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Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2 October 2013 “Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!” Students “T.U.R.N. U.P.” for Minority Welcome Week T he Multicultural Center’s Minority Welcome Week was held September 9th—September13th. The theme, Turn Up: Taking Ultimate Responsibility Now to Uncover My Potential, was befitting as students were pumped up about beginning a new school year. The week kicked off with cookies, music, and punch on Monday, followed by NPHC 101 that evening. On Tuesday was the Freshmen Dinner. LaTasha Moore, a senior, delivered a self-written poem entitle “A New You”, dedicated to Freshmen in attendance. Other guests were ASU faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders. Fall Explosion was held on Wednesday and featured Amir Windom, Atlantic/Sony Pictures Record Executive. Earlier that day, Amir visited with classes in the College of Media and Communication and College of Business where he discussed his career path and keys to success. Fall Explosion also included a minority student organization fair where students learned about opportunities for campus involvement. Minority Week concluded Friday with Best Steppers where Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. won the title of Best Steppers on the Yard and a party was hosted by NPHC. SGA Cultural Diversity Director Jonathan Williams at Freshmen Dinner Graduate Assistant James Hines at Minority Welcome Week kickoff Immigration Forum T he Hispanic Month Celebration at ASU continues Wednesday, October 2nd with an Immigration Forum. The forum will feature a panel discussion on topics such as The DREAM Act, Immigration Reform, Immigration in Arkansas, and why people view immigration negatively. Panelists are Dr. Laquita Saunders, Assistant Professor of History, Gina Gomez, executive director of Jonesboro Hispanic Community Services, Inc., Sister Elaine of the Holy Angels Convent, Mireya Reith, director the Arkansas United Community Coalition, and Juan Robles, an ASU student and child of immigrants. Moderating the forum is Russell Carey, Program Associate for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The Immigration Forum is at 5:30 p.m. in the Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium. Immediately following is a reception in the Multicultural Center located on the 3rd floor of the student union suite 3003. The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration concludes on Tuesday, October 8th with Spanish Movie Night: La Historia Official at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Auditorium Room 211. HOLA Treasurer Natalie Lyons at the Minority Organization Fair Amir Windom with College of Business students October is LGBT History Month T he LGBT History Month Celebration includes a series of speakers and programs that celebrate and discuss topics concerning the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. For a complete list of ASU events during the LGBT history month celebration, visit the Multicultural Center’s website at “I joined Gay Straight Alliance last year and I like that there is an organization for everybody. I’m excited about the events planned for LGBT month.” -Patience Yuille, Sophomore “I think it’s good to celebrate LGBT month because it shows how diverse our campus is.” -Justin Bryles, Freshman 1

MC Connection October 2013

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