Inclusion Newsletter
November 2019
THE CURRENT CAT
Hi everyone! My name is Steph Lowe, and I'm really excited to be creating the monthly diversity newsletter for this academic year! I'm a graduate student in the College Student Development program. I'm also the Assistant Coordinator for Departmental Initiatives - Honors House for the Department of Housing and Dining Services. I really enjoy learning about students' stories, experiences, cultures and perspectives.

I hope you enjoy the second issue of this newsletter! This month, we are covering mental health with some resources provided, Social Justice Alliance club, two student spotlights and on-campus events related to the topics. If you have any input on topics to cover, would like to write an article or participate in the student spotlight, please send your submissions to me! I would love to include your ideas and perspectives as well as hear any feedback you may have. All submissions and interest in being involved with the newsletter should be emailed to me at slowe33@k-state.edu .
MENTAL HEALTH
Focus on Mental Health
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act” (What Is Mental Health, 2019). Maintaining your mental health is very important. especially as college students when you're trying to balance school, work, extracurricular activities and relationships. This makes it challenging to remember to check in on your own mental health and makes it even more important to plan time in your schedule to take care of yourself. 

There are seven dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical wellbeing. A tip may be to sit down every now and then and assess or reflect where you're currently standing in these categories. You can start by pinpointing one area you want to improve on by making short and long term goals. If you notice yourself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or burned out, it may be a warning sign to take a step back and identify a few things you can do to recharge.

There are many ways to improve mental health and wellbeing. Self-care is extremely important and may look different from person to person, depending on which area of wellbeing you are focusing on. Self-care might include reading a book, watching Netflix, cleaning your apartment, spending time with family and friends or going for a run. Find a few things that work best for you and try to incorporate those things into your daily and weekly routines.
     
There are many resources related to mental health online, here at Kansas State University, and in the Manhattan community. How to Take Care of Your Mental Health in College and Ten Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health are two great articles that provide tips and helpful information regarding mental health. At K-State, you can utilize the KSU Counseling Services located at 1105 Sunset Ave, Room 101. You can also call 785-532-6927.
SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE
November SJA News
The Social Justice Alliance strives to connect the on-campus community across identities through self-discovery and dialogue. Their goal is to provide students with a space to be educated, empowered, represented and supported while at K-State. The vision is to house conversation and inspire change through programs and initiatives to enhance and advance student success, diversity, inclusion and social justice at The Department of Housing and Dining Services at Kansas State University. The Social Justice Alliance meets Wednesdays in the Kramer Multicultural Student Lounge from 5:30 to 6:30. The group does a lot of event planning, such as Out & Proud, a mental health awareness de-stressing event and Unthanksgiving. SJA also does talking tables to encourage conversation about social justice-related topics, like Out & Proud or cultural appropriation.

SJA just wrapped up the talking table for October that explained cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation found in Halloween costumes. They will also host their annual Unthanksgiving event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. This event takes an intersectional approach to the problems that arise during the time of Thanksgiving celebrations. It also attempts to uncover the forgotten awful history that made current Thanksgiving celebrations possible, such as the mass genocide of native and indigenous people and the stealing of land, while simultaneously attempting to highlight food disparities that come about when a celebration is so food-focused. To get into the event you will need to bring one non-perishable item that will be donated to Cats Cupboard. Please be sure to RSVP because the food will be provided.
NOVEMBER EVENTS
KSUnite 2019
  • Nov. 6, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • K-State Student Union

Identity Abroad Panel & Diversity Dialogue Luncheon
  • Nov. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • K-State Student Union, 003


Trans Day of Remembrance
  • Nov. 20, all day

Unthanksgiving, Social
Justice Alliance
  • Nov. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Kramer Meadowlark Room

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Adam Carr, He/Him/His
Masters of Business Administration
Involvement : I serve as the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center, located in 207 Holton Hall. My job consists of planning and executing various programming events in the office, such as our free HIV/STI testing days, the K-State Drag Show, conferences and many tabling events. I also help our coordinator, Dr. Brandon Haddock, oversee the three departmental student organizations: SAGA, Gender Collective, and oSTEM. I've also recently begun helping facilitate our SafeZone Program training. I love when people visit, hang out and come to the office, so stop by and see me sometime! 

Recommendations : Here are my favorite LGBT centered recommendations for everyone to check out!
Book to Read : "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan and "Boy Erased" by Garrard Conley
Movie to Watch: "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine"
Podcast: Imagine Otherwise by Ideas on Fire
Resource:   The Trevor Project  

Piece of Advice : Ask for help whenever you need it! Myself and so many others are here to help guide and support you through anything you may be experiencing. My office strives to be a place of support and affirmation to all.
Marley Lowe, She/Her/Hers and/or They/Them/Theirs
Communications Studies, American Ethnic Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Involvement: I am the programming chair for Social Justice Alliance (SJA). This means I get to plan and coordinate events that strive to connect the on-campus communities with a space to be educated, empowered, represented and supported through self-discovery and dialogue. We seek to create a space that is able to house conversation and inspire change through our programs and initiatives that enhance and advance student success, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, with a specific emphasis on our Housing and Dining Services at Kansas State. While I am the programming chair, none of the events or initiatives could be possible without the lovely team of SJA. They provide insight and perspectives that make these programs the best they can be. 

Recommendations: 
Books to Read: "Feminism is for Everybody" by Bell Hooks, "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay, "I, Rigoberta Menhcú, An Indian Woman in Guatemala" by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray and Rigoberta Menchú, "We Should All be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Podcasts: NPR: Hidden Brain , Code Switch , A1. The Peepshow Podcast (available on Spotify). 
Favorite Movies: Ratatouille, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dope and Moonlight.
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