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President's Signature Series Proposal Information

The President's Signature Series (PSS) highlights prominent national heritage month celebrations and cultural events of the university's centers, institutes and academic departments. Through this collaboration, OIDE creates an annual diversity calendar of sponsored programs that we help to promote throughout the academic year.

Application Process and Submission Details

OIDE accepts submissions for inclusion in our annual President's Signature Series Calendar beginning in April. The PSS proposal process ends the last day of July. Let the theme focus on civil discourse, social and restorative justice, healing and moving forward to action and be a guide to determine which cultural program/event from your area may be appropriate for the series. A calendar list of nationally recognized heritage months is provided below. Contact us to have additional heritage months included.

Please submit a cultural programming proposal via our online form to officially apply for President Signature Series inclusion and funding (optional). Select the President's Signature Series funding category. Event scheduling components (date, time, location, invited guest/speakers, etc.) must be completely confirmed prior to submitting the proposal for consideration. Confirmations should be emailed along with the event budget to culturalprogramming@depaul.edu.

Deadline: 2016-2017 Acadmic Year
The submission deadline is Wednesday, August 23, 2016.

Next Steps

The OIDE Cultural Programming Committee will review proposals for acceptance in August. Notifications are sent out mid-August. Selected events will be promoted as the President's Signature Series for the upcoming academic year. Submissions that are not selected may still be considered for an Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity grant under an applicable alternate category.

September Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
November American Indian Month
Veterans Month
Military Family Month
December Universal Human Rights Month
February Black History Month
March Women's History Month
Irish American Heritage Month
May Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
National Military Appreciation Month
June Gay and Lesbian (LGBTQ) Pride Month

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Current and past PSS Calendars:

President’s Signature Series
2016-17

Annual Dolores Huerta Celebration Breakfast (October 5, 2016 – 10 am-noon)

The Annual Dolores Huerta Celebration Breakfast brings together members of the DePaul faculty, staff student and alumni community to celebrate the life and living legacy of Dolores Huerta as an activist for social justice within the Latinx community. This campus tradition educates participants about relevant contemporary issues impacting the Latinx community and cultivates collaborative opportunities to serve as allies for social justice, all while enhancing student affinity with DePaul. 
Contact: Suresh Mudragada, smudraga@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120AB (LPC)     RSVP

President’s Diversity Brunch (October 15, 2016 – 8:30 am-11 am)

The President’s Diversity Brunch, a long-standing annual event, serves as a welcome to DePaul for students and families who participate in Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) programs. A celebration to DePaul’s commitment to diversity, this event allows parents and families to connect with OMSS and DePaul students, staff, faculty and university executives. The event features a keynote address by our president, as well as other outstanding speakers and student performance groups.
Contact: Jade Perry, jperry30@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120AB (LPC)      RSVP Required

Current Issues in Latino America Forum: “Symposium on the 10th Anniversary of La Marcha 2006” (November 4, 2016 – 10 am-3 pm)

This symposium on the 10th anniversary of the 2006 immigration marches held in Chicago, brings together activists, organizers, book authors, documentary producers, artists and photographers in a one-day symposium, with morning and afternoon panels. Panelists will discuss the triumphs and tribulations of the 2006 marches: the organizing, the ramifications, and local and national impacts. Analysis of the progress made since 2006, the current status, and implications leading up to and after the 2016 presidential elections will also be discussed. Presentations on books, photography and documentaries resulting from the 2006 marches will also be discussed and initial ideas for a creation of an archive collection to preserve these items, to be held at DePaul University, will be presented.
Contact: Cristina Rodriguez, crodrig6@depaul.edu
Location: Munroe Hall 114-116 (LPC)

Veterans Day (November 11, 2016 – 10 am-2 pm)

Many civilians confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We hope to be able to distinguish the difference between the two days by showing the attendees that Veterans Day is a day to celebrate instead of mourn. It is a day to thank the men and women who have how courageously served our country and show appreciation for their service. Contact: Megan Burda, mburda1@depaul.edu
Location: DePaul Center 11th Floor Gallery (Loop)

20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast (January 17, 2017 – 10 am-noon)

The 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast brings together members of the DePaul faculty, staff, student and alumni to celebrate the life and living legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an activist for social justice within the African-American community. This campus tradition educates participants about relevant contemporary issues impacting the African-American community and cultivates collaborative opportunities to serve as allies for social justice, all while enhancing student affinity with DePaul. This year, we are bringing writer and activist Darnell L. Moore as our Keynote Speaker his work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy.
Contact: Suresh Mudragada, smudraga@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120AB (LPC) RSVP Required

DePaul Chinese New Year Gala (January 27, 2017 - 6 pm- 9 pm)

This is DePaul’s annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. The event will feature traditional Chinese food and bilingual cultural performances. It is open to all DePaul members and guests.
Contact: Li Jin, ljin2@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120 AB (LPC)

Celebrating Women and Multiculturalism through the Universal Language of Dance (March 3-10, 2017)

To increase awareness, appreciation, and high value for women who bring people from all cultures together through the universal language of modern dance.
Contact: Lin Kahn, lkahn1@depaul.edu
Contact for various LPC locations

Against Carceral Feminism(s): Rejecting the Criminalization of Survival (March 7, 2017 - 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm)

This presentation is part of the annual commemoration of Women's History Month. This year's lecture, presented by Mariame Kaba, will be a critique of carceral feminisms exploring alternative paradigms. 
Contact: Elsa Saeta, esaeta@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120AB (LPC)

Black Mentors Rock - A Womyn's Empowerment Movement! (March 10, 2017 - 11 am- 1 pm)

This event will provide an opportunity for women of African descent to maximize collaborations and minimize limits through building mentoring networks with students, faculty and staff at SNL and the larger DePaul University community. It will offer a venue for highlighting community mentors, a rising star (less than 10 years of experience) and a pioneer (more than 20 years of experience). These mentors have made a significant difference in their community by enhancing quality of life and providing a voice to those in need. We will bring together faculty, staff, students and community members in creating mentoring opportunities that will serve to encourage womyn to persist and succeed. There will be opportunities for speed mentoring, where attendees can engage with mentors and discuss life goals and paths to achieve personal development. We intend to strengthen the community and build better lives through engagement and advocacy.
Contact: Kenya Grooms, kgrooms@depaul.edu
Location: TBD

Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson Breakfast (April 28, 2017 – 10 am-noon)

The Annual Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson Breakfast brings together members of the DePaul faculty, staff, student, and alumni community to celebrate the resilience of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community while simultaneously fostering a safe, validating environment on campus. This campus tradition educates participants about relevant contemporary issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community and cultivates collaborative opportunities to serve as allies for social justice, all while enhancing student affinity with DePaul.
Contact: Suresh Mudragada, smudraga@depaul.edu
Location: LPSC 120AB (LPC)

Memorial Day (May 24, 2017 – 12 pm- 2pm)

For attendees to take the time to understand that Memorial Day is more than a long weekend away from work, it is a day that we remember the fallen soldiers who lost their lives protecting our country.
Contact: Megan Burda, mburda1@depaul.edu
Location: Arts and Letters Patio (LPC) ​​