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Nov. 15-16: Multicultural Affairs Conference

"Changing Faces in Higher Education" is theme of conference.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-31-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host a Multicultural Affairs Conference on Nov. 15-16 with a theme of “Changing Faces in Higher Education” in an effort to celebrate multicultural diversity in Minnesota education.

The conference will provide forums for students, practitioners, professionals and communities to come together to discuss educational and diversity issues while identifying and sharing best practices to serve students of color. The conference will also address the anticipated shift in demographics of college students in the next four decades, particularly as the changes relate to American Indians, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a social event beginning at 8 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 16, the conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Conference fees for faculty, staff and the general public are $125. Fees for current Minnesota State Mankato students are $25. Minnesota State Mankato students may be able to earn academic credit by attending this conference.

Those who want more information may call (507) 389-6300, or click here.

The first-time conference is a collaboration of the four centers in Minnesota State Mankato’s Multicultural Affairs and Intercultural Student Center, to include African American Affairs, Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs, American Indians Affairs and Latino Affairs.

Five keynote speakers will present and speak in a panel on multicultural education at the conference. They include Patricia Torres Ray, a Minnesota state senator in the 62nd District, who is a representative of the Senate’s Education, Jobs and Economic Growth and State Government Innovation and Veteran’s committees; Phillip Chinn, former director of the California State University, Los Angeles Center for Multicultural Education; Ka Vang, diversity programs director in the Office of Diversity and Equity in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office; Carl Grant, Hoefs-Bascom professor of teacher education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael Reyes, Spoken Word poet, performer and educator.

As part of Institutional Diversity, the Multicultural Center serves as a focal point for cross cultural programs and activities. It is a basic component of the cultural diversity retention effort where students can exchange, learn, and reinforce their cultural identity and existence cultural isolation and connect students from diverse backgrounds to the University.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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