Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

26 01 2010

7:00pm on Tuesday, January 26th in the MCC.  This documentary covers the life and
work of black, gay, and Quaker civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Following the film, there will be food and informal discussion.  This
event is co-sponsored by SAGA, QuaC and BSL.


Your Black Is Not Like Mine: How Gender Complicates African American Politics by Melissa Harris-Lacewell

26 01 2010

Dear faculty and staff,

On behalf of  the Office of Intercultural Affairs and The Sisterhood, I would like to invite you to hear this year’s Black History Month keynote speaker, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ph.D. discuss “Your Black Is Not Like Mine: How Gender Complicates African American Politics” on Wednesday February 10, 2010 at 7:00PM in Thomas Great Hall. Dr. Harris-Lacewell is Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is a regular contributor to MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and to The Nation magazine. Author of the award-winning book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, she is currently at work on a new book: Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn’t Enough.

Web site for your reference:

We hope to see you there!


Chris MacDonald-Dennis

Asian Expo at Villanova University

24 01 2010

For over a decade, Villanova University’s Asian Students’ Association (ASA) has held its annual cultural show, Asian Expo. This event showcases student performances and guest performers of Asian cultures and is our association’s largest event, with an attendance of more than 500 people. ASA is proud to present Asian Expo for this school year on Saturday, January 30th. A portion of the proceeds of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to Catholic Relief Services to help those affected by the massive disasters in the Asian-Pacific region.

The Asian Expo Committee has dedicated much time and effort in organizing the show and students have been devoted to choreographing, learning, and practicing their performances. This year’s acts integrate traditional dances, such as the Philippine Tinikling, with modern dance styles like hip hop.  We will also have a fashion show of traditional Asian attire, and a sampling of various Asian cuisine.  We are also very grateful to have the Ifugao Sustainable Innovation Team as the guest speakers for this year.

Asian Expo will be on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center at Villanova University. Doors open at 6:15 pm and the show will begin at 7 p.m.  If any of the students, clubs, or organizations would like to purchase the ticket in advance, please email Mu Chen at

MLK Lecture on the Impact of King’s Work Today

21 01 2010

Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM in the MCC, Stokes 106, with a reception immediately following – MLK Lecture on the Impact of King’s Work Today.

We are fortunate to have Mr. James Fletcher as our keynote speaker.  Mr. Fletcher is a committed member of the Religious Society of Friends, and has been for 35 years.  He has been a member of a number of Meetings over the years in Connecticut, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Idaho. He also clerked for the Committee for Black Concerns, and the Barrington Dunbar Fund for Black Development in New York.  He co-founded The Fellowship of Friends of African Descent.

He has written numerous publications including “A QUAKER SPEAKS FROM THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: The Life and Times of Barrington Dunbar”, with Carlton MaBee,  “FRIENDS FACE THE WORLD”, with Leonard Kenworthy, and a number of articles, over the years in, FRIENDS JOURNAL and QUAKER LIFE.

Mr. Fletcher currently serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a member of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and MENSA.

Seeking Social Justice Through Nonprofit Organizations

21 01 2010

A workshop presented by

Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab, 1972


The Haverford College Center for Peace & Global Citizenship

Date:  Friday, February 5, 2010

Workshop: 10:00am to 12:00pm; limited enrollment– registration required

Lunch:  12:00pm to 1:00pm, CPGC Café (Stokes 104); lunch open to the community

Ghebre “Gabe” Mehreteab ’72, has had a distinguished and prolific career in non-profit, philanthropy and community organizing. Mr. Mehreteab will be lecturing as part of the President’s Social Justice Speaker Series on Thursday, February 4. The following day, students are invited to join Gabe for an introductory look into the work of nonprofit organizations. Members of the wider community are invited to join the group for lunch, and a discussion on the nonprofit sector and social justice more broadly.

The workshop will offer an in-depth discussion for those interested in the nonprofit sector. The discussion should lead us to separate myths from the facts about working with nonprofit organizations; we will explore the complexities of working for social change, including the politics, infighting, and competition among nonprofits for limited funds.  The purpose of this workshop is to equip students with the right tools, so they emerge better prepared to ethically and meaningfully succeed in internships and careers.

Issues for consideration:

  • What are nonprofit organizations?
  • Who directs the mission: the board of directors, the staff, the funders or the clients?
  • How are they governed and staffed?
  • What are effective roles for volunteers and interns?
  • What are some of the pitfalls of nonprofits (i.e. founder’s syndrome, expertise)?
  • Who funds nonprofit organizations?


Please reply to by January 31, including a brief paragraph on your interest and/or experience in this workshop. Students seeking CPGC support for summer internships are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Janice Lion at, or 610-896-1308.

University of Pennsylvania Chinese New Year

19 01 2010

OMA Internship

14 01 2010

Dear Community,

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is seeing enthusiastic students who are interested in learning more about multiculturalism, social justice and student affairs in a supportive, student-friendly environment.  Our internship program will teach you the fundamentals of program coordination and community outreach.  Some of the projects of the interns will include:  program planning, coordination, and implementation; summer TriCo coordination, website content management, program photography, marketing and outreach, and administrative tasks.

Applications are due January 22.  If interested, please go to

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions,

Frederic MacDonald-Dennis
Interim Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Haverford College