Writing Center: working with ESL students

The Writing Center is holding a training on how to effectively work with ESL students on Monday, November 7, at 5 in the Library, Room 028. Susan Jakaitis, who works with adult learners at the public library, will be our guest speaker. She plans to cover cultural sensitivity, as well as practical tips for working with international students. While her focus will be on helping these students with writing, some of the more general information on cultural differences may be helpful for everyone.

Writing Center Neon sign
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Women’s Equality Day and Zietlow Awards: August 29

The annual recognition of Women’s Equality Day will take place on August 29, 2011, in the Library Events Area from 4-5:30pm.  This year our event is sponsored by Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education.

As you know, we recognize Women’s Equality Day across the country on August 26th to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting American women the right to vote.  We have annually seized the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of women at ISU as well as reflect on the challenges still to be overcome.  This year’s event will include a proclamation by President Bradley, recognition of women in leadership, those who have received promotion, tenure, and University awards, as well as those who have retired.  Further, awardees of the 2011 Zietlow Research Award for Women Faculty will be announced by Charlotte Zietlow and the Women’s Studies Program will also recognize students with the 2011 Mary Elizabeth Owens Dailey Award, presented by Sherron Dailey.

Light refreshments will be served and poster presentations from Women’s Studies 200 classes will be on display.

You are also invited to remain with us in the Library Events Area from 6:00-8:00pm for a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, (2004), starring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston.  The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s and the passage of the 19th Amendment. The film is being sponsored by the Office of General Education.

Equality Day Planning Committee: Ann Rider, Marsha Miller and Darlene Hantzis

Library Staff Workshops: Sycamore Safezone

This week, library staff will have 2 opportunities to attend Sycamore Safe Zone Workshops, being held in the Library July 12 and 13.

Sycamore Safe Zone is an initiative through the Office of Diversity at Indiana State University to help make our campus a safe and affirming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff.   A Sycamore Safe Zone workshop provides education on LGBTQ issues and enhances participants’ capacity to be an ally to LGBTQ individuals.   Upon completion of a workshop the participant earns the designation of a Sycamore Safe Zone ally and is given an emblem to display in an office, residence hall room, or on a backpack.  Sycamore Safe Zone is just one step of many that is being taken by Indiana State University to achieve its vision of embracing diversity.

                    [From  http://www.indstate.edu/diversity/safe_zone.htm]

Library Retreat Presenters: Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who presented to the Library staff last Friday during our Retreat with its theme of Diversity:

ISU alum brings Navajo culture to library: April 29

ISU alumna [and library student assistant in Systems] Kristin Monts, who teaches eighth grade writing in the Navajo Nation in Pinion, Arizona, is bringing some of her students to experience Indiana and Indiana State. As part of that experience, the students will expose ISU students to their culture at 3:30 p.m. April 28 in the Cunningham Memorial Library’s Events Area.

Students will discuss Navajo culture and community and education. Students also will discuss the kinaalda, a coming-of-age ceremony for girls, the life of a Navajo boy as well as the jingle dress.

The presentation is free and open to the community.