Power of Words Campaign

M.O.S.A.I.C. has done it again, sponsoring one of the most dynamic, inspiring and interactive programs of the spring 2009 semester, the Power of Words Campaign. The event took place on Wednesday, April 29th and featured Truman State University’s award winning spoken word artist, Larry Moore. An undergraduate senior from Iowa, Moore delivered colorful pieces that included a mixture of spoken word poetry and song that challenged our campus community to take action on certain social issues centered around stereotypes and name calling, in order to promote a more inclusive community. In addition to Moore’s performance, NWU students also had the opportunity to share their personal stories, speaking out about the words they hear and how they are affected by them.

The Power of Words campaign, which takes place during the fall and spring semester was developed a few years ago to raise awareness of the use of derogatory words and phrases in our society that are harmful, hurtful, and unnecessary. Students are educated on the origins and meanings of certain words, and are given practical solutions for promoting change in others.

Already plans are underway for the next campaign. In the fall M.O.S.A.I.C. will bring to campus international spoken word talent, Gabriela Garcia Medina who has performed at colleges, festivals, and conferences all over the world. She’s made several television and theatre appearances, and is the author of “Ink?Scribing Oshun,” published in November 2006. With her verses of truth, social justice awareness, and self?empowerment you can’t help but be connected when she speaks. To preview her poetry I encourage individuals to visit http://www.myspace.com/gabrielagarciamedina. You won't be disappointed!