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Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

Fall 2021 | October 2021 | B-Term


Updates
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.
Upcoming Campus Programs and Events

Upcoming Events | University Calendar

Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days, and Commemorative Days
  • Asexual Awareness Week (October 25 – October 29)
  • Intersex Awareness Day (October 26)
  • Halloween (October 31)
  • Samhain (October 31 – November 1)
  • October 2021 is observed as:
    • LGBTQ History Month
    • National Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Domestic Violence Awareness
    • National Youth Substance Use Prevention
    • National Youth Justice Action Month
    • National Clean Energy Action Month
    • National Disability Employment Awareness
    • National Arts and Humanities Month
    • National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
    • Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    • Global Diversity Awareness Month
    • Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15)
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

Articles:

Films and Television:

Podcasts:
Books:
Social Justice Education
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day All Year Long
Indigenous Peoples’ Day was Monday, October 11, 2021. We encourage you to uplift contemporary Indigenous cultures and histories by incorporating resources written by and about Indigenous peoples into your curriculum. In these Learning For Justice (LFJ) resources, learn various ways to do this in your classroom—all year long.
 
Are You Ready to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! To help you celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month with your students, we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources for bringing Latinx voices to the classroom. We hope these help you uplift a diverse range of intersectional Hispanic and Latinx identities, experiences, cultures and histories.
 
October Is LGBTQ History Month!
Educators can use these Learning For Justice (LFJ) resources to recognize, remember and teach intersectional LGBTQ history, including the experiences of young LGBTQ people of color. And this One World poster features a beautiful and timely message from Audre Lorde to inspire your students—all year long.

 
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

 
Volunteers Needed:
  • Worcester Technical High School is looking for volunteers.
  • They need tutors after school to help students who might be struggling with math and science.
  • Specifically, the tutoring will take place in person at Worcester Technical High School (1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, most likely on Wednesdays.
  • Unfortunately, at this time we won’t be able to offer transportation.
  • WPS will run a background check on all volunteers which might delay the time you can volunteer by a few days to a few weeks. 
  • If you are interested, please reach out to Joshua Young at jyoung@wpi.edu
Scholarships:
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

Upcoming Webinars:


Student Success Stories Virtual Master Class from Circle of Change Alumni
Thursday, October 28, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM EST
Register Here



The Key Metrics for Tracking Student Community & Sense of Belonging
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Register Here

 
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

ACCESS
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
Hillel
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
Additional Support and Resources
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Office of Multicultural Affairs
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Worcester, MA | 01609-2280

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