Meet MRN @NCORE 2017

If you’re going to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in Forth Worth Texas next week, we hope to see you at some of the these amazing sessions focused on various aspects of multiraciality. Below we have highlighted several sessions that feature past and current MRN Leadership Team members and friends.



Multiracial Caucus

The Multiracial Caucus at NCORE will provide a gathering place and community for multiracial and multiethnic NCORE members. The Multiracial Caucus provides a collaborative space for multiracial and multiethnic higher education professionals who seek to: co-create a support network, discuss intersectionality while complicating notions of race, celebrate our achievements, and share best practices.

No-Host Lunch: Wednesday, May 31 — 12:30–2:00 pm

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Can White Family Members Ever Truly Get It? Biracial Individuals Navigating Racial Justice Conversations within Interracial Families

Room: 203C    Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Special Feature

Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education

Experience Level: All Levels


During what was arguably the most divisive presidential election in recent memory, biracial and multiracial people, particularly those identifying with the collective consciousness of communities of color, likely had to navigate difficult conversations with white family members. From feeling unrecognized to flat out rejecting one’s racial existence, these types of conversations with family members can be painful. But can white family members ever truly understand? This panel session engages this question from a range of scholarly and personal perspectives, including social work and various fields of education. Focal topics include the perspective of parenting biracial children as a white person; navigating relationships with extended family members and in-laws; and understanding the dynamics of racial socialization within cross-racial families. Participants will be able to deeply engage with the complexities of multiracial identity and belonging within interracial families.

Presented by:

Eric Hamako, EdD, Professor, Multicultural Studies, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Washington

Marcella Runell Hall, EdD, Vice President for Student Life, Division of Student Life, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Kelly F. Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Dian D. Squire, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Victoria K. Malaney, MEd, Special Assistant to the Deans, Dean of Students Office and Doctoral Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts



Innovating Research and Practice on Multiracial Experiences in Higher Education

Room: 121A     Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Session Type: Special Feature

Session Track: Global, Multicultural, and Transnational Issues

Experience Level: Intermediate


From the politics of labeling and counting mixed race students in various ways, to the interpretation of findings through a multiracial lens, this session explores key issues in research on multiraciality in higher education toward innovating practice. The panel will share their experiences working through some of the complexities of serving this population in higher education through their scholarship and practice, particularly within the current sociopolitical contexts. Through the sharing of panelists’ expertise across multiple areas of higher education research, multicultural affairs practice, and social justice education, participants will have the opportunity to engage in critical conversations on innovating multiracial research and practice within changing contexts.

Presented by:

Charlene Martinez, MEd, Associate Director, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Marc Johnston-Guerrero, PhD, Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Heather Lou, MEd, Assistant Director, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota

Sabrina T. Kwist, MEd, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Los Medranos Community College, Pittsburg, California

Victoria K. Malaney, MEd, Special Assistant to the Deans, Dean of Students Office and Doctoral Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

Who Gets to Speak on Behalf of Communities of Color? Complicating Mixed Race Leadership and Advocacy across Research and Practice

Room: 202A  Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Session Type: Special Feature

Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities, and Discussions

Experience Level: All Levels

There is a long history of biracial and multiracial individuals taking on leadership and advocacy roles in racial justice movements. However, the extent to which their mixed heritage may be embraced continues to cause controversy. The recent examples of activism surrounding the Movement for Black Lives from celebrities like Colin Kaepernick and Jesse Williams shows some response critiquing them for not being “Black enough” or having a privileged status due to their racial ambiguity. This critique may result in some biracial and multiracial people not speaking up due to feeling a lack of racial authority, or if they do speak, they may feel forced to identify solely monoracially. In this panel, presenters will unpack the question of who should speak on behalf of (monoracialized) communities of color in the fight toward racial justice. From popular culture, to research methods and student activism, the panelists will share both scholarly and personal perspectives. Participants are invited to engage in this complicated discussion on the role of mixed race leadership and advocacy within racial justice movements.

Presented by:

Myra S. Washington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication and Journalism, University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dian D. Squire, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Iowa State University — Ames, Iowa

Sy Stokes, BA, Graduate Research Assistant, Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California — Pinole, California

Sabrina T. Kwist, MEd, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Los Medranos Community College — Pittsburg, California

Adrienne Keene, EdD, Assistant Professor, American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University — Providence, Rhode Island


Supporting the Intersectional Identities of College Students

Room: 203A  Time: 8:30am-9:45am

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Session Track: Student Affairs and Affiliated Professionals

Experience Level: Novice


This presentation will discuss theoretical models of multiraciality and intersectionality from the perspective of sociology and then present practical strategies from the Georgia State University Multicultural Center’s 2016-2017 programming to support students in their intersectional identities.

Presented by:

Jacob Alan English, MS, Research Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor, Honors College Georgia State University — Atlanta, GA

Jeffrey Coleman, PhD, Director, Multicultural Center, Georgia State University — Atlanta, Georgia

Christina Wan, MEd, Senior Student Development Specialist, Multicultural Center, Georgia State University — Atlanta, Georgia