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A Discussion on Inclusivity Between Climate Conditions and People with Disabilities. 
Natural disasters and changing climate conditions are nothing new for the Southeast Texas area. This article takes a look at a topic that may not cross your mind during an environmental disaster; how to be more inclusive during devastating disasters in order to insure the protection and safety of everyone.

Veteran Affairs policy change that positively affects the LGBTQ+ community
In recent history, LGBTQ+ service members have been penalized for admitting their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many admitted (or coerced) LGBTQ+ service members would receive “other than honorable” discharges, making them ineligible to receive veteran benefits. However, a new policy clarification makes those once ineligible now eligible to receive VA benefits.


Higher Education

How Covid-19 has affected International college students
Entering another year of Covid-19, International students are having to make difficult decisions revolving their education. Multiple students share their experience of tackling college away from home and in a virtual setting.

How A Texas College is Using Data Collection to Increase Graduation Rates
Amarillo college has used surveys to collect data on the student population, covering topics such as food insecurity, homelessness, and a lack of transportation. The college is then using the data to combat basic-need insecurities by providing a campus food pantry, public transportation, and additional resources for rent and daycare needs. All of which have been shown to improve graduation and transfer rates among the students.

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Upcoming Events 

Lunar New Year Celebration   
Date:
February 1, 2022
Time:
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location:
LU Dining Hall

Afrocentric Paint and Sip   
Date: February 15, 2022
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Student Setzer Center Food Court
Details: In honor of Dr. Carter G Woodson, a scholar whose dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month.
Asian Market Night   
Date: February 8, 2022
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: LU Baptist Student Union
Investingation and Prosecution of the James Byrd Jr. Case
Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Student Setzer Center Live Oak Ballroom B 
Details: The Jasper, Texas dragging death of James Byrd Jr. is known as one of the most “gruesome” hate crimes in modern U.S. History." Two Lamar University faculty ​members ––Mark Broome and Tim Brewer –– were asked by the Federal Bureau of Investigations to assist with investigation and prosecution. They will share important facts and their experiences while working on the case.

The True Black History Museum Artifact Display
Date: February 28, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Student Setzer Center Atrium
Details: A traveling Black History exhibit with artifacts dating from the late 1700s to the 21st century. The Museum was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to educate others of the many great contributions that African-Americans have made to mankind. The mission is to instill self-esteem and pride and to increase knowledge, awareness, cultural sensitivity, and understanding of the historic experience of African-Americans. The collection takes you on a journey through the African-American experience and is comprised of over 1000 authentic artifacts, with original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans.