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Discuss Diversity (NYC)

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Shaved ice and chalk festivals, programs for diverse communities, and a lecture from an actor and activist. We’ll never be too old for this…

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) on the NYC Campus is committed to providing opportunities and venues for Pace University and external communities to examine, discuss, debate, collaborate, and develop partnerships around themes that perpetuate (un)checked power, privilege, marginalization, and social injustices. To that end, OMA sponsors programs and initiatives throughout the year that include social justice, mentoring, community-building and empowerment, and more.

Here are just some highlights for fall 2014:

Chalk Festival
Wednesday, September 10 | 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Courtyard
Using the sidewalk as your canvas, leave your mark on Pace as the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts their annual Chalk Festival. Draw your best rendition of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Individual prizes include American Express gift cards: first place $100 and second place $50. Student organizations will receive a budget transfer: first place $300 and second place $150.

Piragua Stand
 (Shaved Ice)
Thursday, September 11 (rain date) | 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. 
| Courtyard
Ice, ice baby. Vanilla Piña ice, ice baby. Whether you call it a kakigori, gola, piragua, or snow cone, OMA has plenty to help you take a cool break from the unpredictable heat. Flavors include tamarind, cherry, and chili-spiced mango.

Shades and UMI Reception
Tuesday, September 16 | 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | 41 Park Row, 9th Floor
Meet the members and mentors of the Urban Male Initiative and Shades. With committed faculty and staff as mentors, the Urban Male Initiative (UMI) is designed to facilitate the retention, scholarship, graduation, and leadership of Black and Hispanic male students at Pace. For more info, visit UMI on Facebook. Shades, a Women of Color Collective, is a mentoring program that encourages collaborative research, scholarship, leadership, and community-building to help students graduate and succeed. Events include discussion groups beginning on September 22; Wellness Wednesdays with Pilates, kick-boxing, and more; outings to museums and other cultural venues; community service; and more. For more info, visit Shades on Facebook.

1stGens Kick-Off
Thursday, September 18 | 3:30 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | 41 Park Row, 9th Floor
One of OMA’s brand new programs, 1stGens is self-explanatory: a group for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The program will provide students with support in navigating the exciting, yet sometimes challenging, experience of attending college. Students will connect with peers, faculty, and administrators, and attend monthly discussion groups that will be both topic-driven and open-format.

5th Annual MLK Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 1 | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Rescheduled from last spring, the annual MLK lecture will feature award-winning actor, producer, and activist Danny Glover. More information to be released, so check back soon.