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Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

Fall 2021 | October 2021 | B-Term

Community Acknowledgement
The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers our deepest condolences to those impacted by recent events in our WPI community. We continue to offer our support to those needing to talk or process anything they might be going through personally, socially, academically, or professionally.  We encourage you to reach out to the OMA staff and our WPI Chaplains for support to meet via Zoom or in-person (as you are comfortable). Please note our staff is accessible outside of the Office Hours (OMA team) and Student Hours (Campus Chaplains) detailed below.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs staff is excited to welcome you all back for B-Term. We hope your Fall Break was restful and worthwhile. Please note effective Monday, October 25th, we have returned to nights and weekend hours for the first time since the spring of 2020.
Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month
Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 2021 (DEI Team)
Upcoming Campus Programs and Events

Upcoming Events | University Calendar

  • Thursday, November 4th at 5:00 PM EST
    • Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group Meeting RSVP Here
  • Friday, November 5th at 9:00 AM EST
  • Friday, November 5th at 12:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, November 6th at 7:00 PM EST
  • Monday, November 8th at 10:00 AM EST
  • Monday, November 8th at 5:00 PM EST
    • Inclusive Community Forum (IFC) | RSVP Here
  • Wednesday, November 10th at 1:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, November 11th at 5:00 PM EST
    • Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group Meeting RSVP Here
  • Friday, November 5th at 12:00 PM EST
  • OMA Sponsored Programs and Events
Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days, and Commemorative Days
  • Diwali (November 4)
  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (November 6-7)
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends (November 7)
  • Intersex Day of Remembrance (November 8)
  • National STEM Day (November 8)
  • Science Day for Peace & Development (November 10)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • World Kindness Day (November 13)
  • Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20)
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 25)
  • Advent (November 28 - November 24)
  • Hanukkah (November 28 - December 6)
  • November 2021 is observed as:
    • Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month
    • National Diabetes Month
    • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    • National Adoption Month
    • National College Application Month
    • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness
    • National Veterans and Military Families
    • National Entrepreneurship Month
    • National Family Caregivers Month
    • Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
Current Events
WPI News:
Higher Education News:
Local/State/National/International News:
Mental Health, Wellness, Self-Care, and Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Wednesdays and Thursdays will be conducted virtually through Zoom for the foreseeable future and will not be held in person.
  • The Wednesday session begins at 12:15 PM EST and the Thursday session begins at 2:15 PM EST.
  • Sessions include a 10 – 15 meditation with time for questions or comments.
  • Please email Robin Benoit for more information.

Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group

  • A collaborative partnership between the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) the  Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group offers social, personal, professional, and cultural support to WPI students who are male/men and Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC).
  • Mosaic meets weekly during B-Term on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EST in the OASIS Multicultural Center (OASIS House) and on Zoom.
  • Please email Arnold Lane for more information.
  • Simple and accessible breathing exercises, stretches, and guided meditation for all bodies, minds, and spirits. No experience necessary.
  • Saturdays at 3:00 PM EST
LGBTQIAP+ Resources and Support
LGBTQ+ Support
LGBTQ+ AT WPI Resource Guide
LGBTQ+ In Worcester Resource Guide

The Alliance General Body Meetings
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM EST
Fuller Laboratories Upper Perreault Hall

Read, Watch, Listen, and Learn


Films and Television:

Podcasts: Books:
Social Justice Education
Community Engagement
Disclaimer: WPI and the OMA does not endorse nor sponsor any of the above-mentioned groups, organizations, or entities.
Student Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

Student Employment | Internships

Professional Development Opportunities

PEAS Virtual Conferencia - Transforming Education for Latino Success Live Stream
Friday, November 5, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
OASIS Multicultural Center (OASIS House) | 20 Schussler Road

B Term Leadership Lecture | Feeling Crispy Keynote Program
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Rubin Campus Center – Odeum A&B


Graduate Students

Career and Professional Development

From the Graduate Student Newsletter – October 12 Edition:
Graduate Researcher Education and Training (GREAT) Series
  • We have developed a new program for this year, the Graduate Researcher Education and Training (GREAT) Series, for graduate student researchers, Masters Thesis and PhD students, that will provide training on a range of skills researchers need to be successful.
  • Sessions take place the last Tuesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST in Gateway I (60 Prescott Street) Room 1002 with free boxed lunch provided following the session.
  • Registration required for each session. The first three GREAT sessions are as follows:
Grad Student Training and Readiness Sessions (STARS)
November 12. All sessions are 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST in Room 1002 Gateway Park I (60 Prescott Street), boxed lunch provided towards end of sessions. Registration for each session required. Schedule:  
  • Employer Panel. Friday, November 12. This session will feature WPI Graduate Alumni and other professionals with that will share their career stories and provide advice on career exploration, job searches, and career advancement.
OMA Staff Virtual Office Hours
CRC Chaplain Student Hours
Academic Support Services

Academic Calendar & Catalogs

WPI Multicultural, Intercultural, International, and Religious Community

African Percussion & Dance Ensemble
African Student Association
Alpha Omega
Armenian Student Association
Black Student Union
Brazilian Student Association
Chinese Student and Scholar Association
Chinese Student Association
Christian Bible Fellowship
First Generation Student Association
German Club (Deutschklub)
Heavenly Love Chinese Christian Fellowship
Hellenic Student Association
Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association
International Student Council
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Iranian Student Association
Japanese Culture Club
Korean Student Association
Meditation Club
Muslim Students Association
National Society of Black Engineers
Newman Club
Russian-speaking Students and Scholars Association
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers WPI Chapter
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
South Asian Student Association
Step Team
The Alliance, oSTEM Affiliate Chapter
The Pagan Circle
Turkish Student Association
Unitarian Universalist Campus Fellowship
Vietnamese Student Association
Women Interested in Zeta (WIZ)

Campus Advocacy Resources
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Office of Multicultural Affairs
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Worcester, MA | 01609-2280

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