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WIU to Celebrate Minority Health Month in April

March 31, 2015

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MACOMB, IL — Starting Wednesday, April 1, the Western Illinois University community will begin commemorating National Minority Health Month at WIU. A variety of activities have been planned (schedule of events listed below) to celebrate the month-long event, which has a theme of "Equity and Ethics: Personal Health and Social Responsibility."

According to Janell McGruder, program assistant at the WIU Centennial Honors College, as part of the social responsibility component of Minority Health Month, WIU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join a special volunteer challenge throughout April and log their volunteer hours online via the website.

"We are challenging the campus community to give back and log the hours they volunteer on All they have to do is go to, click 'Find Your Organization,' key in 'Western Illinois University,' register and individuals can then log their hours. There is a phone app as well," McGruder explained.

Minority Health Month at WIU, April 2015 Schedule

Health Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, Multicultural Center

  • There will be health screenings, presentations and health information provided on various topics from organizations at WIU and the Macomb community.
  • Presentation by WIU Department of Health Sciences and Social Work Professor Fetene Gebrewold.
  • A guardian must accompany all minors. If you have any questions or a disability that may require accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, contact the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center at (309) 298-2220.

6-7:30 p.m. "Game Night: The Last Straw," Thursday, April 2, Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge
Come and play this board game that covers the social determinants of health; hosted by WIU Department of Anthropology and Sociology Professor Lora Wallace.

noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, WIU Veterans Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Warren and McDonough Counties Miniature Golf Fundraiser
See for more information.

1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, "Coffee, Culture, Conversation: Health Education," Multicultural Center Activities Room
Learn about health education systems in different cultures. Free coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, Black History Month Keynote Lecture, Morgan Hall 109
Duke University African American Studies Professor Mark Anthony Neal (rescheduled from February); see for more information.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Disability Culture Day, University Union Capitol Rooms
See for more information.

noon, Wednesday, April 8, "Cultural Café—Costa Rica," University Union Heritage Room

3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, "Korengal" Screening, University Union Sandburg Theatre
A 4:30 p.m. panel discussion about the film will follow in the University Union Basement. See for more information. In addition, staff from the University Counseling Center will be available following the film screening in the Sandburg Lounge. The screening is sponsored by WIU's Veterans Resource Center.

4-7 p.m. Friday, April 10 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11: World Cup Soccer Tournament, Vince Grady Field
Registration due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 7; see for more information.

4-10 p.m. Friday, April 10, Relay for Life at WIU, University Union Quad
All funds go to the American Cancer Society to help in the fight against cancer. See for more information.

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, "Health Around the World" Presentation, Stipes Hall 121
Hear from several international students about health issues in their countries.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 14-15, Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Tests at Beu Health Center
Free to the first 150 students, and pre-registration is required. Students can pre-register Tuesday-Wednesday, April 8-9 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the University Union Concourse or from 3-6 p.m. at Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Spiritual Health Panel Discussion, Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
With Department of English and Journalism Professor Mohammad Siddiqi; Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Chair Gordon Pettit; Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Instructor Jenny Caplan; Facilities Management Building Service Worker Shlomo Brabham; and School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Academic Advisor Ron Pettigrew.

3 p.m. Monday, April 20, "Nutritional Negligence Among the Youth," Stipes Hall 121
Join Riyal Das, graduate student in the health sciences and social work department, and learn more about this important topic.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, "Waiting Room" Screening, Stipes Hall 121
For more information, see

6-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25, "Dealing with Differences Institute: Speak Out, Step Up, Stand Together," University Union and Multicultural Center
Thursday, and all day Friday and Saturday. See for more information.

6 p.m. Monday, April 27, "Life on the Fringe, University Union Lamoine Room
Presented by the Food and Culture Club.

1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, "It's a Small World After All: Diseases and the Traveler" Keynote Presentation, Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
Presented by Beu Student Health Center Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Waters.

noon-4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, Beep Ball, Vince Grady Field
Stop by and learn how to play baseball designed for the visually impaired, or register to compete in the tournament (teams of six to eight individuals). The tournament will begin at noon, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Registration forms are available at Campus Recreation and due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 27. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, the Center for International Studies, WIU's Disability Resource Center, Jani Annual International Home (JAIHO) Sporting Event and Students for Disability Awareness.

In addition, check for more information and an updated list of events.

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