The creator of the “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment,” an accomplished author and activist for indigenous peoples rights, a ground-breaking Michigan Technological University alumna, coming to Michigan Tech during the 2016-17 academic year.
The University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion has announced the seven speakers for their Social Justice Lecture Series. Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will share her first-person account of growing up in Cuba and the changes facing that country. Her talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. Her visit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Social Justice Lecture Series.
Roxanne Dunbar–Ortiz will speak at 5 p.m. Oct. 10, in the MUB Ballroom A. Dunbar-Ortiz is an accomplished author, historian and activist for Indigenous People’s rights. She will discuss her latest book and her experience with Native support.
Former college basketball star Kye Allums will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in MUB Ballroom A. Allums played NCAA Division 1 basketball for the George Washington Colonials. In 2010, Allums, a trans ma, became the first openly transgender NCAA Division I college athlete. Allums visit coincides with LGBTQ History Month.
CDI will observe Native American Heritage Month with an appearance by Magaret Ann Noodin, assistant professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Noodin’s talk, at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, will address the challenges of our native students.
The keynote speaker at this school year’s MLK Banquet is Robert Scott who manages several key projects in support of the diversity and outreach strategy and programs across the Engineering College of the University of Michigan. The annual MLK Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free tickets will be available online starting November 2016.
The first African-American woman to graduate with a PhD from Michigan Tech’s Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department will return to Houghton at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Dr. Robin Johnson-Cash will speak about her experiences as a minority engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Her appearance at Michigan Tech is part of the University’s observance of Black History Month.
The CDI speaker series concludes at 5 p.m. March 22 in Fisher Hall 135 with internationally-known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education Jane Elliot.
She gained national prominence following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. with her “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment.”
She developed an exercise for her third-grade students where blue-eyed children were treated better than brown-eyed students. Elliot’s visit at Michigan Tech is part of Women’s History Month.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion Director Kellie Raffaelli said CDI staff have really “stepped up this academic year “ to host some amazing speakers.
“Tech students will get to know internationally known psychologists, hear firsthand accounts of living with Fidel Castro and hear how a degree from Michigan Tech can give you amazing success in the future from one of our very own MEEM alums. That is only to name a few…this is going to be an incredible year”
CDI Program Coordinator Zack Rubinstein said, “We hope these events bring in a large number of students, faculty, and staff from all areas of campus. This may be the one chance many of us have to talk in person with such well known educators.”