November 2-8, 2015

Each week Crossroads provides a list of upcoming opportunities to engage diversity at UA.

Spread the word!

If you are interested in having your event included,
please contact the UA Crossroads office at 348-6930.
The Death Penalty and the Role of a Moral Society

Tuesday, November 3
7:00 pm
Ferguson Center Theatre

The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility will host the final round of our Tenth Annual Moral Forum Debate Tournament, featuring two exemplary student teams competing for $10,000 in scholarships.

Teaching and Learning Across Difference:
A Mini-Symposium

Wednesday, November 4
9:30 - 11:30 am
3 104 Ferguson Student Center

Join the  College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) for this very special event focusing on the way we incorporate diversity in the classroom. See presentations from a dozen faculty, both in C&IS and in other University departments. The mini-symposium is one of the events celebrating the College's winning the Equity and Diversity Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Contact info: George Daniels,, 205-348-8618
Bad Teacher!
How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

Wednesday, November 4
Brown Bag, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, 102 Graves
Lecture, 5:00 pm, 118 Graves

Kevin K. Kumashiro is a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments nationally and internationally as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate.

Contact info: John Petrovic,

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger 5K: Hats Off for Hunger

Sunday, November 8
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Lower Parking Lot Student Rec Center

The theme for this year's 5K is Hats Off for Hunger, so make sure to come ready to race with fun and crazy hair! The cost to participate after October 28th is $25. Sign up at Hats Off to Hunger 5K.

Contact Info: Liz Schlichting,

International Spouse Group

The International Spouse Group (ISG) meets every Tuesday throughout the Fall 2015 semester from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Global Cafe meeting space at the Center for Community Based Partnerships at 900 Anna Avenue. The ISG is specifically designed to provide interaction and support for the spouses of international scholars, students, faculty, and staff, as well as American spouses who are interested in making international friendships.

Babysitting services are available for those spouses who wish to bring their children, and parking is readily available at the site. For any questions or general interest, please visit the ISG page at or contact Ozgur Ozlem Dogru at or Capstone International Services: international@ua.edu205-348-5402.

International Coffee Hour

Capstone International Coffee Hour is held on Fridays during fall and spring semesters from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Room 121 B.B. Comer Hall. Come and enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation with our friends from around the world. All international and American students, scholars, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. 

Contact Info: Capstone International Services,, 205-348-5402

Alabama Students Without Borders Presents: Chats with Coffee, Spanish Conversation
Every Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Ferguson Center Startbucks. Drop in for an hour, enjoy a cup of coffee, and practice your Spanish.

The table will be marked with a Latin American Flag. 
Bilingual Homework Help, presented by Alabama Students without Borders and the Tuscaloosa Public Library
November, 7, 14, 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuscaloosa Public Library

Get more knowledge with a student from The University of Alabama!

Students Without Borders offers help with homework in Spanish or English. If you don't have homework, you can still come practice your English speaking skills and reading.
  Apache 8 Film Screening
Tuesday, November 10
6:00 - 7:30 pm
337 Lloyd Hall

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Women and Gender Resource Center will host a film screening of Apache 8. This film tells the incredible story of an all-woman wildland firefighting squad from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S. for 30 years. 

Contact Info: Paige Miller, or (205) 348-5040

Voting Rights Acts
Wednesday, November 11
6:00 pm
30 ten Hoor

After Montgomery announced the controversial closure of 31 DMV offices across the state of Alabama, many people have been quick to decry the move as a form of race-based voter suppression. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Campus has invited an expert panel to address the relationship between the DMV closures and voter suppression, after a short documentary screening detailing the struggle for the Voting Rights Act.

The Facebook event can be found here. If you have any questions, feel free to email the SPLC UA President, Dwyer Freeman, at

Exploring American Masculinity: A Trip to Horseshoe Bend
Saturday, November 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Horseshoe Bend National Park

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, join us for a trip to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park which is the site that commemorates the 1814 battled between Col. Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indian Nation.  Dr. Jason Black, Dept. of Communication Studies, will lead a tour of the park and highlight the ways that battles like this have shaped our ideas of American masculinity.  The trip is free, but space is limited.

Contact Info: Paige Miller,  348-5040 for registration information.

EveryWoman Book Club
Thursday, November 19
12:00 pm

Participants must RSVP to the WGRC at (205) 348-5040 or .

The EveryWoman Book Club will meet to discuss Last Standing Woman by Winona LaDuke in honor of Native American Heritage Month.  This group is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. 

Discover Diversity at UA Crossroads

The Crossroads Community Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Crossroads provides leadership in cultural programming and intercultural education by:
  • building relationships across campus cultures through innovative programs and dialogue initiatives
  • engaging students, faculty, and staff in collaborative cultural programming
  • serving as a resource for organizations addressing intercultural issues on campus and in the broader community

  • conducting engaged scholarship through creative activity designed to increase knowledge for today's global society