Events and Programs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers educational programs for students, faculty and staff such as guest speakers, diversity trainings, documentary screenings, theatrical and musical performances, and discussions on various cultural topics, just to name a few.

Below is a list of upcoming OMA events and programs as well as examples of our past activities. 

If you have a question about an upcoming event please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne (hclayborne@bellarmine.edu) or Mr. Ryan Simpson (rsimpson@bellarmine.edu).

Spring 2014 Programs

Dialogue on Diversity Series: (Staff and Faculty) Topic: Overview of Diversity at Bellarmine

Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, January 15
Presenters: Dr. Hannah Clayborne and Mr. Ryan Simpson from the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Time: Noon – 1 .p.m
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration

Dr. Ricky L. Jones, Chair of the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies, will be the featured speaker at the National Council of Negro Women’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast Celebration. The theme of the celebration is “Service is our legacy”. The money raised at the breakfast helps the local chapter of the NCNW provide educational and informational opportunities for young girls ages 13-18.

OMA has a few tickets to this event, so please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne to reserve a ticket.

Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Uof L Shelby Campus, Founders Union Ballroom

MLK National Day of Service

MLK National Day of Service is an initiative that encourages individuals to honor the life and contributions of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in their respective communities. Click here for additional information about the National Day of Service.

On Monday, January 20, Bellarmine students, staff and faculty can volunteer at Highland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Nativity Academy.

Contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne to sign up for this program.

Date: Monday, January 20
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Highland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Nativity Academy

MLK March

Campus Ministry will join in the celebration of the MLK holiday with a walk to the Chapel on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. We will gather near the Campus Ministry Office and walk to the Chapel where we will hear an imagined conversation between Dr. King and Thomas Merton- based upon quotations from their writings.

For additional information, contact Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan.

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Campus Ministry

Envision Equity Speaker

Dr. John Marshall, Assistant Superintendent, JCPS will speak on the topic of Envision Equity, the JCPS Scorecard. The goal of the scorecard is to raise the collective level of awareness about equity and access within JCPS and, more importantly, provide the evidence necessary to support institutional changes in culture, practice, and policy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Education Club. Dinner will be provided but space is limited to 25 people. To reserve a space or for additional information contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

A copy of report can be found here.

Date: Thursday, January 23
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace Room

OPT and H1-B Information Session (Degree-seeking International Students ONLY)

Join OMA and attorney Ted Farrell with the Russell Immigration Law Firm for an information session on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H1-B visas. Ted is a former international student advisor who is very familiar with student visa regulations and he has helped numerous people with their OPT applications and H1-B visa applications.

OPT is temporary employment authorization that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Under OPT F-1 students can be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of practical training either before (pre-) and/or after (post-) completion of studies. The H1-B visa category applies to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit or which a U.S citizen is not available for this job. Several Bellarmine international students have received these multi-year work visas.

This program is only for degree-seeking international students considering these options. Contact Ryan Simpson to sign up for this program.

Date: Tuesday, January 28
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Fireplace Room in Horrigan Hall

Lunar New Year of the Horse Celebration

Come join BAC, the Chinese Club, OMA, the Global Languages and Cultures Department and many more in celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Horse!

Date: Friday, January 31
Times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: University Dinning Hall

Black History Month Festival of Music Awards Luncheon

The Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble and the Black Student Union, in conjunction with the Black Classical Artists of Louisville (BCAL) and the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians (KANM), present the 2013 Black History Month Awards Luncheon, the first event in the Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble’s Black History Month Festival of Music.

For additional information contact Dr. Alexander T. Simpson, Jr.

Date: Saturday, February 1
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Amy Cralle Theatre, Wilson W. Wyatt Center for the Performing Arts

Dialogue on Diversity Series: (Staff and Faculty) Topic: LGBTQ Support

Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, February 5
Presenters: Mr. Brian Buford of the University of Louisville’s LGBTQ Services
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Black History Month Mass

This Black History Month mass will celebrate music and prayers from African-American Catholic traditions.

For more information contact Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan.

Date: Sunday, February 9
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of the Woods Chapel

Faculty Jazz Band Performance

Come enjoy the smooth sounds of Bellarmine’s Faculty Jazz Band as they perform their favorites pieces!

For more information contact Ryan Simpson.

Date: Tuesday, February 11
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Couches area of Horrigan Hall

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone is a program implemented at various colleges and universities across the country. It is designed to educate the community about personal, sociological and political issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning people. Through education and advocacy, Safe Zone strives to foster a safe, affirming, and socially just environment for the LGBT community.

People who have completed the Safe Zone Training program and have committed to serving as an ally receive a Safe Zone sticker that can be placed on doors, walls, etc. This then identifies the ally to LGBTQ individuals or other allies.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ryan Simpson. (Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center)

Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

4th Annual ‘Traditional Negro Spiritual’ Voice Competition – Collegiate and High School Levels

This unique and exciting component of the Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble’s Black History Month Festival of Music is sponsored by the Bellarmine University Music Department, the Bellarmine Black Student Union, the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians (KANM) and the Black Classical Artists of Louisville (BCAL). This state-wide vocal competition features both Collegiate and High School Divisions and requires all contestants to offer a ‘Traditional Negro Spiritual’ or a classical composition by an African-American composer.

Contact Dr. Alexander T. Simpson, Jr. for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: Saturday, February 15
Time: noon-3 p.m.

Location: Amy Cralle Theatre, Wilson W. Wyatt Center for the Performing Arts

Community Conversation: What Stands Between Us

People often avoid talking about race as they don’t know where to begin the discussion. In this group conversation OMA will help start discussions on racial divisions through using anonymous questions on race and diversity collected by Lee Mun Wah of Stirfry Seminars. The discussion questions will be chosen by participants and the questions are either asked by Euro-Americans for People of Color or asked by People of Color for Euro-Americans. Through this program participants will have discussions they may have longed for, but have been afraid to start on their own.

Light refreshments will be served. Contact Ryan Simpson for more information.

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

Activist Myra Dahgaypaw to speak about Karen refugees from Eastern Burma

Myra Dahgaypaw is a Karen human rights activist from the Karen State, Eastern Burma. A refugee for 17 years before fleeing to the U.S., she works for the U.S. Campaign for Burma in Washington D.C. as an advocate for the rights of those displaced from Burma. In her talk, Myra Dahgaypaw and two members of Louisville's Karen refugee population will speak of the plights facing refugees displaced from Burma and of the challenges in their resettling.

This event is sponsored by The Brown Leadership Community in cooperation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Date: Friday, February 21
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

Black History Month Concert

This concert, a component of the Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble’s Black History Month Festival of Music, is jointly sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Bellarmine Black Student Union and the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians (KANM).

Contact Dr. Alexander T. Simpson, Jr. for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Sunday, February 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Amy Cralle Theatre, Wilson W. Wyatt Center for the Performing Arts

Eighth Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture with Dr. Dorothy Cotton

From 1960 to 1968, Dr. Dorothy Cotton was the Education Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In that capacity, she worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, directing the Citizenship Education Program (CEP). As the Education Director she was considered one of the highest ranking women with the SCLC. She accompanied Dr. King when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in Norway.

On April 4, 1968 she was at the Lorraine Motel in room 307 next door to Dr. Kings’ room, the day of his assassination.

After Dr. King's death, she served as the Vice President for Field Operations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a leader and senior trainer for the Center in areas nonviolence and empowerment for leadership. Under the Carter Administration, she served as the Southeastern Regional Director of ACTION, the Federal Government’s agency for volunteer programs from 1978 to 1981.

Dr. Cotton has traveled extensively throughout the world, including visits to the former Soviet Union, The People’s Republic of China, Switzerland, Africa, Vietnam, and Europe while participating in international workshops and discussions on a broad range of current social and humanitarian issues.

Dr. Cotton describes her work with the Citizen Education Program in her book “If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement.”

This event is sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center and cosponsored by OMA. Contact Dr. Paul Pearson for more information.

Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Frazier Hall

Dialogue on Diversity Series: (Staff and Faculty) Topic: Race and Gender

Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, March 12
Presenters: Dr. Matisa Wilbon, Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of the Brown Scholars Program
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Community Conversation: Gender Divisions

At this community conversation, participants will explore topics that divide genders and which often don’t get discussed. Through this program participants will have discussions they’ve longed for, but have been afraid to start on their own.

Light refreshments will be served. Contact Ryan Simpson for more information.

Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

Women in Leadership Conference

The Women in Leadership Conference is a yearly networking event for undergraduate women at Bellarmine. Each March, female students are selected to participate in the conference, which fosters personal and professional growth with each young woman in attendance through 5 major themes: Mentoring, Professional Development, Inspiration, Leadership Development, and Exchange of Ideas.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Olivia Feldkamp.

Date: Friday, March 21
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

OMA Service Trip to Nashville

Please join the office of Multicultural Affairs as we travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, March 21st! Only 10 slots available.

Contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne to reserve a space and for more information.

Date: Friday, March 21, returning Sunday, March 23
Time: TBD
Location: Depart from the Horrigan Foyer

The Vagina Monologues at Bellarmine

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. Each year this dynamic play is performed at Bellarmine to raise awareness and to raise funds to end violence against women. This year the funds raised will go to the Center for Women and Families.

This performance is independently sponsored by the performers themselves. For more information contact the director, Regina Vargo.

Dates and Times: Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

Dialogue on Diversity Series: (Staff and Faculty) Topic: Social Class

Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, April 2
Presenters: Dr. Helen Grace Ryan, Dean of Students
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

OMA and numerous other co-sponsors are taking interested students, faculty and staff to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH on April 12th The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, a museum of ideas, a site of conscience, a museum of American history, a museum of African American history, an educational resource and a center for dialogue (website). This trip will include both a group tour and individual time to explore the center. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Each participant will need to pay their entrance to the center ($9/person) and your space must be reserved on the bus by Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by 5pm in order to attend. For more information and to reserve a space, contact Ryan Simpson.

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: The Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH

Peace Education and NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop

This training is part of an award winning international training process designed by the National Coalition Building Institute (ncbi.org). It is designed to build on what people have in common while also honoring their positive cultural differences. This workshop is being offered to administrators, counselors and other professionals. Workshop to be held at 318 W. Kentucky Street from 9:00am - 4:00pm (registration begins at 8:30am).

OMA will pay the registration fee for six members of the Bellarmine community. For additional information, contact Ryan Simpson.

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 318 W. Kentucky Street

OMA Appreciation Day!

The title says it all. This event will include giveaways, refreshments, treats and possibly music. For more information please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Quad or Horrigan Foyer if it’s raining or cold outside.

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