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Volume 1 Issue 1 Arkansas State University Multicultural Center “Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!” The MC Connection W elcome to the first edition of our monthly newsletter, MC Connection! The New Year brings new experiences and opportunities to grow and excel. In the MC, we are looking forward to growing our outreach and services throughout campus and the Jonesboro community. We will share how we are doing this with the MC Connection. This newsletter will highlight some of our programs and initiatives that take place throughout the year. We will also spotlight some of the amazing students we have the opportunity to connect with each day. Niya Blair Director Multicultural Center We are also excited to welcome aboard new staff member, Candence Williams. Candence has already done a great job contributing to the Center’s growth. As the new champions of the GODADDY.COM Bowl and the re-launching of the university website, it has already began an exciting new year for Red Wolf Nation. The MC looks forward to continue to contribute to the growth and success of the University. So stay connected to us by reading our newsletters, visiting our websites, and stopping by the MC! In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” “ The MC, not just a Space, but a Place for ALL.” T MLK Celebration 2013: “The Dream Still Lives” he Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration highlights and commemorates his legacy and achievement as one of the greatest men in history. “The Dream Still Lives,” the 2013 MLK Celebration theme, signifies the impact and progress that has been made since Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago on Aug. 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968), King worked hard to establish equality for African Americans through sit-ins, marches and other non-violent demonstrations. Because of his work and the work of countless other Americans, the doors of opportunity began to open for all. In 1955, Arkansas State University opened its doors to the first blacks to be admitted to the University: Walter B. Strong, Frederick C. Turner, and Larry Williams. The Strong-Turner Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association is named for the first two black graduates. Today, the University has more than 15 percent African American students and 20 percent total minority enrollment. The University has made great strides and will continue its effort to increase diversity. “As we celebrate Dr. King’s holiday each year, it should be a reminder to continue pushing his agenda forward in making America a better place for all. ‘The Dream Still Lives’ is a way of saying there is still work to be done,” stated Dr. Photo courtesy: Lonnie Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. By providing more resources and support for minority and underrepresented student populations, ASU makes the dream of attending college a reality. The Multicultural Center is one of the many areas on campus that is instrumental in contributing to the educational, cultural, and social programs and initiatives that support minority and underrepresented student populations, according to Niya Blair, director of the center. As one of the participating organizers of the 2013 MLK Celebration, the Multicultural Center educates the ASU and Jonesboro communities about the legacy of Dr. King through events held during the week of the national holiday. See page three of this newsletter for a detailed list of events. 1

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