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People over PSets: Multicultural Conference 2015 is coming soon!

Lots of news stories and stories of humanity have broken in our community, across our region, our nation, and across the globe these past few months.  Whether it was the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the subsequent discussions of free speech and freedom of the press, or the work of MIT students, staff, and faculty to bring to campus discussions about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and how to transform that power into last change.

There are things we need to talk about, conversations we need to have, and topics we need to learn more about.

Unlike Ron Swanson, we actually want to talk to you about this issues.

MIT’s Student Activities Office and Office of Multicultural Programs hosts an annual Multicultural Conference (MC^2) which delves deep into the issues affecting our community and our globe, and we want you to join us this year!

Taking place at the Endicott House from Friday, Feb. 5th after class to the evening of Saturday, Feb. 6th, this conference will feature discussions around the topic of “People over Psets: Tools for Building Community,” and is a must-attend opportunity!

Grab a coffee, let’s chat.

Find more info at http://studentlife.mit.edu/omp/mc2 and register soon, spaces are going fast!!!

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Register for MC^2 Soon!

Registration for the 2014 Multicultural Conference is open and filling up fast!  This conference, which happens annually at the beginning of the spring semester, is a unique opportunity to get away from campus for a couple of days, and really dig deep and discuss with peers and friends about creating and fostering a more inclusive MIT.  Held at the Endicott House, enjoy a weekend of interesting keynotes, engaging presentations, and the opportunity to engage your peers in discussion around topics you care about that can lead to positive change for our campus.  Connections can be made, plans can be formed, and action can be taken that can help transform MIT into a more inclusive environment for every student here.

We invite you to be a part of this conference experience, so that you can be the change you want to see at MIT.  This conference is FREE for all MIT students, so REGISTER soon!

MC^2 is February 7th and 8th, at the MIT Endicott House, is free for all students, and transportation and meals are provided for all attendees.

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OMP Showcase and Mixer is a success!

Our latest blog post comes from the new group of graduate assistants for the Office of Multicultural Programs!  Look for a profile blog post for all of the new SAO graduate students soon.

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The Multicultural Showcase and Mixer hosted by the Office of Multicultural Programs was a great success. Hosts and attendees alike, had a wonderful time. The event took place on September 9, 2013, in the student center. Student groups from all cultural backgrounds came together to meet their advisor, Ms. La-Tarri Canty, as well as the new graduate assistants: Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu.

New OMP Graduate Students Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu

New OMP Graduate Students Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu

Attendees enjoyed free food provided by the Office of Multicultural Programs, and a prize give-away.  Winners of the give-away were awarded some great pieces of MIT swag from the campus bookstore, including  t-shirts, bags, coffee cups, lanyards, key chains, a blanket, and a MIT flag. In addition to the give-away, the participants also a played a intense game of diversity BINGO which encouraged individuals to break out of their comfort zone and meet some new friends.

SAO Director Leah Flynn welcomes student leaders to the Mixer

SAO Director Leah Flynn welcomes student leaders to the Mixer

OMP Director La-Tarri Canty explaining the evening's activities to the students in attendance

OMP Director La-Tarri Canty explaining the evening’s activities to the students in attendance

Students move around to complete their Bingo Boards.

Students move around to complete their Bingo Boards.

–Christopher, Onyinye, and Qingyi

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Celebrating the First OMP Awards Banquet!

This past week, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the youngest office within the MIT Student Activities Office, celebrated another first – the First Office of Multicultural Programs Annual Awards Banquet!

Planned by OMP Graduate Advisors Jeannette Plascencia and Annie Behari, and advised by La-Tarri Canty, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, the banquet took place in Morss Hall, and honored students, staff, and faculty from around the Institute for their positive work in advancing diversity work around the campus.  Award winners and organizational representatives have been essential in building community on our campus, and have been key in creating and maintaining discussion around the complex issues of inclusivity at MIT.

Congratulations to all of our Award winners, and we hope to see more of you all next year.  Keep up the great work everyone!

PEACE Programming Board

PEACE Programming Board

Representatives from Amphibious Achievement

Representatives from Amphibious Achievement

Representatives of the International Student Association

Representatives of the International Student Association

Sam Daswani- Senior Student Leader of the Year

Sam Daswani- Senior Student Leader of the Year

Staff Member Katrina Hill wins an award

Staff Member Katrina Hill wins an award

Congratulations to the OMP for a great year!

Congratulations to the OMP for a great year!

 

 

 

 

 

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Despite snowstorm, MC^2 forges on!

The Office of Multicultural Programs hosted another successful Multicultural Conference this February, as undergraduate and graduate students from around MIT gathered together at the Endicott House to discuss diversity, inclusion, and meritocracy and how it influences their student experience.  More than 25 students spend Friday and Saturday with their peers and MIT staff to discuss concerns, obstacles, and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion for the various communities that make up MIT, even after MC^2 was postponed two weeks due to the major snowstorm that rolled through New England early in February.

Getting ready for MC^2

Getting ready for MC^2

Breaking the ice.

Breaking the ice.

Learning about teamwork and communication

Learning about teamwork and communication

Arriving Friday night, the evening was spent getting to know one another, making initial connections, and starting to make those bonds across dorm and organization lines that would sustain individuals and the group into the next day.  Ice was broken, and experiences shared, reflected upon, and valued.  Friday was spent getting to know each other and getting comfortable in opening up around each other, so true opinions could be voiced and action taken.

Workshop activities.

Workshop activities.

Presentation time.

Presentation time.

Be an Ally.

Be an Ally.

Saturday started with a keynote speech by Dean Stuart Schmill from MIT Admissions,  followed by students discussing topics ranging from micro aggressions to how media represents culture, religion and socioeconomic status, and how all of these various aspects of our identities intersect with each other.  Delving deep into the MIT experience was the key to Saturday, as students engaged in topics that they encountered daily back at the Institute, but may not have time to discuss openly in the hustle and bustle of academic life here at MIT.

We hope that MC^2 was of value to the students who attended this year, offering a chance to take a breather, look at what was going on around them and around MIT, and reflecting on what diversity and inclusion means to them.  If you are interested in getting involved in efforts happening here on campus, please contact the Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, La-Tarri Canty (lcanty@mit.edu).  Opportunities include involvement with PEACE, a new student organization committed to bringing students together to discuss issues like diversity and inclusion, and serving on the MC^2 2014 Planning Committee.

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

We hope to see you all at MC^2 2014, and thank you to everyone who came to MC^2 2013!

–Joel P.

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