Diversity celebrated at FHSU through candlelight vigil and diversity lectures

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Friends of Forsyth Library, the Black Student Union and the Diversity Awareness Committee are sponsoring a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. April 6.

Participants will walk from Sheridan Hall to Forsyth Library, where a panel will present the legal aspects of the decision as well as its impact on education. The panel members are attorney Gene Anderson and FHSU faculty members Robert B. Scott, assistant professor of special education, Dr. Eveyln Toft, professor of modern languages, and Kim Christiansen, general counsel and executive assistant to the president,.

Fort Hays State University will celebrate Diversity Day April 14 with a visit to the campus by Robert Page, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas. Page has given several presentations on recruitment and retention of minorities on campuses.

In Memorial Union's Black and Gold Ballroom, Page will present "Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color" to FHSU faculty and staff from 1:30-3 p.m. Page also will hold a summit from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Field Conference Room for African-American males ages 15 and up. Also during this time, a Hispanic male summit will be held by Juan Izaguirre, interim assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas.

Page will conclude the day at 7 p.m. in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium with his keynote address "Inclusion of Leadership and Diversity" given to all students. Following the keynote will be a Step Show -- urban American synchronized dancing -- performed by the African-American University of Kansas fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.

The day is cosponsored by the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, the Black Student Union, the Diversity Awareness Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Sonia Vargas, multicultural program advisor and Agnew Hall director, by phone at (785) 628-5558 or by e-mail at sesquive@fhsu.edu.

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