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"Changing Faces in Education"

November 15 & 16, 2012

Minnesota State University, Mankato




The 2012 “Multicultural Affairs Conference: Changing faces of education”, also known as MAC’12, is a collaboration of the four centers in the Multicultural Center—American Indian Affairs, Asian American Affairs, Latino Affairs, and African American Affairs. The goals of the conference are the following: celebrate diversity, to shed light on the anticipated change in Minnesota’s demographic, and provide forums for students, practitioners, professionals, and communities to come together to discuss and address educational and diversity issues, identify and share best practices to serve students of color.


Historically, the affairs and state of American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in education are being addressed at individual conferences respective to the four centers. Hopefully, this year’s collaboration will established itself into a full-fledged annual conference for years to come.


MAC ’12 will be held in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. 


Multicultural Affairs Conference 2012 is sponsored by:

American Indian Affairs; Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs; Latino Affairs; African American Affairs; Office of Institutional Diversity; Mankato Symphony Orchestra; Greater Mankato Diversity Council

Sponsorship information is available by calling the Multicultural Center at 389-6300. 

Featured Speakers:


Left to Right: Senator Patricia Torres Ray; Professor Phillip Chinn; Professor Carl Grant; Michael Reyes; Dean Mwalimu Shujaa; and Ka Vang.


The conference will feature keynote addresses from the speakers above on the topic of the changing demographics of Minnesota and the nationmulticultural eductation. Concurrent sessions will include workshops below:


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Presentations & Workshops:

  • South Sudan: The world’s NEWEST nation
  • Introduction to AAPI Communication Style
  • Illegal Democracy: Undocumented youths taking their futures into their hands
  • How Asian Are You?
  • Assessing Attitudes towards Equity and Diversity at MNSU, Mankato
  • Five Lenses for Educating and Assessing Cultural Competence
  • Wisdom: The Changing Faces in Education: How to build on our cultural strengths for a successful Higher Education
  • Introduction to AAPI Communication Style
  • The Changing Faces of Students Becoming Multi-lingual in Minnesota Students of Color Embracing Global Education
  • Students of the Future: Viewing multiculturalism from multiple dimensions
  • Indian Education: Where It Was, Where It Is, and Where It’s Going
  • Graduate Assistants Panel: Trails, Roads, and Highways towards Higher Education
  • Encouraging Many Stories: Critical thinking and multicultural narratives
  • Multilingual Careers, Language Access, and Technology Tools
  • Assessing Attitudes towards Equity and Diversity at MNSU, Mankato
  • Illegal Democracy: Undocumented youths taking their futures into their hands
  • History of American Indian Educational System and Its Effects on the Current Educational System
  • Dream Bigger, Reach Higher: Critical Thinking, Social Justice



Current MSU Students: $25

Everyone Else: $125


***Important notes: MSU students can earn 1--2 academic credit by attending the conference. Simply follow the steps below:

1. Register for course ETHN 296, 496, or 596.

2. Download course syllabus: [PDF] 1 credit (92 KiB) or [PDF] 2 credits. (96 KiB)

3. Register for the conference and pay $25 registration fee

The Multicultural Affairs Conference 2012 is also offered in the STARS system for professional development and training as well as through the College of University Extended Education for Continuing Education credit.

 Type keywords: diversity, multicultural, education

For individuals with economic hardship, please contact us directly for scholarship to attend the conference. Multicultural Center, 507-389-6300.


[PDF] Conference Map (501 KiB)



Make Reservation for American Inn:

Conference rate at AmericInn, Mankato
1 Queen: $79.99 +tax
2 Queens: $89.99 +tax
Toll Free Reservations: 800-634-3444
Front Desk: 507-345-8011
240 Stadium Road,
Mankato, MN 56001

Conference rate at City Center Hotel at Mankato
1 King or 2 Queens: $79.99 +tax
Toll Free Reservations: 866-979-8980
Front Desk: 507-345-1234
101 E. Main St.
Mankato, MN 56001