Campus Currents

February 5, 2018

Arts & Ideas Speaker Ethan Zuckerman

Arts & Ideas: Rewarding Disobediece

Rewarding Disobedience: A Talk by Ethan Zuckerman
February 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

As Director of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ethan Zuckerman helped create the Disobedience Award, a $250,000 cash prize awarded to a person or group who has made a positive difference through ethical disobedience. New ideas are often uncomfortable ideas, and the Disobedience Award rewards rebels, free thinkers, innovators, and disrupters for breaking established rules, speaking truth to power, and envisioning the unimaginable.

Below is a description of the most recent winners of the Disobedience Awards:

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Marc Edwards are scientists who became activists, using rigorous research to investigate the concerns of citizens in Flint, Michigan to unravel a mystery that many in positions of power would have preferred to keep under wraps. Both faced harassment and ridicule for their work and risked academic sanctions for defying conventions of peer review as they sought to bring attention to Flint's water crisis before more people were affected. Their work shows that science and scholarship are as powerful tools for social change as art and protest, and it challenges those of us in academia to use our powers for good.

Bias and Bystander Training Presented at FSU

By Allison Wharton, publications intern

Four actors stand on stage with their backs facing the audience. They take turns facing the crowd, stating microaggressions they experience, then turning back.

Examples referenced stereotypes based on a person’s gender, race or sexuality.

According to facilitator Jana Jacobson, microaggressions are “everyday things that happen to marginalized groups.”

Jacobson along with the actors, Austyn, Tyler, Jake and Tonasia are a part of True to Life, an organization that specializes in communication and relationship training. They came to FSU to present a Bias and Bystander prevention program on Jan. 31 in the Forum.

Bias follows microaggression, said Jacobson.

Following the demonstration, the actors showed what everyday bias looks like. The four main characters were Mike (Tyler), his roommate Sam (Jake), Mike’s girlfriend Ally (Austyn) and her friend Sasha (Tonasia).

Mike and Ally were discussing how kind Sam is when Mike suddenly says, “He’s nice for one of them,” referring to Jake’s Indian decent. Ally is shocked and confused by the statement. But Mike continues, saying, “Luckily he is not a Muslim.” Ally then points out how wrong stereotyping is and should not be a laughing manner.

Following the scene, Tonasia introduced a list of spoken reactions one can use when presented with bias. She used the acronym CARE - Challenge Appropriately, Relate and Educate. Depending on the situation and the person, one can chose one or more responses, said Tonasia.

The audience was able to participate by texting what response Ally should use in the situation. They chose challenge appropriately, which the actor then demonstrated such response in a calm and attentive manner.

The second scenario showed Mike placing a strange note under Sasha’s door which was later discovered by Sasha and Ally. It was shown to have a swastika on it. Sam saw Mike create the note and Ally had previous suspicion towards Mike.

They each had an opportunity to speak to Mike about what they saw.

Jacobson then introduced the three physical actions one can take when presented with a biased position either personally or as a witness. The three options are step up or taking charge of the situation. Step over and ask someone for reinforcements, and step out which refers to using campus resources, such as campus police, for help.

Once again, the audience voted on which physical action to take. Both Sam and Ally performed step up which resulted in confronting Mike about his prank and giving him the ultimatum of turning himself in or else they would.

“The phrase ‘say what you see’ is great in any situation,” said Jacobson. “Just make a choice. Doing nothing is bad. … It is time to take a stand for what you believe in, for what community you want to have and the world you want to live in.”

Celebrating Black History Month!

Project Resilience
February 9, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

The Center for Inclusive Excellence and FSU students’ sophomore Keenor Anum-Sowah and first-year Carlos Barbosa invite you to Project Resilience! Join us as we celebrate Black History Month for a multi-talent showcase of Black Empowerment. Performances by spoken word artists, dancers, singers and more! Show your support and solidarity to the students impacted by the recent hate crimes.

Challenging Your Bias Workshop Series
February 5, 2018, February 12, 2018, & February 21, 2018
1:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence

A three-part series that showcases how to understand your own biases and challenge these biases, then understand how even the most adept individuals commit microinequities and microaggressions without even knowing it. In the final part of this workshop, learn how to overcome these microinequities and transform them into microaffirmations, becoming an active ally by standing up for discrimination in a safe way when you see it occurring. Presenter Lisa Harrison will facilitate workshops. As a Latinx genderqueer person, Lisa has not only professional experience with delivering diversity training but also shares personal experiences of how diversity has impacted her life.

For questions about any of the events listed, please contact Chon’tel Washington at All are welcomed and encouraged to attend all events!

BSU Trip to Philadelphia
Friday, Feb. 16th to Sunday, Feb. 18th

Making the Most of FSU from involvement to internships. How to start reaching your goals.
Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 12:30 p.m. in McCarthy Center 419

Defend DACA
Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum

Diversity Book Group Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar
Wednesday, Feb. 28, at noon, Veterans Center, Crocker Annex

Midday Performance Series: Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble

February 5, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Join us for the first Midday Performance of the semester: L'Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky, performed by the Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble. This 1918 work for clarinet, violin, double-bass bassoon, trombone, cornet, and percussion tells the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in exchange for riches. The Nashoba Valley Chamber Ensemble is made up of musicians who perform throughout the New England area.

11th Annual Family Fun Day

Join the fun as we celebrate our 11th Annual Family Fun Day!

Sunday, Feb. 25th, Noon-3 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum
(Snow date is March 4th)

Bring the family and enjoy exciting games, arts and crafts, and a live animal show. Light refreshments will be provided.

E-mail with questions.

Save the Date: Orientation 2018

Wednesday, May 30
Transfer Orientation, 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
All Majors

Monday, June 18
First-Year Orientation I, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

STEM Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Mathematics, Physics and Earth Science, Pre-Engineering, Environmental Science & Policy

Tuesday, June 19
First-Year Orientation II, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education

Thursday, June 21
First-Year Orientation III, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Arts & Humanities: Studio Art, Art History, Music, Communication Arts, English, Fashion Design & Retailing, History, World Languages/Spanish/ASL, Liberal Studies

Friday, June 22
First-Year Orientation IV, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Business Department: Accounting, Business & Information Technology, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing

Monday, June 25
First-Year Orientation V, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Social & Behavioral Sciences:  Geography, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Global Studies

Tuesday, June 26
First-Year Orientation VI, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Undeclared Majors

Wednesday, June 27
Transfer & First-Year Orientation*, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

All Majors

Wednesday, August 15
First-Year Orientation, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

All Majors

Thursday, August 16
Transfer Orientation, 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

All Majors

February Bakealong at FSU

Join us to make King Arthur's February bakealong recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberries. Open to students, staff, faculty and their families.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Food and Nutrition Lab, Hemenway Hall Room 209

Event is limited to the first 15 people to signup. E-mail Sponsored by the Department of Food and Nutrition.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:

Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!


9:00 a.m.- Noon: Sherwin Williams
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: U.S. Army & ACV ENVIRO


9:00 a.m.—noon: Sigma, Inc.
noon – 3:00 p.m.: People Ready & Nordstrom
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: Walden St. School


noon—3:00 p.m.: Mini Miracles & Weddington Way


9:00 a.m.— noon: Mutual of Omaha & The Key Program
noon-2:45 p.m.: First Help Financial & St. John’s Prep
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: St. John’s Prep


9:00 a.m.—noon:
noon—3:00 p.m.: Walker


Noon to 3 p.m.: Health Drive Corporation


3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: The Bridge of Central Mass.

The Washington Center -Thursday, February 8

Info Table 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. MC Lobby

Info Session 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. MC 1839 Room

Test out your career path with an internship in Washington, D.C.

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event

Wednesday, February 21,  4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

STEM Panel—Employers will speak about the work they do  and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.   

Speed Networking—Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.

Resume Critique—Employers will do a quick resume critique of students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

The Math Works Career Day

Thursday, February 22

Time:  1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. (Info. Session)  MC Alumni Room

            2:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. (General Discussion) MC 514

Hear about the many opportunities at Math Works. All majors welcome! Please call the career services and employer relations office to find out more information!

Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Avidia Bank Site Tour & Polished Professional Networking Event

Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.,

Avidia Bank, 270 Cochituate Rd., Framingham

Hear about the many opportunities in the banking industry beyond “teller” jobs, like Financial Technology jobs, Electronic Services, Marketing, Human Resources and more. Open to all majors. Preregistration required. Registration and transportation available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the CSER Office at 205-626-4625.

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Wednesday, March 28,  4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available.  Over 55 employers from the business, human services, non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your RamTrack  account to view full list of organizations.

SAVE THE DATE: MERC Education Fair

Thursday, April 19,  9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at B.U.

Come to the largest education fair in New England -  Over 100 school systems and agencies attend!  Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools.

Register at:

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, had the second edition of his Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers with Applications published by Wiley. This 680-page book is his 11th overall.

-The Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham will have an exhibit featuring the work of students of FSU Visiting Lecturer Carol O'Malia. Artists featured include FSU students Emily Bowling and Sergio Lopez, as well as Patti Bossange from the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs. The exhibit will up from February 16 to March 24, 2018.

-Fall 2017 graduate in Sociology Youngsu Lim was recently accepted into Columbia University Medical School for the PhD in Nursing beginning May 18. 

Upcoming events

Beyond Sports- The Impact of the Black Athlete on Society

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Diversity & Inclusion

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event

Thursday, February 21, 2019

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Career Services and Employer Relations

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