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In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, two of the members that founded Ajúa Campos 40 years ago will be returning to Wesleyan for the first time to discuss the beginnings of Ajúa Campos and current issues facing the Latino Community.

Friday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Woodhead Lounge

Light Refreshments will be served

Brief Bio’s on two of the Founders, Roberto Rivera and Lad Santiago.

Roberto Rivera

Was supposed to be a part of the class of 73 but left Wesleyan in 1972 and transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he attained a BS in Educational Psychology in 1974. He then attended Boalt Hall School of law at the University of California. For the past 30 years he has worked in various capacities with a focus on programs that ensure educational equity and access for first generation, low-income and students of color to the University of California. He currently works for the Puente Project, a program that assists first generation students in the transfer process from California community colleges to the 4 year university systems.

Lad Santiago

Lad Santiago is of Puerto Rican descent, born and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. degree in Molecular Biology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1974. He completed his premedical education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1979, he received his doctorate as a healthcare provider in South Carolina. Thereafter, he completed his postgraduate education in Preventive Medicine in Florida. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the College of Clinical Nutrition. He served as a healthcare provider to a disenfranchised community in the City of Atlanta for many years.

In recent years as a result of his love for the arts and humanities, he underwent additional graduate education in the arts. He has been conferred an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, and another M.F.A. degree in Digital Cinema. Presently, he is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in Creative and Critical Writing, American Literature, Cinema Studies, and Cultural Studies at the University of Wales – Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.

In years past, he served as a health manpower consultant to the Office of Health Manpower Opportunity at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also a key organizer of the first National Latino Health Manpower Conference held in Chicago, Illinois; a national conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has also served as an executive director of a national Boricua health manpower advocacy organization known as the National Boricua Health Organization. He has been honored as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and has been noted in Oxford’s Who’s Who in America.

At the present time, he serves as president of the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council, an organization serving the health, education, socio-economic, legal/legislative, artistic needs of the South Carolina Latino community statewide. He is presently serving a three year term as commissioner and chairman of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Spartanburg. Through this commission, he is addressing issues of injustice related to social, economic, health, and educational concerns in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Currently, he is a board member of the Community Advisory Council of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. In this organization, he addresses the issue of inclusion and participation of the minority community in artistic endeavors such as theater, dance, visual arts, music, as well as other artistic disciplines. Recently, he served as the keynote speaker for the South Carolina Statewide Hispanic Conference held by The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. He recently served on a health panel at the Statewide Native American Conference also held by The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. He is a member of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Pen American Center, and National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

Asian/Asian American (AAA) House presents an evening with forensic expert Dr Henry Lee, who has worked on numerous high-profile crime cases including the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the O.J. Simpson case and the reinvestigation of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Dr Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan, where he served in the police force. In 1965 he migrated to the US, furthering his studies and launching his career in forensic science. Today, he has helped to solve more than 6000 cases.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the personal and professional experiences of this renowned forensic science expert! Bring your questions, bring your friends.

Date: Nov. 16
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Tishler Hall (Exley 150)

For more information about Dr. Henry Lee, please visit his personal website at http://www.drhenrylee.com

Are you interested in law school? Have questions, but don’t know where to turn?  Attend Students of Color and the Law and hear 3 current area law students (including 2 Wes alumni) who are members of the National Black Law Students Association speak about their experiences in law school.  You can submit your questions for the law students in advance to Jim Kubat, and they will get answered on October 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Malcolm X House.  The law students plan to speak briefly about preparing for the LSAT, the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, law school courses & professors, and law school exams!  You will hear the Real Deal about law school!

The NBLSA regional and national board members will also inform you of an excellent opportunity that may improve your chances of getting into law school.  You can join the College Student Division of NEBLSA!

Learn about the history of students of color at Wesleyan, affirmative action, and the politics of the student of color coalition.  This event will consist of a short documentary about the student of color experience at Wesleyan followed by a discussion panel led by faculty of color. The panel includes Professor Jay Hoggard from the Music department, Dean of Class 2010 Marina Melendez and Professor Indira Karamcheti from the American Studies department.

When : Thursday, April 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where : Daniel Family Commons Usdan University Center

Dinner will be provided by Haveli’s.  Come share your everyday thoughts on Wesleyan’s approach to “Diversity.” Eat good coveted free delicious food! (Come early!)

Melissa Marshall is a life-long disability rights activist and a part-time wheelchair user.  She started a disability rights group while at Hampshire College and was one of the first people in the country to major in disability studies. She wrote Getting It: Persuading Individuals and Organizations to Be More Comfortable with People with Disabilities, a book about her adventures as a disability awareness/ADA trainer. She will be talking about employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She will also discuss parenting, navigating UConn Law School and the 2008 Presidential Campaign from the perspective of a person with a disability. She will be leading an interactive dinner discussion and invites you to bring questions, thoughts and ideas.

Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m., in Usdan 110.  Free dinner from Haveli!

As a follow-up to his “Ripple of Change” presentation, Dr. Berkowitz will conduct a skill building workshop to provide an opportunity for members of the community to gain valuable skills for fostering health and social justice.  The workshop will provide a safe space where ideas for change can be shared and explored, and skills can be learned and practiced.

The workshop will teach strategies for responding to unwelcome remarks and health-risk behaviors.  Often we find ourselves in situations where someone else?s language or behavior makes us feel uncomfortable, yet we do not do anything to change it.  Most people are uncomfortable with prejudicial language about other groups, yet often we are silent.  Similarly, when someone we know is engaging in harmful behavior, we often want to say something but don’t.  Why don’t we act on our core values and ideals in these situations?  Are there specific challenges for Wes students who want to be “social justice allies”? This workshop will provide a critical analysis of bystander behavior and offer some skills for intervening in difficult situations.

Friday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Usdan B25.

Light refreshments will be served.

How can we transform Wesleyan into a healthy and respectful community in which all individuals feel supported and appreciated?  In what ways may we unintentionally contribute to a lack of inclusiveness on campus?  And, is it difficult or easy to address social justice issues at Wes?  Understanding what it means to be a social justice ally can help answer these questions.

The Student Affairs Speaker series, in partnership with Student Activities and Leadership Development and WesWell, will be hosting Dr. Alan Berkowitz who will present recent research and theory on this topic with an emphasis on examining individuals who are passive bystanders and how those people can be encouraged to take an active leadership role in solving campus problems and intervening on behalf of other groups.  The discussion will include an overview of challenges facing Wes students who want to be active on this issue.

Dr. Berkowitz has over twenty years of experience in higher education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty member, and Counseling Center Director. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges he developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men, was co-director of the college’s highly regarded Men and Masculinity Program and chaired the Prejudice Reduction Task Force. More recently, he has been a central figure in the development of Social Norms Theory and is a leader in research and implementation of the model. His lecture and workshop topics include: changing campus culture, effective drug and sexual assault prevention strategies, reducing prejudice on campus, racial identity theory, multicultural issues in the classroom, alcohol and sexual assault, men’s responsibility for preventing sexual assault, developing alliances across differences, and understanding today’s students. His workshops are designed to increase the personal and professional effectiveness of faculty, staff, student leaders, athletes and coaches, health professionals, and community members.  For more information on Dr. Berkowitz, go to his website: http://www.alanberkowitz.com

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., Daniel Family Commons.

Dr. Berkowitz’s talk will follow a buffet dinner served in the Daniel Family Commons at 6:30 p.m.  RSVPs are required to Karen Karpa at kkarpa@wesleyan.edu or x2775.

The Wesleyan Community is cordially invited to our annual National Coming Out Day Reception on Monday, October 13, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Zelnick Pavillion.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and queer-friendly students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet, mingle, and share stories about coming out and being out!  Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Queer Resource Center and the Office of Student Affairs.

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