As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, the social justice issues of Black and brown communities become further exposed and protested. While the root of these protests go from issues such as police brutality, the prison system, and colorism in our communities, they are also followed by communities that continue to struggle with overcrowded immigration detention centers, a battle with DACA recipients, and disproportionate cases of COVID-19 itself. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Black Student Association, UMW NAACP, Data Mavens, and the Latino Student Association for discussions on relevant and encapsulating topics on immigration and the struggle for equality and liberation.
Rosemary Ketchum is a member of the City Council of Wheeling, West Virginia representing Ward 3. She is also Associate Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Wheeling Drop-in Center and on the boards of several organizations including the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She has served as a guest on MSNBC and the TODAY show and has been profiled by several publications including Time Magazine, CBS, and CNN for her work in community organizing and politics. Register here for the Keynote with Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum: https://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/gsma-celebration/event-registration-keynote-councilwoman-rosemary-ketchum/.
Thai Nattasin D.C.’s mission is to showcase the rich culture and history of Thailand through song and dance. Thai classical dance is very elegant, graceful, filled with brilliant colors and has a radiating presence. A great deal of symbolism is displayed in their complex and beautifully executed fingers and hands movements.
Their performance will take you back 1500 years. As they travel back in time to celebrate Thailand’s 4 dynasties, the spectacular ornate costumes and jewelry will offer the audience a rare glimpse of the greatness and wonders that each dynasty had to offer during their reign, leading to the creation of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Mrs. Black is Oglala Lakota and is originally from South Dakota. She has worked for more than 40 years in American Indian issues at the American Indian Policy Review Commission; Indian Health Service, First Nations Development Institute, and with the National Congress of American Indians. She was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability and in 2013 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability for Young Americans. She currently serves as Board Vice President of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), and as chairperson for First Peoples Fund. She serves as a Trustee for the Native American Agriculture Fund. She also serves on the board of trustees for the National Indian Child Welfare Association and advisory committee for the National Congress of American Indians’ Policy Research Center. She has also served on: the board of directors for the Hitachi Foundation; the board of governors for Honoring Excellence in the Governance of Tribal Nations (Honoring Nations) of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; and the board of directors for the Council on Foundations where she was the treasurer and a member of the Executive, Finance and Investment, Membership, and Governance Committees. Register here for the Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote: Sherry Salway Black.