Diversity Topic Thursdays

Diversity Topic Thursday

The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts multiple “Diversity Topic Thursday” events each semester. Diversity Topic Thursday is a discussion, reflecting on varied diversity issues to yield open dialogue, provide information and promote multicultural competence.

All Diversity Topic Thursday events will be held in Gallagher MPR from 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Scheduled Topics

Sep. 21 , 2017: Influence of Latin Music in America

Presenter: Sarah Haykel-Salsa for the Soul

Learn about the fiery music of the Latin Caribbean, where it came from and how it influenced popular music we listen to today, including Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock -n- Roll, Funk and Soul.  

Sep. 28, 2017: "Shall we Dance?"

Presenter: Sarah Haykel-Salsa for the Soul

Explore the history, culture of Latin partner dancing and how these dances from the Latin Caribbean can improve your life on and off the dance floor.

Oct. 5 , 2017: Screening of "Toxic Bust"-Film & Discussion

Oct. 12, 2017: Q& A with Yaa Gyasi

Co-sponsored event

Acclaimed author Yaa Gyasi will be the featured presenter for the first-ever installment of the Peggy and John Day University Honors Lecture Series at Niagara University. Gyasi, whose debut novel, Homegoing, won numerous high-profile awards, will offer a discussion on identity and African diaspora at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum. Please feel free to stop by the MPR and ask Ms. Gyasi about her book and writing process.

Oct. 19, 2017: Cancer in my Community (Event will begin @ 2:30pm)

Presentation & Discussion of Cancer Disparities in Minority Communities

Presenters: Nikia Clark - Roswell Park Cancer Institute & Cassandra Jackson- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Cancer Outreach

Oct. 26, 2017: Mental Health & Minorities

Presentation & Discussion of Mental Health in Minority Communites

Presenter: Karen Otis-LMHC

Nov. 2, 2017: Screening of "Homeland" - Film & Discussion

Nov. 9, 2017:  Native American Cultural Concepts & Teachings

Presenter: Michael Martin- Executive Director , Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc.

Nov. 16 & 30, 2017: "We Shall Remain: America through Native Eyes"-Film & Discussion

Dec. 7, 2017: Cultural Traditions
End of the semester discussion to reflect on Diversity Topic Thursday’s events as well as offer the opportunity for student suggest futures topics they would like to discuss.