diversity - Events Calendar


Evidence of a Queer Past: Recovering Willa Cather and Edith Lewis’s Creative Partnership

Just what were lesbian sexuality and identity in the early twentieth century U.S., and how do orientations toward evidence inform biographical inquiry into the lives of women who loved women in the historical record?

Willa Cather and Edith Lewis lived an un-closeted, if discreet, life as a couple in New York City from 1908 to Cather’s death in 1947. In this lecture, Professor Homestead will give a brief overview of her recent book recovering Cather and Lewis’s domestic partnership and literary collaboration, The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis.

CAPS Group: “Intersecting Identities”

This support group is focused on providing a safe space for diverse voices to connect and to be heard along with raising awareness of adjustment to college concerns for diverse populations.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The mid-autumn festival, or moon festival, is when families gather to sample autumn harvests, light lanterns and admire what is believed to be the fullest moon of the year.

You are invited to join us in celebrating the holiday with a reunion among the TU community. There will be authentic food and performances to enjoy. Support our boba fundraiser where 100% of all proceeds will go to a COVID-19 relief fund in Asia.

Collaboration between the Asian American Student Association and the Vietnamese American Student Association.

TU Mosaic Celebration

This event provides diverse and multicultural students the opportunity to engage and build relationships with faculty, staff and student leaders in a casual environment as they openly provide advice, resources and support to aid in the transition to college life. Scan QR code to RSVP!

Remembering 1921 – Celebrating 2021

Join us for an evening of remembrance and celebration of Black resilience and achievements. In honor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre centennial, the Black Inventors and Black Entrepreneurs halls of fame will be inducting 12 individuals whose work reflects the ongoing spirit of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.

Black Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence, Paving the Way for Black Women in Engineering and at NASA

Join us as we welcome Dr. Aprille Ericsson, new business lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Instrument Systems and Technology Division. With more than 28 years of experience at NASA and GSFC, Ericsson has served in multiple roles, including instrument project manager and leading spaceflight mission teams. Throughout her career, Ericsson has been a champion for minority advancement in engineering. She is the first Black woman to have received a PhD in mechanical engineering (aerospace option) from Howard University and the first Black woman to earn a PhD in engineering at NASA GSFC.

Stop the Hate Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders and activists who are bringing attention to the recent violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). We will explore what it takes to build a movement, the ask that the AAPI community has of the greater Oklahoma community, what’s next and how we can get involved.

Register online for this free virtual event.

Greenwood Art Project

The Greenwood Art Project invites the public to view and participate in the first two installations by its commissioned artists. On March 31, Katherine Mitchell’s “Greenwood … A Trilogy in Reflection” will be open at the Vernon AME Church, 311 N. Greenwood Ave., from noon to 6 p.m. Then on April 4, Yielbonzie Johnson will present “Lives on the Line – a Greenwood Arts Project” at the Church of the Restoration, 1314 N. Greenwood Ave., from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A program is scheduled for 2 p.m.

“Ever since it was announced that Tulsa was a winner in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge, we have been planning and working toward this day,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum. “From our Call to Artists in the summer of 2019, to the selection of artists in the summer of 2020, to the spring of 2021, when the artists have prepared their works for exhibition, we invite the Tulsa community to participate in this event. One hundred years after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the Greenwood Art Project is advancing healing in our community through art.”

“Greenwood … A Trilogy in Reflection,” is a site-specific installation made up of three tondo-shaped metal sculptures mounted inside the Vernon AME Church. The first tondo depicts the health, wealth, and stability of Greenwood. The second tondo represents the community’s distress, death of citizens and destruction as a result of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The third tondo reveals how the strength of the tree symbolized throughout the pieces reflects Greenwood’s autonomy, fragility and resilience.

The Greenwood Art Project, led by artists Rick Lowe and William Cordova with TU professor Jeff Van Hanken, Jerica Wortham, Marlon Hall and Kode Ransom, seeks to raise awareness of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and destruction of its thriving Black community in the historic Greenwood District that included Black Wall Street, one of the most prominent Black-owned business districts in the United States during the early 1900s. The Greenwood Art Project also celebrates the resilience, healing and recovery of the community, with new resonance in today’s challenging times.

Vigil For Victims of Police Brutality

ABC, in partnership with BWAA, will hold a vigil for Black victims of police brutality on Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hurricane Plaza. Please join us as we honor their memories and look for future change.