April Educational Programs

Fresh Check Day

April 3, 2018, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Hubbard Park

The University of Iowa will host FRESH CHECK DAY, the second annual campus Mental Health Fair. FRESH CHECK DAY combines the elements of a festive, fun, and interactive fair-like atmosphere with the importance of campus mental health and wellness, suicide prevention, and connecting students with vital campus support resources. Together as a community, the University of Iowa is “Checkin’-In on College Students' Mental Health!”

Created by The Jordan Porco Foundation, FRESH CHECK DAY brings campus together to "check-in" on the mental health and wellness of Iowa students. The event is free and organized by The University Counseling Service along with 20 other campus and community organizations (including Delta Tau Delta & Alpha Chi Omega) committed to campus mental health and wellness. 

FRESH CHECK DAY is Tuesday, April 3rd, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. in Hubbard Park (IMU Main Lounge for weather). Hubbard Park will be transformed into a large fair-like atmosphere bringing together interactive booths combined with food, music, prizes, and great giveaways. Booths feature fun mental health activities along with peer-to peer messaging in a positive, wellness, community-focused setting.

The i'Mpossible Project: A Suicide Prevention Program with Josh Rivedal

April 3, 2018, 6:30-8:00PM, W10 Buchanan Auditorium, PBB

Get excited because Josh Rivedal is coming to town! Josh Rivedal is an author, playwright, and mental health advocate who's here to perform his one-man play about depression and suicide. His "i'Mpossible Project" is a mental health awareness program designed to encourage others to share their stories about their experiences with mental illness. He believes that speaking about his personal experience with depression and suicide will inspire others in similar situations to get help.

Dismantling Rape Culture 

April 5, 2018, 7:00-8:00 PM, Phillips Hall 100 

The lecture will teach students to become familiar with the way in which our society both subtly and overtly supports sexual violence while providing participants a framework to challenge rape culture in their own lives. Nailah Roberts, she is the University Prevention Education Coordinator for RVAP. She is trained in victim counseling and has a strong background in public speaking, presenting, and program development. 

The Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit

April 5, 2018, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM, University of Iowa College of Public Health

As part of the College of Public Health's research week, the Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) will be hosting the Science of Health Equity summit. This event will include a student poster session (light refreshments will be provided), a mixed panel of community and academic partners, a lightening round of staff research perspectives on health equity work, and end with a keynote lecture given by Dr. Kathleen Call and Dr. Farhiya Farah on "Using Community Based Participatory Research to Help Advance Public Health Policy." More information about this event and to register for the event visit the event webpage (https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/news-items/heal-presents-second-annual-science-of-health-equity-summit/). Registration is not mandator, but preferred. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

"I'm First" First-Gen Summit

April 7, 2018, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM, Iowa Memorial Union (2nd floor ballroom)

The purpose of this summit is to recognize, empower, educate, and celebrate the first generation identity for students, staff, and faculty. This event will serve as a resource for those who are prospective first-generation students and those who currently identify as a first-generation. This summit will also help to demystify the first-generation identity, breakdown stereotypes, and educate individuals on the first-generation identity and experience in a post-secondary educational institution like the University of Iowa. This will help make the identity more transparent to those who might not understand it and for those who are first-generation who might not embrace or understand their place at the University of Iowa. 
This event have multiple administration present as well as First-Gen activist speakers as well as breakout sessions to help educate, identify, and decode the things that surround the First-gen identity. There will multiple panels with students, faculty, staff, and community members speaking about their experience as first-gen identities and how it has shaped them.

The National March Against Rape Culture 

April 7, 2018 12:00-2:00 PM, College Green Park 

This event will bring together survivors of sexual violence and allies to express their support, show their lack of complicity and fight against rape culture. The event will begin with a rally and postcard-writing party at College Green park from 9am-10:30am. The march itself will take place from 10:30am-11:30am. Afterwards, a series of workshops will be hosted from 12-2pm on various topics related to consent education including "Consent in Long-Term Partnerships", "Sex and Consent for LGTBQIA", "Raising Consent-Concious Children", and more. 

Renting 101 

April 10, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM, IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom 

Are you unsure of what all the small print on the lease means? Want to find out more about your legal rights as a tenant and the responsibilities of your Landlord? Considering moving out of the residence halls and into an apartment? 

Come to Student Legal Services' event "Renting 101." Enjoy FREE PIZZA while being informed on what you need to consider before and after signing a lease. We will go over the responsibilities of both Landlords and Tenants to help you prevent possible legal issues in the future. We will give you information on how to protect yourself from expensive mistakes or overreaching landlords. Come hungry and if you have any questions, we will help you answer them.

Risky Drinking Documentary Showing 

April 10, 2018, 7:30-11:30 PM, Big Ten Theater 

The University of Iowa's Collegiate Recovery Program in partnership with Strength in Numbers is planning an educational and informative documentary viewing on April 10th at 7:30PM in the Big Ten Theater, the film will start at 8PM. The documentary was aired on HBO is called Risky Drinking. From Oscar(R) and Emmy(R)-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent and journalist/producer Perri Peltz, this film takes a case-study look at the risks of alcohol use and the ways in which the medical community is viewing and treating 'risky drinkers' today. Following the viewing there will be a discussion panel. The panel will include Darrel Kirby a UCS counselor, campus partners, and students in recovery. The discussion will be open to questions and/or thoughts and comments on the film and risky drinking. April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and Strength in Numbers wants to show a film that talks about some of the risks and consequences of drinking, along with sharing success stories of students who have struggled with drugs or alcohol during their time at Iowa. 

UI Through My Eyes: A Showcase 

April 11, 7:00-10:00 PM, IMU Main Ballroom 

alpha Kappa Delta Phi, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Students for Human Rights and the National Residence Hall Honorary, will be hosting UI Through My Eyes: A Showcase. The event will consist of individual and small group performances that are representative of a culture to which they belong, interspersed with brief presentations from guest speakers on topics revolving around identity, intersectionality, and inclusion. There will be a period in which attendees can browse the culturally representative materials (art, clothing, traditions, etc.) that tabling communities have brought, and speak to them about the culture they are representing. During tabling time, there will also be cultural activity booths (like henna) and an interactive philanthropy event (assemblage of hygiene kits) benefiting The Crisis Center. Members of the UI campus community and surrounding general Iowa City community are welcome to participate and attend.  

Food will be served and admission is free! 

A test of Patience: "&MaybeTheyWon'tKillYouA game about Injustice 

April 11, 2018, 6:30-8:00PM, North Room IMU

A Test of Patience is an event sponsored by The Hubbard Group and the Afro House, Where Participants will play "&MaybeTheyWon'tKillyou" A Live-action Role playing game created by Akira Thompson. This game was created to help participants empathies and relate to marginalized groups due to systemic oppression. After a playthrough there will be a facilitated discussion to further unpack and reflect. The discussion will be facilitated by Ken Morris the University of Iowa's Diversity Resources Coordinator. 

Alpha Xi Delta's Autism Understanding and Acceptance Webinar 

April 11, 2018, 7:00-8:00PM, 100 Phillips Hall 

Our main goal for the educational is for a representative from Autism Speaks to explain to the greek community what autism spectrum disorders are and promote their understanding and acceptance. There has often been a stigma surrounding individuals with autism, continuing into our community here at the University of Iowa that is mainly due to a lack of knowledge. We want to spread the understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorders and embrace/include them into our community. Furthermore, our speaker will explain how Autism Speaks, Alpha Xi Delta's philanthropy, is working as a nonprofit organization to fund research, help families with therapy, and advocate on a local and national level for individuals with autism. 

The Hunting Ground: Screening and Panel Discussion 

April 11, 2018, 8:00-10:45PM, Big Ten Theater IMU 

The Women's Resource and Action Center, the Men's Anti-Violence Council and Volunteers in Programming are excited to bring a screening of The Hunting Ground and a panel discussion to the University of Iowa. The Hunting Ground is an award winning documentary that explores the epidemic of college sexual assault and how students are leading reform. A panel discussion will follow with university administrators to further discuss how this issue impacts the University of Iowa. 

University of Iowa 24th Annual Powwow

April 14, 2018, 12:00-2:00 PM (for educational credit) / 12:00-10:00 PM, Field House

Powwows are the traditional, social gatherings of hundreds of Native Americans who watch or participate in dances started centuries ago by their ancestors. The audience will see dancers representing different tribal nations in full regalia, adding modern adaptions to traditional dancing styles. The University of Iowa Powwow is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the Iowa City area to a contemporary style powwow with song, dance, food, arts and crafts—essential activities to powwows across Indian Country. Powwows are attended by Natives and non-Natives alike, all of whom join in on the fun of making new friends and learning about and preserving the rich heritage of Native Americans.

The drum groups are the heart of all powwows and provide the pulsating beat that accompanies a dancer’s every movement. Drum groups from Iowa and surrounding Native communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and South Dakota will be present.

Breaking Barriers: A Conversation about Military Mental Health 

April 18, 2018, 6:00-8:00PM, Wild Bill's – 321 North Hall 

Want to enjoy free pancakes while learning about mental health disparities in the military? Come join us at Wild Bills in North Hall to hear speakers Maria Bruno and Dan Grinstead engage in a conversation about military culture and mental health concerns of military members and veterans.  

Our event will be providing information about the military culture to individuals from diverse backgrounds. The population of military affiliated students is continuously expanding here at the University of Iowa and it is important that we, as a student body, maintain a culturally competent approach to meet the needs of these students. This event will provide a platform for individuals to come together to build a coalition and bring awareness to the mental health disparities in marginalized populations. 

Special Edition of The Green Room: Prompt for the Planet 

Green Light Go with RVAP Speakers 

April 21, 2018, 2:30-3:30PM, Hubbard Park 

Green Light Go is Zeta Beta Tau's spring philanthropy to raise awareness for sexual assault. We will have a representative from RVAP come to our event to talk to everyone about sexual assault and what RVAP does to help nationwide and within Iowa City. Sexual assault is a big issue on college campuses nationwide. RVAP will provide the necessary resources for anyone who needs their help or wants to get involved. 

April 22, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM, The Englert Theater 

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/246294679246514/ "Empower young people to change the world."  Keynote speaker Avery Bang, CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, will be in conversation with University of Iowa students on the topics of social impact work, entrepreneurship, leadership at a young age, and changing the world for the better. To celebrate Earth Day, this special edition of The Green Room (@thegreenroomiowa), will showcase various sustainable projects around campus as well.  Also… music by soprano Jessica Pray, a special piece by Amanda Gorman, The first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America will read a special piece and discuss the need for social responsibility and art, sculptures by students from the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, and much, much more. 

This event will also share the outcome and opportunity with Prompt for the Planet, a University of Iowa arts and sustainability initiative aimed at galvanizing the voices of the next generation of leaders on the topics they care about. More on Prompt for the Planet https://www.promptfortheplanet.com/

Action Stations 

April 23, 2018, 6:00pm Wesley Center- Coffeehouse 

Enjoy some free Noodles and Co while you learn how to take action as an ally to the trans community at stations covering topics such as pronouns, nonbinary identities, gendered spaces, and more!  

This event is part of the UI Trans Alliance’s 3rd annual Trans Week of Action. 

Sex and Violence in the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)

April 25, 2018, 7:00-8:00 PM, 106 Gilmore Hall

Our event is by no means promoting a religious or political stance. We are trying to grow the Religious Studies Department, so we have decided to make this interesting event, to hopefully get more students to take the classes. We were planning on making the event about Sex and Violence Misconceptions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We thought this would be an interesting topic to draw students in and inform them on basics of every religion. This is not taught with any bias toward any religion at all, it is simply telling facts.We will be showing a side by side analysis of the way that each of the three religions actually says on these topics, and we will be correcting misconceptions. For example: we will talk about how war isn't necessarily encouraged in Islam, even though many people think it is. We will talk about how both Christian and Jewish texts have similar things said about war and compare it to what Islam's text says. This is the type of format we will be using: correcting a misconception, telling what the text or religion actually states, and then comparing it to what the other two religions do. At the end the lecturer will aim to tie these together by stating that all of the religions can relate, and talk about how important it is to not make judgments about others' religions without sitting down and taking time to study what they actually state. 

Lawrence Ross: Blackballed

April 25, 2018, 5:30 PM, MacBride Auditorium

Lawrence Ross, the author of the Los Angeles Times best seller, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, has written a new blockbuster book: Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on Americas Campuses. And the Ross KNOW BETTER/DO BETTER campus racism lecture is one of the HOTTEST in the country.

An Evening with Dennis Ross 

April 25, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM, Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library  

We are excited to be bringing Ambassador Dennis Ross to campus to speak with students about issues facing the Middle East and his experiences in both Republican and Democratic administrations and his current position in the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. Ambassador Ross will be presenting on his experiences in many administrations as well as his knowledge on a very complex region of the world. There will be a general lecture as well as a Q&A that will allow students to ask any questions they might have to an expert in the field. 

“Life with Phil” Talk Featuring Mark Kaufman 

April 26, 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM, Senate Chamber, Old Capital Museum 

Learn more about Phil from entrepreneur Mark Kaufman (86BS), the founder and president/CEO of Athletico. Kaufman opened the first Athletico center in 1991. Today, Athletico has more than 400 locations in 11 states, making it the Midwest powerhouse provider of orthopedic rehabilitation services. Its corporate partners include the Chicago Bears, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks. Kaufman has shared his gifts with the UI and given back to underserved communities through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Operation Walk Chicago. 

 Do You Dream in Color 

April 26, 2018, 6:00-8:00PM, Iowa Theater, IMU  

DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR? is an enlightening and poignant coming of age story that follows the journeys of four teenagers as they strive to achieve their dreams: to be a sponsored skateboarder, travel the world, become a rock star and be the first family member to graduate. Their stories shine a proactive light on the social and institutional obstacles faced by people who are blind and what it takes to surmount those barriers. This is a viewing of the movie "Do You Dream in Color brought to you by the National Federation of the Blind along with the Therapeutic Recreation Club to help share awareness for people with vision impairments. 

Advocacy 101 and Global Vaccine Programs 

April 30, 2018, 6:00PM-7:00PM, Iowa Theater, IMU 

We will explore what it means to be an effective advocate for a political cause through lobbying and forming relationships with Members of Congress. We will approach this topic through the frame of global vaccine programs, their importance, and how to advocate for them politically. Our educational includes a crash course on government foreign aid programs, non-governmental organizations, and methods of advocacy. Dennis Ogbe, a polio survivor paralympian, will offer a special message about the importance of this work. 

Movie Screening: Salam Neighbor 

May 1, 2018 6:00-7:30PM Big Ten Theatres, IMU 

Salam Neighbor takes you on a journey through what living in a refugee camp is truly like. This film follows 5 Syrian refugee families in the Jordan refugee camp and brings light upon the Syrian war. Their goal is to tell the stories of our refugee neighbors with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs. Additionally, to this movie, Iowa Students for Refugees will be selling concessions which will raise funds to directly impact refugees living in the Iowa City. Lastly, we will be educating those who attend how they can become involved in Iowa City. 


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