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Kevin Powell headlines SFA NAACP gala

13 Jan

Kevin Powell headlines SFA NAACP gala

 

By Dr. Terrence Frazier, director of multicultural affairs

 

Happy New Year’s, parents! It was a great 2011 for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. One of our outstanding achievements came when the SFA NAACP Chapter won the statewide Ericka Cain College Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the enrichment of the youth through leadership in programming, advocacy, education, activism and community outreach.

 

To continue the celebration, NAACP and OMA would like to invite parents to the NAACP Black History Month Gala Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The event is a semi-formal dinner hosted in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $20 for non-students. You can purchase your ticket at the BPSC information desk/university ticket office by calling (936) 468-3401.

 

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Kevin Powell. Powell has lectured on multiculturalism, American and Black American History, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the state of hip-hop, and redefining American manhood. He is an activist, writer and businessman and in 2010, was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Brooklyn, N.Y. A fixture on the pop culture landscape the past several years, 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. Of his life’s work, Powell says simply, “My life-calling is to be a servant for the people, period. Money, fame, status, personal achievements and all that means very little to me when pain and suffering are still real on this planet. I am interested in the powerless becoming powerful.”

 

 


SFA NAACP student chapter wins state award

26 Oct

By Amanda Flores – Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs

SFA’s NAACP chapter – Unit #6812 won the Ericka Cain Chapter of the Year Award at the Oct. 6 NAACP State Conference in Fort Worth.

The award recognizes the chapter’s outstanding contributions to the enrichment of youth through programming, advocacy, education, activism, community outreach and leadership development. The chapter currently has 155 members.  The students hosted a variety of activities to qualify for this award, including community service and outreach such as Aids Testing Day, Healthy Nacogdoches and Generation Texas. Their programming includes Black History Month, NAACP Annual Gala, Africana, Men vs. Women, Financial Management and the annual Star Search.

Aside from community service and programming, students have participated in leadership development by attending the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference held annually at Texas A&M University and The Gathering, a leadership retreat for SFA student leaders. Other activities include partnerships with SFA’s Men of Achievement mentoring project at Fredonia Elementary, a Nacogdoches school.

The Gathering

26 Aug
Student leaders at The Gathering

Student leaders at The Gathering

More than 70 student leaders gathered at SFA’s Piney Woods Conservation Center Aug. 23-24 for The Gathering, a retreat for student leaders from areas across campus to come together to collaborate on how they can work together to make SFA a better place.

Students represented the following areas:

  • Orientation
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Student Activities Association
  • The BIG Event
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Panhellenic
  • Traditions Council
  • Involvement Advisers
  • Student Publications
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Organization of Latin Americans
  • African Student Organization
  • Jack Camp
  • Lumberjack Cultural Association
  • Student Government Association
  • Fashion in Motion
The students brainstormed on issues they saw on campus and how they could make an impact in those areas, and ultimately decided as a group to focus on campus beautification. The students will be meeting regularly to follow up with each organization who committed to helping on this project and how they can move forward to make a difference on campus.
The retreat was put on by the Office of Student Affairs Programs and staffed by representatives from Student Activities, Leadership and Service, Greek Life, Orientation, Student Publications, Multicultural Affairs and Campus Recreation.

Multicultural Affairs offers students a variety of programs

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here. 

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 Students

OMA Students

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.