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  • Spring 2017 Events

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Project
    January 17 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Emergency Food Pantry, Fargo)
    In the spirit of service and community to others, the Black Student Union and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be volunteering at the Emergency Food Pantry in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be volunteering on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. If you plan on volunteering with us, please let us know by emailing by January 13th. If you need a ride, please indicate this in your email. Rides will depart from the parking lot next to the MSUM Comstock Memorial Union (lot M-5) at 2:50 PM. For those unable to join us, food and supply donations are being collected for the Emergency Food Pantry. Please drop off any of the following items in CMU 120 between now and January 17th: canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit, rice, toilet paper, bar soap, non-perishable items, and basic hygiene items. 

    SMART Start Mentor Information Session
    January 18 from 5:00-6:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Join us to learn about the SMART Start program and mentor positions available for August 2017. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2017. 

    Lunar New Year Celebration
    January 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about how different cultures recognize the holiday. Food, crafts, music, info, and more! Collaborative event with China Club, Korea Club, and the Asian Multicultural Organization. 

    Power in Diversity Conference
    January 26-28 (St. Cloud, MN)
    The 2017 Power in Diversity Conference will be held at St. Cloud State University from January 26-28. MSUM students interested in having their costs covered to attend the conference can complete the following application form: Power in Diversity Conference Application

    Tri-College Drag Show
    February 3 at 9:00 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    So you think you can drag? Cheer on your favorite student and professional drag queens and kings! Emceed by Kelly Coxsyn. Sponsored by MSUM SPECTRUM, Dragon Entertainment Group, and the Rainbow Dragon Center. In collaboration with NDSU Pride Alliance and Concordia SAGA.

    Safe Zone Level One Training
    February 6 from 3:00-4:30 PM (CMU 203)
    Safe Zone Training for MSUM and M State faculty/staff. Registration required. Please complete the following Safe Zone Training Registration Form, or pick one up in CMU 120. 

    Diversity Dialogue: Black Lives Matter
    February 7 at 4:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Facilitated by MSUM professor Mugi. Sponsored by the Black Student Union and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Refreshments will be provided.

    "Feminist" Film Screening Legally Blonde
    February 20 at 5:30 PM (Women's Center - BR 154)
    A feminist critique of pop culture, privilege, and white feminism. Free snacks provided. Discussion facilitated by MSUM student Kari Barnick.

    Student Leader Luncheon with Nickolas Gaines
    February 23 from 1:30-2:45 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    MSUM student leaders are invited to join us for a free lunch with MSUM alum Nickolas Gaines. Join the Dragon Entertainment Group for his presentation at 7:30 PM in Weld Hall.

    Diversity Dialogue: MBLGTACC Conference Reflections
    March 17 and 4:00 PM & March 24 at 1:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Students who attended the 2017 Midwest BLGTA College Conference will share what they learned and reflect on their experiences.

    Listening Session: Experiences and Support for Black Students
    March 21 at 4:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Join us to share your experiences at MSUM and any recommendations you have for creating a more welcoming, inclusive campus environment for black students. Facilitated by Dr. Donna Brown.

    Dream Catcher 101 Workshop
    March 30 at 4:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Come join the American Indian Student Association in a course on how to create authentic dream catchers and learn their cultural significance. Free and open to all.

    Woodlands and High Plains Powwow
    April 1 (MSUM Nemzek Hall)  
    For more information, check out our event flyer: Woodland and High Plains Powwow

    Welcome Reception for Women's Center Coordinator
    April 4 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (Women's Center - Bridges 154)
    Students, faculty, and staff are invited to help us welcome our new Women's Center Coordinator, Dana Bisignani, to campus. Free food will be provided.

    Tri-College Rainbow Prom
    April 8 from 8:00 PM-Midnight (Pride Collective and Community Center, Fargo)
    One student per couple/group must present ID from NDSU, MSUM, Concordia, M State, NDSCS, or UND. Students who are not comfortable presenting their ID can email Kari Barnick at for an alternate admissions ticket. No glitter please.

    Korean Language Lessons
    April 10 from 1:30-2:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Join us to learn some basic words and phrases in Korean. The lesson will be led by MSUM student Erica (Jinsol) Lee. No prior Korean language experience required. Free snacks provided. Sponsored by the Asian Multicultural Organization.

    Bobby Chakraborty Presentation
    April 13 at 4:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Hear from guest speaker Bobby Chakraborty, actor and activist, about addiction and how to overcome battling addiction.

    Safe Zone Level Two Training
    April 19 from 2:00-4:00 PM (M State, Moorhead Campus)
    Safe Zone Training for MSUM and M State faculty/staff. Registration and previous completion of level one training required. 

    Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Screening: Moana
    April 19 at 7:00 PM (Langseth 104)
    Free screening of Disney's Moana with facilitated discussion following film.

    Tri-College Lavender Graduation
    April 20 from 7:30-9:30 PM (Jones A. Knutson Campus Center, Concordia College)
    Join us to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ and ally students graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2017. Sponsored by Concordia, MSUM, NDSU, and M State. Tri-College students who would like to receive lavender cords and be recognized at the ceremony need to complete this form.

    Fall 2016 Events 

    Fargo-Moorhead Pride in the Park
    August 20 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (Island Park)
    Stop by the MSUM table for some swag and info!

    Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade
    August 21 from 2:00-3:00 PM
    Dragon Train with MSUM students, staff, and faculty. 

    LGBT Social
    August 22 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM (Rainbow Dragon Center - BR 150)
    Collaborative event with SPECTRUM.

    Diversity Dialogue with Dr. Donna Brown
    August 31 from 3:00-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Learn about the new center, share feedback on future topics for diversity dialogues, and engage in meaningful conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

    Asia Project: Spoken Word
    September 6 from 7:30-9:00 PM (CMU Underground)
    An evening of spoken word poetry by the Asia Project. Visit for more information! Collaborative event with the Dragon Entertainment Group.

    Study Abroad Info Session
    September 12 from 1:00-2:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Interested in learning about study abroad opportunities, especially in Spanish speaking countries? Join us to learn more from Janet Haak, Director of Study Abroad, and hear about the experiences of a student who studied abroad in Spain.

    Take Back the Night
    September 15 from 5:30-9:00 PM (Campus Mall)
    The event will include free food, music, speakers, and opportunities to learn about a culture free from violence against women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color. Free and open to all.Collaborative event with Women’s and Gender Studies and the Campus Feminist Organization.

    Spanish Language Table
    September 20 & 27; October 11 & 18 from 12:00-1:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Join us to learn some words/phrases in Spanish or practice speaking what you already know. Collaborative event with the Spanish Program and Spanish Club. Prof. Kátia Sherman will be in attendance at all sessions.

    Diversity Dialogue
    Words Mean Things: Chicanx/Latinx Terminology in the 21st Century

    September 22 from 3:30-4:30 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Have you seen terms in the media or your textbooks and wondered why some people say Hispanic and others say Latino? Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, will discuss the socio-political history of the terms associated with Latina/o people. Tracing Hispanic to Latinx with stops on Chican@ and many more, we’ll focus on scholarly and activist debates on how Latinx folks are named and how we claim identities in this linguistic landscape.  

    Tri-College LGBT Bonfire Social
    September 22 from 6:00-9:00 PM (grassy area outside MSUM Center for Business)
    Join Tri-College students for s'mores and fun! Collaborative event with NDSU and Concordia. Sponsored by SPECTRUM.

    Game Night
    September 26 from 5:00-8:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Spend some time playing games with friends in the Intercultural Center! 

    Diverse Student Organization Social
    September 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Interested in meeting other students, joining a student organization, or learning about leadership opportunities? Stop by the social to grab a snack and get to know other students!

    Day of the Dead Celebration
    September 28 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Sample pan de muerto, learn about the holiday, and create some crafts!

    Dancing Dragons
    October 4 from 6:00-8:30 PM (CMU Ballroom)
    Join us to learn and practice several styles of dance (including sevillanas). 

    No DAPL Week
    October 10-14
    Sponsored by the American Indian Student Association, Sustainable Student Association, and Dragons Society of Social Work. 

    20 Percent Theatre Company Workshop
    October 10 from 3:00-5:00 PM (Weld Hall)
    A workshop for individuals (students only) interested in writing about and performing gender. Collaborative event with MSUM Title IX Coordinator and SPECTRUM.

    LGBT Social
    October 10 from 5:00-7:00 PM (Rainbow Dragon Center - BR 150)
    Collaborative event with SPECTRUM.

    20 Percent Theatre Company Performance
    October 10 from 7:00-9:00 PM (Weld Hall)
    The Naked I: Self Defined: A play open to all that explores queer and trans* experiences through monologues, short scenes, and spoken word poems featuring fresh voices and unique perspectives on what it means to identify as queer and/or transgender/non-conforming. Collaborative event with MSUM Title IX Coordinator and SPECTRUM.

    Lies My Teacher Told Me About Native Americans with Dr. James Loewen
    October 11 from 1:00-2:30 PM (King Hall 110)
    In school, we learned BS about Native Americans from BC (Before Columbus) down to now. Loewen will start with how and when Native people got here, discuss what we get wrong about Columbus and other explorers, and then strap on the "$24 dollar myth", about how the Dutch got Manhattan. He will conclude with the word "syncretism", the key to moving forward. 

     Coming Out Stories 
    October 11 from 6:00-7:00 PM (Weld Hall)
    Sponsored by SPECTRUM. Students only.

    Trans 101 with Faye Seidler
    October 12 from 6:00-7:00 PM (CMU 205)
    Collaborative event with SPECTRUM.

    SPECTRUM Tye Dye
    October 13 at 4:30 PM (Campus Mall)
    Sponsored by SPECTRUM.

    Service Trips Abroad - Information Session
    October 13 at 7:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Interested in learning about service trips abroad? Heather McFall from the God's Child Project will be visiting campus to share information about service trips abroad that include building homes for the poor, caring for malnourished infants, helping in classrooms, working with social workers or medical staff, and opportunities to stay with host families to help learn Spanish through immersion. She will also share ITEMP human trafficking information.

    Drag Show Bingo
    October 14 from 6:00-7:00 PM (CMU 205)
    Sponsored by SPECTRUM.

    1st Annual Great Plains Affirming Campus Conference 
    October 15 (NDSU)
    Tri-College collaborative initiative. Visit for more information.

    Safe Zone Level 1 Training
    October 26 from 2:00-4:00 PM (CMU 203) 
    Safe Zone training for MSUM and M State faculty/staff. Registration required. Please complete the following Safe Zone Training Registration Form, or pick one up in CMU 120. 

    Diversity Dialogue: New Americans
    October 27 from 3:00-4:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Facilitated by MSUM Professor C. Munene Mugi. 

    Opening Pipe Ceremony
    November 1 at 12:00 PM (Library Porch)
    Opening Pipe Ceremony will be held to kick off Native American Heritage Month at MSUM.

    Construction of Sweat Lodge
    November 1 at 2:00 PM (Next to Sustainability House, 9th Ave S & 11th St S)

    Sweat Lodge Ceremony
    November 1, November 3, and November 16 at 6:00 PM (Next to Sustainability House, 9th Ave S & 11th St S)
    Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate. Appropriate apparel for men is basketball style shorts. For women, a long cotton skirt and loose fitting t-shirt is appropriate. Come prepared with a towel and water bottle.

    Diversity Dialogue: Traditional Native American Practices
    November 2 at 3:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Facilitated by Laidman "JR" Fox.

    Native American Drum and Song
    November 2 at 6:00 PM (Location TBD)
    Listen and learn traditional songs.

    Diversity Dialogue: Black Lives Matter
    November 3 from 4:00-6:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Join us for a conversation on black lives matter and its connection to various movements in America's history. Yes, all lives matter, but... it seems to be as though America is saying black lives matter less than another socially constructed race. The movement is not just about police brutality against blacks, but about addressing injustices and inequities on many fronts.

    Diversity Dialogue: Dakota Language
    November 4 at 12:00 PM (King Hall 110)
    Vanessa Goodthunder will be talking about the importance of revitalizing Native American languages.

    Ojibwe Language Table with Roger Tibbetts
    November 7, 14, 28 at 12:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121, November 14 session held in American Indian Center - CMU 115)
    Join students, staff, faculty, and community members as we learn the Ojibwe language! This will be a fun and informal opportunity to learn and practice the Ojibwe language with Robert Tibbetts, White Earth Nation. All levels of comprehension are welcome and weekly participation is not required. 

    Election Discussion
    November 10 from 12:00-2:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    A discussion for students, administrators, faculty, and staff to discussion the election, implications for society and the university, and how we can work together to bring about solutions to areas of common concern. 

    Comparing and Contrasting Hollywood's 'Indians' in Film
    November 10 at 4:00 PM (Intercultural Center - CMU 121)
    Presented by Falcon Gott. 

    Minnesota Anishinaabeg Game Night
    November 30 at 5:00 PM (American Indian Center - CMU 115)
    Play a fun game while learning about Anishinaabe history, language, Minnesota reservations, and more.

    Fuzz Therapy
    December 7 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (Rainbow Dragon Center - BR 150)
    Stop by to spend time with our canine guests visiting us from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley. Snacks available from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Women's Center (BR 154). 

    Women's Center Study Day Social
    December 7 at 4:30 PM (Women's Center - BR 154)
    Join us for free food, fun, feminist friends and fellowship! Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, the Campus Feminist Organization, and the Women's Center. 

    Events held in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month: September 12, 20, 22, 27 and October 4, 11, 13, and 18.

    Events held in celebration of LGBT History Month and Coming Out Week: October 10-15 and October 26. 

    Events held in celebration of Native American Heritage Month: November 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 14, 28, and 30.

    Dates listed are tentative and subject to change. Dates, times, and locations will be updated once confirmed. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. 

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