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Diversity, Coffee and ConversationsEnjoy breakfast with us at Diversity, Coffee and Conversations held on first Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., September through May, in the Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center. The meetings are a time to learn about multicultural awareness months and special observances, receive updates from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, share information about plans for multicultural awareness events, and talk with the DEI staff. The meetings are open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, please contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.

Meetings and primary topics for the 2023-2024 academic year are scheduled as follows:

Sept. 5 — Hispanic Heritage Month

Yunuen Gomez-Ocampo
Dr. Yunuen Gómez-Ocampo

Join us to kick off the academic year with a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held annually Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Dr. Yunuen Gómez-Ocampo will give a presentation on this month’s national theme of prosperity, power and progress in America, recognizing the significant strides of Hispanics in the economic, political, and social growth of the United States. Dr. Gómez-Ocampo is an instructor of Spanish at UA and received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on 20th century and 21st century Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies, cultural studies, migration studies and gender theory.

Breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, Mexican chorizo, breakfast potatoes, flour tortillas, fruit, and beverages. More information: diversity@ua.edu or 205-348-2053.

Oct. 3 — LGBTQIA+ History Month

Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton
Dr. Stephanie A. Shelton

In celebration of LGBTQIA+ History Month, Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton, associate professor of Qualitative Research in the College of Education, will talk about the impact of the month on higher education and share her personal story, research and books. She also will share ways to support the month and become an LGBTQIA+ ally. Join the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for this conversation and enjoy biscuits, eggs, sausage and beverages.

Nov. 7 — Native American Heritage Month

Dr. Ted C. Nelson
Dr. Ted C. Nelson
Michael Billie
Michael Billie

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Ted C. Nelson, director of Moundville Archaeological Park, will share information about the History of Native American Heritage Month, the role of Moundville Archaeological Park, and the Native American Heritage month exhibit Sports and Games.

Dr. Nelson graduated from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a PhD in Anthropology. He has been involved with research at Moundville since 2012. His most recent project was excavations along the riverbank prior to a project by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to stop erosion of the park caused by climate change and industrial river traffic. Prior to becoming director, he worked for the Office of Archaeological Research, which is also part of UA Museums and is housed in Moundville Archaeological Park.

Crimson ornament on treeDec. 5 — Winter Holidays

The December meeting will highlight various holidays, customs and traditions in celebration of the 2023 holiday season. This program will have several speakers focusing on holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. Participants will learn background information concerning the holiday, participate in activities, be exposed to demonstrations and additional ways to celebrate. Breakfast will be provided.

January — no meeting

Feb. 6 — Black History Month

March 5 — Women’s History Month

April 2 — Holocaust Remembrance

May 2 — Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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