Office Of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) was established in 2002 to support the College’s efforts to attract, recruit, and serve both students of color and international students. Our mission is to create and sustain an environment that encourages and embraces the contributions of people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Le Provoc: Multicultural Affairs Article #1

"I would like to begin by welcoming the Class of 2012. You made the right choice by coming here, and your time at Assumption College is an opportunity for each of you to develop into the person you truly want to be. I advise you to find those opportunities that appeal to you and get involved. I missed out on a lot during my freshman year because I did not seize the chances I had, and I do not want any of you to make that mistake.

I would also like to welcome the rest of the Assumption College community, and thank you for all your support at our various events last year. Your support makes what we do worthwhile, and encourages us to keep coming up with new ideas and events to get our message across.

Under the guidance of Brenda Safford, the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Charlaine St. Charles, our Graduate Assistant, the African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) Network is committed to creating a campus atmosphere where all cultures are embraced and celebrated, and where there are opportunities for students to share their heritage and learn about the heritage of others. We all have a culture to share.

I would like to encourage you to get involved in our mission by attending our events and sharing your thoughts in our meetings. We have already kicked off our event schedule with the performance by the Jamaican Steel Drum Band, Ewabo, which we co-hosted with the Campus Activities Board. Coming up are the Latino Festival on October 9, and the Nintendo Wii Raffle which you will be learning more about in the coming weeks.

New this year is "All in the Mix: The Official ALANA Network Blog" maintained by our Vice President, Usen Esiet. The blog will be kept up to date with reports on our events and the various cultural holidays that we will be celebrating. The blog can be found at We also have new Executive Board members who have made the leap from the general membership. Mona Al-Abad will be serving as our Public Relations executive, and Marely Garcia will be serving as our Community Outreach executive. Returning from last year on the Executive Board our Secretary, Lammar Cash, Noelia Chafoya as our Treasurer, and Brian Collier as our Member-At-Large.

Beginning on September 18, our general meetings will be held every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Student Activities Resource Room in the basement of Hagan. I encourage you to attend our meetings. We love to hear your ideas and get your feedback, and our meetings are a good way to find ways to get involved in planning our events.

I hope to see you all at our events this year, and feel free to stop by at the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Charlie's to say hello.Have a great year!

Have a great year!"

Ukeme Esiet '09
President, ALANA Network.

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