Becky Evans has joined the Memorial Union staff this fall.  Her duties with the organization are two fold.  She will provide leadership to the Memorial Union Organization in the development of a comprehensive diversity plan (required by Student Incidental Fee Committee – SIFC) and programs focused on the development of MU professional and student staff. The Program Adviser will also be responsible for engaging with the diversity and cultural programming of ISOSU, MUPC, and student organizations. Becky recently provided the list below of fall events to the staff of the Memorial Union.

As you may already know, part of my responsibilities involve supporting all of us in the MU as we build on our sense of community with one another into an increasingly inclusive organization. I am honored and humbled to be here and hope that you will use me as a resource. I am always open to feedback, questions, concerns, or dialogue.

There are a few things I want to pass along as a follow-up from this morning:

OSU’s new Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, or CL@SE, will celebrate its arrival with a week of events Oct. 8-11. CL@SE is designed to meet the research and outreach needs relating to Oregon’s Latino population, which accounted for nearly half of the state’s growth over the last decade.

See the full list of events for the inaugural week (CL@SE Inaugural Poster), but I’ll highlight a couple areas of potential interest:

  • Keynote Address: “Th­e Global Implications of Latino Population Growth and the Search for Common Ground” by Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • A panel presentation on the history of Latinos in Oregon, where we are, and what is ahead.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Queer History Month poster yet, (Queer History Month poster 2012). The keynote speaker, LT. Dan Choi, will be this Wednesday, which should be great. He will be presenting on his experiences with the repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and his diverse identities as a Korean American, a gay man, a veteran of military service, and his raising in a Christian home.

Finally, save the date for a professional development opportunity for any interested MU staff, including students. Roni Sue from the Office of Equity and Inclusion will be facilitating a session related to “Cognitive Bias,” and there are two chances to participate:

  • Monday, October 22 from 1:30-3pm
  • Monday, November 19 from 3:30-5pm

Be on the lookout for more information and for details on how to sign up.

All my best, Becky

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