August 2022


Around the World UA Day

Registration deadline: Aug. 12
Event: Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 11 a.m. -1 p.m. | B.B. Comer Hall

The Capstone International Center will host its annual Around the World UA Day Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 11 am. until 1 p.m. in front of BB Comer Hall on the promenade. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 12, to reserve a table for your organization and join the fun. This is a great opportunity to recruit new members, promote upcoming events and showcase your group’s skills.

The goal of Around the World UA Day is to inform the campus community of all the international and multicultural organizations and resources available to them.

The Capstone International Center is the hub of international activity on the UA campus- supporting students, faculty, and staff through Education Abroad, an English Language Institute, the Global and Cultural Perspectives Minor, International Student & Scholar Services, and Partnerships and Scholarships.


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Empowering Educators Conference

Saturday, Aug. 13 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Autherine Lucy Hall

The College of Education is hosting an Empowering Educators Conference for current teachers and students interested in teacher education. The aim of this conference is to provide teachers and future educators with information and a platform to discuss strategies on how to improve the educational outcomes for communities that have been traditionally underserved. Keynote speaker for the event will be Reggie White, Alabama Teacher of the Year 2022. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.


rainbow among the treetops with QR code in lower right and info about eventAlly Training

Monday, Aug. 15 | 9-11 a.m. | Virtual
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)

The UA Safe Zone Ally Training Program provides a visible network of allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and asexual individuals. The session allows participants to develop a working knowledge of appropriate and respectful LGBTQIA+ terminology, recognize the impact that campus climate has on individuals that identify as LGBTQIA+, and identify areas of personal growth as a member of the UA community. Following the training, participants are invited to sign up to serve as UA Safe Zone allies. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu.


campus photos and description of eventIntercultural Diversity Center Open House

Wednesday, Aug. 17 | noon-2 p.m. | 2100 Student Center
(Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment) 

The Intercultural Diversity Center welcomes students, faculty and staff back to campus with an open house. Join the IDC for refreshments and giveaways and learn about upcoming programs, initiatives, volunteer opportunities and more. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at 205-348-9029 or ua_idc@ua.edu 


drawing of a house with a rainbow over it Safe Zone Open House

Monday, Aug. 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 2418 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment)

The Safe Zone will host an open house for UA students, faculty and staff to build community, learn about resources available at the center and events planned for the academic year. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu.


2022 Blackburn Institute Annual Symposium

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27 | Student Center

This year’s Blackburn Institute Annual Symposium will feature two keynote presentations that are free and open to the entire UA community without registration. On Friday, Aug. 26, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, physician, engineer, former NASA astronaut, and leader of 100 Year Starship non-profit for space exploration, will speak from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. On Saturday, Aug. 27, from the 2022 World Games Birmingham Nick Sellers, CEO, and Jonathan Porter, chairman of the board, will speak from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Student Center Theater.

The theme of the Blackburn Institute’s 2022 Annual Symposium, “Innovative Leadership: Beyond the Familiar Path,” will highlight efforts to improve communities and influence systems through advances in STEM, entrepreneurship, and other civic enterprises. Attendees will hear from speakers and panelists working to affect positive change throughout the state of Alabama and beyond.

Registration is required.


Multi-Cultural Coffee Hour

Friday, Aug. 26 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)

International Student and Scholar Services and the Intercultural Diversity Center will host weekly coffee hours for students, faculty and staff to enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks and conversation with others from around the world. For more information, contact Sonya Harwood-Johnson in International Student and Scholar Services at sonya.harwood@ua.edu.


Recent Acquisitions from the Paul R. Jones Collection

Aug. 5-Sept. 23 | Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Paul R. Jones Museum, 2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa

The opening show of the fall exhibition season will feature paintings, prints and mixed media works that have been acquired since 2015, including works by Beverly Buchanan, Ukuu Tafari (Antjuan Oden), Clementine Hunter, Radcliffe Bailey, and curated by Emily Bibb. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Image: Radcliffe Bailey, “Between Two Worlds,” 2003, mixed media, Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, purchase with museum funds in honor of Lin and Robert Olin, PJ2019.0002 ©Radcliffe Bailey. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


graphics of various game pieces including dice, chess, cards and video game controllerSafe Zone Game Night

Monday, Aug. 29 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Safe Zone Student Lounge
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment)

As part of Weeks of Welcome, Safe Zone will host a game night for students to learn more about the center and build a sense of community with fellow students. A selection of board and video games will be available for students to play and catering will be provided. Registration is requiredFor more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at 205-348-7297 or safezone@ua.edu. 


stack of colored pencils pointing right toward information about the eventStudy Abroad Pop-Up Advising

Tuesday, Aug. 30 | 1-3 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center and 2-3 p.m., Safe Zone Resource Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)

Capstone International Center will host weekly information sessions on studying abroad to provide advising on the overall process and timeline for studying abroad, dispelling myths about Education Abroad, and program searching. For more information, contact the Study Abroad office at studyabroad@ua.edu.


closeup of tray of arranged fruit with event information overlaidLunch and Learn: Intersex Identities

Wednesday, Aug. 31 | noon-1 p.m. | 2408 Student Center

The Safe Zone Resource Center will host a lecture and discussion about intersex identities, best practices for inclusion, and challenges that intersex people face. A catered lunch will be provided. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


Pop-Up Shop: I am not my Hair

Wednesday, Aug. 31 | noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)

The Intercultural Diversity Center brings the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Resource Guide to life by bringing local partners to campus. The first installment in the series is “I am not my Hair,” which will feature local diverse and multicultural businesses and organizations. The session will focus on the cultural implications of hair and highlight The Crown Act. Tuscaloosa’s Salon R will provide onsite consultations for different services including hair, nails, makeup and information about the cosmetology profession. This program is derived from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Resource Guide. Pop-up shops give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn about resources and services available locally. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.