MRN events at 2011 Convention

Find MRN at these events during the 2011 ACPA Convention in Baltimore:

Monday, March 28:

  • CMA Open Business Meeting: 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilton Baltimore, Johnson AB
  • ACPA Convention Showcase: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (visit the CMA and MRN tables!), Baltimore Convention Center Exhibit Hall (Lower Level)
  • CMA Social: 8:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Hilton Baltimore, Key 11
  • MRN Social: 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Hilton Baltimore, Key 9

Tuesday, March 29:

  • MRN Open Business Meeting: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Marriott Inner Harbor, Grand Ballroom DEF
  • CultureFest: 7pm – ?, Convention Ballroom 3

Spotlight: MRN Award Winners!

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of MRN awards:

Research of the Year Award: Sam Museus, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and an affiliate faculty member of the Asian American Studies Program at University of Massachusetts Boston

The Research of the Year Award is given to a recipient whom exemplifies cutting-edge research devoted to the enhancement of multiracial education.

Here is an excerpt from the nomination. “Dr. Museus is leading the way in filling that gap in research and practice. He is continuing to pursue a line of research on multiracial students that encompasses mixed methodologies and encompasses the perspectives of both multiracial students and the perceptions of their peers. This work will undoubtedly change the way the field of higher education understands multiracial student issues.”

New Professional of the Year Award: Nicole Nfonoyim, Assistant Director and Africana Community Coordinator in the Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College

The New Professional of the Year Award is given to a recipient whom exemplifies significant promise and potential to exceed in Higher Education leadership as well as an interest in promoting and encouraging multiculturalism. Here is an excerpt from the nomination. “Nicole is doing amazing work both within the Oberlin community and the blogosphere, and her ability to weave divergent issues around multiraciality into a succinct narrative that is both critical and accessible truly impressed me. One example of her work is the creation of a course entitled Mixed Dreams: Exploring Multiracial/ethnic Experiences in the U.S. for Oberlin College’s Experimental College Program. Seeing that there was a lack of curriculum around multiracial issues at Oberlin, she filled an important space, not only for multiracial students but also for others interested in delving deeper into multiracial issues.”

Spotlight: Vanessa Roberts, MRN CultureFest Performer

Representing MRN at CultureFest this year will be artist Vanessa Roberts with her one-woman show “How I found out I was Black.” Here is Vanessa’s bio:Vanessa Roberts

Vanessa Roberts is a young activist in the Colorado Springs, Colorado community who fuses theory with performance as a means of making the abstract accessible. Her work is interwoven with humor, personal stories and a love of social justice; a testament to her goal of leaving an indelible mark on the field of diversity education. Ms. Roberts received her Masters of Arts from the Tisch School of Art at New York University in 2009. In 2008 she graduated with honors from Colorado College where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her undergraduate degree was self-designed and based in Philosophy and Drama, officially titled “Critical Race Theory: Emphasis Performance Comedy”; she also minored in American Cultural Studies. Currently Ms. Roberts speaks and performs locally and nationally, traveling to present at a multitude of educational institutions, conferences, and non-profits. She is also in the process of transitioning into the realm of Human Resources development.

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Don’t miss Vanessa and all the other great performances from the Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs at the annual CultureFest on Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm in Baltimore Convention Center Ballroom III.