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Multicultural Affairs Conference
hosted by
Clinton NY
October 22-23, 2009

Multicultural Affairs staff from 21 institutions participated in this conference with the concentration on effective strategies in support of those who share similar responsibilities and goals within the fields of multiculturality, interculturality, and diversity.
This meeting was a wonderful success and we would like to thank Hamilton College (in particular, Allen Harrison and Steven Yao of Hamilton, and the entire planning committee who coordinated this event), all the panelists and facilitators, and, of course, the active participants who helped to fulfill the goals of this meeting.
Each participant (below) is linked to his/her email address in an effort to keep the lines of communication open among the participants. We hope this will assist in the continuity of networking efforts.



Jessica Nunez  

Assistant Dean for Student Development and Diversity

Pamela Phayme  

Program Director of Diversity Initiatives

BATES COLLEGE                                                                                                              

Roland Davis   Assistant Dean of Students
Boston University School of Social Work  

Lisa Moore

Clinical Visiting Assistant Professor



Shaena Moody

Multicultural Student Services

Jessica A. Quintana Hess

Director of Multicultural Student Services



Dawn LaFrance

Associate Director, Counseling Center

Aurelius Henderson

Director Office of Undergraduate Studies



Luz Colon-Rodriguez

Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Education



Nancy Thompson

Dean of Students

Allen Harrison

Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Accessibility

Steven Yao

Associate Dean of Faculty for Diversity Initiatives

Madeleine Lopez

Lecturer in History and Education Studies Program



Frederic MacDonald-Dennis

Interim Director Office of Multicultural Affairs



Domenico Ruggerio

Multicultural Resource Center

Eric Estes

Associate Dean of Academic Diversity

Mariel Martin Director, Office of Student Diversity Programs
Rosana Lemus Prog. Coordinator for the Office of Student Diversity Programs



Rafael Zapata

Assistant Dean and Director of the Intercultural Center



Dr. James K. Duah-Agyeman

Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs



Karla Spurlock-Evans

Dean of Multicultural Affairs

Carol Correa de Best

Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs



Karen Ferrer-Muniz

Director of Multicultural Affairs



Jean-Pierre Laurenceau-Medina

Associate Director- Office of Multicultural Affairs



Eric Benjamin

Director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs



Edward Pittman

Associate Dean of the College/CHAS Steering Board

Steve Lavoie

Assistant Director for Campus Life

Jocelyn Tejeda

Associate Director for Campus Life/ALANA Programs



Michelle Lepore

Associate Dean of Students

Joel McCarthy Associate Dean of Students



Sergio Marte

Assistant Director of Admissions

Patti Maisch Assistant Project Coordinator



Thursday, October 22nd

3:00 - 6:00 PM: Check in at Hotels

6:00 PM: Shuttle to campus leaves from Radisson Hotel

6:30 - 8:00 PM: Welcome & Dinner (Dwight Lounge, Bristol Campus Center)

8:30 - 10:30 PM: Networking and Socializing (Little Pub)

9:30 & 10:15 PM: Shuttles from campus return to Radisson Hotel

Friday, October 23rd

7:30 AM: Shuttle to campus leaves from Radisson Hotel

8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast (Great Room, Spencer House)

9:00 - 10:15 AM: Partnering Across the Institution in Times of Economic Difficulty (Dwight Lounge)

How best can Multicultural Affairs professionals pursue their mission during these times of unprecedented economic challenge? This panel will offer ideas about resource sharing and concrete strategies and techniques for establishing partnerships with different offices, departments and divisions across the institution in order to promote achievement among students from underrepresented groups. Panelists will discuss the challenges and potential benefits of actively pursuing innovative collaborations within a liberal arts setting.

Moderated by: Steven Yao, Assistant Dean of Faculty for Diversity Initiatives, Hamilton College

Panelists:  Jessica Hess, Director of Multicultural Student Services, Bucknell University
Carol Correa de Best, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, Trinity College
                   Lisa Moore,
Clinical Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

10:15- 10:45 AM Break

10:45 - 12:00 AM: Multicultural Affairs in a “Post-Racial” America (Dwight Lounge)

Since the election of Barack Obama, declarations about the achievement of a "post-racial" America have been numerous and repeated. Yet, events on our campuses provide ample evidence for the ongoing importance of "race" and other categories of difference as factors shaping the college experiences of students from underrepresented groups at liberal arts institutions. This panel will address both new and persistent challenges facing Multicultural Affairs professionals as they seek to foster achievement among underrepresented students in the face of recent changes in the political and ideological landscape of the U.S.

Moderated by: Karla Spurlock-Evans, Trinity College

Panelists: Eric Estes, Associate Dean of Academic Diversity Director of MRC, Oberlin College
                  Eric Benjamin,
Director of Minority Affairs, The University of the South (Sewanee)

12:15 - 1:15 PM: Lunch (The Hub, Bristol Campus Center)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James K. Duah-Agyeman  Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs,
                                   Syracuse University
 "Building on the Activism of our Students:
                                     A Campus-wide Collaborative Initiative of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Syracuse University"

Dr. Duah-Agyeman holds a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics Education and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and teaches Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity [SOC/WSP 230] which is part of the national Multiversity Intergroup Research Project. He has been at Syracuse University since 1982 assuming a fulltime employment position in 1986 as assistant director/counselor of the Office of Supportive Services.

His talk will begin with a brief history of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Syracuse University, and from there Dr. Agyeman will discuss Syracuse's collaboration with academic and student affairs departments and how they meet the needs of our African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American students. Programmatic initiatives such as the WellsLink Leadership Program, Multicultural Empowerment Network (MEN), Dimensions, the Multicultural Living Learning Community, and the Haudenosaunee Promise will be discussed.

1:15 - 2:45 PM: Engaging Students in Diversity Planning (Dwight Lounge)

Millennial students have demonstrated an increased interest both in individual public service and in setting the terms of their own educational experiences. This panel will address strategies for incorporating student voices, experiences, and concerns into the process of diversity planning. How do we balance the demands of students considering their relatively brief stays at our institutions? What role can Multicultural Affairs professionals play in breaking down institutional and other barriers to meaningful student participation in diversity planning? How can we help to overcome resistance in other areas of our institutions to the prospect of student involvement?

Moderated by: Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College

 Panelists: Madeleine Lopez, Director, Cultural Education Center, Hamilton College
                  Joel McCarthy,
Associate Dean of Students, Wells College
 Rafael Zapata, Assistant Dean & Director of the Intercultural Center, Swarthmore College

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Professional Development Discussion (Dwight Lounge)
Moderated by:
 Gordon Hewitt
     Assistant Dean of Faculty for Institutional Research\
                           Hamilton College

4:00- 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks

The planning committee for this conference includes:

Allen Harrison (Chair) Hamilton College
Steven Yao Hamilton College
Jessica Hess Bucknell University
Mable Millner College of the Holy Cross
L'Tanya Richmond Smith College
Darryl Smaw Swarthmore College
Karla Spurlock-Evans Trinity College
Patti Maisch CHAS

Barnard College | Bates College | Bowdoin College | Bryn Mawr College | Bucknell University | Carleton College | Clark University |
Colgate University | College of the Holy Cross | Connecticut College | Dartmouth College |
Geneseo (SUNY)
|   Hamilton College | Hampshire College | Haverford College | Lafayette CollegeMount Holyoke College Oberlin College
|  | Pomona College | Reed College | Sarah Lawrence College | Skidmore College | Smith College | Swarthmore College |
 Trinity CollegeUnion College | University of the South | Vassar College |
Wellesley College |
Wheaton College | Williams College