On Thursday, November 7th, MRN hosted a social in Amherst, MA. We chose The High Horse Brewery and Bistro for our location because it’s an accessible place downtown with excellent food and a popular selection of house-brewed beer. The ambiance is hip and we hoped that the atmosphere would lend itself to great conversation.
We had four people in attendance. While our number was smaller than we initially hoped, it allowed for a space that was intimate enough to generate conversation about our personal experiences with multiracial identity, academic interests and pursuits, and broader topics that allowed us to get to know each other better as friends and colleagues.
As the current Chair of MRN, participating in this event was validating. Throughout the evening I was reminded of how meaningful it is for me to connect with people about multiracial identity. Even when our narratives are dissimilar, processing my racial identity with others can be an extremely bonding and thought-provoking experience.
My experience has shown that the same is often true for others.By the time the evening wrapped up, most of us were full on good food and had some interesting new ideas to think about. The general consensus was that we should host another social in the spring – and we are certainly planning on it!
As I wrote in the last post, if you have any interest in hosting your own Multiracial Network social, please let us know. We are happy to send you MRN swag, give you some conversation-starter ideas, and help you advertise.
We hope to hear from you!