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The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs would like to support all our students by creating a safe space for all to discuss, navigate and share concerns and issues experienced and lived in 2020 through a series of virtual conversations through our Sankofa Support Group (SSG). SSG's purpose is to facilitate connection between people despite their differences, mitigate conflict and provide emotional support to students during what has proven to be a tumultuous and stressful year as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the civil unrest caused by continued social inequalities and injustices experienced by our marginalized communities, the rise of unemployment nationwide, the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election and more.  

Sep 18
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Sellers joins App State’s Intercultural Student Affairs

Lamont A. Sellers has been named director of intercultural student affairs at Appalachian State University. He began his new role July 1.

Part of the Division of Student Affairs, Appalachian’s Intercultural Student Affairs (ISA) office provides mentoring, advocacy, community and identity affirmation for marginalized and underrepresented students. The office also offers opportunities such as the Diversity Lecture Series, Equity in Action conference, MLK Celebration and other events so that all Appalachian students can develop an appreciation for diversity and different perspectives, enhance their self-awareness, increase their multicultural knowledge and strengthen their intercultural competency.

Previously, Sellers was associate vice president for diversity at the University of South Dakota, where he led strategic diversity initiatives, policy and programs toward inclusive excellence and collaborated with other university units to develop and implement policies and training programs that promoted recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff.

“We are excited to welcome Lamont to Appalachian and the Division of Student Affairs. Lamont brings a wealth of experience to our campus and community, and we are excited to have him as a part of our team,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J.J. Brown.

“I am particularly excited about his skills in continuing to develop programs and services to help our students thrive. His experience in creating opportunities for leadership development, intergroup dialogue and enhanced teaching and learning will help our campus community in many ways,” Brown said.

Sellers describes himself as a student-centered, social justice educator. “I am excited to join App State and work with the amazing ISA team of professional staff members and students,” Sellers said.

By providing support, advocacy and leadership in ISA, Sellers said he is “committed to approaching each day with the passion to see our students thrive and succeed in a way that is culturally responsive and supportive of their diverse identities. Each of them comes to us with an amazing array of gifts, talents and abilities, and I’m humbled to assist them in the process of discovery and cultivation.”

Sellers earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Shaw University in Raleigh and taught high school mathematics before completing a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Denver and beginning his career in higher education.

He held positions related to diversity and inclusion and student support services at the University of Denver, Misericordia University and Regent University before joining the University of South Dakota in 2014. Prior to becoming the University of South Dakota’s senior diversity officer, he served as director of the university’s Center for Diversity and Community.

Sellers is completing his Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of South Dakota.

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Code Switching: The Art and Cost of Language

By Alex Vickers

It’s 2009 and a video of President Barack Obama just went viral. But this video is not one of his Presidential speeches or addresses. No, the video is Obama paying for fast food at a restaurant and when offered change, he declines and tells the cashier “Nah, we straight.” This usage of informal language is by no means what we expect to hear from a such a prominent politician, much less a U.S. President. But what this video does exemplify is that we all indulge in “code-switching” – even the President of the United States.

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Apr 8
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The forced resignation of an African-American President at WIU

On July 1st, 2011, Western Illinois University (WIU) hired Dr. Jack Thomas to be the 11th President of their institution. Dr. Thomas was the first African-American president of WIU, and he was forced to resign on June 30th, 2019. During Dr. Thomas’ tenure at WIU the school continued to receive the “Best Regional Midwestern College” award by the Princeton Review.

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Feb 12
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Vagina Monologues Auditions

COME JOIN US IN THE WOMEN'S CENTER ON NOVEMBER 13, 2019 FROM 5PM-6PM AND AUDITION FOR A PART IN ASU'S 2020 PRODUCTION OF THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES!

Please RSVP on AppSync (https://appstate.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5097188) and fill out the Audition Application Form (https://appstate.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/356098) by November 11, 2019 in order to guarantee your spot in auditions. Each individual should have a 2-3 minute monologue of their choice prepared to perform.

*DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF RSVPs AND APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, EXTRA AUDITION DATES AND TIMES MAY BE ADDED TO THIS EVENT* 

Nov 5, 19
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Movie Night - Practical Magic

Come relax and watch Practical Magic with the Pagan Student Association before the last university break before finals. We will be providing free popcorn and soda for those who attend. 

Nov 5, 19
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