Center for International Studies

Minority Health Month: April 2016

Western Illinois University will join the nation in recognizing April as Minority Health Month with a variety of activities that have been planned to kickoff the month-long celebration.

This year's theme is Health Environments: A Foundation for Accelerating Health Equity

If you would like to plan activities or share ideas with your hometown, the national tool kit is available at


Minority Health Month Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 6

Health Fair: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Multicultural Center

  • There will be health screenings, presentations, and health information provided on various topics from organizations with WIU and the Macomb community. This event is free and open to the public!
  • All minors must be accompanied by a guardian . If you have any questions or a disability that may require accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact JoAnn Hairston-Jones at (309) 298-3225 or Dr. Lorette Oden at (309) 298-1076.

"Get Yourself Tested": 8:30 am – 3:30 pm 

  • Free HIV testing:   University Union Concourse
  • Free STI testing to the first 90 students (excluding 12 - 1 pm):  Beu Health Center.  Register at  

Disability Culture Day: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - University Union Capitol Room

This event will focus on changing the environment to be as accessible as possible, and reinforce society's collective responsibility to provide equal access to academics, programming, and spaces.  This year's theme is "Identity," and different presentations that intersect with that theme will be featured.

  • "Creating a Safe Space Beyond Power and Privilege": 10 am
    Presented by Ron Pettigrew, academic adviser (Distance Education Support); Tawnya Adkins-Covert, professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department; Carl Simien; director, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center; and Pedro Bidegaray, director, Study Abroad and Outreach, Center for International Studies
  • "Reducing Abelist Acceptance": 11 am
    Presented by Lora Ebert Wallace, professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department
  • "Mapping Out Identity": Noon
    Presented by Julie Williams-Lawless, assistant professor, Geology; Jeremy Robinett, assistant professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
  • "Queerability": 1 pm
    Presented by Allison Hartman, Geology/Biology major
  • "Disability Theory in Young Adult Literature": 2 pm
    Presented by Alisha White, assistant professor, English
Thursday, April 7

"Cardiovascular Diseases:  Growing Health Threat in Nigeria":  3:00 pm - Stipes 121

  • Presentation by Ife Oyebode


Monday, April 11

"GI Tract Cancers are Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable:  Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention":  4:00 pm -  Stipes 121

  • Presentation by Dr. James Gonzales (MD General Surgery, McDonough District Hospital, Macomb Medical Group)


Tuesday, April 12

"Our Big Fat Greek Evening":  6:00 pm (door opens at 5:30 pm) - Lamoine Room, University Union

  • Presentations and a free Greek meal presented by the Food and Culture Club


Thursday, April 14

"Transporting Hazardous Cargoes Through Low Income Neighborhoods":  12:30 pm - University Union Capitol Room 

  • Presentation by Dr. Hal Marchand (Health Sciences and Social Work) 


Tuesday, April 19

  "Effects of Ethnic Disparities on Mental Health of American Children":  3:30 pm - University Union Capitol Room

  •   Presentation by Oluwatosin Omoniyi


Thursday, April 21

Spiritual Health Panel Discussion: 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Multicultural Center (Multipurpose Room)

  • Featuring Shyan Edwards (Rastafarianism), Sravani Singirikonda (Hinduism), Bayan Aljamal (Islam), Ron Pettigrew (Christianity), and Shlomo Brabham (Reformed Judaism)


Friday, April 22

World Cup Soccer Tournament: 4:00 - 7:00 pm - Vince Grady Field

  • Games will be played using Intramural Outdoor Soccer rules (6 vs. 6 including goalie). Teams will consist of a minimum of five players and a maximum of nine players. Any team may be co-ed, all male, or all female. We will not have separate brackets for this tournament.  The cost to play will be $5 per player.  All proceeds will go towards Doctors Without Borders
  • Tournament will continue to Saturday, April 23rd from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm if needed.


Monday, April 25

"Why We Need Local and Organic Food":  4:00 pm -  Stipes 121

  • Presentation by Dr. Joel Gruel, Dr. Gordon Rands, and John Curtis


Tuesday, April 26

Alcohol Addiction Panel Discussion:  3:00 pm - Stipes 121

  • Featuring Riyal Das, Oluwatosin Omoniyi, Dr. Hal Marchard, Ms. Johanna Graham, Dr. Judy Berglund (Health Sciences and Social Work), Jason Worley, AOD Staff


Wednesday, April 27

Cultural Café - Morocco: 12:00 pm -  University Union Grand Ballroom

  • Presentation by Johanna Lemon and free lunch


Wednesday, April 27

"The Hunting Ground" Screening:  7:00 pm -  Multicultural Center

  • Documentary screening about sexual assault on college campuses


Thursday, April 28

Keynote Address: 7:00 pm -  University Union Lamoine Room

  • Presentation by Dr. James M. Jeffries, III
  • Featuring information about disparities in health care


Friday, April 29

Arbor Day/We Care