Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

Cultural Awareness Series

The Dr. Shirley S. Seaton Cultural Awareness Series illuminates various cultural perspectives to help sharpen an understanding of the ways in which we are all interconnected. These events provide exciting opportunities to engage the campus community in outside-the-classroom learning.


Define American | Jose Antonio Vargas

Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 PM Lecture & 7:30 PM Reception
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology

Jose Antonio Vargas is the leading voice in the immigration fight in American. As a journalist, undocumented immigrant and gay man,  Jose’s experiences are unparalleled. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

 Past Speakers



“Bree Newsome — the activist who brought down the Confederate flag flying outside the Columbia, S.C. capitol building in 2015 — shared a few harrowing details of that June day with a Cleveland audience rapt at attention…The audience of mostly students stayed engaged through the hour-long talk, which Newsome called “Tearing Hatred from the Sky.”  (Tara Jefferson