Each week UA Crossroads provides a list of upcoming
opportunities to engage the rich diversity of identities and experiences at UA.

If you are interested in having an event included,  please contact the Crossroads office at 348-6930  or  email us at crossroads@ua.edu.

Happening this Week!
- see flyers below for more details -

  • Tuesday T - Tuesday, January 31, at 1:00 pm in the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall - Dialogue topic this week:
    What does 
    Political Correctness mean to you?

  • Start Smart - Tuesday, January 31, 5:00 - 7:30 pm at the Career Center

  • Hallowed Grounds Tours - Starting Wednesday, February 1

  • Students of Color Leadership Summit - Friday, February 3, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm in the Ferguson Student Center Ballroom

  • Why Nott Talk: Foundations - Thursday, February 2, 5:30 pm in ten Hoor 30

  • Tuscaloosa Evening of African FilmSaturday, February 3, 2:00 - 11:00 pm at the Bama Theatre, Downtown Tuscaloosa
Start Smart

To register, click on the link below:

A Seat at the Table: Black Women Biblical Interpreters

Wednesday, February 8
11:00 am
Stinson Auditorium, Stillman College

Stillman College will host Dr. Nyasha Junior of Temple University for “A Seat at the Table: Black Women Biblical Interpreters.” Based on her best-selling book, An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Dr. Nyasha Junior will survey the distinctive tradition of Black women’s engagement with biblical texts. She will also unpack misconceptions regarding feminism and womanism and explain the unique development of womanist biblical interpretation.

Thursday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. in Stinson Auditorium: Dr. Trudier Harris will interview Dr. Junior about her work and its implications for understanding the African American experience. Dr. Harris, Distinguished University Professor, University of Alabama, is a renowned scholar of African American literature, one of Stillman's most accomplished alumni, and a native of Tuscaloosa.

In addition to her work as a Bible scholar, Dr. Junior has written widely on race, gender, and culture for media outlets like The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Buzfeed. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Centralized Honor Society Applications

On Friday, January 27th, the annual Centralized Honor Society Application Portal will open to students.  As you may already know, this application portal provides a single, uniform application that students can use to apply for multiple honor societies.  This year, the following seven honor societies will be utilizing this single application portal are:

The Anderson Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Cardinal Key Honor Society, The Carl A. Elliott Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

This year, the Centralized Honor Society Application Portal will open on at 12:01 am on Friday, January 27th, and will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 12th

Pack a Purse

Discerning Diverse Voices:
Communication & Information Symposium on Diversity

Call for Papers, Posters and Panels Presentations
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

Monday, March 27
205 Gorgas Library

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Clara Chu
Director, Mortensen Center for International Library Programs
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Communication and Diversity Forum invites you to submit paper, panel or poster proposals for eighth annual Discerning Diverse Voices research symposium that addresses the communication and information needs of diverse populations. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage research about diversity and communication in all of its manifestations. Conference presentations are sought in all areas of diversity including, but not limited to the following:

  • Organizations: leadership and management, recruitment and retention, mentoring, organizational culture, motivation and conflict in the workplace and community-based organizations.
  • Knowledge: the educational, recreational, informational, political, medical and cultural needs of diverse populations.
  • Mediated representations: communication and rhetorical strategies, communication effects, and historical and contemporary images of diverse populations.
  • Cultural criticism and commentary (politics, social media, film)
  • Intersectionality and identity (including, but not limited to studies of race, gender, LGBTQA+, social class, ability and age)
  • Social Justice/Movements (i.e. Black Lives Matter, #bamasits, We Need Diverse Books)
  • Popular Culture (reality television, sports, fashion, news, music)

This symposium is highly interdisciplinary and hopes to attract a wide range of topics and methodologies used in researching diversity in our society.

Proposals are encouraged from faculty, staff, community activists, graduate and undergraduate students. Please submit electronic submissions ONLY according to guidelines for papers, panels and posters to the submission site by February 15, 2017.

The Biggest Small-town They’ll Ever Call Home
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in UA Classrooms” 

For: UA Faculty, Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistants

How do we, as teachers, create a welcoming educational environment in diverse classrooms? The Inclusive Classrooms Workgroup, with generous support from the Office for Academic Affairs, is facilitating a series of four Spring 2017 teaching workshops on promoting diversity and inclusion in the classroom.

Register online through Skillport to attend one or all presentations by clicking this link Promoting Diversity and Inclusion to enroll in the presentation(s) of interest. You can also register for individual sessions by clicking the links below the workshops. Note:  Please help us manage seating, refreshments and the catering of meals by being timely with your registration. 

For questions on Skillport and registering, please see http://hr.ua.edu/learning-development/online-learning/skillport. For questions concerning login access in Skillport, please contact HR Learning & Development at 205-348-9700 or HRLearningandDevelopment@ua.edu.

 Breakfast - Thursday, February 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 205 Gorgas
“Sneaking Diversity into the Classroom”

Professor:  Chris Roberts, 
Student panelist:  Mary Virginia Ireland


 Coffee hour - Wednesday, March 8, 4-5 p.m., 205 Gorgas
“Notions of Identity in the Classroom”

Professor:  Dr. Utz McKnight 

Student panelists: Lizzie Emerson and Andrea Dobynes


Lunch - Friday, April 14, 12-1 p.m., 205 Gorgas
"The Other Side of the Lectern: Students on Diversity and Inclusion”
Professor:  Norm Baldwin
Student panelists: Katie Jane Childs and Vic Harris

UA Faculty are the target audience for these presentations.

Alabama Students Without Borders Presents:  Charlas con Cafe
Every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm  at the Ferguson Center Starbucks. Drop in for an hour, enjoy a cup of coffee, and practice your Spanish.

The table will be marked with a Latin American Flag.    
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