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You're Invited! Public History Program's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 5:00 PM
Tomorrow, October 20th, the Department of History is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of our Public History Program and you're invited!

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Cardinal Hall B, Student Center.

Please feel free to join us for any part of the day, as your schedule permits. There is no advance registration, and the event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Public History Concentration in the History Major prepares you to interact with the community, both in person and online, in a variety of settings—from museums and national parks to the archives of a major corporation. The 30th Anniversary Celebration is a great opportunity to learn how this major could open career opportunities!
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Diversity This Week

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 8:30 AM
Diversity this Week
A message from the Associate Provost for Diversity
Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

View the complete Diversity This Week Here

This week in Diversity Now
Screening the documentary Dark Girls
October 18 at 7:30pm in AJ 175
Organized by the Ball State English Department and the Alliance of Black and Latinx Teachers (ABLT). This documentary highlights the consequences of equating beauty with whiteness, as well as the ways in which this fallacy imperils the self-esteem of dark-skinned girls and women around the world.

Expand your horizons…
  • October 19 Diwali- The Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the power of light.
  • October 20: The Birthof the Bab, a holiday celebrated by the Baha’i recognizing the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. This celebration starts on October 19 and ends October 20.
  • October 22 marks the beginning of Dussehra (Dasera), a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.
Find more dates on the OID Diversity Calendar here

& looking back. This week in Diversity in 1968

On October 17, 1968, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.Along with Harry Edwards, one of their professors at San Diego State University, Smith and Carlos had organized a group called the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) that tried to encourage African-American athletes to boycott the Games.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Embracing Rejection: De-Stigmatizing Submissions and Purifying Your Writing Process

How your opinions about rejection can infiltrate and sabotage How to dial down the internal editor
Can't view the resource? Be sure to register. Ball State University faculty and graduate students can register at

Contact OID Phone 765-285-5316 Carmichael Hall, Room 104
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You are invited to attend three Learning & Development sessions by Rhonda Gipson-Willis on Tuesday, October 24, in Bracken Library

Contributed by: Jerry Winans
Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 9:00 AM
You are invited to attend three Learning & Development sessions by Rhonda Gipson-Willis on Tuesday, October 24, in Bracken Library:

We will soon have five generations working, side by side, in the workforce at one time. Each generation brings its own unique set of experiences, beliefs, and norms. By understanding each, we can position ourselves to bring out the best in our teams and decrease frustration in the workplace.
Learning Objectives:
LO1: Learn the different beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of each generation;
LO2: Discuss how to close the gap between generations;
LO3: Explore benefits of having a team with multiple generations;
LO4: Gain insight into how to attract, sustain, and motivate the younger generations

Date/Time: Tue, Oct 24, 9 - 10:30 AM Register Now!
Location: Bracken Library, Schwartz Digital Viewing Room
Presenter: Rhonda Gipson-Willis

We communicate with our tone, our bodies, and our words. But a lot of our intended message can get lost in translation if we are not intentional about how we do so. This session will address how to effectively communicate in written form so that your message is as clear as possible and achieves your goal.

Learning Objectives:
LO1: Communicate effectively through writing;
LO2: How to craft your message so that it's read;
LO3: Factors to consider prior to crafting your message.

Date/Time: Tue, Oct 24, 1 - 2:30 PM Register Now!
Location: Bracken Library, Schwartz Digital Viewing Room
Presenter: Rhonda Gipson-Willis

Ever leave a conversation not sure if you were heard? Or said something that was not interpreted the way you intended? No matter who you are or where you work, having effective communication skills is imperative to your success. This training will explore ways to not only communicate your message, but assure that you are also listening actively.

Learning Objectives:
LO1: Explore how your body communicates your attentiveness to the conversation;
LO2: Discuss the importance of speaking clearly and concisely;
LO3: Enhance active listening skills;
LO4: Improve your overall communication skills.

Date/Time: Tue, Oct 24, 3 - 4:30 PM Register Now!
Location: Bracken Library, Schwartz Digital Viewing Room
Presenter: Rhonda Gipson-Willis

About the Presenter: Rhonda Gipson Willis, MSW, LCSW is a Co-Founder and CEO of Skylight Leadership, a leadership development, coaching and training firm. Rhonda has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from Jackson State University and a Master's in Social Work from Indiana University. Rhonda is a Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team and has taught as an Adjunct Instructor at a Ivy Tech Community College. She is a 2010 Michiana Diversity Leadership Initiative graduate currently serves on the Board of Directors of Woman Business Owners of Michiana and previously served on the Board of Indiana Association on Adoption and Child Care Services. Rhonda is also a co-founder of Avalon Counseling and Consultation. She and her husband, Andre, are the proud parents of 4 beautiful daughters.
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Become an International Friendship Family!

Contributed by: Hope Covington
Published: Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:45 AM

Get involved with Ball State's international community and become a Friendship Family for Fall 2017!

Do you want to experience new cultures? Support international students as they adapt to life in Muncie? Expand the horizons of your world without leaving home?

If so, the Friendship Family program is for you! The Rinker Center for International Programs is currently recruiting community members to volunteer as friendship families for international students for the Fall 2017 semester!

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Call For Papers- World Conference on Transformative Education

Contributed by: Cresta Hancock
Published: Monday, 11 September 2017 1:00 PM
The Global Institute for Transformative Education and The School Project Foundation- in conjunction with the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology- are organizing a World Conference on Transformative Education in Kakamega, Kenya, on July 26 - 28, 2018 under the theme: "Rethinking, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research in Africa."

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Black Women Writers Needed for Research!

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Saturday, 26 August 2017 10:00 PM

Ball State University IRB Approval #: 1088011-1

Have you ever experienced subtle slights that are offensive or insensitive towards you as a Black woman? I am interested in interviewing Black women who use writing as a coping strategy when dealing with microaggressive experiences. Research has linked racial microaggressions to negative psychological and physical health (Lewis & Neville, 2015; Nadal et al., 2015; Wong et al., 2013). My goal for this study is to identify ways to decrease the detrimental effects gendered racial microaggressions on Black women. If you are a Black woman, a writer, are 18 years or older, and you are willing to share your experiences with me during a one-on-one interview (approximately 1.5-2 hours), please contact Alexcia M. Kilgore at

Warm regards,

Alexcia M. Kilgore

Cognitive & Social Processes Master's Candidate

President of Black Graduate Student Association

Ball State University | 2018

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