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Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

 January 2022 | C-Term | Spring 2022

Happy New Year!

Welcome back WPI Scholars! The Office of Multicultural Affairs team wishes you a Happy New Year and a healthy and safe start to your C-Term/Spring semester.

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.
OASIS Multicultural Center (OASIS House)
Collegiate Religious Center (CRC)
COVID-19 Updates
We Are WPI
Schedule a COVID Test
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Mass Health
Upcoming Campus Programs and Events
Upcoming Campus Events
University Calendar
2022 WPI Holiday Calendar
Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days, and Commemorative Days
  • Orthodox New Year or the Old New Year (January 14)
  • Makar Sankranti (January 14)
  • National Hat Day History (January 15)
  • Religious Freedom Day (January 16)
  • Tu Bishvat (January 16-17)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 17)
  • Week of Prayer for Christian (January 18-25)
  • Mahayana New Year (January 18)
  • National Popcorn Day (January 19)
  • National Hug Day (January 21)
  • International Day of Education (January 24)
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)
  • National Croissant Day (January 30)
  • National Hot Chocolate Day (January 31)
  • January 2022 is observed as:
    • National Mentoring Month
    • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
    • Cervical Health Awareness Month
    • National Blood Donor Month
    • Birth Defects Prevention Month
    • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
    • National Stalking Awareness Month
    • National Poverty in America Awareness Month

Happy Birthday to all of the January babies!
Win Holiday Calendar
Diversity Calendar 2022 | Inclusion and Cultural Events
2022 Global Diversity Calendar
Current Events
WPI News:
Higher Education News:
Local/State/National/International News:
December 2021 Stories (in case you missed it):
WPI Today
Inside Higher Ed | Diversity Insider
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
Women in Academia Report
Mental Health, Wellness, Self-Care, and Mindfulness
Be Well Together
Student Development and Counseling Center (SDCC)
Mental Health Resources for Students

Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group

Virtual Mindful Wednesdays and Thursdays

  • 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.


Live Guided Meditation | hosted by Meditation Breaks
  • Immerse yourself in the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. This live online meditation class hosted by Meditation Breaks provides a wide array of easy to learn mindfulness teachings and techniques aimed at transforming your life -- including stress relief, increasing happiness, living in the moment, and much more.
  • Great for people looking to learn how meditation can help them in daily life and for those interested in maintaining a regular meditation practice.
  • Note: times are Wednesdays at 8:30 PM EST.
Gentle Yoga for Terrible Times
  • Simple and accessible breathing exercises, stretches, and guided meditation for all bodies, minds, and spirits. No experience necessary.
  • Note: January times are Saturdays at 9:00 PM EST.
LGBTQIAP+ Resources and Support

The Alliance General Body Meetings
Mondays at 5:00 PM EST

Salisbury Laboratories (SL 115) or Zoom
LGBTQ+ Support
LGBTQ+ at WPI Resource Guide
LGBTQ+ in Worcester
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


Social Justice Education

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, educators across the nation will teach about King’s life and works. Countless others will echo his famous quotes. Few will offer a full picture of who King truly was—or of the collectivist movement that surrounded him. These resources can help you offer a fuller account of King, his peers and the ongoing legacy of their shared dreams and actions.

One Year Later: The Capitol Insurrection

January 6 marks the first anniversary of a violent, primarily white mob storming the U.S. Capitol. Rooted in misinformation, the insurrection didn’t exist in a vacuum—and the ramifications of the attack are ongoing. These LFJ resources can help you have critical conversations with your students about the insurrection and teach young people digital literacy skills to stop the spread of more misinformation.

Teaching the Historical Context of January 6As the political fallout from the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot unfolds, it’s critical that educators help students contextualize white supremacist movements of the past and present.


Whose Native Land Are You On?
Voter Education and Registration
Register To Vote
Check Your Voter Registration

Massachusetts Primary Election

Tuesday, November 20th

Election Day 2022

Tuesday, November 8th

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are non-partisan entities and do not support or oppose any political candidate or party.

Community Engagement
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Office of Multicultural Affairs does not endorse nor sponsor any of the above-mentioned groups, organizations, or entities.
Student Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships
Student Employment
Professional Development Opportunities
Leadership Delta PEARL Mentor Program

The primary aim of the program is to create a sisterhood of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) women from the WPI community, providing them with the skills and resources needed to excel professionally and in life through leadership development in a multilayered mentoring cluster of BIPOC women.

The time commitment would be approximately 3 hours per month in person on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST 
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

The Unrelenting Campus Mental Health Crisis
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Register Here
Normalizing Blackness: Black History, Everyday
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST

Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation about Social Bias
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Register Here
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

2022 Academic Resources Center (ARC) Tutoring
C-Term tutoring will be starting out in a remote format and will move back in-person once it is safe to do so, hopefully by the end of January. Please note that the ARC and EPC are now located on the 5th floor of the new academic building, Unity Hall.
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
Additional Support and Resources
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