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By Dr. Terrence Frazier, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is much more than a physical location on campus; it hosts a spirit of family support and unity among the SFA community. Students who take advantage of the OMA will find mentors and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
OMA hosts student organizations such as NAACP, Organization of Latin Americans and Lumberjack Cultural Association. Many of the cultural events throughout SFA’s campus are developed from the student leadership within OMA. If you are willing to open your mind to other cultures, OMA is the place for you! We have educational, cultural and social events throughout the school year.
OMA critically engages students, faculty, staff, administrators and other stakeholders in creating and sustaining a campus culture that enables understanding of one’s own cultural identity. OMA strives to create an understanding of how identities impact our worldview, how to effectively communicate with those of other cultures, how to embrace the diversity and the possibilities of participation in a pluralistic society, and cultivating the personal integrity to act as social justice advocates.
OMA produces many programs that promote positive self-reflection. “Making Money,” scheduled for Sept. 5, is designed to help students manage their finances. It focuses on what students can do with their financial aid refund besides spending the money on immediate wants, such as clothing. Students will gain some tools to help them make their money work for them and not have to work for the money. “Men vs. Women: What’s the real battle?” on Sept. 29 will guide students in understanding how to work with the opposite sex, both professionally and personally.
On Oct. 20, “What’s in your Backpack? Packing for Success” will unpack the things negatively impacting one’s life and repack with tools for success. These are just a few of the many life lesson programs OMA offers.
OMA also produces much of the diversity programming on campus, from Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month to the Tunnel of Oppression. “Taste of Latin America,” set for Oct. 5, will provide students with the experience of tasting authentic Latin cuisine from Cuba, Brazil and other Latin countries. During “The Skin Complexity” on Oct. 19, students will have an open forum discussion about the stereotypes of dark skin versus light skin and the image of beauty.
The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum that spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theatre and multimedia presentations. In the past the event has shed light on issues ranging from human trafficking, genocide and suicide, just to name a few. The event is open Nov. 7-9.
The Black History Month celebration will include Kevin Powell as the keynote speaker for the NAACP Gala Feb. 9. Powell was a cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World.” He has hosted and produced programming for HBO and BET, written a screenplay, and hosted and wrote an award-winning MTV documentary about post-riot Los Angeles.
“My life calling is to be a servant for the people, period,” Powell said. “Money, fame, status, personal achievements and all that mean very little to me when pain and suffering are still real on this planet. I am interested in the powerless becoming powerful.”
OMA works with more than 25 different student organizations and campus departments in helping to plan programs that will develop productive citizens. OMA reaches across campus to support the mission of SFA from student organizations, fraternities and sororities, residence life, international students, and any SFA Lumberjack looking for a diverse and a unique college experience.
We invite you to visit our office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101. You can also call us (936) 468-1073 or check us out at http://www.sfasu.edu/multicultural. Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook (search for “MC Center”) so you are kept in the loop about upcoming events and activities.