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Coffee & Conversations: My Native Story — Past, Present, and Future


Wednesday, November 16, 2022


Main Campus—Hawkeye Center Unity and Understanding Center, 202

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Rhonda McRina
Coffee and Conversations

Join us for coffee and conversations where we discuss important matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be a safe place for the exploration and discussion of difficult topics, centered around race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, cultural inequality, and social justice to name a few.

Hawkeye students, faculty, and staff will also have a chance to:

  • Listen, learn, and connect with others.
  • Exchange ideas about current topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Share stories and experiences.
  • Enjoy coffee and other complimentary snacks.

Join the conversation in person at the Unity and Understanding Center, Hawkeye Center 202, or virtually via Zoom.

This Month's Topic: My Native Story — Past, Present, and Future

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Sonja Lee Bock, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Mercy University, will present about Native American culture with a brief history of Indigenous peoples in North America and look at current American Indian issues, movements, and successes. Ms. Bock will also share some genealogy research of her own Native American roots.

Guest Speaker, Sonja Bock

Ms. Sonja Lee Bock, M.A. is a Native American and African American. She was born in South Dakota and raised in the rich cultural heritage of the Lakota people. Her adult life has been dedicated to creating awareness about diversity and inclusion. She has been teaching sociology for nearly eight years and has lectured across the state about diversity issues within education and Native American culture. Genealogy is one of her hobbies that helps her connect to her personal history. Ms. Bock's belief is we can create a better future by learning about our past.


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