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The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is a system-wide department charged with monitoringthe University’s compliance with federal, state and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment. This includes investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment, making policy recommendations, advising units about hiring policies and processes, offering mandated training within the University community, ensuring educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities, and monitoring compliance with the University's affirmative action initiatives.
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Native American Heritage Month
In response to an effort by many to gain a day of recognition for the great influence American Indians have had upon the U.S., Congress designated a week of October to celebrate Native American Awareness Week in 1976. Yearly legislation was enacted to continue the tradition until August 1990, when President Bush approved the designation of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year a similar proclamation is issued. President Clinton noted in 1996, "Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against all odds, America's first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence." November is an appropriate month for the celebration because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, powwows, dances and various feasts. The holiday recognizes hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages, and celebrates the history, tradition, and values of American Indians. National American Indian Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the positive effect native peoples have had on the cultural development and growth of the U.S., as well as the struggles and challenges they have faced.
Check the MSU Master Calendar for month-long activities hosted by the Office of Multicultural Programs.
Admission:Open to current students, alumni, faculty, staff, community, visitors.
Veterans Day 2013 Events
The Alliance for Veterans would like to invite all faculty, staff and students veterans, along with their guests, to attend the Veterans Day events on Friday, November 8th. This year’s theme is a historical look at the unique position of Missouri during the American Civil War. Events include complimentary recognition breakfast and a presentation by Dr. William Piston, noted author and Professor of History at Missouri State University. The breakfast and presentation will be from 8:00 am – 9:30 am in the PSU Ballroom.
Please register online at http://alliance.missouristate.edu/ for the breakfast by Tuesday, November 5th. The breakfast is open to all veterans and their guest with the following activities open to the public.
The breakfast and presentation will be followed by:
- Missouri State University Canteen Show at 9:45am featuring a live performance by the Hibernotes in the PSU Food Court.
- A concert by the Civil War Ensemble and Trumpet Choir at 10:30am on the McDonald Arena steps.
- The Taps Project at Missouri State University at 11:00am following the concert on the McDonald Arena steps. Trumpeters across campus will play the 24 notes of military taps to signalize remembrance of the fallen.
- Veterans Day Panel Discussion, “Voices of the Civil War in Missouri: A Talk with Veterans” from 11:30am to 12:30pm in Plaster Student Union Room 315. Panel includes Dr. William Piston and Dr. Stephen Trobisch. Co-hosted by Office of Multicultural Programs and the Alliance for Veterans Committee.
Additional information on activities is located at http://alliance.missouristate.edu/ . Please join us to honor those who have served and are currently serving in our US military.
Martin Luther King Day
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gained national prominence during the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1955–1956 and soon became the acknowledged national leader of the growing movement to obtain civil rights for African Americans. His commitment to nonviolence, his courage, and the moral power of his vision, eloquently expressed in masterful oratory and writings, won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Toward the end of his life King became convinced of the interrelatedness of all forms of social, economic, and military oppression, and broadened the sphere of his activism. He spoke out against U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam and was preparing to lead a massive Poor People's March on Washington when he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, while helping to organize the city’s sanitation workers. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday is observed nationally on the third Monday in January.