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

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.


“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:

Speaker Will Highlight Diversity and Social Entrepreneurship in the Beauty Industry

Corynne Corbett Beauty Principles Flyer

Corynne Corbett President of The Beauty Swirl, Inc.

When Corynne Corbett was in college at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York she experimented with her friends’ hair and her own to find ways to add color, texture, and style. She described herself as a "kitchen beautician" and while she was studying fashion merchandising, the beauty industry was always in her roots: "My grandmother was a hairdresser. She was born in 1905. She worked in a very “Chi Chi” Manhattan salon on Madison Avenue.  And she worked her way up from maid, to shampoo girl, to stylist and she went to beauty school." This was an accomplishment almost unheard of for an African American woman in the 1920's, 30's and 40's.

Corynne Corbett is someone who knows and appreciates the various paths to a career that women and people of color navigate. She appreciates it from her story and the story of women in her family and her industry. Today the beauty industry generates nearly $60 billion in annual domestic sales and employs nearly 60,000 people.* While the industry has been thriving, diversity is still a concern.

L'Oreal's recent acquisition of "Carol's Daughter" provides a rich example of a specific ethnic market product designed and produced by a woman of color that achieved a status and market share that other big companies could not duplicate. Ms. Corbett's visit to campus will explore some of these industry dynamics and will present a new model she has to lift girls struggling to define beauty for themselves into creators and the beauty workforce of tomorrow. Through engaging projects and camps, Ms. Corbett's expertise in beauty and lifestyle magazines will be shared as a model of the power of social entrepreneurship. Come hear about how diversity is celebrated and promoted within an ever changing industry.

The Pretty Principles: How the Beauty Industry Can Make an Impact on the World Through Social Entrepreneurship will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 7pm in Perini Lecture Hall. It is co-sponsored by Communication, Chemistry, Chemistry Club, Economics & Business, Office ofAcademic Internships, Psychology, Multicultural Center and by a generous contribution from the Balfour Inclusive Excellence Grant.

* Source: http://www.statista.com/topics/1008/cosmetics-industry/

Contributed by Dr. Loretta L.C. Brady, Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Anselm College

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.

Attendees at the NHIOP

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!



Saint Anselm + SOUL Food = A Satisfying Sunday

Saint Anselm Students get together after having a fulfilling meal at SNHU's Annual Soul Food Dinner.

Saint Anselm Students get together after having a fulfilling meal at SNHU's Annual Soul Food Dinner.

There were two vans, twenty-two students, and one goal this past Sunday.  We needed to arrive at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) by 4pm for its annual Soul Food Dinner. Those who attended the event last year, made sure they had worked up an appetite. Those who were newbies were advised to do the same.

According to SNHU alum (’12) and dinner co-founder Aquila Kentish, the Soul Food Dinner was created to “support Black History Month and help the SNHU campus relate to something that is true to us.” The annual meal (feast may be a more appropriate word) is planned and prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program and the Beloved Community student organization. Cornbread, greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, and fried chicken are just a few of the dishes that were offered. Plates were piled to amazing heights in response to the reality that a meal of this magnitude is not a common occurrence. An assortment of deserts like red velvet cake and ice cream provided a nice ending.

The Multicultural Center has been taking students to the Soul Food Dinner since its inception in 2010; it continues to be a popular event each year.  Students enjoy participating in opportunities to get off campus, meet new people, celebrate black history and eat good food.  Sophomore Shatiaka Allen underscored this:  “It was an exceptional experience that I got to share with the members of my school and the SNHU Beloved Community.  I was able to see how they celebrate Black History Month and where we can build from with our own celebration!”

SNHU's Annual Soul Food Dinner – One of our students plates made from scratch by students from the Culinary Arts Program at Southern New Hampshire University.

What is soul food? The term became popular in the 1960s with the rise of the civil rights movement. It has its roots in slavery, when African Americans had to make do with whatever food was available to them. More often times than not, the slaves were given the most undesirable part of the meal, the leftovers from the house. Pairing this with their own home-grown vegetables, the first soul food dishes were invented. Even when slavery was abolished, most African Americans lived in poverty, so recipes continued to make use of cheaper ingredients.

Although each year the list of attendees may change, the conversation on the ride home always remains the same. We are waiting to hear back from SNHU so that we can mark our calendars for next year’s Dinner!

In My Own Words: "The Oscars & Racism" Program

RA Zach Camenker takes a historical look at Hollywood's view of race & its continued development today.

RA Zach Camenker takes a historical look at Hollywood's view of race & its continued development today.

By Zach Camenker

As someone with great interest in classic film, film history, and particularly the history of the annual Academy Awards show, I am always eager to learn more about what I regard as my greatest hobby and pastime.  Recently, after perusing Entertainment Weekly’s 2014 “Oscars” special for the upcoming awards ceremony, I came across an article on an actor whom I greatly admire: Sidney Poitier (best known forA Raisin in the Sun, In the Heat of the Night, andGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner?).

Almost 50 years ago, Poitier won the Best Actor award at the Oscars for his work in the 1963 film,Lilies of the Field.  This landmark win made him the first African-American to receive an Oscar in the Best Actor category.  Reading this article and recognizing the significance that this event had on film history, including the racial tension that it sparked during the Civil Rights era, I thought of additional moments at Oscar ceremonies where racial tension occurred.

Having researched a great deal, I realized that something like this would be a great topic to analyze, present, and discuss with other people, particularly those at Saint Anselm who are passionate about human rights issues.

A major question that I will pose in the presentation is something that director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler), addressed in the Entertainment Weekly article.  Basically, Daniels wonders why it is still a big deal when an actor of a minority wins, or is even nominated, for an Oscar.  By examining moments of racial tension at the Oscars and trying to shine light on how Hollywood actually felt, and continues to feel, towards minorities, I hope to address this question in my presentation.

If you come to the program, I can guarantee you that you will see something completely new and different.  In sharing my ideas, I hope you will walk away feeling that you at least learned something new.  So, please feel free to join me and my sponsors from the Multicultural Center and Residential Life and Education on Wednesday, February 26 @7:30 PM in Perini Lecture Hall for what I promise will be an eye-opening presentation and discussion.

Gearing up for the Transitions Pre-Orientation Program

By: Karina de Brum – Class of 2015

If you don’t know, my name is Karina de Brum, but they call me Fishy in the Multicultural Center. What should I say about the Multicultural Center? Welcome to my home!


Karina de Brum with her parents during the 2011 Transitions Program.

Yemi and Linda are providing a home away from home feel. The Multicultural Center during the week is a hub for students. It’s an open spot for commuters to chill in while waiting for classes. It’s a free snack and water dispenser. There are guaranteed cartoons or crime show marathons. This is where I go to decompress, to talk, to learn, to help, to have fun.  I met some of my greatest friends on campus through Multi. (If you are cool you call it Multi).

One of the best ways that Multi creates relationships with students and keeps people coming back is through the Transitions Program. The Transitions Program was my welcome to campus when I moved in. I showed up as a freshman with my parents, 3 days before New Student Orientation. My parents left me to the care of these crazy people who called themselves the Multicultural Center. We played games, took tours around campus, were fed some good food, saw some of the local attractions, and most importantly developed a family. The mentors gave us “freshmeat” survival tips. Linda and Yemi provided some good information on resources and they also showed us that they cared.

LINK: Learn more about Karina on our "Voice from the Hilltop" student blog.

I loved the program so much that I applied to be a mentor the next year. As a mentor I built relationships with students coming into college. I still talk with, help, and enjoy hanging out with these people. These are people who will run up and hug me as I am walking to class, people who want to play charades on a Friday afternoon as we chill in Multi. The Transitions Program allows you to be a part of a family of people who just want to hang out and have fun. Yes we learn a lot, yes we do work, we help people, we give advice, we ask for assistance, and we tease each other. But we are mostly a support system. You don’t always have to live in Multi to feel the love. Stopping by on a bad day for some gummy bears is what Multi is for.

The Multicultural Center will begin accepting mentor applications for the Transitions Pre-Orientation Program on Monday, February 24. If you want to help incoming students, develop leadership skills, meet new people, and have an AMAZING time, you are encouraged to apply. If you have questions about the application process stop by the Multicultural Center.

2013 Transitions Program Mentors

2013 Transitions Program Mentors

Ms. Yasmin Roofi, Assistant Professor, Islamia University, Bahawlpur, Pakistan

Monday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.

Location: West Wing, Reception and discussion

Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program brings Yasmin Roofi to discuss her research focused on issues of importance to Pakistan, including inter-faith harmony, ethnic dilemmas in the region, women’s rights, and the lack of health care facilities in remote areas. Roofi was not only the first woman in her family to attend a university – she went on to earn a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Political Science, and is now a lecturer in the Political Science Department at Islamia University in Bahawalpur. For Roofi, education has not only been a personal priority, but something she views as a key investment in Pakistan’s future. After returning from her visit to the U.S. in 2005, Roofi became coordinator of her university’s newly created Gender Studies department, through which she helped to establish a series of free health clinics in traditionally isolated and neglected regions of Pakistan.

RSVP to NHIOP@anselm.edu 

All are invited. Light refreshments will be served.