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Webinar: Race Policy & Multiracial Americans

Join the Multiracial Network in a hour long webinar discussion on Friday, October 28th with Dr. Kathleen Odell Korgen (Editor) and Dr. Marc Johnston-Guerrero (Chapter author) as they discuss in the first book to offer a closer look at the effects of multiracial citizens on race-related policies.


Registration link:

Webinar is open for all and is free!

 Downloadable mrn-webinar flyer.

“As the number of people who identify as multiracial is growing rapidly, policies that relate to race continue to lag behind, failing to properly account for the ways that a multiracial citizenry complicates programs aimed at mitigating the effects of racism, ameliorating past discrimination, and more. The book takes up key questions relating to the intersection of race-based policies, social welfare, education, and multiracial citizens, while drawing on tools and techniques from a range of fields to present a picture of where we’re at today and what possible steps are needed to create more effective and more inclusive policies in the future.”

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Meet the 2016-2017 Leadership Team!

Current Chair: Victoria Malaney  (she/her/hers) 


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. 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.

Past Chair: James Engler (he/him/his)


I serve as the past chair of the Multiracial Network and am very excited as the 2016-17 year is underway. When I was in graduate school, I attended my first ACPA conference in Louisville 2012. I remember wandering around and being overwhelmed by so many presentations and socials and groups. A friend of mine had told me to come to the MRN social and as soon as I walked in there I was greeted like a family member by people I’d never even met. Before I even realized it, I felt safe and happy and home.

Since then, I’ve been involved in the MRN leadership team as Historian, Blog Coordinator, and now in the past chair position. Joining the MRN family was just the beginning for me. MRN connected me to the larger ACPA network and introduced me to the broader higher education world. MRN has shown me what advocacy looks like, whether it’s educating privileged groups with our “10 Tips for Working with Multiracial Students” or being part of a bone marrow donor campaign since multiracial folks have more trouble finding a match. MRN has even led to my first public spoken word performance at Culturefest last year. As much as I challenge my students to grow and develop, MRN has give me that chance to grow too. Currently, I am the Program Coordinator for UC San Diego Parent and Family Programs.

Past Chair: Rachel Luna  (she/her/hers)


Hi there, I’m Rachel Luna.  I’ve been connected to MRN since 2010 and am currently Past Chair.  I joined MRN as a graduate student and immediately found a professional and personal home.  I’ve stayed involved with this community of scholars because I continue to learn with and from our members.  Through my involvement with MRN, I’ve presented at conferences, hosted webinars, enjoyed socials, read articles, and chatted on social media with some really great folks.  I spend my days as Student Services Coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Most nights and weekends, I’m wearing my other hat as a first year doctoral student in Higher Ed Leadership at Colorado State University.

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. Rob also serves as Chapter Advisor for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at St. John’s. His interests include traveling, exercising, and binge-watching Netflix.

Social Chair: Laura Carroll  (she/her/hers)


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

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

MRN Liaison: Michael Dixon (he/him/his)


Hi everyone,

My name is Michael Dixon and I serve as the Director of Intercultural Services at Manchester University in the midst of my 6th year. I’ve 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. I’m currently working on a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University via distance education.

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


I am a student affairs professional with a passion for serving higher education students. I graduated from UCSD with majors in Communication and Psychology. I am now in my last year of graduate school at Claremont Graduate University, studying Higher Education/Student Affairs. I spent the summer as an Orientation and Student Life Intern at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where I got the opportunity to work in both the student center and residential life. I am also beginning an internship in the Employer Relations at the Career Center at Cal Poly Pomona this year.

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

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Hello MRN folks! My name is Kelli Campa and I am excited to be apart of MRN again this year!  I work at SUNY Binghamton as a Resident Director. Originally a California native, I received my Bachelors in Communications from California Lutheran University and my Masters in Higher Education from Iowa State University. In my free time I love to travel (both domestically and internationally), am an avid Netflixer, and hang out with friends.

MRN Advisory Board: Beth John (she/her/hers)


Beth John has been working in higher education for 15 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 and a Research Assistant for Roar Enterprises, Inc.  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 invovled 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.



MRN: In Solidarity with ACPA’s Coalition on Multicultural Affairs


A Call for Healing, Solidarity, and Action

We have been silent. But the silence has been intentional. We are in mourning and we are simply trying to heal. From Orlando and Baton Rouge to Dallas and Minnesota, we are in shock at the lengthening chain of violence against people of color. Over the past three years, we have continued to observe increased awareness of police brutality against marginalized populations. Know this, the number of tragedies are the same. The behaviors correlated with the propagation of these issues have not changed. The system has battered, bruised, imprisoned, and murdered folx of color for centuries. What has changed is the increased visibility of these incidents through social media and technology.

Some of us are trying to protect our psyches. Some of us must be strategic in how we protect our bodies. Some of us are trying to reconcile the fact that we may not be able to guarantee the safety of our loved ones. In our silence, we’re making sense and making meaning. We wonder. How many of us are too tired, angry, hurt, and/or overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness? How can we make space for you and others in the middle of this? How can we serve as advocates, allies, and activists within ACPA, our campuses, and our field? Here are some of our thoughts:

We live in a time where dichotomous thinking has pitted us against one another; but we recognize an alternative way to be – to be both/and. We acknowledge for example, that one can be both pro-Black lives and pro-police. As the Coalition of Multicultural Affairs, we wish to emphasize that we are anti-violence in all of its forms, and against police brutality. As we have observed in recent weeks and months, police brutality geared towards people of color is more likely to result in violence – in serious injury or death.

We invite you to be mindful.

Appreciate both intent and impact. If someone is making a conscientious effort to learn and serve, allow grace if mistakes occur. Use these errors as teachable moments for growth, not spaces for shame.

We encourage you to practice self-care.

Utilize your personal and professional support system, including allies and human resources options that may be offered by your employer. Utilize sick leave and child care options to practice wellness and to create a quiet space for yourself.

We urge you to act.

Identify representatives within your district, county, and state. Identify those who have made progressive strides towards civil rights and call out (not in) individuals who have demonstrated complacency. Demand that the lives of people of color matter and that the end of police brutality should be a priority in the coming election.

Finally, we encourage you to engage the literature on best practices for your campus and community. Use the resources our Association affords its members.

• Parallels Between the Cases of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and the Black Male College Experience –…/developments/volume-12-issue-2

• ACPA Videos on Demand – Confronting the Reality of Racism in the Academy Channel:…/channel/racism-series

• Black & APIDA Coalition Building Resources –

While the urgency of action and care is upon us, we wish to move forward with love – for ourselves, for each other in the Association, and for those on our campuses. We cannot achieve a more equitable world alone; we must move forward together.

In Service,

Shawna M. Patterson
Chair, Coalition of Multicultural Affairs

Pan African Network (PAN)

Latin@/x Network (LN)

Multiracial Network (MRN)

Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network (NAIN)

Asian Pacific American Network (APAN)


Get involved with MRN!

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 either a Leadership Team Member or Active Affiliate.  Let us know what you’re interested in doing and how much time you’d like to commit, and we will work with you to find a role in MRN that best fits you.

Join our team by filling out the brief application below by July 24.  We’ll be in contact soon after that date to get you connected with your MRN involvement opportunities.

You can also access this application in a new window if you prefer.

Sign up for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry with MRN at #ACPA15

By Rachel Luna & Victoria Malaney

At the ACPA15 convention in Tampa, the Multiracial Network (MRN) is engaging in advocacy by inviting people to register with Be the Match for the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, as this is a major health issue for people afflicted with certain life-threatening diseases and who come from diverse backgrounds.  At the same time, we recognize that this organization is required to adhere to current FDA regulations that are discriminatory toward “men who have had sex with another man” and those who identify as trans*.

Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ancestry

Donors who are mixed race and from diverse backgrounds are in demand for the National Bone Marrow Donor registry

Why this important for mixed folks and folks of diverse backgrounds?

Every year, over 30,000 people are diagnosed in the US with life threatening blood diseases like leukemia. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is their only chance at survival. Only 30% of patients find matching donors within their families. The remaining 70% must search for an unrelated donor. On US’s national Be The Match Registry, a total of 30% of donors are minorities and 3% of potential donors self-identify as mixed race. Though this approximately matches U.S. Census data, more mixed-race donors are needed given the sheer genetic diversity of the group (Statistics from

What is particularly challenging for mixed-race individuals is that theNational Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is unable to provide a patient and their family the likelihood of finding a match for patients of mixed heritage. However, the greatest challenge for finding a match is that the growing community of racially and ethnically diverse people have tissue types that are very complex making it harder to match. The chance that two people from two different groups will create a new tissue type in children is very high. This is why there is such a great need for donors from all backgrounds to join the Be The Match Registry – to increase the likelihood that all patients will find a match  (Statistics from

Acknowledging discriminatory policies

We are working to hold the dissonance between advocating for a need in our populations and working within a discriminatory institutional system and medical complex.  We plan to confront the incongruence of social justice values in these ways:

  • Be transparent about the FDA regulations, the organization’s response, and MRN’s opposition to the discriminatory policies;
  • Write an open letter from MRN to the FDA advocating for policy change; and,
  • Share sample letters and resources with other professionals wishing to contact the FDA.

Additionally, we seek to find ways to partner to create space for dialogue on this issue with our larger ACPA community. We are open to continuing the conversation during and after convention to address the complexity of intersections of race, sexuality, and gender, and challenging systems that are inherently oppressive.

Take action and more info

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Find more information about bone marrow donation and the needs within multiracial populations with Mixed Marrow and Be The Match

MRN at #ACPA15

We are very excited to Consider. Collaborate. Create. Commit. with everyone who is joining us at the ACPA15 Convention in Tampa, FL.  For those who are able, please join MRN at our events:

Wednesday, March 4

MRN Pre-Convention Social 3/5 at 9:30

Join MRN at our ACPA15 Pre-Convention Social, Wed. March 4 at 9:30pm at Jackson’s Bistro Bar and Sushi.

Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Pre-Convention Social

Marriott Tampa Waterside – Florida Salon IV @ 8:30-9:30pm

MRN Pre-Convention Social

Jackson Bistro & Sushi, Island Bar Area @ 9:30pm

Thursday, March 5

CelebrACPA Opening Event

Tampa Convention Center – Central and West Hall @ 6-7pm

CultureFest: A Demand for Justice

Tampa Convention Center – Ballroom A @ 7-8:15pm

Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Social

Tampa Convention Center – Ballroom A @ 8:15-10pm

Friday, March 6

Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Open Business Meeting

Tampa Convention Center – Room 30B @ 9:30-10:30am

Multiracial Network (MRN) Block Social

Marriott Tampa Waterside – Florida Salon II @ 9:30-11pm

Saturday, March 7

Multiracial Network (MRN) Open Business Meeting

Tampa Convention Center – Room 32 @ 12:30-1:30pm

We also love folks who are joining us in spirit, so please join us virtually by following @ACPA_MRN on Twitter, liking our Facebook page, and following hashtags like #ACPA15 and #MRNatACPA on your social media.

MRN at CMRS 2014

Are you attending the 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University in Chicago?  If so, check out these sessions featuring current and former members of the MRN Leadership Team:

Thursday, November 13

9:45am-11:15am at Room #314A

PANEL: Multiracial Students: Education, Discrimination, and Innovation

  • CHAIR: Eric Hamako, Shoreline Community College
  • Negotiating Privilege and Oppression: Monoracism’s Influence on Mixed College Student Identities – Marc P. Johnston, The Ohio State University
  • Recognizing & Remedying Monoracism in Anti-racist Education – Eric Hamako, Shoreline Community College
  • Institutional Struggles with Monoracism: Complicating Admissions Decisions and Data – Kristina Wong Davis, The Ohio State University

Saturday, November 15

10:45am-12:15pm at Room 380

PANEL: Postsecondary Mixed Race Student Experience

  • CHAIR: Sara Furr, DePaul University
  • Integration and Student Housing Choices: Inside Campus Multicultural Living Communities – Nicole Elasser Watson, Syracuse University
  • Creating Safe Spaces for Mixed Race Students – Kaily Heitz, Independent Scholar
  • 10 Ways to Support Multiracial Students – Victoria Malaney, American College Personnel Association’s Multiracial Network
  • Multiracial Students and the Pathway to a STEM Major – Mette Evelyn Bjerre, University of Notre Dame

1:30pm-3:00pm at Room 314 A/B

ROUNDTABLE: The Lived Experiences of Contemporary Mixed Race Couples in the U.S.

  • CHAIR: Ken Tanabe, Loving Day
  • Kelley R. Kenney, Kutztown University
  • Mark E. Kenney, Chestnut Hill College/DeSales University
  • Beth John, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Benjamin John, Rush Wisconsin Soccer Club
  • Steven Riley,
  • Julia Cates,

We send positive vibes to everyone at CMRS 2014, and special shoutouts to Marc, Victoria, Beth, and Ben for contributing their stories and scholarship to the mixed race conversation.  Follow along with their adventures by connecting with MRN on Facebook and Twitter.

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MRN is proud to have current and former Leadership Team members presenting at the 3rd Biennial CMRS Conference.

Now What? A Webinar About Getting Involved in ACPA


Inspired by an exciting and reinventing ACPA14 Convention, the Multiracial Network (MRN) hosted this webinar to share stories and tips for getting involved in entity groups without ACPA.

Panelists include:

* Brian Arao (Past-Chair for Commission for Social Justice Educators); 
* Beth John (Past-Chair for Multiracial Network and Member of Mid-Level Managers Group);
* Bernie Liang (Past-Chair for Asian Pacific American Network and Convention Planning Team); 
* Heather C. Lou (Past-Chair for Multiracial Network); 
* Rachel Luna (Current-Chair for Multiracial Network and Past-Coordinator for Sponsored Programs in Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals); and, 
* Windi Sasaki (Past-Chair of Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs, Past-Chair for Asian Pacific American Network, Convention Planning Team)

We have created a recap of the webinar here and hope that you will check it out!

Please let us know if you would like to participate in future MRN-sponsored webinars, or if you have ideas for new ones!

-Multiracial Network


Get social with @ACPA_MRN at #acpa14

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We invite all MRN and ACPA friends to connect with us on social media during the upcoming #ACPA14 convention.  Here’s how:

STEP ONE: Connect to our accounts

  • Like on Facebook (

  • Follow us on Twitter (@ACPA_MRN)

  • Check out the #MReiNvents hashtag

STEP TWO: Participate in our #MReiNvents Photo Scavenger Hunt!

  • We’ve got all kinds of clues/categories for you to show us how you roll with ACPA and MRN

  • Post at least 3 pictures to FB and/or Twitter between 3/29-4/2 using #MReiNvents and #ACPA14 and you’ll be entered in a contest to win MRN swag!

Photograph the following items by Tuesday, April 1st at 3pm, conveniently after our MRN Open Business Meeting.  Post your pics to Twitter or Facebook with both #MReiNvents and #ACPA14 hashtags.






MRN Pre-Convention Social

March 29

Palomino Restaurant


  • Take a photo with the good company there! 🙂

CelebrACPA & CultureFest

March 30

Convention Center


  • Catch a snapshot of MRN performer, Laura Kina!

Opening Session

March 30

Convention Center


  • Take a SELFIE sitting with a MRN Leadership Team Member

CMA Block Social

March 31

Marriott Ballroom 1


  • Get a picture with the MReInvents Banner!

MRN Open Business Meeting

April 1



  • Ellen Degeneres Oscars-style group selfie with the MRN Leadership Team!

Any program with content about people who identify as Multiracial



Throughout Convention!

  • Take a photo of the presentation and presenter [Make sure to get consent!]

  • Presenter + You SELFIE!  


March 28-April 1



  • Best photo of you “Thinking Outside the Box.” Get creative, people!

  • Selfie with MRN Swag

  • A photo at the #ACPA15 Tampa booth

  • Take a picture with a CMA Network friend. (Shout out to APAN, LN, NAN, & PAN!)

Need some inspiration? Here’s some examples that the @ACPA_MRN Leadership Team found from #acpa13. Enjoy! 

MRN Swag Selfie:

Nametag with MRN flair

@ACPA_MRN Banner!

Adam and Heather with MRN banner

MRN Presenters from #acpa13

MRN presenters at ACPA13

Ellen-Style #SELFIE

MRN Leadership Team at ACPA13

Scavenger Hunt produced by API KC Interactive Media Coordinators: Queena Hoang, Jacqueline Mac, & Cleda Wang

Adapted by MRN Co-Chairs: Heather Lou & Rachel Luna

ACPA’s Response to MRN’s Open Letter

In response to MRN’s Open Letter to the ACPA Community, members of ACPA leadership invited the letter’s authors to have a phone conversation on April 30 to discuss the impacts and concerns described in the letter, examine recommendations, and explore future actions in regards to demographic survey questions in ACPA.  We appreciate the following ACPA leaders who were able to participate in the conversation:

  • Kathleen Kerr, President
  • Kathy Obear, Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Eleanor Mower, Associate Executive Director
  • Chris Moody, Director of Membership Development
  • Lance Kennedy-Phillips, 2014 Convention Evaluation and Assessment Chair

In addition, below is a letter from ACPA President Kathleen Kerr that was sent to MRN Chair Adam Ortiz after the conference call.

May 3, 2013

Hi Adam – I want to thank you and the other leaders from MRN and CMA who took time to talk with me earlier this week about their concerns. ACPA is an organization that truly values social justice and strives to be inclusive in all ways, and it is incredibly helpful to have members and leaders willing to share with us and problem solve with us when we can do better. How we ask our members about themselves via surveys and assessment instruments is one area where we can do better.  I appreciate that the leadership of MRN and CMA are catalysts for change.  This change will result in our Association being stronger, and our policies and practices being more aligned with our espoused values.

As you are aware from our phone call, the activity of revising how we ask member demographic questions has been underway since June of 2011, but is still not complete. Identifying a standard set of questions is incredibly challenging as we do not believe one “best” practice exists.  We have and continue to review standards from other Associations, campuses, and even federal and state guidelines.  That being said, the ACPA Governing Board is committed to completing this work in the coming months, so that going forward we are in agreement about how to best ask these questions of our diverse membership.

Specifically, here are the “next steps” we discussed on the call:

  • The subcommittee working on the standard questions document will continue to collect input from Association leaders and entity groups (May-June)
  • A final document will be brought before the Governing Board for review and approval
  • Once approved:
    • A senior staff member in the ACPA International Office will be identified to review all centrally distributed surveys and assessment instruments to make sure that they consistently adhere to the approved standards.
    • Other Association leaders, International Office staff members, and Convention Planning Team members will be made aware of the adopted standards and expectations for their use.
    • ACPA membership will be informed of the adopted standard questions, including the importance, value, and context of this work via an article in Developments.
    • Entity groups that distribute surveys independent of the International Office will be provided with the standard questions, applicable contexts, and their rationale.

I am happy to continue the conversation or begin another on a different topic.  Please be in touch and feel free to share both my appreciation and a summary of our discussion with the MRN, if it would be valuable.