Enough is Enough week

Enough is Enough 2015 Events

Enough is Enough week started with the Clothesline Project being displayed starting on Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6, 2015 in the Cushing Center Lobby. It is a part of this week’s Enough is Enough Campaign.

The Clothesline Project is a visual representation of violence that has been committed against women, children, and men in our community, across the nation, and around the world. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the impact of violence, to celebrate the strength of survivors, and to serve as an avenue for survivors to courageously “break the silence” that often surrounds their experience. It is a visual reminder of statistics that we often ignore. It serves as both a moving tribute and a vital means of conveying the enormity of this problem in our society.

We know that viewing the shirts may evoke a wide range of emotions. And we understand that the emotions expressed on the shirts are very intense, and can be viewed as graphic, offensive and disturbing – but yet how much more disturbing is it to actually live with the reality being represented? You will see anger, fear and pain. But you will also see love, hope and healing. Each shirt represents one survivor's feelings at a particular time. Please be respectful of this fact.

It is our hope that this project will not only raise awareness, but also encourage members of our community to act so this epidemic of violence will end.  Numerous resources exist here on campus (e.g. Health Services) and in our local community (e.g. http://www.nhsaysnomore.org/) to help people who have been impacted by this issue If you would like more information, have questions, or would like to join the fight against this important issue please do not hesitate to contact me omahoney@anselm.edu or the Multicultural Center at multiculturalcenter@anselm.edu

Multicultural Day

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It isn’t everyday that students are able to watch dancers from Nicaragua or eat Egyptian and German food. However, all of this was made possible on Saturday Oct. 3 at the college’s annual Multicultural Day.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Student Coalition, Modern Languages Department, and Alumni Association, students were able to talk to representatives from different countries, learn about their culture, and eat excellent traditional foods.

A stage was set up at the front of the lobby for students to observe the unique talents of the Daughters of the Corn (Nicaragua), Chinese Lion Dancers, the student-led Irish/Celtic Society Dancers, and the Akwaaba African Dance Ensemble. The college’s Jazz Band also performed at the event.

"Multicultural Day was a great way to highlight the College’s commitment to diversity while promoting campus unity. People from all backgrounds came together to learn about others while sharing their own cultures and family traditions," said Yemi Mahoney, director of the Multicultural Center and Education Services.

“The purpose of the day was to bring all these different cultures together, “ said Linda Rey, Administrative Assistant at the Multicultural Center and Education Services. “The day shows that despite our different cultures, we are all the same. Instead of one voice, we are many voices in the community.”

Some of the countries that were represented at the event were Australia, Sudan, Egypt, Columbia, Cuba, and Great Britain. Student-led organizations such as the Core Council were also present.

Family members of representatives for Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Spain came to the event and made food that showcased the culture of their country. Laura Monegro ’18, host of the Dominican Republic table, served pastelitos (pastries filled with cheese or beef), potato salad, pork, rice and beans, and sweet beans.

Multicultural Day 2015Monegro emphasized how featuring different cultures at the event allows others to see how unique everyone’s backgrounds are. “Not a lot of people know our backgrounds,” she said. “I find it really important that we can all come together on one day and showcase were we come from because we should be proud of our heritage and culture.”

The student response to the event was extremely positive. The day proved to be a celebration of diversity and unity among students. According to Rey, everyone had an amazing time and are already asking about the Multicultural Center’s next events. This month’s events include the Muslim Student Association’s annual Eid Dinner on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the LLC, and Salsa Madness on Oct. 22 in the Cushing Center.

Transitions Pre-Orientation Program

The Transitions Pre-Orientation Program is a FREE, retention initiative that was designed to strengthen the academic, social, and cultural experiences of first-year students. It is based on the three R’s: relationships, resources and real skills.

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The Transitions Pre-Orientation Program will be held August 24 – 26, 2015. Participants will be provided an opportunity to make valuable connections with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. They will be paired with a mentor who will use their familiarity with campus life and resources, as well as their personal experiences as Saint Anselm students, to provide them with valuable advice and guidance. Participants will be educated about the plethora of resources that exist at the College to aid them on their journey toward graduation. And they will learn valuable skills to help them be successful in and out of the classroom.

Programs of this nature can be found at colleges and universities across the country; research has shown that they play an important role in facilitating student success. The Transitions Program has a 95% retention rate.

Transitions is particularly relevant for students from traditionally underrepresented groups (commuter, multicultural, and first-generation) but students from ALL backgrounds are encouraged to participate. There will be a diverse group of students attending the program. In terms of racial/ethnic diversity there will be White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial people. There will be commuters and residential students. Some will be first-generation college students and others may have family members who are Saint Anselm alumni. There will even be international students who attend the program.  Overall there will be many differences among the participants, but also many similarities! Although students are coming from different backgrounds they share the goal of wanting to be successful in their college careers.

Students who participate in Transitions are strongly encouraged to attend all New Student Orientation events which will be held August 27 – August 29, 2015. It is a supplement to Orientation, it was not created to replace the larger program.

To obtain more information and/or register visit http://www.anselm.edu/Current-Students/Student-Life/Multicultural-Center/Transitions-Pre-Orientation-Program.htm

Finding Ourselves in Unity to Our Community Retreat

In addition to their toothbrushes and sleeping bags, they brought open hearts and minds to the Grotonwood Camp & Conference Center in Massachusetts on Saturday, February 7. Twenty-five Saint Anselm students and the Multicultural Center staff, embarked upon a journey together that was transformative and empowering.

Retreat Leaders

The Finding Ourselves in Unity to our Campus Community (Unity to our Community) Retreat was a student-driven, retention initiative that was created to promote community building and support for multicultural students. It was born out of conversations several students had about the many struggles multicultural students on campus face.

Multicultural students can feel isolated due to the lack of diversity on campus in the student body and among the faculty and staff. They endure stereotyping and discriminatory comments on Yik Yak and other social media sites. They do not see themselves represented in the curriculum and experience unwelcoming behavior by faculty in the classroom. They deal with people who believe racism no longer exists. And they are frustrated and disappointed by an administration who seems to be apathetic when it comes to diversity issues.

After a series of discussions about the aforementioned issues and more, these students wanted to make sure other multicultural students knew they were not alone in facing them, even if it is how many of them may feel. As a result, six student leaders came together to discuss planning an event that would connect the multicultural student body in their common struggles at Saint Anselm, and bring them and their allies together as one community in unity. They planned the agenda, assigned roles and marketed the retreat. Word-of-mouth served as a powerful recruitment tool. The students who attended represented a diverse group of races, ethnicities, political beliefs, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations amongst other identities. Although multicultural students were targeted for the initiative, anyone with an interest in creating positive experiences for them were welcome to attend.

Unity to our Community was designed to be engaging. A video, interactive exercises, and small and large group discussions were used to facilitate dialogue and interactions among participants. Retreat leaders emphasized the importance of making people feel comfortable, therefore several activities were planned in the beginning to help promote a safe environment and help participants get to know each other better. Participants were encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones and make an effort to meet new people.

Ash Beckham’s TED Talk, “We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up” served as a catalyst to for a discussion about “personal closets” which are hardships people have endured in their lives. Other activities assessed comfort level with social issues and experiences at Saint Anselm. Dialogues ranged from the experiences of athletes vs. non-athletes to the issue of respect on campus.

The retreat closed by having participants write a letter to themselves that addressed the lessons they learned and the changes they wanted to make after attending Unity to our Community. They were also asked to offer a brief reflection and say something positive about one of the participants.

Finding Ourselves in Unity to our Campus Community served as a forum where students could share their own stories and experiences, showcase their leadership skills and participate in community building exercises. New relationships were formed. Old ones were strengthened. Important issues were discussed. And people enjoyed getting off campus and having fun. Overall Unity to our Community was a powerful tool to help multicultural students and their allies feel validated, supported and unified.

Students at Annual Retreat

Students at Annual Retreat

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Workshop

Conflict is an unavoidable part of the human experience that can lead to positive or negative outcomes. Whether you are a teacher trying to change the culture of the school, an organizer working for social change, or simply an individual trying to deal with the conflicts in your personal life, you can benefit from learning conflict resolution strategies. Martin Luther King, Jr. utilized nonviolence as an approach to dealing with conflict. In his 1958 account of the Montgomery movement, Stride Toward Freedom, he outlined a framework for nonviolence resistance.

This framework was highlighted at the Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution Workshop which was held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Students, faculty, staff and community activists gathered to learn more about King’s philosophy. This event was a part of the 2015 Saint Anselm College Martin Luther King, Jr. Program.

“Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people,” facilitator Paul Bueno de Mesquita told the group of participants as he introduced King’s principles for nonviolent action. “Contrary to popular belief nonviolence is not for the passive, the weak, the apathetic or the fearful.”

Bueno de Mesquita was one four trainers from the University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies who were present to lead the one-day workshop. The Center was initially conceived in 1998 by a group of URI faculty and staff who shared a common interest in promoting and studying approaches to addressing conflict through nonviolence. Through its work the Center strives to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence, foster mutual understanding among people and to collaborate with and strengthen relationships with other organizations, agencies, and governmental departments engaged in peacebuilding and nonviolence work at the local, national, and global levels.

The Kingian Nonviolence workshop was highly interactive and utilized a variety of formats to convey information. Small group activities, readings, video presentations, mini-lectures and discussions helped participants explore topics such as: the definitions of violence and nonviolence, an analysis of the types and levels of conflicts, the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the principles (will) and steps (skill) of Kingian Nonviolence.

Participants received a certificate of completion and more importantly new skills and a new perspective on dealing with conflicts in their personal and professional lives.

 

Beyond the Scarlett Lining: Gone with the Wind Revisited

Aside from my love of my own field of English and Literature, and other interests in all things education, leadership, and French, I readily confess that I am a classic film fanatic.

Ever since I was young, I have made it my hobby to watch as many classics as I can. I’ve conquered many lists of top films and read countless biographies, reviews, and blogs.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

My major interests in classic film continue to lie with Hollywood during the Studio Era, film “fun facts,” and the history of how films were made. My special interest remains in the history and development of the Academy Awards. For me, awards season is what football season is to many die-hard Patriots fans!

My recent interests in film led me back to one of my all-time favorite movies: Gone with the Wind, a film that I have seen multiple times, including most recently on the big screen for its 75th anniversary.

Having read the novel and knowing the phenomenon that it caused in literature, film, and American culture, I wanted to delve more into the subject of this timeless movie as it celebrated a major milestone.

So I recently picked up a book entitled, Frankly My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, written by the one and only Molly Haskell, one of the best critics of our time whose interests have specifically been about women in film.

Reading this awesome book and seeing the movie on screen were only two reasons of the many that I felt it an appropriate time to revisit this American classic in my own way.

With awards season on the horizon, and the Civil Rights biopic Selma recently released, it seemed appropriate to look at Gone with the Wind from a racial justice standpoint as well as a phenomenon that celebrates a milestone.

Knowing so much about the black actors who performed in the film, the characters depicted by Margaret Mitchell in her novel, and what Molly Haskell had to say in her book, it seemed an intriguing topic to focus on.

And so I came up with the idea of doing this program called “Beyond the Scarlett Lining: Gone with the Wind Revisited.” While the presentation could go on for hours, surpassing the nearly four-hour length of the film itself, I plan on focusing on certain subjects to come to an understanding of how the book and film extend far beyond its famous protagonist: Scarlett O’Hara.

Examining the literary, film, and cultural phenomenon will be the first step and I will eventually arrive upon the idea of whether or not historical accuracy exists. Additionally, a major focus will be on the theme of racial justice and whether or not it is present in the characterization and performances by the black actors in the film.

Arriving on other ideas in between, I will raise some important questions, including:

  • While politically incorrect, did the black actors in the film do justice to the roles that were written for them from the book and screenplay?
  • How far has literature and cinema come with themes of accuracy and justice since the 1930’s? Would these real-life incidents and characters ever be depicted in the same way today?
  • Why do you think Gone with the Wind has been such a success?

In examining these points, I hope to arrive upon how Hollywood can still view Gone with the Wind as a classic, relevant to today and thank it for the influence it has had on performers and filmmakers of all backgrounds and knowledge.

So please join me on Monday, February 16 at 7:00 pm in the New Lecture Hall (1D) in the Dana Center. I guarantee that you will walk away knowing a bit more and that you too will be swept away by the immense influence that is one of my all-time favorite films, Gone with the Wind.

“A Moment (f)or a Movement” is a call to action.

2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Program

2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Program

Saint Anselm College Remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every moment is a stitch; a movement is the tapestry. Neither could exist without the other. You must decide whether you want to be an active member in creating the just tapestry of life, or simply make a guest appearance. You can choose to take part in a moment or a movement. When you look back on that tapestry we call life, will you be able to say you made a difference?

Saint Anselm College will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of programs and events during its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s theme “A Moment (f)or a Movement,” is a call to action. Community members are encouraged to embrace their power and work towards facilitating positive social change.  The Celebration will begin with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner which will be held on Monday, January 19th at 5pm in the North Lounge. The recipients of the MLK Social Justice Awards will be honored. Dr. Loretta Brady (Psychology Department) will be the featured keynote speaker. Other program highlights will include the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Workshop and screenings of Selma and Dear White People. For a complete listing of programs please visit:

“Die-In” Held at Saint Anselm College

Students from Saint Anselm College staged a silent "Die-In" in the Coffee Shop. 

Black lives matter (even at Saint Anselm College).

"So here we are this afternoon, lying down for four and a half minutes to bring attention to the everyday issue of racial justice in the United States,” was part of a statement read by India Barrows ‘16, before a crowd in the dining hall at Saint Anselm College.

Despite the fact they are in the midst of preparing for final exams, a dedicated group of students decided that today was the day to speak up. Like thousands of other people across the country, they staged a silent “die-in” demonstration in both dining halls on campus to protest the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and overall systematic abuse of people of color.

Students wore black clothing and held signs with statements like “Black Lives Matter,” “Hands up Don’t Shoot,” “I Can’t Breathe” and “Stop Police Brutality.”   They lay on the floor for four minutes to represent the four hours that Brown’s body was left on the street after he was shot.

At the end of the “die-in” students exited with the “hands up, don't shoot" pose which has served as rallying cry that has begun to define a movement. They walked from Davison, the main dining hall, to the Coffee Shop where they reenacted the “die-in.”

Although the event was organized exclusively by students in the Multicultural Student Coalition, some faculty and staff joined in to show their support. According to Nyatan Bol ’17, “I participated because I am tired of being complacent. Not saying anything validates those who oppress us.”

Students staged a silent "Die-In" at the Coffee Shop

Reflecting back on the experience, one participant said that what she witnessed was symbolic of what is happening in society today: “Some people stopped and gave us encouraging comments, asked questions and even joined us. Others did not even look our way. They pretended like nothing was happening.”

One of the main goals of the “die-in” was to generate dialogue. A follow-up discussion is being planned  for next semester to help facilitate these conversations.

Below are additional photos taken at the "Die-In" held at Saint Anselm College.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sacmulticulturalcenter/sets/72157649283031949/

#BlackLivesMatter #SACLivesMatter

Diversity Drive-In Held at Saint Anselm College

A Diversity Drive-In was held at Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, October 21. The theme of the conference was: “What are the Voices of Diversity and Inclusion on New Hampshire College and University Campuses?” This event was a collaborative effort between NASPA, Saint Anselm College, Keene State College, and Southern New Hampshire University. NASPA is a leading association for student affairs professionals.

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Several NH Colleges and University attending the Diversity Drive-In

Participants were invited to examine issues of concern for underrepresented students, discuss best practices and network.  Faculty and administrators from around the state were present.

Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Director of the Office of Minority Health & Refugee Affairs New Hampshire in the Department of Health and Human Services, opened up the event by highlighting the changing demographics in New Hampshire. New Hampshire and other New England states are now experiencing the types of racial and ethnic diversity that have defined demographic changes in other parts of the country.  Although minorities represented only 4.9 percent of New Hampshire’s population in 2000, they produced 50 percent of the population gain between 2000 and 2010.* Tellez encouraged colleges and universities to strengthen their diversity efforts in response to these changes.

Concurrent sessions were also held. Topic areas included: building cultural competence through the use of inclusive language, identity development of diverse students and campus climate assessment.

The final session outlined best practices by using case studies.  Overall the event organizers hoped participants would gain skills to strengthen their ability to make positive changes at both the individual and institutional levels.

The conference is over, but the work continues. Hopefully we will hold more events of this nature at Saint Anselm. They are aligned with our mission and commitment to sustaining an intentionally inclusive environment.

*This data was taken from the Carsey School of Public Policy.

21st annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards

Yemi Mahoney & Linda Rey with Jadine Ruiz

On Thursday, April 3rd, the 21st annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards ceremony took place at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Twelve students were recognized for their dedication, involvement and service to various departments here at Saint Anselm College.

The Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards are held annually in honor of his memory.  Paul S. Coleman, a previous sociology professor here at St. Anselm, spent his life in selfless service to others.  Students are presented this award for demonstrating their leadership and commitment to serving others during their four years on campus.

This year’s Multicultural Center Service Leadership Award was given to Vernice ‘Jadine’ Ruiz.  As a hard working student that has commuted every day since her first year, she always has a smile on her face.  Every day she is positive no matter what is going on around her.

The Multicultural Center wanted to recognize her efforts for everything she has done for our office.  Jadine praises our office when she gives tours while working for the admissions office.  She is a member of quite a few different organizations on campus.  Jadine is an active member for the Vietnamese Student Association, French Club and Multicultural Student Coalition. She is a member of the choir, a mentor for the Transitions Pre-Orientation Program, and a member of a Commuter Student Council.  And she goes out of her way to be supportive to her peers in the Multicultural Center and she leads by example.

Jadine is a hard worker in supporting herself and her family. On top of all of this, she works at Panera and Market Basket while doing an internship. When someone says "no we can’t," she challenges them and says "yes we can" because she is a proof of "yes."

We could not be more proud of what an amazing young women she has become while attending Saint Anselm. She has grown to be an astonishing leader. She has made a difference in our community and we know she will influence others to be leaders.

We have had the privilege of having her as a part of our family here in the Multicultural Center.   Her engaging personality has been a part of the Multicultural Center for the past four years and we will miss her immensely.

Congratulations Jadine!