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.

 

 


Activities

 

Play Dr. Kara Cooney Video

Dr. Kara Cooney, Egyptologist: When Women Ruled the World
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, professor of Egyptology, examines a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these women were exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society, yet their power and influence is undeniable. Cleopatra used her sexuality—and her money—to build alliances with warlords of the Roman Empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to take definitively the title of king. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how they ruled?


MLK Service
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4 p.m.

Speaker: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Thursday, January 24, 2019, Noon

Author Angie Thomas, who was born, raised and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi, speaks about her book The Hate U Give.


"We Shall Overcome" - A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this powerful, genre-defying show is filled with music, joy, and hope. It features repertoire from African-American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken words from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Play Sita Sings the Blues Video
Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
: Film Art Series

Thursday, March 21, 2019, @ 7:00 p.m.

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.


Global Awareness Week 2019
March 31-April 6, 2019

Jewish Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Past Activities

 

Throne of Blood (1957): Film Art Series
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Indigenous Communities: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Legitimizing Hate, Part 2: Media Portrayal of Violent Crimes: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Legitimizing Hate, Part 1: Hate Crimes: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Church and Politics: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Helping Individuals With Disabilities Through Applied Behavior Analysis: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Preventing Violence Against the Transgender Community: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Is There a Stigma Against Mental Health Treatment in the Latinx Community?: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Building a School in Mozambique: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month: Our Trip to Cuba: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Diversity in the Latinx Community: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Causes and Impact of Family Separations: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

So You Think Jim Crow is a Thing of the Past?: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Colin Kaepernick and the Nike Campaign: Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) Conversation
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“This Is America”: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

On Becoming the Best Teacher You Can Be: My Jamaican Experience: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Make An Impact Abroad: Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Global Awareness Week
April 1-7, 2018

TAO: Drum Heart
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Russian String Orchestra
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Christian Unity & MLK Service
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Milk (2008): Film Art Series
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
November 12-18, 2017

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Winona LaDuke: Distinguished Speaker Series
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Battle of Algiers (1967): Film Art Series
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

Elizabeth Gilbert: Distinguished Speaker Series
Wednsday, April 12, 2017

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; Sunday, April 2, 2017

“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

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

Human Trafficking
Monday, April 3

Presentation on human trafficking by the International Institute i

International Food Trucks
Monday, April 3, 2017

Study Abroad Presentation
Monday, April 3, 2017

Salsa Lessons
Monday, April 3, 2017

Fair Trade Sale
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gang Violence in Latin America and the USA Presentation
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Tree Planting
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tanzania: Who is My Neighbor? Presentation
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Haiti Disaster Relief for In His Hands Outreach
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Student Perspectives on Global Poverty
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interfaith-sponsored Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Why Wrap: Exploring Sacred Head Coverings
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Native Drumming
Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Haiti Disaster Relief for In His Hands Outreach
Friday, April 7, 2017

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

Russian Foreign Policy Discussion
Friday, April 7, 2017

Global Youth Service Day
Friday, April 7, 2017


Arts Midwest World Fest: Le Vent du Nord
Friday, February 24, 2017

Le Vent du Nord Quebec Folk Music Group Brown Bag
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Syrian Civil War and Refugee Crisis Brown Bag
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Safe-Zone Training
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Russian National Ballet Theatre “Chopiniana / Romeo and Juliet”
Sunday, January 8, 2017

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

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

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

Plowsharing Fair Trade Sale
Monday, April 4, 2016

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

Presentation by Rich Howard-Williams of Plowsharing.

Study Abroad Panel Discussion
Monday, April 4, 2016

ISIS and Middle East Politics
Monday, April 4, 2016

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

Global Perspective Domestic Violence Simulation
Monday, April 4, 2016

The Economics of Happiness Film and Discussion
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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

A Film, “Reel Bad Arabs” and Discussion
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Medical Missions to Haiti Presentation
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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

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

Parliament of World Religions, We’re Better as One
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Interfaith Seder Meal
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Connecting Our Community Discussion
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Head Scarf Wrapping
Thursday, April 7, 2016

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

Half the Sky (Part 2)
Thursday, April 7, 2016

A film about women’s issues.

Why Wrap Conversations
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Global Careers, Study Abroad and the Mosaic Project
Thursday, April 7, 2016

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

Muslims in France
Friday, April 8, 2016

Presentation by Dr. Capron.

Let’s Start Stories of Women’s Incarceration Panel Discussion
Friday, April 8, 2016

Global Youth Service Day
Friday, April 8, 2016


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

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

International Food Sampling
Monday, March 23, 2015

International Student Panel Discussion
Monday, March 23, 2015

Global Economic Freedom
Monday, March 23, 2015

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

Peace Museum
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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

A Domestic Violence Simulation
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Presentation by the Sociology Department.

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

Exploring Global Poverty
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jewish Seder Meal
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Why Cover
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A conversation led by Campus Ministries.

Global Health and Humanitarian Aid Discussion
Thursday, March 26, 2015, Part One and Part Two

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

McKendree “Share Your Story Spring Play
Thursday, March 26, 2015 & Friday, March 27, 2015

An original production by the Theatre Department, Hettenhausen Center.

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

Zumba on the Quad
Friday, March 27, 2015


 


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