September 28 - October 4, 2015

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

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Opportunities for Study and Service Abroad in Hispanic Countries

Monday, September 28
12:00 pm
Capstone College of Nursing, Room 1008

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) has become a leader in helping students learn the importance of providing culturally congruent health care by increasing the number of study abroad programs over the last 5 years. The purpose of this presentation is to provide students with Hispanic study abroad programs that have been taught at the CCN and those that are in development.

Contact info: Norma G. Cuellar,

Guerrilla Advocacy in the South:
Challenges and Triumphs

Monday, September 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Little Hall

In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, The University of Alabama School of Social Work is proud to present a day of learning, networking, solidarity and Hispanic cuisine.

Schedule of Events:

Representatives from the Tuscaloosa Area Hispanic-Serving Associations, Organizations, and Institutions
9:00 - 11:00 am, Student Lounge, Room 109

Colloquium: "Guerrilla Advocacy in the South: Challenges and Triumphs in Immigrant Rights" 
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Little Hall, Room 104

Speakers:  Josh Medina and  Vanessa Stevens from the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.  Continuing Education units will be available.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Reception
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Little Hall, Student Lounge, Room 109

For more information, contact: Liz Dykes,, 348-5384  

Black Student Union
General Body Meeting

Monday, September 28
6:30 - 8:00 pm
133 Lloyd Hall 

Want to learn more about BSU and all that we do? Attend our general body meeting and see how you may benefit from being a member of this organization. 

Contact Info: Alvin Lockett,, 205-792-9175

Blount Speaker Series/ALLELE lecture
Bill Nye

Monday, September 28
7:00 pm
Concert Hall Moody Music Building

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" will speak on the importance of teaching evolution.

International Spouse Group

Tuesday, September 29
9:30 - 11:30 am
Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Global Cafe
The International Spouse Group (ISG) is specifically designed to bring together the spouses of international students, faculty, staff,  as well as American spouses who are interested in making international friendships. We provide support in adjustment and acculturation while living and learning in the U.S.

Babysitting services are available for those spouses who wish to bring their children, and parking is readily available at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Global Cafe.

For any questions or general interest, please visit the  ISG page or contact Ozgur Ozlem Dogru at or  Capstone International Services,,  205-348-5402.

Inside the Soul of Cuba Reception

Tuesday, September 29
5:00 pm - Reception
Artwork will be on display through October 15
Ferguson Center Art Gallery

Join the Ferguson Center Student Union, UA Crossroads, the Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarships, and the Honors College for a  reception  with artists Julio Larramendi and Chip Cooper as they share their photography that captures the heart and soul of Cuba and a way of life that has slowly changed during the past century.

An Evening at Global Café: Welcome to Tuscaloosa, Resources for Newcomers

Tuesday, September 29
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Lobby, UA Center for Community-Based Partnerships
900 Anna Avenue (directly behind Arby's on University Boulevard)

An evening at Global Cafe is an opportunity to have fun, socialize, and meet leaders from campus and community organizations. Students, faculty, and community members learn about local resources,  share traditions and cultures, and discover common experiences with new friends. Travelers strengthen their language skills and explore international customs. We welcome people from across our community.
5:00 pm - Refreshments, 5:30 pm - Program.

Free and open to the public. 
More info and map: Global Café
Contact Info: Beverly Hawk,, 205-348-7392

"Purchasing Whiteness"
Inaugural Talk  of the New UA Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program and Minor

Thursday, October 1
7:00 pm
205 Gorgas
Reception to follow

Author Ann Twinam will explore the colonial Spanish American system of "gracias al sacar" whereby mixed-race "castas" could obtain a grant of whiteness that absolved them of tax and tribute requirements. The mutability of racial constructs in the Spanish Americas (as demonstrated by the "gracias al sacar") is a provacative marker of the historic differences between Anglo and Latin American treatments of race. 

Contact info: Teresa Cribelli,

International Coffee Hour

Friday, October 2
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
121 B.B. Comer
Fridays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room 121 B.B. Comer Hall (August through May), Capstone International Services and Capstone International Center will host an International Coffee Hour . 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 to join.

"Fertile Ground:  The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy  in the Mississippi Delta,"

Friday, October 2
5:30 - 7:30 pm, Opening Reception
(Exhibit will be on display October  2 - 30)
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

Dr. Doris A. Derby, a documentary photographer and civil rights activist, will talk about her photography  in the University Gallery exhibition. Images include ones which depict the people, places and activities of the following civil rights organizations based in Mississippi: the Mississippi Action Program (Headstart pre-school); the Liberty House Handcraft and Marketing Cooperatives of the Poor Peoples Corporation; the Delta Ministry; the Free Southern Theater, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and a collage of Derby's Civil Rights activities. Derby took these photographs between 1963 and 1972.

For more information and to arrange tours of the exhibit, contact Katie Howard at  205-345-3038.  

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Sunday, October 04

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Registration 1:00 pm - Walk begins at 2:00 pm)
Ferguson Center Plaza Ferguson Student Center

This fundraising walk is sponsored by the UA Counseling Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). All proceeds from the walk are used by AFSP to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs to reduce the annual rate of suicide. 

Please refer to our website,  Tuscaloosa Walk, to learn more and how you can register to participate. Additionally, the Counseling Center will be offering community service hours through the Center for Sustainable Service & Volunteerism (formerly known as the Community Service Center), as well as Panhellenic Points for members of the Alabama Panhellenic Association for participants and volunteers of the walk.

Contact Info: Kim Jenkins-Richardson,, 

Joyce J. Scott:  Truths and Visions

September through October 16, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall

Contemporary sculptural works by Joyce J. Scott, featuring meticulous beadwork combined with blown glass, molded glass components and found African wooden artifacts, on display at The University of Alabama Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

The exhibit will be on display in Sarah Moody Gallery of Art,  103 Garland Hall through October 16.

"Look Mom, A Doctor!", 2008 by Joyce J. Scott (American, b. 1948), seedbeads, thread, wooden African sculpture, coins, glass. 17 3/4 x 10 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of MOCA, Cleveland.


From September 15 - October 15, 2015, The University of Alabama is celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (HLHM). The HLHM Calendar can be accessed online at   UA Crossroads  and is on display throughout the UA Campus. 

For more information, contact: UA Crossroads at 348-6930

Résumés Without Borders:
Hispanic/Latino and American Influences in Career Development

Thursday, October 8
2:00 - 3:30 pm
3400 Ferguson Center

Did you know that résumés are heavily influenced by culture? This session will discuss both Hispanic/Latino and American influences in career development. Participants will leave this workshop with knowledge of how culture impacts the job search process, and will develop résumés that cater to both American and Hispanic/Latino cultures.

Contact info: Amy Bramlett,, 348-5848

Heritage  Month Concert

Thursday, October 8
7:30 pm
Moody Music Building Concert Hall

Enjoy a concert featuring music from Hispanic and Latino composers. This event is free and open to the public.

Contact info: Dr. Osiris Molina,

Breaking Barriers with Bilingual TV:
The AlabamaTV Story

Monday, October 12
4:00 pm
205 Gorgas Library

Meet the staff of Alabama's first television program broadcast in both Spanish and English. Launched in 2014, AlabamaTV provides critical information to and about members of the central Alabama Latino communities while acquainting English-speaking viewers with the experiences of those who have recently emigrated to the United States. The show's creator tells the story behind this innovative broadcast on WVUA-TV and invites UA students to get involved.

Contact info: Dr. George Daniels,

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

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