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The LINK CMA Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1

A Message from the Director Dr. Juan R. Guardia gives a message on behalf of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. (pg. 2)

National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sep. 15-Oct. 15

Message from the Director On behalf of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, I am delighted to welcome you to the FSU community! At FSU, you are urged to become familiar with the many programs and services that can enrich your experience. As you pursue your academic studies in the classroom, you will have many out-of-class opportunities to learn from people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, to examine new philosophies, to develop new interests and skills, and to prepare for active preparation in a rapidly changing global society. It is important that you take the initiative to expand your horizons and to take advantage of the programs and services that are available to help ensure your success. The staff within the Center for Multicultural Affairs stands ready to assist you in this endeavor. It is our hope that each of you will actively pursue the many opportunities available for an exciting and rewarding student experience! -Dr. Juan R. Guardia

Catch up on Hispanic Heritage Month (Pg. 3) CMA Staff Bios (Pg. 4) See what Multicultural Organizations have to offer (pg. 6) Re-cap on past events at FSU (Pg. 7) Take a look at what’s to come on your campus (Pg. 9) See what scholarships CMA has to offer (pg. 10)

Come visit the CMA

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110 S. Woodward Avenue Suite 3100 Tallahassee, FL 32306 Pg. 2

The Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) is the second largest agency that serves as a smaller entity under Student Government Association. Through this expansive reach they aim to bring awareness to their organization, members, and purpose. HLSU is halfway through the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration “Honoring Our Roots to Enable Our Progress” from September 15-October 15. The first formal recognition of Hispanic Heritage was made by Congress in 1968. Originally designated as the week of September 15, the celebration was centered around the Independence Days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which are celebrated on September 15, and Mexico, which is celebrated on September 16. In 1988, the celebration was extended to 31 days, beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15. It now includes Chile‟s Independence Day (September 8) and Dia de la Raza, or the Hispanic celebration of Columbus Day (October 2). This year, HLSU and CMA worked in conjunction to bring various educational and fun opportunities for the FSU campus. The celebration started with the yard-show “Preparate” on September 14 and the official Opening Ceremony – on September 15 which included HLSU general body meeting. Other events that took place included an art exhibition, the play “Yo Soy Latina”, Mr. & Ms. HLSU Pageant, and community service opportunities. HLSU still has many events planned for the reminder of October including the Pantoja Program and a Closing Banquet. For more information about HLSU or Hispanic Heritage Month please visit http:// Pg. 3

Meet the CMA Staff

Director, Juan R. Guardia, Ph.D.

In his current position, Juan has overall responsibility of all programs and services related to the office. In addition, he is also Adjunct Faculty in the Higher Education Program within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the FSU College of Education. During his spare time, Juan enjoys running. Favorite Quote: “No se pueden hacer grandes cosas sin grandes amigos” (You cannot do great things without great friends) – Jose Julian Marti, Poet & Father of Cuban Independence

Assistant Director, Amber E. Hampton What Amber enjoys most about working with students, is the amount of drive, hope and determination Florida State University students bring to their academics and out of the classroom involvement. Amber is a strong advocate for identity development and has many questions that may help you find more clearly, who you are! Her life philosophy is best described by “The Starfish Story.” Amber is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and in her spare time, Amber benefits personally by organizing, reading, writing, traveling, and listening to music. Favorite Quote: "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." ~William Shakespeare

Assistant Director, Robert G. Bryant He is responsible for program planning, student support, student organization advisement, and a host of other initiatives to assist students at Florida State University. Robert‟s work at FSU involves program planning, student advisement, and student support. He is currently advising the Venezuelan Student Association, Colombian Student Association, and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He also works closely with the Black Student Union at FSU. Favorite Quote: “The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” -Benjamin E. Mays

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Meet the CMA Staff

Administrative Support Assistant, Cyntheria Jackson Mrs. Cyntheria Jackson is the Administrative Support Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Florida State University. She is a lifelong resident of Tallahassee, Florida where after graduating from Leon High School, she received a formal certificate and completed training in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) C.E.T.A. program in Clerical Bookkeeping. She also attended cosmetology school through Euro Hair Design. She is a widowed mother of 3 children and 7 seven wonderful, brilliant grandkids. She has been employed by FSU for the past 10 years. Her leisure activities include playing with her grandchildren, singing in the church choir and playing softball.

Graduate Assistant, Lyndsey Mayweather Lyndsey Mayweather is a Second-year Masterâ€&#x;s Student at Florida State University (FSU), working towards a Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Lyndsey hails from Charleston, South Carolina where she was born and spent the majority of her life. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Science from Clemson University. Favorite inspirational quote: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" ~Winston Churchill

Graduate Assistant, JosĂŠ DaSilva Jose DaSilva is a second-year graduate student currently working at the Center for Multicultural Affairs while he is working towards his degree in Higher Education at the Florida State University. He was born and raised in Brazil, however, has been living in the United Stated for the past thirteen years. He is an FSU alumni with a Bachelor's in Sociology and a minor in Criminology. He enjoys playing soccer, riding his motorcycle, watching movies, dancing, and having fun! Favorite Quote: "You cannot step into the same river twice." ~Heraclitus Pg. 5

While there are many Hispanic organizations on campus, on February 10, 2011 the first Venezuelan Student Association was founded. Vensa, as it was nicknamed, was created with the mission to promote unity among all people, to share the Venezuelan culture with the local communities, to guide newly-arrived Venezuelan students in their processes of cultural and social adaptation as well as to increase the general awareness of current events in Venezuela. We strive to share our folklore and traditions with the Tallahassee region. From the beginning of Vensa‟s creation, the founding members agreed that this would not be a political based organization; instead it would finally reflect the good aspects of the country that is very often overshadowed by all of the daily negative media. This fall semester under the presidency of Oriana Piña and Vice-President Pradiip Alvarez, Vensa has amazing plans lined out for the school year. This includes a very extensive service project which will take place this Christmas. The Venezuelan Student Association is partnering up with a Foundation in Venezuela, and all future fundraising events will be held in emphasis to raise money for an impoverished school in Carabobo, Venezuela. Part of the fundraising ideas include a Global Café Venezuelan lunch that took place onFriday September 23rd at 11:30am in the Center for Global Engagement, only $7 a plate. For further information on how you can help Vensa, the service project or simply to get involved please contact Piña ( or Alvarez ( and of course add us on facebook at: Vensa at Fsu Pg. 6

During the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester, a group of 6 men from the Florida State University came together with the desire to make a change on their campus by providing the Latino student population with a powerful new organization. This organization would help students make a positive impact on their campus and the community at large by aiding them in becoming true leaders. Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity was the perfect organization in helping them reach that goal. This fraternity was founded on December 26, 1931 with the goal of Pan-Americanism or the unification of Latin America via the empowerment of the Latino community by providing intensive social and cultural programming that promote the appreciation of Latino culture and heritage. Our emphasis is to create a brotherhood that serves as a support network for young men to become leaders in our community. If you are interested in learning more about the fraternity, please do not hesitate to email or

Re-cap of Some Amazing Events CMA Meet and Greet Mixer The Center for Multicultural Affairs hosted two special events for Seminole Sensation Week. These were the CMA Meet & Greet Mixer and the Multicultural Showcase. The mixer was held on Thursday, August 25th in the Globe, where current and new students were able to meet and mingle. This also provided an opportunity for the organizations to publicize upcoming events and recruit new members. Students were able to earn stamps for each room of organizations they visited to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Everyone who attended had the chance to enjoy food that was catered by Sonnyâ€&#x;s Real Pit Bar-B-Q and Soul-Veg. Members from the Division of Student Affairs volunteered to serve the food. The event was a huge success as incoming students were introduced to some of what FSU, CMA, and their peers have to offer.

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CMA Multicultural Showcase The annual Multicultural Showcase was held on the evening of Friday, August 26th in Moore auditorium. The event allowed students on campus to highlight diversity at Florida State University with different performances. The Multicultural Showcase had a great turnout and performances included freshman, Joseph Angello singing the American National Anthem, dancing from the groups the FSU Belly Dancers and CYPHER. The show also included step and/or stroll performances from Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and others. Special thanks and appreciation to our off -campus donations, on-campus partners, and other volunteers.

PRIDE Drag Show!!! PRIDE is there to provide services and programs to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students and their allies. PRIDE is located on the second floor of Oglesby Union Room A211. This year‟s director is Frank Jaffe Feel free to contact Pride at 850.644.8804 or On September 2nd at 8:00pm hundreds gathered at Club Downunder for PRIDE Student Union‟s annual drag show. The show was packed to maximum capacity with many left watching from outside. This years show featured Kings and Queens such as Aidan Justus, Serena „Cha Cha‟ Chancellor, and Teddy D. It was a night to remember, if you missed out be sure to be on the look out for future events sponsored by PRIDE. Pg. 8

Upcoming Events to Look Forward To South of the Border (Film/Discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month) October 3rd, 2011 7 PM at the Student Life Cinema Poetic Lyricism Open Mic (October 3, 2011, at 7:00 pm in the State Ballrooms) Pride and Prejudice (Pride Coming Out Week) October 5, 2011 Danca Comigo (Dance With Me) Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada Brasilian Dance Workshop of Capoeira and Zumba) October 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm in SSB 203 FOGO (Cooking Event sponsored by Phi Iota Alpha and Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada) October 6th, 2011

Fashion Show (Hispanic Heritage Month) October 13, 2011, at 7:00 pm in SSB-203 Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet at 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballrooms—FSU Alumni Association Coming Out on Landis (Pride Coming Out Week) October 11, 2011 from 10:00 am—2:00 pm on Landis Green Candle Light Vigil (Pride Coming Out Week) October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm on Union Green Poetry Potluck (Pride Coming Out Week) October 13, 2011 Karaoke Night (Asian American Student Union) October 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Dog See Dog Play (Pride Coming Out Week) October 7, 2011 in the Conradi Theater

Speak Out (Pride Coming Out Week) October 14, 2011

Inter-Cultural Festival (Hispanic Heritage Month) October 7, 2011, 5:00 pm at the Union Green

Asian American Student Union BBQ at Tom Brown Park on October 16, 2011 at 12:00pm

Incendiar a Noite (Ignite the Night) Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Incorporada Latin Express Fundraiser on October 7, 2011 at the Latin Express Café

Horror Night (Asian American Student Union) at Dirac Library on October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Milk and Cookies (Movie: Milk) Pride Coming Out Week., on October 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the LGBTQ Student Resource Center

Halloween Social (Asian American Student Union) at the Globe on October 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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Upcoming Events to Look Forward To Cupcake Tuesdays At the CMA Dates: October 25 November 22 December 6

Don’t miss out on Free Cupcakes!

Diversity Dialogues Join us on the last Wednesday of each month for stimulating discussions on diversity and multicultural related topics. Dates for Fall 2011: October 26 and November 30 All Diversity Dialogue session are held in the Center for Multicultural Affairs Lounge (Suite 3100 of The Globe) from 5:00-6:00pm. Visit our website for more information and to REGISTER!

Scholarship Sponsored Through CMA MLK Jr. Book Stipend Award This stipend is awarded through the FSU Black Alumni Association and the FSU Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. There are a total of six (6) awards given out and the award recepients will be announced during the 2012 MLK Commemorative week. This stipend is a $300 book stipend. For more information or to obtain an application, please go to the CMA website at Pg. 10

The LINK (August - September 2011)  

The FSU Center for multicutltural Affairs bi-semesterly newsletter for the month of August and September 2011.