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The Florida State University Center for Multicultural Affairs

March—April 2011

A Year in Review The 2010-2011 School Year has truly been one to remember. Each week was packed full of events. The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) affairs kicked off the school year with the Meet & Greet Mixer and the Multicultural Showcase. These events had over 200 students in attendance. Students were able to sign up to get involved with student groups, watch organizations perform, and receive free Rita’s Italian Ice. We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hispanic/ Latino Student Union during the months of September and October. November is American Indian Heritage Month (AIHM) and the theme was “You Have Pride, But Do You Have Honor?” During AIHM, the American Indian Student Union was restructured and regained status as a registered student organization. As the spring semester started we kicked of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, which was packed with events every day, and ended with our keynote speaker Jennifer “JJ” Jones and a day of service. The Black Student Union organized a wonderful Black History Month Celebration that students, faculty/staff, and Tallahassee community members participated in. Women’s History Month was celebrated in March along with American Asian Awareness Month. In addition to many cultural celebrations, The Center for Multicultural Affairs held monthly Diversity Dialogues sessions where issues of identity, acceptance, and inclusion were discussed. In January, we held our annual Multicultural Leadership Summit. Lastly, we hosted our last two major events of the school year, FSUnity Day and the CMA Graduation and Recognition Ceremony. This year’s FSUnity Day theme was “Show your True Colors” and students painted canvases to depict what that statement and unity meant to them.

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FSUnity Day On April 13th, 2011, The Center for Multicultural Affairs, The Division of Student Affairs, and the Florida State Campus celebrated our 7th annual FSUnity Day. This initiative brought the campus together for one day to celebrate the unity of department, students, faculty, and Registered Student Organizations as we continue to serve the students of Florida State University and the Tallahassee community. This year’s theme was “Show Your True Colors.” Students were able to show their true colors and artistic skills by painting what unity meant to them. In the course of an hour over 150 canvases were painted. In addition to painting there were also performances by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., From a City in Trees, and DJ D-Smooth. We also gave out free FSUnity Day T-shirts and Rita’s Italian Ice. We would like to give a special thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and planning committee for their hard work and dedication.

Rep Your Agency Week This school year the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) introduced our newest program “Rep Your Agency Week” We highlighted different Agencies and registered student organizations that work with our office throughout the academic year. Students that were a part of these organizations were encouraged to stop by, mix and mingle, and take pictures with the CMA staff. Rep your agency week was held in October in the fall and in April in the Spring. If you would like CMA to rep YOUR Agency in the future email us at and let us know!

Ambassadors for Multicultural Affairs Enjoy multiculturalism and diversity? Do you want to create an inclusive environment to all students at FSU? Ambassadors of Multicultural Affairs (AMA) may be the organization for you! AMA is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and encouragement of diversity in the collegiate atmosphere, while encouraging its members to give humble service and respect to the campus community. We feel our job is not to enforce acceptance, but rather to facilitate the acceptance of all opinions and bring about positive, constructive, and uplifting changes towards openness and better understanding. For more information about Ambassadors of Multicultural affairs, please contact President, at or visit us at:


Chantell Dillard Chantell Dillard is a second year Junior majoring in Accounting. She was born and raised in the small town of Jupiter, FL. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a first generation college student. Chantell entered Florida State University through the C.A.R.E summer bridge program. Although she participated in the dual-enrollment program during high school, C.A.R.E really helped her transition from high school to college.

Aysha M. Daniels

The past two years Aysha M. Daniels has been a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Affairs. Aysha is graduating from FSU this spring with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. She moved around often as a child livChantell said the following about herself “Every ing in Georgia, Texas, and Venezuela since I was a little girl, I have been passionate before spending most of her childhood about school and helping people. I know that in Miami, FL. Aysha received her the only way I will be able to accomplish my Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with goals is through an education. I hope to one day find a job that I love as well as start my own a minor in Theories and Politics of business. This will help me achieve my ultimate goal of taking care Sexuality from the University of Florida. of my parents so they can have an early retirement.” In her free time, Aysha enjoys going to the beach spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She also enjoys learning more about social justice issues, leadership, and service.

Artilis Carter

Artilis Carter was born and raised in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and is the youngest of three children. He isn’t the only Seminole in his immediate family so choosing FSU wasn’t tough. Artilis is a third year student studying criminal justice with a minor in psychology. Artilis did not waste any time getting involved on campus, his freshmen he joined the Black Student Union and has been an executive board member ever since. Working in the BSU is one of his passions and he also loves to see African American students get involved.

During her two years as a graduate student Aysha has worked diligently on many projects here in the office such as planning events during MLK week, advising student groups, planning the Multicultural Leadership Summit, and bringing Erin Davies with FagBug to Campus. As Aysha prepares to graduate we wish her well as we know she is going to do great things! Congratulations Aysha!

Love your CMA Familia, Artilis has been working with the CMA going on three years and has learned a lot. He has worked with the office to plan FSunity day 2011 and the 2011 Multicultural leadership Summit. Event planning is one of his many hobbies that include hanging out with friends and going to the movies. Artilis hopes to one day travel the world and learn many different languages.


Fagbug On March 23rd The Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Pride Student Union brought Erin Davies to campus, who was victim of a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized. Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car on a trip around the United States and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes and speaks about her experience. Erin Brought her rainbow VW Bug to Florida States campus and spoke about her experiences and what she is now doing to take action again hate crimes. She gave ways for others to get involved and be a part of the solution. The students that came thoroughly enjoyed her movie and her story. We hope this is just the beginning of many discussions such as this. If you would like more information about FagBug or how to get involved please visit her website, visit the Pride student union in the Oglesby Student Union, or visit the Center for Multicultural Affairs in the Globe in Suite 3100.

Mixer & Showcase 2011 The Center for Multicultural Affairs is already hard at work planning two special events for Seminole Sensation Week. These events will be the annual CMA Meet & Greet Mixer and the Multicultural Showcase. The mixer will be held on Thursday, August 25h in the Globe, where current and new students will be able to meet and mingle. Organizations will be given the opportunity to table, publicize upcoming events, and recruit new members. We will have lots of fun activities going on during this event and lots of FREE FOOD!

Does your organization need space on campus?

If you answered yes, then the Center for Multicultural Affairs may be able to help! CMA is currently accepting Student OrganizaThe annual Multicultural Showcase will be held on the evening of Frith day, August 26 in Moore auditorium. The event highlights diversity at tion Workspace applications for the 2011-2012 Florida State University through different student performances. The school year. Organizations Multicultural Showcase has always had a great turnout and past perhoused in the Center for formances have included spoken word from Poetic Lyricism, dancing from the groups Kollage Dance Troupe and CYPHER, step and/or stroll Global and Multicultural Engagement receive a performances from Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., Lambda desk, computer, two Tau Omega Sorority, Inc., Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Incorpochairs, and a small storage rada, and others. If you and/or your organization is interested in tabling at the Meet area. For more information visit or & Greet Mixer and/or performing at the Multicultural Showcase contact us at multiculturaplease contact 4

We Hear Congratulations are in Order... Congratulations to all the new Greek Members...Spring 2011!

Congratulations to the New Agency Directors and their Administrations for the 2011-2012 school year: Asian American Student Union (AASU): Andy Silhanek-Director To Be Announced-Assistant Director Black Student Union (BSU): D’Mirtri Broome-Director Jeanine Clare Shua -Assistant Director Hispanic Latino/a Student Union (HLSU): Ivan Marchena-Director Lucy Caballero-Assistant Director

PRIDE Student Union (Pride): To Be Announced-Director To Be Announced– Assistant Director For more information on upcoming events, please visit and check out our calendar!

Congratulations to the Class of 2011 On Wednesday, April 20th the Center for Multicultural Affairs had our annual Graduation and Recognition ceremony which recognizes graduating seniors who have promoted multiculturalism and inclusion on campus during their time here at Florida State. This year our office recognized 50 graduates who have made a difference on campus and in the Tallahassee community. At the ceremony the Seth Rossetti Scholarship was also awarded to Miss Edda Santos. Congratulations and good luck to all!


CMA Scrapbook 2010-2011 School Year


The LINK Newsletter (Mar - April 2011  

This is the FSU Center for Multicultural Affairs News letter for the months of March and April of 2011

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