Diversity Newsletter
February 2021
Hello! My name is Sammy Garrett, and I'm the assistant coordinator for departmental initiatives in the Smurthwaite Scholarship and Leadership House. I'm excited to bring to you the February edition of the Housing and Dining Services Diversity Newsletter!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me at sjgarrett@k-state.edu.
February is Black History Month! Be sure to check out all the incredible events planned by the Black Student Union, and take time to research on your own to learn about Black history and activism today. Check out these resources to learn more:
  • Learning for Justice: This site discusses the importance of teaching the complete Black history, as well as intersecting identities with the Black experience.
  • ADL - Fighting Hate for Good: This organization fights against anti-Semitism, racism and other oppressive mindsets through education and outreach. Learn about this organization while learning more about Black history as a whole.
  • Check out this post by @DiversifyOurNarrative on Instagram for "Films to watch during Black History Month that aren’t about Black trauma."
The new Multicultural Student Center on K-State’s very own campus is open! Watch the ribbon cutting ceremony and be sure to visit the center when you get the chance to see what it has to offer! This is exciting for K-State, and for our students of multicultural backgrounds.
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
The third annual KSUnity Conference is an amazing FREE opportunity to engage in deeper learning and conversation around various social justice topics. This year’s theme is Activism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and many of our presenters are focusing on various aspects of activism throughout history. Join us to hear local Manhattan activist Fanny Fang and many other incredible presenters share their knowledge and insight on how justice has and always will be enacted. If you're interested in attending, please register for the conference online. For additional information, email braxbellamy@k-state.edu.
The Social Justice Alliance is beginning an educational program on safe sex education and contraceptive use. If you live on campus, you are able to order free contraceptives! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Joey Fernandez at joeyf@k-state.edu.
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Diversity Ted Talk
of the Month
David Ikard shares the real story of Rosa Parks, plus other inaccuracies taught in American history. This Ted Talk highlights the importance of confronting myths in Black history.
Social Justice Alliance
Are you interested in social justice and engaging in tough conversations at K-State? The Social Justice Alliance is a student organization that strives to create change on campus and advocate for an inclusive student experience.

Zoom meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Everyone is welcome!
Wholesome TikTok of the Month
Social media has its downsides for sure, but content like this
is what we're here for!
Enjoy watching this raccoon eat some delicious Froot Loops!
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