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Presenters Wanted for Multicultural Conference

Organizers looking for presenters, exhibitors, sponsors for Nov. 15-16 event.

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 6-14-2012

MANKATO — For the first time Minnesota State University will host a Multicultural Affairs Conference, and organizers are putting the word out in hopes of attracting presen­ters, exhibitors and spon­sors.

The event, to be held Nov. 15- 16 at MSU, is being put on by the Multicultural Affairs and Intercultural Student Center, which services African American Affairs, Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs, American Indians Affairs and Latino Affairs. The theme is “ Changing Faces in Higher Education.”

Chris Tran, director of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, said each depart­ment has held its own events in the past, but col­laboration is a constant due to them being housed under the Multicultural Affairs and Intercultural Student Center.

Tran said the depart­ments thought it was about time to collaborate on a public event, in part, to demonstrate the benefits of networking, connecting resources, sharing and learning from each other.

“Because of the work that we do in higher education for the under-represented populations, a lot of our work does overlap,” he said. Marisel Riquelme, administrative assistant, said they are looking for presenters of a number of possible topics and cate­gories: access and opportu­nity in multiculturalism; demographics and statistics in education and achieve­ment; achievement gap; cul­tural identity and/or cultur­al self- identity; empower­ment of diverse student leadership; being an advo­cate for diversity and/or challenges thereof; financial aid hurdles for culturally diverse students; and pro­jections of cultural demo­graphic trends.

Presenters or those who exhibit may be educators, businesses, nonprofits or people of various other occupations that may tie into issues and themes of multi- culturalism. Proposal submissions are due by June 29.

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