tchaikovsky with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, exquisite dancing, and the courtly elegance of Imperial Russia.

Danú - A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Danú - A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag brings traditional and contemporary Celtic music, dance and stories for the holidays direct from County Waterford, Ireland.

Arts Midwest World Fest: Anda Union
Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Arts Midwest World Fest: Anda Union unites the tribal and musical traditions, styles and influences of ethnic nomadic cultures from Inner and Outer Mongolia, as the Hett continues its participation in the 10-state World Fest.

Global Awareness Week 2016

Global Awareness Week at McKendree University included activities, films and discussions about international issues and current events from April 4 to 8. Organized by the Center for Faith and Spirituality, and the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service, events were co-sponsored by several departments and student organizations. Most were open to the public. Highlights included:

International Food Sampling
Monday, April 4, 2016, 11 a.m.

Plowsharing Fair Trade Sale
Monday, April 4, 2016

Fair Trade and Its Global Impacts
Monday, April 4, 2016, Noon

Presentation by Rich Howard-Williams of Plowsharing.

Study Abroad Panel Discussion
Monday, April 4, 2016, 3 p.m.

ISIS and Middle East Politics
Monday, April 4, 2016, 5 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Brian Frederking, professor of political science.

Global Perspective Domestic Violence Simulation
Monday, April 4, 2016, 8 p.m.

The Economics of Happiness Film and Discussion
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 3 p.m.

A film, “The Economics of Happiness” and discussion with Betsy Slosar of the Center for Sustainability and Spirituality.

Discussion on Urban Farming and Fighting Food Inequality
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5 p.m.

A Film, “Reel Bad Arabs” and Discussion
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 6 p.m.

Medical Missions to Haiti Presentation
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 8 p.m.

A presentation by Dr. Jeff Ripperda on his medical missions to Haiti.

Fresh Food Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Civil War in Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon

A presentation by Dr. Jeremy Caddel and Dr. Kennedy Maranga.

Parliament of World Religions, We’re Better as One
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 3 p.m.

Interfaith Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 5 p.m.

Connecting Our Community Discussion
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 8 p.m.

Head Scarf Wrapping
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Red Cedar Circle Native American Drumming
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Noon

Half the Sky (Part 2)
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3 p.m.

A film about women’s issues.

Why Wrap Conversations
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Global Careers, Study Abroad and the Mosaic Project
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 8 p.m.

Keynote presentation by Betsy Cohen of the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

Muslims in France
Friday, April 8, 2016, Noon

Presentation by Dr. Capron.

Let’s Start Stories of Women’s Incarceration Panel Discussion
Friday, April 8, 2016, 1 p.m.

Global Youth Service Day
Friday, April 8, 2016, 2 p.m.

Global Awareness Week 2015

Global Awareness Week at McKendree University hosted discussions about international issues and current events, and combined some fun with Zumba on the quad, food sampling, flag painting and more.

From March 21 to 28, the focus was on politics, social justice, religion, ethnicity, economic disparity, social justice and diversity. Led by Campus Ministries and the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service, events were co-sponsored by several departments and student organizations. Highlights included:

Global Views of Human Rights in the United States 
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 7 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Brian Frederking, professor of political science.

International Food Sampling
Monday, March 23, 2015, 11 a.m.

International Student Panel Discussion
Monday, March 23, 2015, 3 p.m.

Global Economic Freedom
Monday, March 23, 2015, 7 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Frank Spreng, professor of economics, and students.

Peace Museum
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9 a.m. 

Student volunteers will Lebanon Elementary School visitors in crafts, games, puppetry and puzzles designed to teach cooperation and cultural diversity.

Global Environmental Issues
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Duane Olson, professor of religious studies, and the Environmental Studies Seminar students.

A Domestic Violence Simulation
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8 p.m.

Presentation by the Sociology Department.

Fresh Food Fundraiser for Project Peanut Butter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Exploring Global Poverty
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Noon

Jewish Seder Meal
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6 p.m.

Why Cover
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8 p.m.

A conversation led by Campus Ministries.

Global Health and Humanitarian Aid Discussion
Thursday, March 26, 2015, Part One at 11:50 a.m. and Part Two at 3:30 p.m.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Film
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5 p.m.

McKendree “Share Your Story Spring Play
Thursday, March 26, 2015 & Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An original production by the Theatre Department, Hettenhausen Center.

Unaccompanied Minors, Human Trafficking and Immigration Discussion
Friday, March 27, 2015, Noon

Zumba on the Quad
Friday, March 27, 2015, 3 p.m.


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