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Public Affairs Week Focuses on Building Healthy Communities

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Missouri State University’s annual Public Affairs Week will be held Sept. 14-17 and will feature activities meant to promote this year’s public affairs mission: Building Healthy Communities: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Sept. 14-17
New Voter Registration will be held to help emphasize the community engagement tenant of the public affairs mission. Booths for voter registration will be available on campus during Public Affairs Week and will be located in the south court of the PSU and inside the lobby of Meyer Library.

Sept. 15
Building Healthy Communities Through Advocacy will be held at 2 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. During this hands-on training, attendees will learn appropriate and effective strategies to influence change through advocacy to their local and state officials using letter writing, personal contact, social media and other mediums. Attendees should bring their preferred digital device to practice on during the presentation. The event is sponsored by the Social Work Club.

The division for diversity and inclusion will present Bridging the Diversity Gap by Building Healthy Communities and a Rich Campus Life at 9:30 a.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater. This interactive session will discuss the importance of diversity’s role in ethical leadership, curriculum design, enhancing cultural competence, improving student success, increasing collaboration and respect across all groups and building a rich campus environment using a “reciprocal empowerment” approach which empowers all to reach their full potential.

The Hunger Banquet will be held at 5 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Attendees will deepen their perspectives and acquire actionable ideas on how they can be a part of the solution in building healthy communities. This event is sponsored by MSU’s office of community involvement and service and the office of public affairs support.

Sept. 16
MSU Talks will be held at 4 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 313. MSU Talks will explore this year’s public affairs theme by proposing an answer to the question “What defines a healthy community?” Arguments will be made that support biological and human health as the main determination of health; other arguments will support the claim that spiritual health is most important to community building; other arguments will be brought forth that the mind is superior and the most important key to building healthy communities. The event is sponsored by MSU’s Holt V. Spicer Debate Team and the 2015-16 public affairs provost fellow. 

Citizenship and service-learning will present the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at noon in the Plaster Student Union Theater. Attendees will witness as those in the Western District of Missouri take their oath of allegiance and thereby complete the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The event is sponsored by the office of citizenship and service learning and the American Democracy Project.

Sept. 17
The Carillon Bells Patriotic Recital will be held at noon on the Meyer Library front lawn. In honor of Constitution Day, join the campus community at noon to hear a medley of time honored patriotic songs as performed by Dr. Jeremy Chesman.

The Civic Engagement Conference will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Grand Ballroom. Topics will include economic opportunity and social mobility, increasing diversity and its impact on communities, the state of political and civic participation and the ways our community has come together to address public health needs. Although there is no charge to attend any part of this conference, including the luncheon, registration is required at