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MSA Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2011

Greetings from Our Vice President Welcome There is nothing like starting anew, and I am so thrilled to have the wonderful opportunity to join Northwestern’s community as Vice President for Student Affairs. Diversity and inclusion are vitally important to any institution of higher learning, and I am eager to contribute to Northwestern’s mission to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment that embraces the fullness of the human spirit and encourages openness and engagement. Thanks to you all for the warm Wildcat welcome, and I look forward to taking this journey with you!


Patricia Telles-Irvin

On behalf of Affairs (MSA) our incoming University and Wildcats!

the Multicultural Student staff, I’d like to welcome Wildcats to Northwestern welcome back our returning

We have exciting news to share with you regarding MSA staffing. We are pleased to announce that Louie Lainez has joined MSA permanently as Director of Asian Asian/American Student Affairs and Charles Kellom has joined our staff as Director of African American Student Affairs. Both are valued additions to the MSA family and we hope you have the opportunity to work with them this year. We have also implemented additional facility upgrades, including painting, furniture, and big screen televisions for our conference rooms. Of notable mention is our new MCC television lounge on the second floor! Special thanks to Lilliana Franco, 2011 Northwestern graduate, for providing the suggestion for the new lounge. We invite you to stop by to see all the changes in our houses!

Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin Vice President for Student Affairs

Fall 2011 Events… AASA Welcome BBQ

Sept. 19th 12pm 1914 Sheridan Road

We look forward to seeing you at the programs planned throughout October and early November in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

MSA & UCS Networking Workshop

Sept. 21st 6pm 1914 Sheridan Road


Christian Yañez


Employer Diversity Networking Reception

Sept. 26 6pm Northwestern Room Norris Center

AASA Welcome Home Reception

Oct. 21st 6pm 1914 Sheridan Road

MSA INC with Latina/o Studies

Oct. 26th 12pm 201 University Hall

Welcome Charles Kellom!

MSA Treasurer’s Retreat

Oct. 26th 6pm 1914 Sheridan Road

Festival LatiNU

Oct. 28th 6:30pm Louis Room Norris Center

MSA Tailgate

Nov. 12th Time TBD 1936 Sheridan Road

Kwanzaa Celebration

Dec. 2nd 6pm The Great Room

Please welcome Charles Kellom as the new Director of African American Student Affairs. Charles comes to us from George Mason University and joined MSA in August. He looks forward to fostering partnerships across campus and working closely with students to ensure their success at Northwestern and beyond.

Christian Yañez, Director Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs


MSA Quarterly

Fall 2011

A Snapshot of the Spring 2011 Quarter Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Asian/Asian American Student Affairs (A/AASA) celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which included a month-long series of student group programs, events, and discussions related to the Asian/Asian American community. Various festivals encouraged students to learn more about their own cultural heritage and others, and faculty from the Asian American Studies Program collaborated with A/AASA to discuss topics that included the Los Angeles Riots and Evangelical Christianity among Asian Americans.

Black Women’s Retreat

Transitions 101 Workshop

T.R.U.E. (The Real YoU Emerging) was the theme for this year’s Black Women’s Retreat, which attracted more than 30 students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. Sponsored by African American Student Affairs and the Women’s Center, the retreat offered an opportunity for renewal as women shared their strategies for success. Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes gave a warm and relatable keynote address that included personal reflections about her experiences as a Black Woman. The women left with a mission to take care of themselves, meet their goals, and contribute to building a stronger sense of community at NU.

During spring quarter, MSA implemented a new program titled Transitions 101: Student Group Leadership Workshop. Student leaders gained knowledge related to leading a team, conducting effective meetings, conflict management, and program planning. Newly elected executive board members and returning members from more than 15 student groups discussed their leadership experiences. Fall quarter, we will launch a Treasurer’s Retreat which will focus on fiscal responsibility, program planning, and fundraising strategies.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Hispanic/Latino Community Awards On May 18th, over 40 students, alumni, and staff joined Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs and the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU) for our annual Community Awards. Several awards were presented to individuals who have demonstrated commitment, dedication and leadership in serving the Hispanic/Latino community at Northwestern. Graduating seniors were also given special recognition and presented gifts sponsored by LANU.

Black Male Forum The launch of the 1st annual Black Male Forum was a success with over 40 attendees. Faculty member and alumnus Professor Charles Whitaker provided the welcome, while Mark Crain, a popular young alumnus served as the keynote speaker, and graduate students Ethan Caldwell and D’Weston Haywood facilitated sessions focused on the experiences of Black males at Northwestern and ways to continue creating bonds of substance. Tyris Jones, Kamau Massey, and Dallas Wright played important roles as part of the planning committee.

More than 60 students, faculty and staff attended the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration this past spring. In addition to learning about the true significance of the holiday and enjoying authentic Mexican food, guests were also encouraged to practice their Spanish during the “tertulia,” led by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Other co-sponsors included the Latina and Latino Studies Program, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., H/LSA Freshman Activities Board and Alianza.

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Welcome SAW Class of 2011!

The Multicultural Center (The MCC) African American Student Affairs (The Black House)

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MSA Newsletter Fall 2011  

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