NCORE 2018 & MRN

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

Join the Multiracial Network at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana!

At this year’s conference there are several programs, sessions, and special features on Multiraciality.

We hope you can join us! Check the Guidebook app for room locations!

https://ncore.ou.edu/en/ncore-2018-nola/programming/

Wednesday, May 30– 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
2010: Intergenerational Conversation of Scholars on Multiracial/Mixed Race Identity Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Experience Level: All Levels

After about 25 years of scholarship, Multiracial/Mixed Race identity theories have progressed from being non-linear to being dynamic, fluid, and not monolithic. Scholars in interdisciplinary fields such as Sociology and Higher Education have brought new insights and contributions to identity research that helps us to understand the complexity of Multiracial/Mixed Race identity development. While the literature on Multiracial identity continues to bring more nuanced perspectives on the Mixed-Race experience, this intergenerational conversation will explore the following: Where is the future of mixed race/multiracial identity heading next? How do intergenerational scholars take into consideration previous research and how does this influence present day multiracial identity theories? This session will review past and present Multiracial/Mixed Race Identity theories spanning different generations of multiracial scholars. Through this conversation, we will engage participants in small and large group

discussion. As we wrestle with these questions, we will also consider how multiracial identity theories have not yet connected identity development to systems of oppression and racial justice. Overall, this presentation will benefit any participant who is interested in learning more about where the past and present scholarship on multiracial identity is heading from an intergenerational scholar perspective.

PRESENTER(S):
Victoria K. Malaney Brown, PhD Candidate University of Massachusetts Amherst & Director of Academic Integrity, Columbia University in the City of New York

Reginald Daniel, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara

Sy Stokes, MSEd, Doctoral Student, Higher Education University of Southern California — Los Angeles, CA

Charmaine Lietzau Wijeyesinghe, EdD, Consultant and Author, Social Justice and Organizational Development — Delmar, NY

Wednesday, May 30– 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
2222: Can My DNA Tell Me Who I Am? Multiple Perspectives on Direct-to-Consumer Ancestry Testing and Implications for Higher Education
Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Experience Level: Intermediate

Direct-to-consumer DNA Ancestry testing is becoming increasingly popular. From advertisements enticing consumers to “Discover if you’re part Scandinavian, West African, or maybe Native American”, to commercials promising the discovery of one’s “true” identity, these tests are undoubtedly being utilized by college students and educators. But can they really tell us who we are? This session engages this question from multiple theoretical and disciplinary perspectives and explores controversies in the usage of these technologies for higher education institutions. Examples of institutions that have actively engaged such testing include researchers at Cornell University, who in February 2011 launched a “Genetic Ancestry Project” where a random sample of 200 undergraduates received DNA testing to learn about “their ancestors’ human origins and migrations”, and West Chester University’s decade-old “DNA Discussion Project” which uses DNA ancestry testing to engage the campus in discussions of diversity. Yet these tests have also been critiqued for potentially perpetuating biological notions of race. Further, there are dangers of utilizing these tests for supporting fraudulent ethnic claims. Do the potential benefits in being able to claim a particular identity and kinship with a particular group of people outweigh the dangers? Participants will engage in critical reflection on DNA ancestry testing, which ultimately offers a complicated window into a deep quest for identity, belonging, and authenticity.

 

PRESENTER(S):
Kathleen Fitzgerald, PhD, Diversity Educator, Sociology Moving Beyond Diversity — New Orleans, LA

Myra Washington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, NM

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

Reginald Daniel, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Wednesday, May 30– 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
2418: Multiracial Aikido: Building a Community for Multiracial Students Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Experience Level: Intermediate

How do we fight for racial justice in a monoracial campus conversation? How do we heal and understand our experiences as individuals who may identify with two or more races on our campuses? What resources or exercises are available to be more inclusive? In this session we will explore a process of expanding options for students who identify as 2 or more races, having a space to increase understanding of the complexity of multiraciality on our campuses. By highlighting two campus initiatives, the Multiracial Connection group and the Multiracial Aikido program at Oregon State University, this session illuminates the complexity of monoracial dialogues, data, and spaces. We will engage participants using interactive storytelling activities to practice a tool for developing community among multiracial students, staff, and faculty. Our work is grounded in the notion of praxis, or the interplay between reflection/theory and action (Freire, 1970, 2012). We integrate theories of critical mixed race studies and aikido principles with our practical work with students, as well as faculty and staff. How this is manifested in more concrete terms is the use of innovation, deeply listening, engaging creativity, and taking time to think, reflect, and then act. By focusing on the interactions between staff- led initiatives and student-centered approaches to community building, this session highlights what campus culture change could truly look like when reimagined through a multiracial lens. The target audience is intermediate level of experience.

PRESENTER(S):
Sabrina T. Kwist, EdD, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Los Medanos College — Pittsburg, CA

Charlene Cecilia Martinez, M.Ed., Associate Director of Integrative Learning, Diversity & Cultural Engagement Oregon State University — Corvallis, OR

Stephanie Naree Shippen, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services Oregon State University — Corvallis, OR

 

 Wednesday, May 30th from 12:15-1:15pm

Multiracial Caucus

There will be a Caucus meeting on in Marlborough A on the Second Level of the Hilton Riverside New Orleans co-facilitated by Mark Dawson & Lisa Meier.

 

Thursday, May 31– 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
3214: Critical Mixed Race Studies Comes of Age: Building Multiracial Inclusion into the Curriculum Session Track: Global, Multicultural and Transnational issues
Experience Level: All Levels

As a nascent field, Critical Mixed Race Studies is concerned with transdisciplinary, transnational, and transracial analyses of institutionalization of social, cultural, and political orders based on dominant conceptions of race. CMRS addresses local and global systemic injustice rooted in systems of racialization. This session discusses whether there is, or should be, a need to incorporate multiraciality more explicitly in the classroom. If there is a need, how then can educators, administrators, and researchers build more inclusive classrooms and curricula around multiraciality?

PRESENTER(S):

Mitzi Uehara Carter, PhD, Visiting Professor, Global Sociocultural Studies Florida International University — Palmetto Bay, FL

Ashley Howard, PhD, Assistant Professor/Director of African and African American Studies, Loyola University — New Orleans, LA

Naliyah Kaya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology Montgomery College — Bladensburg, MD

Myra Washington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, NM

Thursday, May 31– 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
3208: Should I Check that Box? Categorical Imperatives within Changing Sociopolitical Landscapes Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Experience Level: Intermediate

Demographics are collected on college students from admissions to graduation, and everywhere in between. A common question for multiracial students when encountering these questions is “Which box(es) should I check?” But increasingly, there are questions about whether a question should even be asked/answered. While “post-racial” fantasies might envision a time when racial and data questions would not be necessary, we know their importance for continuing to document and track racialized disparities in access and outcomes. But what about other identities? Alongside increasing numbers of racially “unknown” students who opt out of identifying, there are movements to add more boxes to better capture diverse students across gender and sexual orientation. This session explores contentions around “box-checking” for multiple identities and backgrounds. From documenting sexual orientation identities to the “ban the box” movement around criminal records, there continue to be debates about the need to identify students while also not wanting to “box” students into categories that do not reflect the complexities of lived experiences. Yet some categories are necessary for designations (like Hispanic- Serving Institutions and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions). We examine these issues from multiple institutional and theoretical perspectives and also explore what happens when we can’t capture particular groups, like transracial adoptee students. Through the sharing of panelists’ expertise across various populations and institutional types, participants will have the opportunity to engage in critical conversations on various forms of “box-checking” in changing sociopolitical landscapes.

PRESENTER(S):

Aeriel Anderson Ashlee, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Miami University — Cincinnati, OH

Gina Ann Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, PA

Courtney Johnson, M.S.Ed., Program Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Ohio State University — Columbus, OH

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

Charles S. Sasaki, AM, Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Hawaii – Windward Community College — Honolulu, HI

Finn J. Schneider, M.Ed., Doctoral Student, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN

 

Friday, June 1– 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
4001: Open Space for Multiracial/Multiethnic Student Discussions Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions Experience Level: All Levels

This open space session invites participants to engage in an organic conversation about Multiracial/Multiethnic students. The facilitators represent a variety of identities and invite participants to create a safe space for collective activities in the conversation. The open space conversation allows for creativity and leadership among the participants in attendance. Furthermore, open space generates a conversation that is rooted in inquiry, reflection, and learning, which allows individuals to contribute to the collective conversation based on current participant questions/concerns. The facilitators will also assist in guiding the conversation. In this interactive session, participants will bring their voices into this group-guided conversation that will provide spaces for caucus groups, resource sharing, and action planning in support of Multiracial/Multiethnic students. This open space session will benefit any participant who is interested in discussing contemporary issues and challenges for Multiracial/Multiethnic students.

PRESENTER(S):
Victoria K. Malaney Brown, PhD Candidate University of Massachusetts Amherst & Director of Academic Integrity at Columbia University in the City of New York

Sabrina T. Kwist, EdD, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Los Medanos College

Charmaine Lietzau Wijeyesinghe, EdD, Consultant and Author, Social Justice and Organizational Development — Delmar, NY

 

Friday, June 1– 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
4215: “It’s Sort of Like…”: Using Identity Analogies and Metaphors in Higher Education Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Experience Level: Intermediate

Drawing upon one’s prior knowledge and understanding of something can be a useful way to make sense of complex ideas, such as the ever-changing landscape of identity. Analogies and metaphors are two common ways that people make connections to things they are familiar with. As Tran and Johnston- Guerrero (2016) articulated, “Both analogies and metaphors are interwoven into our everyday thinking and speech” (p. 135). However, while these rhetorical strategies may be common, the ways some have used them to compare subjects are potentially dangerous. For instance, drawing parallels between transracialism and transgender identity has been highly contested. Yet, what might be learned and explored in drawing parallels between identity experiences, for instance, the racial liminality experienced by transracial adoptees and multiracial individuals? Or in the more specific context of residential life, how might the research on cross-racial roommate relationships speak to the experiences of roommates with differing sexual orientations? This session seeks to explore the potential benefits and dangers of using identity analogies and metaphors in higher education research and practice. As such, participants of this symposium will engage in developing a critical consciousness around identity analogies. This session should particularly benefit educators who have been challenged in how to build understanding across differences, especially among people with marginalized identities/experiences without further marginalizing those populations.

PRESENTER(S):
Aeriel Anderson Ashlee, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Miami University — Cincinnati, OH

Lisa Combs, MS, Graduate Assistant, Office of Community Engagement and Service Miami University — Oxford, OH

Stephen Deaderick, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Residence Life Tulane University — New Orleans, LA

Alandis Johnson, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Educational Leadership Miami University — Cincinnati, OH

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

Vu Thanh Tran, PhD, Assistant Director of Residence Education, Residence Education and Housing Services Michigan State University — East Lansing, MI

 

Friday, June 1– 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session Type: Special Feature
4215: “It’s Sort of Like…”: Using Identity Analogies and Metaphors in Higher Education Session Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Experience Level: Intermediate

Drawing upon one’s prior knowledge and understanding of something can be a useful way to make sense of complex ideas, such as the ever-changing landscape of identity. Analogies and metaphors are two common ways that people make connections to things they are familiar with. As Tran and Johnston- Guerrero (2016) articulated, “Both analogies and metaphors are interwoven into our everyday thinking and speech” (p. 135). However, while these rhetorical strategies may be common, the ways some have used them to compare subjects are potentially dangerous. For instance, drawing parallels between transracialism and transgender identity has been highly contested. Yet, what might be learned and explored in drawing parallels between identity experiences, for instance, the racial liminality experienced by transracial adoptees and multiracial individuals? Or in the more specific context of residential life, how might the research on cross-racial roommate relationships speak to the experiences of roommates with differing sexual orientations? This session seeks to explore the potential benefits and dangers of using identity analogies and metaphors in higher education research and practice. As such, participants of this symposium will engage in developing a critical consciousness around identity analogies. This session should particularly benefit educators who have been challenged in how to build understanding across differences, especially among people with marginalized identities/experiences without further marginalizing those populations.

PRESENTER(S):
Aeriel Anderson Ashlee, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Miami University — Cincinnati, OH

Lisa Combs, MS, Graduate Assistant, Office of Community Engagement and Service Miami University — Oxford, OH

Stephen Deaderick, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Residence Life Tulane University — New Orleans, LA

Alandis Johnson, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Educational Leadership Miami University — Cincinnati, OH

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

Vu Thanh Tran, PhD, Assistant Director of Residence Education, Residence Education and Housing Services Michigan State University — East Lansing, MI

Friday, June 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Multiracial Happy Hour meeting at Fulton Alley

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$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

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

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Recommended Book: Mixed Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories

By: Annette Girion  -MRN Scholarship & Resources Coordinator

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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: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00H2G2KBW&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_4A3mybPQZRYZM

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

MRN Post-Election Statement

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As a reminder of our ACPA President Donna A. Lee stated in her email on November 14th “In this time where the issues and challenges of our world may feel overwhelming, and disempowering, I encourage you to focus your attention on the light. Take time to breathe and take of each other. Take care of yourself. And know that we will persevere through these challenges when we truly work together.”

MRN  would like to share resources collected after this month’s election results. The resources were collated by the Higher Education Case Managers Association.

MRN wants to emphasize the need for us as professionals and for the students we work with to take a moment for self-care at this time. A lot of anticipation and anxiety has been building up for many of us over the past few months and many may be experiencing a range of emotions, both positive and negative, leaving our students and selves feeling drained.

Now that the election season has come to a close it is important to take time to acknowledge our emotions and do what is best to find our own sense of balance. For each person balance looks different–some need to unplug from media, engage in physical activity, eat a balanced meal, or surround themselves with a community of support. However that looks for you, we hope that you do what you need in order to achieve wellness at this time.

As we continue to work with students who may be feeling excitement, exhaustion, confusion, or even trauma following this election season, it is important that we provide the best resources that we can. Below HECMA has linked a few examples that have been posted for coping with election stress, as well as a few tools that may be helpful for some of the students you may see over the next few weeks.

Furthermore, in the statement we’ve referenced by our ACPA President Donna A. Lee you’ll see additional resources.

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.

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Registration link:  gotowebinar.com/register/9102985786355176193

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.”

Purchase the book and get 20% off of the price by using code PR20RACE

Meet the 2016-2017 Leadership Team!

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.