Events Slated for Fall 2012

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CATalyst Open House
Hispanic Heritage Month
Ally Weekend
CATalyst Multicultural Week
Cross Cultural Workshop


What is We Are UK?

We Are UK is an exciting diversity event held during K Week, the
welcome week for new students in August. A dedicated team of students and staff are working hard to put together a festival to celebrate the unique cultures found within the UK community. This festival will include a variety of free food, live performances, and diverse student organizations. One focus is to build community among participants and the University of Kentucky family. This event will convey to students the importance the University places on diversity and will serve as an introduction to other events held during the school year, such as International Talent Night and the Cultural Diversity Festival.

When is We Are UK?

We Are UK will take place on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, the day before fall semester classes begin at UK. The event will run from approximately 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will follow the K Team Common Reading Experience Discussion Groups that all new students are required to attend.

Who will attend We Are UK?

The primary audience will be new students. However, returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators are also strongly encouraged to attend. Last year thousands of campus community members were in attendance.

What activities will take place during We Are UK?

The activities will represent the diverse backgrounds and interests of the UK community and therefore will include a variety of FREE foods, activities, and performances. Plans include highlighting three types of food—Kentucky favorites, regional food, and international cuisine. Performances will include dance, music, and much more.

Where can I learn more about We Are UK?

To learn more about We Are UK, contact Alexa Ackermann in the Office
of New Student and Parent Programs at or 859-257-

CATalyst Open House & Scavenger Hunt

When: August 23rd, 4pm.

Where: Room 203 Bookstore Building

What: The scavenger hunt will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and all participants should meet outside of room 203 (student center) to hear the rules of the game. This hunt will help new students find their way around important spots in the entire student center. Students are able to form teams of no more than 4 people, they will then be required to answers riddles/ questions to elevate to the next location. The winning participants will receive prizes from the CATalyst coalition. All participants and students are then welcomed to come down in the CSI at 5 p.m. and attend the CATalsyt open house event with food, free stuff and an opportunity to learn about the UK CATalyst coalition, an organization promoting diversity initiatives and change on campus.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

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Wednesday, September 19th, 3pm

Title: Talk on Maya Languages
Sponsored by: UK Linguistics Program
Date: September  19th 
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Niles Gallery, Fine Arts Library
Description: Professor Danny Law from Vanderbilt University will deliver the conference “Contact-Induced Drift: Ergative Splits and Parallel Development in Lowland Maya Languages.”
Contact: Andrew Hippisley, Linguistics Program Director,

Thursday, September 20th, 7pm

Title:  Music from Latin America
Sponsored By: The Latin American Studies Program , Diversity Education & Community Building, Fine Arts, UK School of Music, and the Foundation for Latin American Culture and Arts (FLACA)
Date: September  20th
Time: 7:00 PM  
Description:  Puerto Rican guitar virtuoso Eladio Scharron is joined on stage with flutist Carrie Weisinger to present a concert for flute and guitar of some of the most passionate music from across Latin America. From the tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's 'histoire du tango" to the enchanting "Chronicles of the Discovery" by Roberto Sierra's, Shcarron and Weisinger have prepared a program that mixes rhythms from the Caribbean, the Andes, the Cono sur, and more.
Location: Niles Gallery
Contact: Dieter Hennings Assistant Professor of Guitar at

Thursday, September 27th, 5pm

Title: Latino/ Hispanic Student & Faculty Mixer
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Sponsored by: H/LHM Core Planning Team
Date: September 27th
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cultural Center (MLKCC) 133 Student Center
Description: This will be an opportunity for Latino and Hispanic students, faculty, and staff to come together to build relationships, and network with each other.
Contact: Kairise Conwell, Assistant Director- CARES

Friday, September 28th, 6pm

Title:  Sin País (Without Country) “Documentary & Dialogue”
Sponsored By: Center for Family & Community Services (CFCS)
Date: September 28th    
Time: 6:00 PM
Description: Sin País (Without Country) attempts to get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media’s ‘talking point’ approach to immigration issues by exploring one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation. Sin País begins two weeks before Sam and Elida’s scheduled deportation date. After a passionate fight to keep the family together, Sam and Elida are deported and take Dulce with them back to Guatemala. With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality of a separated family–parents without their children, and children without their parents.
Location: Consolidated Baptist Church
Contact: Rebecca Comage, Assistant Director, Student Involvement,
*We will be providing transportation to the first 20 students that are interested in attending this event! Please rsvp with Rebecca Comage directly.

Thursday, October 4th, 6pm

Title: Hispanic & Latino Heritage Campus Celebration!
Sponsored By: H/LHM Core Planning Team & the Latin American Studies Program
Date: Oct. 4th
Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Location: Student Center Small Ballroom
Description:  Opportunity for the campus community to come together to learn and celebrate Hispanic and Latino cultures. Student organizations will be present to give out information, there will be authentic food to represent various Latin cultures, door prizes, and all are welcome!
Contact: Tori Amason, Program Director, Leadership Education,

Friday,October 12th, 2pm

Title: The Politics of Latin American Migration
Sponsored by: The Latin American Studies Program
Date: Oct. 12th
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Student Center 230
Description: Professor David Cook-Martin from Grinnell College, author of The Scramble for Citizens (Stanford University Press) will talk about “From Eugenics to Anti-Racism: How International Organizations and Geopolitics Reshaped Immigration Policies in the Americas”.

Professor Christian Zlolniski from University of Texas, author of Janitors, Street Vendors and Activists: The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in the Silicon Valley (University of California Press) will talk about “Confronting the Risks of Undocumented Migration in the US-Mexico Border and Beyond.”
Contact: Carmen Martínez Novo, Director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program

Download the Application Here (.DOC)
Due September 21st!

When: October 5th through 7th, 2012(Friday - Sunday)

Where: Cedarmore Retreat Center (Bagdad, KY) Transportation from campus provided.

What: The Ally Development Weekend Workshop is a weekend-long opportunity cultivated by Diversity Education and Community Building for students to learn about oppression and privilege as broad social constructs, as well as develop their social justice leadership and competencies.  Attention will be given to more specific forms of oppression.  Activities will be used to illustrate the stratification that exists in contemporary society on the basis of sex, geographic location, race/ethnicity, and ability through the paradigm of class.  These Twenty to thirty students will be selected to attend based on experience and developmental level in ally work. We will also be asking for faculty and staff to serve as allies and facilitators for the 2 day training.

Students will:

  1. Learn about specific forms of oppression affecting specific groups of marginalized groups.
  2. Understand oppression as a societal construct that affects all members of society.
  3. Experience discussing both areas in which students are privileged, as well as areas in which individuals are oppressed.
  4. Assess own developmental level with regards to ally development.
  5. Develop a plan of action to further own ally development.
  6. Understand the levels in which ally work can occur (individual, family, community, societally).

CATalyst Multicultural Week

When: October 8th through 12th (Monday - Friday)

What: This week is brought to you by the CATalyst coalition, who will host a number of events promoting diversity education.


When: 4pm - 6pm Oct 8.

What: Christopher Columbus Across Culture. Come learn more about Christopher Combus and find out things you didn't know.

Where: MLK Cultural Center

Contact: Kristina Murray


When: 5pm - 7pm Oct 9

What: Diversity in Film: Color Adjustment. Join us to watch a film discussing the portrayal of different social groups in media.

Where: MLK Cultural Center

Contact: Annalisa Abell


When: 5pm - 8pm Oct 11

What: Diversity in Politics: This event will include a number of political figures who will discuss the influence of diversity on election results.

Where: Center Theater

Contact: Timiah Dickerson


When: 4pm - 6pm Oct 12

What: Take a bite out of Diversity! This event will be a social event for all students and faculty. It will be an opportunity for students to mingle with faculty and network with other multicultural organizations. ***RSVP Only***

Where: 206 Student Center

Contact: Annalisa Abell


What: Big Blue Soccer Tournament. $3 entrance fee for participating team members, and 50% of all proceeds will go to

Where: Pierrat Field



Cross Cultural Workshop

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When: October 27th through 28th October (Sat-Sun)

Application Deadline: Sept. 28, 2012

Where: Natural Bridge State Resort Park

What: The Office of International Affairs and Diversity Education and Community Building partners together to provide a cultural learning opportunity that intentionally brings together International and American students in a "Cross Cultural Workshop". The weekend excursion is designed to promote positive interaction between international and domestic students at UK. Students will gain experiences that will facilitate future intercultural interactions that occur in their daily lives, and most likely, in their future careers.

Details: This program has a $20 application fee, which includes transportation to and from the location, lodging, and most meals. Applicants who are selected will be notified by e-mail on Friday, October 12th, 2012. (The application fee will be refunded to those who are not selected.) Participants will meet at Bradley Hall at 9 a.m. on Saturday and return to campus by 6 p.m. the following evening.

To Apply: Please submit this application and the application fee to 103 Bradley Hall by Friday, September 28th, 2012. Contact Helen Brownell at with any questions.

Funding for Student Programming Efforts!

Student Organization Program Sponsorships

Apply for funding for student-led initiatives and programming.

This initiative has been created to assist in building relationships among student community and enhancing cultural programming opportunities. Please note that requests that reflect a collaboration or partnership between two or more organizations will be given priority access to funding.

CATalyst Membership Application

Application Letter

Membership Application

CATalyst's mission is: The CATalyst Coalition has been cultivated to assist in the process of moving our campus forward on diversity initiatives and creating a student leadership community around social justice.

Their Core Values: Educate, Facilitate, Innovate, Collaborate, & Progress

Fall '12 Schedule of Events

Fall '12 is shaping up to be a great semester for Diversity Education and CATalyst. Visit our Fall 2012 Events page, or learn more about one of the following events: