The Popel Shaw Center hosts and sponsors a variety of programs and events annually including scholarly lectures, cultural celebrations, campus dialogues, educational workshops, and student centered activities. Please email to learn more about events. We also welcome you join the PSC’s social media sites or log on to the PSC’s OrgSync page for regular updates. The Center’s events can also be found on Dickinson Today and the events Calendar.

Spring 2018


1/30: MANdatory presents: Applying to and navigating graduate school as a men-of-color: A panel discussion, 5:30-7:30, Stern 102

MANdatory, the Popel Shaw Center, and the Career Center invite students to attend this interdisciplinary discussion panel.  You will gain insights about applying to graduate school from Karina Panara (Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Assistant, Department of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University). Guest panelists include Vince Champion (Champion Law Office, LLC), Jason Rivera (Director of Institutional Research), Vincent Stephens (Director, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity) and Joshua Marshack (Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology) will share their experiences applying and attending graduate school and answer your burning questions.

Light refreshments will be served!


2/2: Clarke Forum Salon on the contemporary racial climate, 4:30-6 pm, Clarke Forum

The PSC, the Clarke Forum and Academic Advising are hosting an intimate student discussion about the increasing divisive racial climate in society and the political sphere. Light refreshments served. By invitation only.

2/5: 2018 MLK Jr. & Black History Month Symposium: Donald Trump, Race, and the Crisis of American Democracy, Christopher Parker, 7 pm, ATS

 The Democratic Party likes to make the argument that Trump can be defeated by wooing working-class whites. Parker argues that a classed-based strategy must be scrapped in favor of one that emphasizes race. Professor Parker (University of Washington, Seattle) is author of Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (2009). Change they Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (2013), as well the forthcoming book Haven’t We Seen this [Stuff] Before? The Reactionary Right and the Origins of Contemporary Racial Politics (co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum on Contemporary Issues and PSC).

2/7: Multicultural Seder, 6:00-8pm, Social Hall

Join the Asbell Center for Jewish life in partnership with CSSS, Hillel, PSC, CSE, and many other departments on campus for the 12th annual Multicultural Seder! Seders are often held during Passover, however this year we are focusing on a type of Seder called Tu BiShvat, which celebrates the new year of the trees (

Our campus community will come together for the Multicultural Seder to talk about “Loving the Earth” while sharing a four-course vegetarian meal together. We will enjoy music from the Afro-Semitic Experience Band and hear readings from various groups on campus sharing stories of unity and love.

2/10: Inclusive Leadership Student Training Retreat, Comfort Inn & Suites, 9 am-3 pm 

Since Fall 2016, 60 members of various campus organizations, including, ALLARM, Black Student Union, Sigma Lambda Beta, and campus offices such as Academic Advising and Waidner-Spahr Library, have come together to learn about inclusivity and how to incorporate it into their organizations. The Popel Shaw Center is hosting the Retreat on Saturday, February 10th and has spots for up to 45 participants. The training includes a full day workshop, a resource binder for participating groups, and follow-up consulting sessions with Vincent Stephens, Director of the Popel Shaw Center.

3-5 student representatives from a club, organization, office, and/or athletic organization can register through Engaged. Please register your representatives by February 5. 

2018 Love Your Body Week events:

2/12-2/17: Various times & locations:

The Popel Shaw Center invites you to attend the 2018 Love Your Body Week events. The PSC is co-sponsoring two events:

  • 2/12: 6 pm @ Allison Community: Kick-Off Soirée featuring a spoken word performance by performer and activist Poppy Liu + multiple interactive booths and tables, and various performances.
  • 2/13: 6-7:30pm @ Stern Great Room: A Movement into Wholeness: Renowned actress, poet and storyteller Poppy Liu leads this interactive workshop on developing a whole self including group conversation, guided meditation, a four part journey of movement and visualization exercises [Comfortable clothing recommended!] (co-sponsored by the WGRC) 

2/21: Multiracial Mixer: Colorism, sexuality, and the body discussion + food, 6-7 pm @ Landis House

February’s Mixer focuses on multiracial and ethnic identity in the context of sex, sexuality, and relationships.

2/26: Bridging a Gap: Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War college students discuss diversity and leadership, 5:30-7 pm, Stafford Auditorium (Presentation); Rector Atrium (Post-presentation reception)

This reception & program connects Dickinson’s students of color with officers from underrepresented backgrounds studying at the U.S. Army War College. During the program War College officers will do an interactive presentation on common civilian myths & perceptions about the armed services, address areas of strength and for improvement in various areas of diversity in the military, and discuss the meaning of leadership in the military context. After the presentation, students will have an opportunity to mingle, learn more about each other and discuss contemporary topics.


3/3: MANdatory graduation, 12-1:30 pm, Althouse 106 (PSC) 

MANdatory focuses on the academic enrichment and leadership development for male identified students of color. MANdatory invites community members to attend its annual graduation ceremony celebrating and recognizing the men who have successfully completed the program’s two semester curriculum.

3/7: Clarke Forum: The 1001 Black Men Online Sketchbook and the Art of Social Justice,  Ajuan Mance, 7-8:30pm, ATS 

Mance (Mills College) created 1001 Black Men: An Online Sketchbook as a reaction against the controlling images that have limited and defined media representations of Black men. Mance will use a slideshow of images from her series as the basis of a wide ranging discussion of art, Black maleness and gender performance, and representation (co-sponsored by the PSC).

3/28: Multiracial Mixer discussion + food, 6-7 pm @ Landis House

March’s Mixer is the year-end gathering for multiracial students, faculty, and staff to get together for delicious food and lively discussion about identity, culture, and experience. 


4/5: Asian American Pacific Islander Celebration, 6-8:30pm, Social Hall

For the third consecutive year the Popel Shaw Center (PSC), the Center for Global Student and Engagement (CGSE) and the Asian Pacific Association (APA) invite Dickinson students, faculty, staff & their families to celebrate the diversity and complexity of Dickinson’s Asian and Asian-American communities.

Join us in celebrating AAPI month at this family-friendly gathering. We will feature a dynamic program in the Social Hall with activities and interactive displays, and main program featuring student performers, including music and dance. The program will include an eclectic Pan-Asian buffet of appetizers.

ALL are welcome to attend. We are currently seeking speakers, performers, and volunteers for the main program. For more information, please email PSC staff member John Adeniran at

4/17: Senior Community Recognition Ceremony, 5:30-7 pm, Stern Great Room & 102

This annual ceremony and dinner recognizes the range of academic & artistic, athletic, leadership and service achievements of senior international students and students from historically underrepresented groups including African-American, Asian American, Latino, Multiracial, and Native American identified students. (Co-sponsored with the Center for Global Study and Engagement (CGSE), Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice (CSSS), Women’s and Gender Resource Center (WGRC))


Additional events and training opportunities may be added to the calendar occasionally.

Please direct questions and inquires to Vincent L. Stephens, PSC Director at