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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.