Monthly Archives: March 2016

Join our 2016-2017 Leadership Team!

Are you interested in multiracial issues?  Are you looking for ways to take action?  Are you excited to connect with folks like you?  If so, come on board and join the Multiracial Network team!

You can present programs, plan socials, write blogs, and so much more as a Leadership Team Member.  Please fill out the form below and email us your resume to acpa.mrn@gmail.com  to apply!

Join our team by filling out the brief application below.  We’ll be in contact soon after that date to get you connected with MRN involvement opportunities.

We can’t wait to meet you!

The Multiracial Network

Victoria, James, Rachel, Laura, Michael, Marc, Adam, Beth, Prema, & Heather

 

Five Ways to Increase Multiracial Discourse on Your Campus

By Adam Ortiz  
Since joining the field of Student Affairs in 2008, I have found one common trait among all of the institutions for which I have worked: at each, there are multiracial-identified students (and, generally, staff and faculty as well) who desire to connect with others who share similar experiences. Here are five simple ways to increase multiracial discourse on your campus:
1. Put yourself out there. If you identify as multiracial, talk about your experiences when appropriate. If you are involved with groups like the Multiracial Network or if you are interested in scholarly research on multiracial identity, be open about it when the opportunity presents itself. You never know who else in the room has a shared experience or knows a student who is looking for support.
2. Connect with colleagues. If you do not work closely with your Cultural / Diversity Student Center (or campus equivalent), get to know the staff and students who work there. Oftentimes, these staff will be in the know about particular students who are interested in multiracial identity or even in starting a multiracial student group. Attend events and offer your support where needed and if wanted.
3. If one doesn’t exist, start a multiracial student group on your campus. And don’t feel like you need to be complex about it! Sometimes just creating an informal space for students to come together will provide much-needed and much-appreciated solidarity. You can start by making posters, asking your colleagues to spread the word, and providing snacks. See an article co-written by MRN Chair, Victoria Malaney & Kendra Danowski for tips!
4. Host a dialogue on related multiracial topics. If you don’t have the time to commit to starting a full student group, consider facilitating a dialogue or dialogue series addressing topics pertinent to multiracial students. This is even more effective if you can find a small group of students to help develop the dialogue and advertise. Topics that I have seen work include family, friendships, romantic relationships, privilege, and Whiteness.
5. Create room for multiracial discourse in social justice trainings. Whether the conversation is focused on microaggressions, affinity spaces, or intersections, find ways to ensure that multiracial identity is visible. There are numerous social justice-related topics that pertain to multiracial students (monoracism, passing and privilege, and racial fluidity, for example). Creating opportunities to process them will help students to think critically about their identities and likely feel more connected with their peers.
If you have other ideas, please share them with us!
acpa.mrn@gmail.com

We can’t believe it was just last week that we were in Montreal, Canada at the Palais des Congres de Montreal taking part in ACPA, learning, and viewing our colleagues present!

 

MRN is reaching out to our followers to re-connect after ACPA to invite you to learn more about the MRN Leadership team!

 

As we mentioned at convention last week we are actively recruiting for members for our 2016-2017 leadership team.

 

Please take a moment to fill out our Google Form to let us know the ways you’d like to be involved with MRN!

 

Next week, we’ll follow up with those who expressed interest in joining our leadership with more information on how to apply. If you have any questions about MRN or the Interest form, please let us know!

 

Connect with us at acpa.mrn@gmail.com, Facebook, or on Twitter @ACPA_MRN! We look forward to getting to know you!

 

~The MRN Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

MRN @Convention 2016

It’s that time of year again. ACPA Convention 2016

If you’re like me, it sneaks up way to soon, and you spend the weeks leading up to Convention going “There’s just not enough time!”

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And then when you get there, you’re so glad you came and you don’t want it to end.

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Let us at MRN help you get to that point, where you are so excited to get there and you won’t want it end.

This Convention we focus on the family. Let’s take a look:

In chronological order:

CelebrACPA

Sunday March 6, 8-9pm  Palais des Congres-710A

Come check us out at our table at CelebrACPA. Besides our 10 Tips for Working with Multiracial Individuals and our very popular buttons, this year we have a photo campaign too. Snap your best selfie with a quote about what MRN means to you or share a shoutout to your multiracial family. #MRNPride

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Culturefest

Sunday March 6, 9-10pm Palais des Congres-710B

Immediately following CelebrACPA, we have the wonderful CultureFest. Check out Canadian slam poet, Patrick de Belen and Inuit throat singer and hand drumming singer, Nina Segalowitz. For a sneak peak, here’s Patrick de Belen’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Nina Segalowitz performing in Vancouver. Culturefest is a celebration of the talent, perseverance and resilience all peoples can display. Presented by the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs, you don’t want to miss these unique performances that we hope are not once-in-a-lifetime but up and coming frequent artistic displays.

Block Social

Monday March 7, 9:30-11pm Westin-Beaver Hall

Continuing the tradition of celebration and socializing, join all the CMA Networks at our block social, where MRN has some exciting new activities. In addition to our photo campaign, we have ordered the multiracial board game Mixed Race in a Box! Come meet the MRN family, play some games, relax, and, if you want to have more fun, sign up for our listservs and position openings. Also, check out a special slideshow of what it means to be part of the MRN family with photos of members family. #MRNPride will be strong this night!

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Open Business Meeting

Tuesday March 8 12:30-1:30pm Palais de Congres-520B

Like what you see, come get more involved. MRN is a small but crucial group of passionate individuals who are looking to support multiracial professionals and their constituents. We need more help and hope you come to our Open Business Meeting to see how you can get involved. We give you updates on some of our initiatives this year, the major presences we’ll have at NCORE, upcoming scholarship ,and our advocacy goals. Come with your own ideas and help us grow our network!

PS It’s OK to bring your lunch to this meeting, we know what time it is!

MRN Sponsorship

We are also supporting some of our peer groups initiatives.
The Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness has an awesome T-Shirt campaign around gender pronouns. Help out a great cause here: http://shop.spreadshirt.com/CLGBTA/

 

So excited to see many of you this coming week. If you can’t be there, follow us on our social media, including our Facebook page and Twitter handle, @ACPA_MRN

Happy Convention! See you in Montréal! And don’t forget your passport!