$15 for 15 Years

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This year is MRN’s 15th Anniversary at our convention in Houston, TX and we are collecting donations for the first time to fund the following:

  1. Multiracial coalition and advocacy efforts
  2. Educational programming & sharing of best practices
  3. Research scholarships!

If you would like to contribute in support of our 15th anniversary, please follow this link and select “$15 for 15 Years of MRN” as your donation category.

We truly appreciate any financial support you can give!

With gratitude and MRN Love,

Victoria, Michael, Rob, Laura, James, Rachel, Daniella, Annette, & Kelli

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Introducing Dr. Jessica Harris, Scholar in Residence

The MRN welcomes Dr. Jessica Harris as this year’s Scholar in Residence. After being approached by the Outgoing Co-Chair, Victoria Malaney, to join the MRN team, Dr. Harris happily accepted. I had the pleasure of asking her some questions about her career, research interests, and involvement in the MRN.

Dr. Harris is currently an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education and Organizational Change division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches master’s and doctoral courses including Student Development Theory, Research in Student Affairs, and Race and Racism in Higher Education. While she acknowledges some challenges in navigating the politics of the tenure track as a young woman of color, she finds satisfaction and encouragement in working alongside and cultivating relationships with colleagues and students. Other rewarding aspects of her career include supporting students with their graduate research and the data collection process, which she often finds to be “empowering and cathartic.”

Though we highlight her work on multiraciality, Dr. Harris has had multiple research interests. As she tells the students she works with, research interests can change considerably and evolve over time. For example, before exploring multiraciality, her original interest was to study what she describes as “white undergraduate men’s development of social justice consciousness.” Yet, her multiracial identity became increasingly salient throughout the first year of her PhD program at the University of Denver. This developing multiracial identity shifted her research interests toward an exploration of multiraciality in education. As she puts it, “My research became me-search.”

Currently, she focuses on two different strands of research: multiraciality in higher education and women of color survivors of campus sexual violence. Through her research, she aims to “destabilize interlocking systems of domination that are embedded throughout higher education and work to influence the experiences of people of color on campus,” including students, faculty and staff. For example, she explores how structures of domination influence the experiences of women of color survivors of campus sexual violence.

She was drawn to the MRN because of the much-needed space and opportunity it provides to higher education professionals to have meaningful conversations on multiraciality and racial equity in education.

Welcome to the team. We are excited to work with you!

Annette Girion, MRN Scholarship & Resources Coordinator

 

Follow Dr. Harris on Twitter @DrJessicaHarris.

Check out some of her most recent work on multiraciality in education at the following links:

Multiracial Women Students and Racial Stereotypes on the College Campus: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/663303

 Navigating the academic borderlands as multiracial and trans* faculty members: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17508487.2017.1356340

 Toward a critical multiracial theory in education: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09518398.2016.1162870

Meet the 2017-2018 Leadership Team!

Current Co-Chair: Michael Dixon (He/him/his)

michael-dixonMichael Dixon is in the midst of his seventh year serving as the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Intercultural Services at Manchester University. He has worked in higher education since 2004 in a variety of departments (intramurals, residential life, multicultural affairs, student activities, admissions, career development & international student support services) at 10 different institutions. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University.  His father is from Jamaica and his mother hails from the collection of islands in southeast Asia (The Philippines).

 

Incoming Co-Chair & Awards Coordinator: Rob Kunicki (He/him/his)

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Rob Kunicki was born and raised in New York City to a native New Yorker and an Ecuadorian immigrant. A first-generation college student, Rob holds a BSEd in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John’s University as well as a MA in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. He has experience working in New Student Orientation, First Year Seminar Peer Mentoring, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Currently, Rob serves as the Assistant Director for Student Success, Assessment, & Enrollment Initiatives at Baruch College of the City University of New York where he has been able to translate his experience in student life to his work with retention and graduation initiatives in Enrollment Management. Rob is driven by his passions for education, exploring cultural identities, leadership development, and equal opportunity and access. He is a self-proclaimed data nerd who works diligently to support his Division to improve the student experience and meet strategic priorities. His interests include traveling, exercising, and binge-watching Netflix.

Outgoing Co-Chair: Victoria Malaney (She/her/hers)

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Victoria K. Malaney is Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration focusing on Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Victoria’s research interests focus on multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. Prior to graduate school, Victoria was an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader for two years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from UMass Amherst. Victoria is the Current Chair of the American College Personnel Association’s Multiracial Network (MRN). She was formerly the Scholarship and Resources Coordinator and has been in involved with MRN since July 2012.

Social Media Coordinator: Kelli Campa (She/her/hers)

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Kelli Campa is excited to be part of MRN again this year!  She works at SUNY Binghamton as a Resident Director. Originally a California native, she received her Bachelors in Communications from California Lutheran University and her Masters in Higher Education from Iowa State University. In her free time, she loves to travel (both domestically and internationally), is an avid Netflixer, and enjoys hanging out with friends.

 

Secretary: Laura Carroll  (She/her/hers)

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Laura Carroll is an Academic Advisor for the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University. She has been an active member of ACPA for the past 5 years, and is excited to return to the MRN Leadership Team. Initially, her interest in MRN derived from personal experiences as a multiracial individual. After learning several theories in graduate school, she became fascinated with multiracial identity development. She began intentionally reflecting on and exchanging stories with fellow multiracial students, staff, and faculty. She quickly noticed the varied struggles and successes they had in common and those that differed. Through her involvement with MRN, she has enhanced her knowledge of multiracial research and issues within higher education. She has had opportunities to coordinate and execute social and cultural events with some amazing individuals and thoughtful artists. She believes that MRN provides a safe space for multiracial educators and allies to engage in critical dialogue, which she truly values.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde

Historian: Nicole Belisle (She/her/hers)

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Nicole has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz. After taking some time to work with elementary youth in the Bay Area she went on to pursue her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Sociology and Education with an emphasis in Education Policy. Nicole identifies as Multiracial and Multiethnic and has dedicated much of her higher education studies to supporting Multiracial identity development and promoting diversity through multicultural education. She is Ph.D. student in the joint program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She is extremely excited to join the MRN leadership team as Historian this year, especially with MRN’s 15th Anniversary fast approaching!

Scholarship & Resources Coordinator: Annette Girion  (She/her/hers)

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Annette is currently a Student Services Advisor at Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she advises medical students on their paths to residency. She recently received her MA in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Claremont Graduate University. She has background and interests in undergraduate and graduate career advising, student wellness, and multiracial student experiences.

Publications Coordinator: Daniella Abdin (She/her/hers)

USEDaniella is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. She serves as a Graduate Hall Director in the “International House” living learning community. She joined MRN in 2017 at her first Convention, fell in love, and is now serving as publications coordinator.
Daniella’s work focuses on supporting students with disabilities and she plans to pursue a future as an occupational therapist.

 

Lead Team Member: Rachel Luna  (She/her/hers)

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Rachel Luna has been connected to MRN since 2010 and is currently on the Leadership Team.  She joined MRN as a graduate student and immediately found a professional and personal home.  She has stayed involved with this community of scholars because she continues to learn with and from our members.  Through her involvement with MRN, she has presented at conferences, hosted webinars, enjoyed socials, read articles, and chatted on social media with some really great folks.  She spends her days as Student Services Coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Most nights and weekends, she is wearing her other hat as a second year doctoral student in Higher Ed Leadership at Colorado State University.

Lead Team Member: Beth John  (She/her/hers)

beth-johnBeth John has been working in higher education for 16 years.  She is currently the Director of First Year Experience and adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership Graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Beth also serves as a Dissertation Advisor for the Edgewood College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership.  Beth received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  Beth’s primary areas of interest and research include multiracial identity development, diversity and inclusion, first year students, and students in transition.  Beth has been actively involved with ACPA for many years and has held several leadership positions within the Commission for Student Involvement, Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs: MultiRacial Network (MRN), and the Mid-Level Community of Practice.  She has been involved with MRN since 2009 and is a past chair.  Beth serves a co-advisor to the first Mixed Race Student Union (mXd) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was established in 2015.

 

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.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

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

Email multiracialncore@gmail.com to RSVP

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

Room: 203C    Time: 10:00am-11:30am

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Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education

Experience Level: All Levels

Abstract:

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

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 1

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

Abstract:

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

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

Abstract:

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

 

Join the 2017-2019 MRN 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 cma_mrn@acpa.nche.edu 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, Annette, Kelli, & Rob

 

 

Join Us In Solidarity at Culture Fest 2017

 -Laura Carroll, MRN Social Chair and Culture Fest Liaison

 

As we gear up for Convention, there is excitement in the air.  Whether we are finalizing lodging and travel logistics, preparing our packing list, wrapping up tasks at work, organizing our meeting and social calendar, wondering what new and innovative discussions we’ll engage in, updating our resumes, coordinating plans to reunite with good friends or joyful at the thought of making new friends…Convention season is upon us!

I’m excited to share one event that you won’t want to miss!

On Sunday, March 26th from 8:00-10:00pm the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs will, once again, host Culture Fest.  Culture Fest is a collaborative effort of the five singular Networks within CMA: (1) Asian Pacific American, (2) Latin@/x, (3) Multiracial, (4) Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous, and (5) Pan African.  This year we’re recognizing and celebrating the 30th anniversary years for APAN, LN, NAIN and PAN!! Culture Fest has a resilient history throughout ACPA Conventions and has grown and shifted over the years to better represent intercultural advancements, celebrations, knowledge, and advocacy through creative expression.

This year the Culture Fest Planning Committee is working diligently to create a space that is more socially and politically conscious. With the historical divisiveness in our country and ongoing threat to our human rights, now more than ever we need safe spaces to come together as a community In Solidarity.  The theme In Solidarity describes the collaborative atmosphere and collective depth that will be evident at Culture Fest 2017. We will join together in Columbus, OH for an evening of fellowship, reunion, affirmation, remembrance, and strength.

Our featured artist, Illogic, will express his thoughts surrounding our unifying theme.  Illogic is an American hip-hop artist, poet, producer, writer, and speaker.  A native of Columbus, OH, he began his career at the age of 16 when he claimed the 1996 Columbus Hip Hop Expo MC Battle.  Since, he has released multiple full length albums and EPs and is with Weightless Recordings.  You can check him out on:

As MRN, we will highlight the 50th Anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia with a video montage and moments of reflection.  In 1967, this landmark decision was made by the Supreme Court and courageous Richard and Mildred Loving led with their case vs. the state of Virginia.  It is our hope to raise awareness, spark discussion, and celebrate the countless interracial partnerships who have the freedom, rights, and respect to love one another.  We welcome you to visit our table and share your thoughts.  We’ll have plenty of resources to support multiracial students, deepen awareness of multiracial and transracial adoptee concerns, create a more inclusive campus climate, plus giveaways!

During Culture Fest, CMA and all of the Networks will be represented and we invite you to connect with us at our individual tables. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about each Network’s mission, goals, meetings, and socials.  Light refreshments will be provided and there will be plenty of seating.  Connect with us at CelebrACPA prior to the opening speakers.  Then, join us for Culture Fest directly after the Opening Speakers!  Find MRN events, presentations, and meetings during Convention on Twitter @ACPA_MRN and Facebook.

Check out our CMA family for more convention events in the links below:

ACPA Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs (CMA)ACPA Latino Network Pan African Network (ACPA)  Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) ACPA Native Indigenous Aboriginal Network (NAIN)