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January 14, 2015

Message from the OMA

Hello & Happy New Year,

OMA welcomes the University of Idaho community back to campus for the 2015 spring semester! We are excited for your return to campus and have planned some great events for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration this week.  On Thursday, we will have the keynote speaker Robert Butler talk about “Race, Ethics, and the Media,” Saturday the Latah County Human Rights Task Force will be hosting their 22nd Annual Human Rights Community Breakfast, OMA and Diversity Scholars will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Vandal Food Pantry on Monday, and Reverend Happy Watkins will deliver the “I Have a Dream” speech on Tuesday.  More information on each of these events is below.  

Have a great week,


EVENTS FOR January 14-20

Confucius Institute Chinese Movie Nights: CZ12 
Date: Wednesday, January 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.     
Location: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre (Downtown Mosocw)
Description: A master adventurer (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover the bronze heads of 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were looted by foreigners in the 1800s from the Old Summer Palace.  The film will begin around 7 p.m. with an introduction by Confucius Institute Instructor Jianhong Lu of the South China University of Technology, and University of Idaho professor Dr. Dean Panttaja!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker: Robert Butler "Race, Ethics, and the Media"
Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 4:00 p.m.     
Location: Clearwater/Whitewater, Idaho Commons
Description: Robert Butler president of the National Association of Black Journalist, is an independent journalist at KCBS Radio in San Francisco.  He has reported on protest and rallies following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Latah County Human Rights Task Force Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast
Saturday, January 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.     
Location: Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 1410 East D 
Description: Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast at includes Breakfast, Guest Speaker Robert Butler, Entertainment by Simba and Friends, Winner of Art and Essay Contest, Rosa Parks Awards. Ticket $8 general; $4 students and children at Paradise Ridge CDs 117 East 3rd, UI Office of Multicultural Affairs or at the door. Proceeds will go to educational programs for Latah Schools.

MLK Day of Service
Date: Monday, January 19
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 p.m.
Location: Moscow Rosauers 
Description: Collection for Vandal Food Pantry

“I Have a Dream” Speech presented by Reverend Happy Watkins
Date: Tuesday, January 20
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Idaho Commons Food Court
Description: "I Have a Dream" is a 17-minute public speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, was delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Reverend Happy Watkins is a dynamic motivational speaker, lecturer and pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane, WA.

OUTLunch: Documentary, "Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin"
Date: Thursday, January 22
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: TLC 229 Student Diversity Center
Description: A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.  On November 20, 2013, Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving life partner, accepted the award.  Part of the UI MLK Celebration.



Angela Davis, acclaimed scholar and activist, will be at WSU CUB Senior Ballroom, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.  The Division of Human Rights and Diversity is willing to provide transportation to the event and back, and wishes to assess if there is sufficient interest.  Please email Carmen Suarez at if you would need/want transportation to WSU in order to attend the event.  Please provide your full name in your email.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO FIRST ANNUAL MLK ART AND ESSAY CONTEST-CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the Spring 2015 semester are invited to write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay or create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice in response to the following:

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is still so much more work to be done.  Reflect on the status of civil rights today and what challenges remain to fulfilling the aspirations of the civil rights movement.  Issues related to civil rights can include health care, religion and belief, voting, housing, employment, gender equality, immigration, racial and ethnic justice, domestic violence, public accommodations, gay rights, veteran status, Americans with disabilities, and others.

Eligibility:  All University of Idaho degree seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled for the spring 2015 semester are invited to enter.  Judging Criteria:  Essays will be judged on understanding of the topic, original thinking, effectiveness in presenting a personal point of view, literary style, grammar and spelling.  Undergraduate and graduate/professional entries will be judged separately.  Art entries will be judged on how they evoke understanding on the part of the observer as to what civil rights issue or event or related message is being presented.  Art entries may be submitted with an up to 250 word introduction.

$500 awards:  Best undergraduate student essay, Best graduate/professional student essay, Best undergraduate student art entry, Best graduate/professional student art entry.  Deadline: 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015.  How to Submit: Essay:  Submit an electronic copy to Associate Dean and Ubuntu Chair Jeffrey A. Dodge at Art entry:  Submit art to:  College of Law Administration Office Menard 101.  Awards Presentation:  Saturday, February 7, 2014, 5 p.m. SUB/Pitman Center International Ballroom*  *Awards presentation will precede the University of Idaho Signature Event: Shades of Black.  Winners are expected to attend and all entrants eagerly invited.  All entries will be on display at the event.  Founding Sponsors: College of Law, Division of Diversity and Human Rights, Ubuntu, and College of Graduate Studies. 

University Housing is looking for some great leaders to apply to be Resident Assistants or Academic Peer Mentors. Please forward this onto someone you know that would a great leader! Applications are due January 30th @ Noon and we are doing Information Sessions in conjunction with the Career Center to help students with resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills. 

Dates for Information Sessions include: 
•         December 4, 2014 at 5:30PM (RA) & 6:30PM (APM) C26 in Wallace Residence Center Basement
•         January 20, 2015 at 5:30PM (RA) & 6:30PM (APM) LLC Classroom
•         January 22, 2015 at 5:30PM (RA) & 6:30PM (APM) C26 in Wallace Residence Center Basement
•         January 28, 2015 at 5:30PM (RA) & 6:30PM (APM) LLC Classroom

All applications include: Resume, Cover Letter Application (link below), Two (2) Staff or Faculty References, Minimum of one (1) attendance of Information Session VISIT US AT 


Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards- Named after former University of Idaho professor Virginia (Ginny) Wolf, College of Education 1964 - 1982, the Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards honor a student, a staff or faculty member, and a community member whose work reflects commitment to advancing gender justice. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 awards which will take place April 15. Nominate someone! The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 20, 2015.

"How to be an Ally to the LGBTQA Community" Discussion -Tuesday, January 27th at 7 PM, the LGBTQA Office will be hosting a panel discussion on how to be an effective ally for the LGBTQA community.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to LGBTQA individuals and learn how to make our campus and community a welcoming places for LGBTQA people.  The panel will take place in the Vandal Ballroom South in the Bruce M. Pitman Center (SUB).  Everyone is welcome!

Boxes and Walls 2015- Interested in participating in Boxes and Walls 2015?  Boxes and Walls is University of Idaho's annual event that personalizes oppression and the importance of activism by "bringing it home" for the individual. Participants are led by a tour guide through a series of "rooms". Each room is designed to focus on a historically oppressed group, culture, or social justice concern named by students.   Along the way, participants are placed into situations, doing activities, while being confronted with a wealth of information. The Boxes & Walls experience gives us all a glimpse of what being part of each group might be like, both historically and in the present day.  We are in need of student participants.  If you are interested in participating in the program, check out the website here ( Make sure to fill out the volunteer form. All are welcome to participate.  The event itself will take place on March 5th-6th, 2015.  

• 39 College Scholarships with January Deadlines: 

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