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Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

Fall 2021 | December 2021 | B-Term

Happy Holidays!
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.
Upcoming Campus Programs and Events

Upcoming Events | University Calendar

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be closed Thursday, December 23rd and reopen on Monday, January 3rd.
Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days, and Commemorative Days
  • Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12)
  • Winter Solstice (December 21)
  • Yule (December 21 - January 1)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas (December 25)
  • Kwanzaa (December 26)
  • Holy Family's Day (December 26)
  • Day of the Holy Innocents (December 28)
  • Watchnight Service (December 31)
  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • World Braille Day (January 4)
  • Bodhi Day (January 10)
  • December 2021 is observed as:
    • Universal Human Rights Month
    • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
    • National Impaired Driving Prevention
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

  • 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:

  • Residence Life Cinema (SWANK Motion Pictures, Inc.)
    • Black History and Culture
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Mental Health
    • American History
    • Women’s Empowerment
    • Anyone on WPI Wi-Fi can access free streaming services at
Podcasts: Books:
Social Justice Education

To mark the anniversary, teach a more complex version of this historic milestone and the civil rights movement. LFJ has resources to help. Listen to this podcast episode and watch this webinar—based upon our guide by the same title—to help students delve deeper into the history of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For additional context, students can discuss Browder v. Gayle, an often unheard-of civil rights case that overturned segregated public transportation in the South.

Whose Native Land Are You On?
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

The Career Development Center (CDC) is looking to hire mid-year CDC Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors advise students on career-related topics; facilitate presentations to students on Career Development Center topics, programs, and services; and support the Co-op initiative.  This position is approximately 8 hours/week, starting in C term, 2022.

  • Advise and provide feedback to students in one-on-one drop-ins and appointments.
  • Facilitate presentations on Career Development Topics, such as: Handshake, CDC Resources & Services, Career Fair Prep, Resumes, Job Searching, and more.
  • Assist events by table sitting, serving on panels, checking students in, answering student questions, and with special career fair responsibilities.
  • Maintain awareness, familiarity, and usage of CDC resources, programs, and events
  • Assist with other programming activities & projects in the Career Development Center.
You can find more information and apply here.
Professional Development Opportunities
Looking for Grad & Undergrad Mentors to inspire high school women in STEM!
Women’s Research and Mentorship Program (WRAMP) – Mentor Applications Open DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The Women’s Research and Mentorship Program (WRAMP) empowers and supports women in STEM through a multi-tiered mentor program and hands-on WPI graduate research. Within this program, teams of four are created, including one graduate student, one undergraduate student, and two high school students. Throughout the semester the team will work on the graduate student's research project together. A stipend will be paid.
Program dates are January 18 – April 9, 2022
*This program is specifically for people who identify as women and/or non-binary.
For more information and to apply:
  • Graduate mentors apply here, due 12/5 
  • Undergraduate mentors apply here due 12/29
If you have questions, please email Nicole Anterni at
Graduate Students

Career and Professional Development

  • 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)
  • The Graduate Student and Training Readiness Sessions - STARS - is an annual series of workshops organized by the Office of Graduate Studies that provides overviews on important career and professional development topics.
  • STARS workshops in 2021-2022 will be on campus in Gateway I Room 1002 (60 Prescott Street) and will be held from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST. Registration links will be provided below for each session.
    • Friday, January 21, 2022 - Networking
    • Friday, February 4, 2022 - Employer Panel
    • Friday, February 18, 2022 - Job Searches/Interviews
    • Friday, March 18, 2022 - Negotiation and Conflict Management

Opening for PhD Student
Secure Cyber-Physical Systems Lab (Andrew Clark Research Group)
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, WPI
I anticipate 1-2 openings for fully-funded PhD students in my research group in the broader areas of control and security of complex networks and cyber-physical systems. Students should have a BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field before joining. While students with all backgrounds will be considered, prior experience/coursework in control theory, optimization, machine learning, cryptography and network security will be beneficial. Current and previous students from my group have found employment in industry and academia, and have received multiple awards including best paper awards at top conferences. I welcome applications from underrepresented minority groups.
Contact me at if interested. Please plan to apply to WPI ECE department PhD program by Jan 1, 2022.
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)

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