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Shawnee Community College president brings keynote speech at MLK breakfast

Peggy F. Bradford served as the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. In June, Bradford was hired as Shawnee Community College’s eighth president — and its first female and its first African-American president. Bradford received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SIU. Read more about her remarkable history here. On Monday, Bradford urged attendees…

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SIU cheerleaders honored at NAACP MLK Breakfast

From The Southern Illinoisan: Three Southern Illinois University cheerleaders who took a knee during the national anthem at Saluki games were honored by the Carbondale Branch NAACP on Monday morning at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. Alaysia Brandy, Ariahn Hunt and Czarina Tinker, all sophomores, first began kneeling in protest of police brutality in September and…

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Bryson named interim associate chancellor for diversity

From an SIU news release: Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced today (Jan. 11) the appointment of Todd S. Bryson as the interim associate chancellor for diversity. The appointment was effective this week. Bryson, of Carbondale, is an alumnus of SIU and has served in a number of roles at the university, including positions largely focusing on diversity…

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Cheerleaders: SIU administration hiding us during national anthem

SIU cheerleaders who began protesting during the national anthem during the football season say that the administration is now trying to hide them at other sporting events. From the Daily Egyptian: The incident took place three weeks after Hunt and sophomore cheerleaders Czarina Tinker and Alaysia Brandy knelt in protest during the national anthem before a football game against Northern…

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Students plan to launch social media campaign for Africana Studies

Excerpts from the Daily Egyptian and check out the broadcast interview from WSIL TV: To try to save the Africana studies program from being cut, students are putting together a video campaign to raise awareness and support of the department. … The possibility it could still be eliminated is concerning to students like Kelechi Agwuncha, one of the campaign’s organizers.…

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Video: National expert gives first SIU diversity lecture

This fall, SIU held its Inaugural Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lecture, featuring Tim Wise, a nationally renowned anti-racism activist and writer. A video of the speech was sent to all alumni along with a message from SIU system President Randy Dunn. Check out the full video below to hear Wise’s powerful message!

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SIU hires Africana philosophy specialist

From the Daily Egyptian: The newest hire to the philosophy department comes as the first ever at SIU in his area of expertise; professor Alfred Frankowski is the university’s only Africana philosophy specialist. Frankowski focuses on a range of areas within that specialty, including critical philosophy of race, African American and Africana philosophy, aesthetics, post-colonialism and critical genocide studies, according…

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SIU Diversity Council creating cultural competency curriculum

From the Daily Egyptian: Members of the Diversity Council say they are working on a proposal to add cultural competency into the curriculum that they will present to the chancellor by the end of the semester. In the first draft of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s academic reorganization, he said he tasked the Diversity Council with incorporating cultural competency in the core…

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SIU alumna to play professional basketball in Serbia

From The Southern Illinoisan: Recent SIU graduate Rishonda Napier became the eighth Saluki women’s basketball player to sign a professional contract Tuesday, inking a deal with ZKK Kraljevo of Kraljevo, Serbia. The ZKK Kraljevo play in both the First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia (ZLS) and the WABA League. The First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia is a 12-team league…

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Business college honors ‘Emerging Saluki Leader’ awards

From the SIU press office: Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business has chosen as its 2017 Emerging Saluki Leader Award winners. The award honors alumni who have graduated from the college within the past 15 years for their outstanding work within business, academia or government sectors, nonprofit organizations, and their community service. This year, the college is honoring three…

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