Public Affairs Week focuses on inclusive excellence
Missouri State University’s annual Public Affairs Week Sept. 17-21 will feature student-led activities that promote the university’s public affairs mission.
Events for this year’s Public Affairs Week will focus on the theme of “inclusive excellence.” Inclusive excellence refers to how a community’s success is based on how well it recognizes and cultivates the talent of individuals from different backgrounds in every aspect of community life.
Highlights for the week include:
Giving Voice to Constitution Day will celebrate the national Constitution Day at 11 a.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 313, with a performance by the Giving Voice Theatre Troupe.
The office of student engagement will host the OxFam Hunger Banquet at 5:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. At the Hunger Banquet, guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where they sit, some receive a filling dinner, while others eat a simple meal or share sparse portions of rice and water, in a representation of the world’s food system.
The Disability Resource Center will host Reframing Disability: What Should We Know? showcase at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. This showcase includes student stories, an interactive trivia competition and a short film, which illustrates how life would be if society’s perspectives were reversed and able-bodied people were regarded the same way the disabled community is today.
An international student panel will share about their personal experiences in America during the International Dialogue Engaging All event at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. The event will begin with a screening of the film “Amreeka,” which follows a single mother who moves with her son to Illinois from the West Bank.
The Women’s Expo: The Power of Pink at 11 a.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom will feature local boutiques, businesses, charitable organizations, and health and wellness services available to women in the community. Women of all ages are invited to attend.
The Giving Voice Theatre Troupe will host iAm ____: Giving Voice Performance at noon in Plaster Student Union, Room 313. The theatre troupe reenacts real scenarios of prejudice and discrimination, allowing others to shape the outcome of the situations.
All events are free and open to the public. View the complete schedule online.
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