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A Publication from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
Inside this issue:
On January 26, 2009 the year’s day, which signifies
Lunar Banquet 1
Asian American Student Un- sweeping away the bad
ion (AASU) celebrated the luck of the preceding year MLK Celebration 1
Lunar New Year with a ban- so their homes are ready
Multicultural Leadership 2
quet in the State Ballrooms. for good luck. The color
The Lunar Banquet included red is often used in decora-
entertainment and food to tions for the Lunar New INROADS 2
celebrate the year of the Ox. Year. Traditionally, red (Above) Front view of the Chinese Lion at Lunar
MLK (cont.) 3
Banquet. (Below) Side view of the Chinese Lion
The Lunar New Year is envelops filled with money
MLS pictures 3
the beginning of the year for are passed out during the
some calendars including, new year. Mr. & Miss CSA 3
but not limited to, Chinese, The night began with Lunar Banquet (cont.) 4
Vietnamese, Japanese, and introducing the host, co-
Korean. It is tradition to median Eliot Chang from Black History Month 4
clean the house before new New York. The Lion
Upcoming Events 5
Continue on page 4
21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
“The Legacy, The Dream, The Vision: We Can Do More!”
with a week full of events dedi- university community to showcase their
cated to the memory of the late knowledge, engage in thought provoking
civil rights leader. This year with dialogue and reflect on the inspiration
the assistance of many dedicated message of Dr. King. The week began
Division of Student Affairs com- with the “Knowledge is King” academic
mittee members and university bowl held at Club Downunder and teams
contributors helped plan and suc- from the FSU community as well as stu-
cessfully execute the annual pro- dents from the Leon county school district
gram sponsored by the Office of participated in this
Multicultural Affairs. The week Continue on page 3
long celebration took place from
FSU students and members of the community march from the January 12-19, 2009 and partici-
Integration statue to the Westcott administration building. pants had an opportunity to reflect
back on the legacy and dream of
The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther Dr. King and the vision he had for future
King, Jr. Celebration entitled “The Legacy, generations.
The Dream, The Vision: We Can Do Throughout the week numerous ac-
More!” culminated this past January 2009 tivities encouraged members from the
Page 2 Fall 2008
INTERNSHIPS Leadership Summit
INROADS places talented minority
students with major companies in your
On Saturday, January 31, 2009, the during lunch. In his speech, he cov-
career field. Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted ered the four principles of leadership:
the Multicultural Leadership Summit vision, servant leadership model,
(MLS). unify and inspire, and overcome ex-
MLS is a one-day conference de- treme obstacles. Mr. Fredenburg
signed to give students exposure to continuously reminded students to
the issues of multiculturalism and stay motivated and believe in one-
Plus many more!!!
social justice and their impact on the self. Students felt that Mr. Freden-
The Opportunity: Work for such re- burg gave them not only the neces-
society they live in. Students are
nowned companies as Pricewaterhouse- sary tools to become successful stu-
Coopers, UTC, Deloitte, Target, Lock-
given the opportunity to present on
issues that are important to them and dent leader but also a successful
heed Martin, E&Y, MetLife, Liberty Mu-
leader in life.
tual, KPMG, Pfizer and more learn from their peers while gaining
The Benefits: The experience of multi- valuable leadership and professional MLS ended with a reflection exer-
year internships at top pay-$4,000- experience. cise. The students wrote down what
$10,000 per summer, with the potential they learned, which session was
There were 75 MLS participants MLS
for a full-time job offer. You’ll have your most meaningful to them, how they
own assigned corporate mentor and this year. MLS began with a brief
welcome from Dr. Juan Guardia and will incorporate what they learned
receive premier industry specific training
by corporate professionals. You’ll also Crystal Mayberry. After the welcome, into their life, and three people to
get personalized coaching from an IN- students were able to attend three share their experience about MLS
ROADS Advisor, free tutoring and take with.
concurrent sessions corresponding
part in a special networking event with
corporate executives and career-minded
with the following topics: Eth- Overall, the 2009 MLS received
peers nic/Racial Identities, Multiple Identi- great reviews from the students, fac-
ties (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, ulty, and staff involved. For those
The Requirements: You must have 2 or
more summers remaining prior to com- multiethnic identity, disability, etc.), interested in attending or helping
pletion of an undergraduate degree, a and Leadership and Service. next year, look for materials to come
minimum 3.0 GPA* and must be a US available in the fall of 2009 or contact
Keynote speaker, Joshua Freden-
Citizen or Permanent Resident. Soi Inthavong at email@example.com.
burg, president of Vision XY, spoke
*Some INROADS internships require a
higher GPA. Apply online August 1 thru
March 31 at www.INROADS.org.
Come LEARN how to EARN a
When: Tuesday, February 17
Where? Dunlap Success Center
The LINK Page 3
year’s competi- march concluded at the Oglesby Union ball-
tion. The 3rd rooms where a packed audience gathered.
annual OMA/ Opening remarks were given by SGA presi-
Center for dent Laymon Hicks and Vice President for
Leadership and Student Affairs Dr. Mary Coburn. The Mr. and Miss CSA Pageant
Civic education The Dr. King distinguished service
was held on Monday, February 2,
award recognized Dr. Tamara Bertrand- 2009 in the State Ballrooms. This
took place the Jones as this year’s recipient for her hard
following night; work and commitment to the ideals of Dr.
year’s theme was Caribbean Po-
the event was King. The lice Academy: The Recruits.
Dr. Eric Weldy, Associate Vice
facilitated by event’s keynote
the 2009 key- Contestants included Ausha Har-
President for Student Affairs speaker, Ms.
note speaker Shivers vey, Edward Nieves, Elie Jean,
Ms. Melissa Shivers, Director of the Inter- summed up her Janelle Legros, Jason Ramsumir,
cultural Center at the University of Geor- speech and Trey Daniels, and Trenesse Wade.
gia. The intimate gathering of students, experience with
faculty, and staff provided discourse on Participants competed for the top
a dedication to
topics college students are facing in re- two positions of the Caribbean
the late Dr.
gards to beliefs, values, ideals, and percep- Bobby E. Police Academy and winners were
tions of race, society and the current state Leach. Ms. crowned Mr. and Miss CSA 2009-
of affairs in the United States. Shivers en- 2010.
Dr. Juan Guardia and Melissa Shivers at
The 21st annual celebration began the fol- couraged all
the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The seven contestants competed in
lowing morning with the MLK Mentoring individuals Commemorative Celebration
program with over 60 students in atten- to look no six categories: introductions, sum-
dance from Leon, Gadsen, and Madison further than their own communities to give mer fun (casual wear), cultural
county middle and high schools. Students back and embody the work and ideals of Dr. wear, talent, formal wear/question
were paired with FSU student mentors who King. She also mentioned the ongoing
facilitated educational workshops and a changes taking place in the world that sur-
and answers, and interviews.
campus tour. In addition, students, staff, rounds us, defining the legacy, building Edward Nieves and Janelle Legros
faculty, and the local community joined the upon the dream, our roles and responsibili- were crowned Mr. and Miss CSA.
annual commemorative march sponsored ties as students and educators as well as the (pictured below)
by the local FSU chapter of the NAACP legacy that we will leave behind. The Office
which began at the Integration statute and of Multicultural Affairs would like to thank
proceeded to the Westcott administration all the volunteers, planning committee
building where Dr. Eric Weldy gave open- members, faculty, staff, students and col-
ing remarks on the legacy of Dr. King and leagues who supported this year’s annual
his challenge for students to continue to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative
uphold his spirit in their communities. The celebration.
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Dance (picture on front page) was performed by
two FAMU students in coordination with the
Vietnamese Student Association at FSU.
Throughout the night, guests were provided food
that was catered by Lucy Ho’s Oriental Bistro
Restaurant. Other performances included dances
from Indak, Ladies of South Asia, Asian Coali-
tion of Tallahassee, Vietnamese Student Associa-
tion of FSU, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, In-
corporated, and a Zodiac skit from the Chinese
Language and Culture Association (CLCA) of
FSU. Eliot Chang was the last
act of the night in which he did
his stand-up comedy.
An evening of praise, celebration, poetic expression
and music kicked off the beginning of Black History
Month 2009 sponsored in part by the FSU Black Stu-
dent Union. This annual celebration began on the eve-
ning of Monday February 2, 2009 with a candlelight
vigil circling the FSU integration statute.
This year’s theme the Black Student Union Presents:
Mind, Body, and Soul, lead by master coordinators
Pavielle Bookman and Giovanna Jean-Baptiste
opened up this year’s ceremony.
Following the candlelight service, students proceeded
to the union ballrooms for a brief reception where
2008-2009 BSU Director and Assistant Directors Cor-
nelius Troy and Patrice Harris opened up the celebra-
tion and gave a brief history on Black History Month.
The reception showcased local student singers and
dancers, and a video collage highlighting Black History
Month and the FSU BSU was showcased.
Black History Month 2009: Mind, Body and Soul will
present a series of events throughout the month of
February. For more information please visit http://
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3/2-3/8 Iota Phi Theta Week 4/4-4/11 Kappa Alpha Psi Week
3/9-3/13 Spring Break 4/5-4/11 Lambda Tau Omega Week
3/22-3/28 Lambda Theta Alpha Week 4/12 Easter Sunday
3/22-3/28 Alpha Kappa Alpha Week 4/12-4/18 Sigma Beta Rho Week
3/25 FSUnity Day 4/12-4/18 Omega Psi Phi Week
@ Union Green 4/12-4/18 HLSU Week
3/25 Platanos & Collard Greens 4/22 OMA Graduation &
@ Moore Auditorium 7pm Recognition Ceremony
3/29-4/4 Sigma Lambda Beta Week @ Union Ballrooms
3/29-4/4 Delta Sigma Theta Week 4/24 Last Day of Class
Dr. Juan Guardia—Director
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Florida
Karla Johnson—Assistant Director State University is to create a welcoming environment that is
inclusive of all students.
Kelvin Rodriguez—Assistant Director
To that end, the Office of Multicultural Affairs provides ad-
Cyntheria Jackson—Administrative Support Asst.
vocacy, support services, and culturally based programs that
Crystal Mayberry—Graduate Assistant educate students on diversity and multiculturalism and em-
powers them to be agents of social change in a increasingly
Soi Inthavong—Graduate Assistant diverse and global community.
Oglesby Union 2nd Floor
(Follow the signs from the SGA offices)