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Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

Fall 2021 | November 2021 | B-Term


Thanksgiving Break
The Office of Multicultural Affairs team wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, safe, and relaxing holiday break! Please use this break to rest, reset, and enjoy the time off!

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be closed Wednesday, November 24th (beginning at 12:00 PM EST), Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th in observation of the Thanksgiving Break.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, OASIS Multicultural Center (OASIS House), and Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) will reopen on Monday, November 29th at 8:00 AM EST.
Community Mental Health Survey
The Mental Health & Well-Being Taskforce is actively seeking input and perspectives from all members of our community as we work to respond to the current mental health and wellbeing issues on campus. Please take a moment to share your feedback (by Sunday, November 28th):
https://wpi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3NO9dKj5ihiry5M  
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.
Updates
Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month
Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 2021 (DEI Team)
Upcoming Campus Programs and Events

Upcoming Events | University Calendar

  • Wednesday, December 1st at 1:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, December 1st at 5:00 PM EST
    • LSAMP Scholar Meeting (B-Term)
  • Thursday, December 2nd at 5:00 PM EST
    • Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group RSVP Here
  • Friday, December 3rd at 12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, December 9th at 5:00 PM EST
    • Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group RSVP Here
  • Friday, December 10th at 12:00 PM EST
  • OMA Sponsored Programs and Events
Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days, and Commemorative Days
  • 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

Articles:

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 cinema.wpi.edu.
Podcasts: Books:
Social Justice Education
Teach the Truth This Thanksgiving

As you discuss Thanksgiving with students, we hope you’ll reflect and use these resources to guide them to a more comprehensive understanding. It’s critical to address the truth and violence surrounding the day while also ensuring your students feel safe and prepared. It’s also critical to uplift the voices of Indigenous people, many of whom mourn the day and the pain that accompanies it.

November Is Native American Heritage Month

Teach students an accurate and more complete history of Native and Indigenous peoples in celebration of Native American Heritage Month—and all year long! Including information from experts at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, these LFJ resources can help.


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.

Responsibilities:
  • 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
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 12/16 
If you have questions, please email Nicole Anterni at nmanterni@wpi.edu.


Webinars:
  • Indigenous Peoples' History | Cohosted by experts from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, this webinar will delve into the ways American history instruction often fails to acknowledge—and contributes to—the erasure of Indigenous stories and perspectives. Join us and you’ll learn about critical historical events, as well as cultural and societal contributions of Indigenous peoples past and present. You will also examine common misconceptions and stereotypes and gain resources for teaching a more complete history.
  • The Mental-Health Crisis on Campus | College students are in the midst of a mental-health crisis, with suicide the second-leading cause among American college students. How can colleges prioritize suicide prevention, de-escalation, and postvention strategies?

 
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
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)

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