MRN Open June Recruitment Call!


We’d like to invite you to join us for our June 30, 2017 MRN conference call at 3pm EST. If you are interested in our open leadership positions or getting more involved with MRN & ACPA this will be a great opportunity to do so.

Open leadership positions can be found here: newly opened positions

Conference Call information:

Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031

Participant Access Code: 539-282-954



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

Email 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

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


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 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)

2017 MRN Award Winners

With a little over a month left until convention, MRN is excited to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 MRN Awards!

MRN Outstanding Initiative for Multiracial Awareness Award

is presented to

Jenifer Logia


for exemplifying an innovative approach to exploring the unique experiences of multiracial students or professionals

Jenifer Logia is an Outreach Coordinator and Management Fellow for the County of San Mateo, and is also the President and Founder of the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 with a B.A. in International Development Studies and Asian American Studies.

As an undergraduate student, Jenifer served as a board member for the Mixed Student Union at UCLA for one year, and as co-director of the student organization for two years. Through Mixed Student Union, she helped organize the first and second annual Mixed Heritage Conference at UCLA, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times in 2013, and had over 100 attendees in 2014.

As President of the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association, Jenifer coordinates with UCLA alumni, students, and staff to plan events for alumni of mixed heritage/multiracial identity, and provides support for current undergraduate students.

Jenifer works in the County Manager’s Office in San Mateo County, engaging predominantly low-income residents in a variety of community development initiatives in the Bay Area.

MRN Professional of the Year Award

is presented to

Charlene Martinez


For exemplifying significant achievements and contributions to their institution(s) regarding the promotion and encouragement of multiculturalism

Charlene Martinez is a multiracial Asian-Latina American, educator, mother, and cultural worker.  She serves as the Associate Director of Integrated Learning for Social Change within Diversity & Cultural Engagement and is affiliated with the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University.  Her current work includes developing innovative and transformative learning programs which integrate the arts and social justice education inside and outside of the classroom.  She is the co-founder of a multiracial retreat, student drop-in group, and oral histories project at Oregon State University. She received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from the Community-Based Block Program at San Diego State University, and her bachelor’s degree in global studies with an emphasis in culture and ideology from UC Santa Barbara.  Charlene’s professional experiences include work in cross/multi-cultural centers, and student life programs at Sacramento State, Mills College, Contra Costa College, UC San Diego, and as well as a non-profit, the Rockwood Leadership Program.

MRN Research of the Year Award

is presented to

Dr. Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero


For exemplifying cutting-edge research devoted to the enhancement of multiracial education

Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero is an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the Ohio State University.  He received a Ph.D. in Education (with an emphasis in Higher Education & Organizational Change) from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for UCLA’s Office of Residential Life and served as a Graduate Fellow in UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. These experiences integrated his background in Human Biology (BS, Michigan State University) and Student Affairs Administration (MA, Michigan State University). He has worked in multicultural affairs units across several institutions, including New York University and the University of Arizona. Marc’s research interests focus on diversity and social justice issues in higher education and student affairs, with specific attention to advancing and nuancing understandings of multiraciality. He has given over 70 presentations on best practices and research findings at conferences around the country and has co-authored over 25 articles and book chapters focusing on diversity related issues. Marc is active in several higher education associations, including being a past MRN Co-Chair and currently an editorial board member for ACPA’s Journal of College Student Development and NCORE’s Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.

MRN Graduate Student of the Year Award

is presented to

Victoria Malaney


For exemplifying significant promise and potential to exceed in Higher Education as well as an interest in promoting and encouraging multiculturalism

Victoria K. Malaney is Ph.D. student 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. Victoria is a research assistant for Dr. Chrystal George Mwangi and works in the Dean of Students Office as a Special Assistant to the Deans supporting students in personal and academic crisis. Prior to graduate school, Victoriawas 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.

MRN @ Critical Mixed Race Studies 2017

Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) is an annual conference, journal (JCMRS), field of study, and scholarly and activist community. Their fourth conference is in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, hosted by the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. With Keynote RUDY P. GUEVARRA JR.over 50 panels, roundtables, and caucus sessions organized by the CMRS Association; two feature film screenings as well as a LIVE performance show and Performance Sampler produced by Mixed Roots Stories. Don’t miss it! Register today!

MRN will also be at CMRS facilitating a Student Affairs Caucus from 1:00-2:30pm on Saturday, February 25th. Room location will be determined.

We hope to see you there!

-MRN Leadership Team


Recommended Book: Mixed Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories

By: Annette Girion  -MRN Scholarship & Resources Coordinator


Many of our schedules cram up around this time of year. In my own experience, since the beginning of the academic year, I have progressively grown busier, spoken less to my family, had fewer gatherings with my friends, and have completely stopped doing any of my hobbies such as reading for pleasure. But with the holidays comes a break from all of those factors contributing to my ever full schedule: school, work, and everyday responsibilities. I have never had to hustle so much as I have within this last semester, so I am going to take advantage of my small break like I never have before, and reconnect with everything I have been neglecting including my hobbies, my friends and family, and myself.

A great tool for these kinds of reconnections is a book that I discovered during my search for multiracial student resources. It is called Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories, edited by Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny, and Christina Gómez and it was published in 2013. The compositions in this book are by multiracial college students and take us through their identity development processes, recounting specific people and moments in their lives that their identities had an impact on. The personal stories cover their journeys as multiracial students who have struggled with their identity, felt in between two races like they don’t belong, and who find appreciation for the multiple perspectives built into their lives. As I read through the stories of multiracial students coming to terms with their racial and ethnic identity, I was surprised to discover how shockingly similar some of these students’ experiences were to my own. Each essay served as a reminder of my own experiences growing up in a multiracial household, and reading the book with the holidays approaching, put a focus on traditions. I cannot help but reflect on the differences and similarities of my two cultures.

A few years ago on Thanksgiving, I had a unique experience of my Japanese family and my American family coming together for the first time. My cousin from Japan was visiting and we brought her to our Thanksgiving potluck. I remember feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness because I was unsure how to split my attention and worried about my cousin having a good experience as her English was not fluent. It ended up being as relaxing and enjoyable as any other Thanksgiving, except I got the added pleasure of having both sides of my family who live continents apart in one room, getting along and learning from each other. A few years later, just days from now, I get to have both sides of my families together again, with my aunt and grandmother from Japan visiting. I am grateful to be able to spend time with both sides of my family and if I could change one thing, it would be to have more time with them; time that is demanded from me by my many commitments. I realize that I am lucky to not only have two such differing cultural experiences because of my mixed race, but that both sides of my family accept each other and can enjoy each other’s company.

The holiday season is a time we get the opportunity to spend more time with our families and reconnect with ourselves. Just like Mixed was able to provide me with a look back at one of my identity realizations during the holidays, consider it as companion stories to help you with your reconnection to your own identity and appreciation for your cultural celebrations and traditions, whether it is one or many.

You can get a preview of the book here:

Consider the book, Mixed for reconnecting with yourself, with your friends and families.