Heritage Series

OMSA's Heritage Series celebrates the communities we serve throughout the academic year.  Heritage Series speakers address current events as they impact our multicultural communities.

To request accommodations, please contact OMSA at 773.702.5710 or omsa@uchicago.edu.

Heritage Series: Evette Dionne

Wednesday, November 8th


Center for Identity + Inclusion - Community Lounge
5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.


Please click here to reserve your free ticket.

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Evette Dionne is a Black feminist culture writer and scholar. Presently, she’s the senior editor at Bitch Media. Join us for her discussion on Blackness, femininity, and the failure of the body positivity movement as it ties into the one-year anniversary of the election.

Evette Dionne is a Black feminist culture writer, and scholar. Presently, she’s the senior editor at Bitch Media. Evette is a regular contributor to Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Hello Beautiful, Clutch Magazine, and Bustle, where she covers race, feminism, popular culture, television, film, and Black womanhood.

Her reported features, cultural commentary, and personal essays have also been published in/on the New York Times, Romper, Harper’s Bazaar, The Toast, MIC, VIBE Vixen, xoJane, The Root, For Harriet, Urban Cusp, Ravishly, LoveBrownSugar, Madame Noire, Betty Confidential and Uptown Magazine. Before joining Bitch, Evette worked as a founding senior editor at Revelist.

She’s an independent women’s studies scholar who uses critical theories like Black Feminist Thought, Critical Race Theory, and Strategic Whiteness to examine Black female sexualities and pleasure within media texts, including film, television, and music videos. She’s published book chapters about Tyler Perry’s For Better and Worseand Beyoncé’s self-titled album.

All are welcome to her keynote.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Co-sponsored by the Health Promotion and Wellness, The Body Project, and the Organization of Black Students (OBS).


Heritage Series: Diane Nash

Monday, April 10, 2017


Reynolds Club - Mandel Hall
5706 S. University Ave.


Please click here to reserve your free ticket.


A Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee and was one of the founding students of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. Her many arrests for her civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she went on to join a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Nash later became active in the peace movement that worked to end the Vietnam War, and became an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence as developed by Mohandas Gandhi.

Diane Nash is the recipient of numerous awards, including the War Resisters’ League Peace Award; the Distinguished American Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library; the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; and an honorary doctorate of human letters from Fisk University, her alma mater. Most recently, Nash delivered the 2009 Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture in Liverpool, England. Her work has been cited in numerous books, documentaries, magazines, and newspaper articles, and she has appeared on such TV shows and films as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls, and PBS’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965.

All are welcome to her keynote.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Organization of Black Students (OBS), Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), and School of Social Service Administration (SSA).

Heritage Series: Latina Rebels

with writer/blogger Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez 

Monday, January 23, 2017


Reynolds Club - Mandel Hall

5706 S. University Ave.

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Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez is a grassroots foreign citizen, maneuvering and resisting assimilation and respectability politics through what she calls her chonga Mujerista ethic. She is the founder of Latina Rebels, an online platform that boasts over 150k followers. She is from Managua, Nicaragua currently living in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School.

All are welcome to her discussion and keynote titled Woke Brown Girl: A Postcolonial Conversation Around Upholding a Latina Experience.

Presented by OMSA, MEChA de UChicago, and the Organization of Latin American Students 

Heritage Series: Matika Wilbur

Monday, November 14, 2016


Center for Identity + Inclusion

5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.


photo by Matika Wilbur

Join Matika Wilbur, photographer of Project 562, in a conversation about abandoning stereotypes, going beyond appropriation of indigenous cultures, and renewing our consciousness toward Native Americans.

Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 is an inspiring artistic adventure unfolding the living history of North America’s ancient peoples. Over the last three years and 250,000 miles, Wilbur, one of the nation’s leading photographers, has journeyed tirelessly to hear the stories and imbibe the culture and wisdom of the original peoples of the land. From Alaska to the Southwest, Louisiana to upper Maine, to date she has acquired exquisite portraits and compelling narratives from over 300 tribes. The stunning and unprecedented work of Project 562 has been featured in national and international media, attracted scores of thousands of visitors to galleries and museums in the U.S. and around the world, been awarded leading creativity grants, and drawn invitations from leading universities and institutions. Wilbur’s artistic mission has caused such intense conversation and transformative awareness about the vibrant, multifaceted identity of Native Americans she is brilliantly exploring.

Presented by OMSA

Heritage Series: Jeff Chang

Monday, October 10, 2016

7:00pm | Doors Open at 6:30pm

University Church

5655 S. University Ave.

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photo by Jeremy Keith Villaluz

Jeff Chang, author of We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, leads a discussion on the role of artists and activists in social and cultural change. The event will feature performances by a variety of poets and spoken word artists. 

Presented by OMSA, University Church, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), Arts + Public Life, and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools 

Heritage Series: Adrienne Keene

Thursday, March 31, 2016


McCormick Tribune Lounge

Reynolds Club

5706 S. University Ave.


"Learning to Lead from Behind the Keyboard: Representations, Activism, and Native Appropriation"

Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) is a Native scholar and the creator of Native Appropriations, a blog discussing cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in fashion, film, music, and other forms of pop culture.

Keene holds a doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on college access for Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) students and the role of precollege access programs in student success. She has worked closely with a nonprofit called College Horizons, which assists Native students in the college application process, as a participant, alumna, faculty member, and now researcher.

Presented by OMSA  

Heritage Series: Issa Rae

Monday, November 9, 2015

7:00 pm | Doors Open at 6:30pm
Mandel Hall - 1131 E. 57th Street


Get up close and awkward with producer, writer, and director Issa Rae. Rae will be in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart, UChicago Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Interim Director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.  Following the discussion, Rae will sign copies of her first book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

Free with advanced registration – limited seating available, 1 ticket per registration. This event is currently sold out, but individuals may sign up for the waitlist here.

This event is presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the Center for Identity + Inclusion,  the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), Creative Writing, Arts + Public Life, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media, Black Cinema House, and the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores. 

Heritage Series: Junot Díaz

Monday, October 19, 2015

7:00 pm | Doors open at 6:30pm
Mandel Hall - 1131 E. 57th Street


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will discuss his works in light of current events and the changing landscape for writers of color.  

Free with advanced registration – limited seating available, 1 ticket per registration


Ticket reservations will be available on Monday, September 28th at 12pm CDT through Eventbrite here.

This event is a part of the OMSA Heritage Series and is a collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the Center for Identity + Inclusion, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), Creative Writing, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), and Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS). 

Heritage Series: Los Otros Dreamers

Laying Claim to Bilingual and Bicultural Identity

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

6:00 pm
5710 S. Woodlawn


Jill Anderson, co-author of Los Otros Dreamers, leads a discussion exploring the experiences and narratives of transborder identity. The presentation will also explore the dynamics and gaps between border-crossing identities and trans/binational citizenship.

Personal narratives will be presented by undocumented youth leaders who grew up in the United States and are currently living in Mexico. Books will be available for purchase at the event (cash only).

Please RSVP through Eventbrite.

This event is a part of the OMSA Heritage Series and is a collaboration between the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Co-sponsored by UChicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights (UCCIR), Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA), Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, and Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences. 

Heritage Series: Eddie Huang

Monday, April 6, 2015

7:00 pm
Logan Center for the Arts
Performance Hall

915 E. 60th St.


Chef, Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat, & Host for Vice and MTV

Space is limited.  Reserve your FREE ticket through Eventbrite starting on Monday, March 9 at NOON.

Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, was hailed by the New York Times as “Bawdy and frequently hilarious...a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America...as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan.” A new sitcom based on the book, airing on ABC, is the first Asian American family centric TV series in nearly 20 years. Huang is a producer on the show (also called Fresh Off the Boat), which stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, and Ian Chen as Evan. The sitcom has already been called "a long-overdue win for Asian-American representation in the primetime slot" (PolicyMic).

Presented by OMSA and PanAsia.  

Heritage Series:

For More We Turn to

Jessica Williams

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mandel Hall

Reynolds Club
5706 S University Ave.

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Actress, writer, and all-around funny lady Jessica Williams will share her insights on her career in comedy, leading to her current role as a correspondent on "The Daily Show."

UPDATE: Tickets are free, but currently SOLD OUT.  Please click here to add your name to our waitlist.  If additional tickets are available, you will be notified on Monday, January 26 after 5:00pm.  

Presented by OMSA, Logan Arts Center, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media, and Office of International Affairs. This event is part of International Women's Day.  

Heritage Series: Appropriation of Native American Cultures and Sports Team Mascots

Monday, October 13, 2014

5710 S. Woodlawn 


Charlene Teters, acting president of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, will offer remarks, screen a portion of the film In Whose Honor?, and engage us in dialogue about popular depictions of Native Americans in school athletics and professional sports franchises across the country.

Presented by OMSA and Physical Education and Athletics

Heritage Series: Sounds of Latin America

Monday, February 3, 2014

5710 S. Woodlawn 


This program features highly acclaimed performance groups AfriCaribe and Fandanguero.  All are welcome to join us for an educational and enjoyable evening.  Dinner will be served.

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AfriCaribe is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion, and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through music, dance, theatre, and other artistic mediums. The group's primary focus is on the presence of African cultures in the Caribbean and the music-dance form of Bomba. AfriCaribe acknowledges the offerings of the past and fuses them with original ideas, thereby contributing to an evolving culture. The group uses history to develop a space in which people in struggle for cultural survival can preserve, create, and develop traditions.

Fandanguero is a Chicago-based Folkloric ensemble that focuses on two genres of music. The first genre is Son Jarocho which is a 300 year-old tradition that originated in Veracruz, México, and the second is Son Montuno, which originated in Cuba. Fandanguero maintains their originality without forgetting the deep-rooted origins of the music, creating artistic performances filled with color and jubliation, which invite the body to dance, the mind to think, and the soul to feel.

Presented by OMSA

Heritage Series: Kip Fulbeck

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Logan Arts Center
915 E. 60th St.


Identity in a Modern World: Nationally renowned speaker, artist, and slam poet Kip Fulbeck uses a combination of spoken word, short film, and photography to explore our individual identities and values, tackling the larger questions of who we are, how we define ourselves, and how we engage with those around us.  Book signing will immediately follow this event.  For questions, please contact Emy Cardoza at ecardoza@uchicago.edu.

Presented by OMSA and the Logan Arts Center

Heritage Series: Marc Lamont Hill

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Law School Auditorium
1111 E. 60th St.


Professor, author and cultural critic Dr. Marc Lamont Hill offers a critical analysis of the current social and political moment, adding a depth of understanding to the country’s changing paradigms on diversity, hip-hop culture, youth, politics, and national issues.  Book signing will immediately follow this event.  For questions, please contact Emy Cardoza at ecardoza@uchicago.edu.

Presented by OMSA