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OMA’s Best Week Ever (NYC)

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Pilates on Wednesdays, discussion groups on Thursdays, city exploration and knitting on Fridays, urban agriculture, and more. Your week just got jam packed with these OMAzing events.

Have some free time on your hands? The Office of Multicultural Affairs wants you to get in touch with your cultural side with groups, events, and more nearly every day of the week.

Urban Male Initiative Discussion Group
Wednesdays through April 27│12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.│41 Park Row, Room 905
Designed to facilitate the retention, scholarship, graduation, and leadership of historically underrepresented Black and Latino males, the Urban Male Initiative is a collective of committed faculty and staff that represent the diversity of New York City who come together for one reason: to ensure your successful graduation from Pace. Next discussion group: Wednesday, February 24.

Shades Discussion Group
Thursday through April 28│3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.│41 Park Row, Room 905
Shades: A Women of Color Collective is a collective/mentoring program that encourages collaborative research, scholarship, leadership, and community building in order to facilitate your successful graduation from Pace. Next discussion group: Thursday, February 25.

Does Diversity Matter?
Thursday, March 10│3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.│Bianco Room
From New York University to the University of Missouri, diversity—or its absence—has dominated the national news for the past year. Does the lack of faculty and staff diversity, for example, have a consequential impact on students and the intellectual life of a university? The Office of Multicultural Affairs is responding to the national demand for change by inviting you to a roundtable discussion Race, Equity, and Inclusion: Does Diversity Matter? This program is one of several endeavors that will hopefully elicit a candid and vibrant discussion—as well as a roster of next steps from students, faculty, and staff. An RSVP to the roundtable is required by e-mailing Denis Santiago, PhD, at or by calling (212) 346-1546 no later than March 1.

Experience NYC Fridays: Race
Friday, February 26│4:00 p.m.│Regal Cinemas at Union Square
OMA is heading out on select Fridays, and they want to take you with them to experience some of the surrounding culture, art, and entertainment the city has to offer. Join them to see Race, a film about Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic journey and struggle with race. Click here for upcoming Experience NYC Friday outings.

Knitting Circle Fridays
Fridays through April 22│12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.│41 Park Row, 9th Floor Reception Area
Join novice and seasoned knitters at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Knitting for a Cause Fridays, where you’ll help knit hats and blankets to benefit pediatric cancer patients of Harlem Hospital. Next session: Friday, February 26.

Wellness Wednesdays—Pilates
Wednesdays, March 2–April 20 | 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Gymnasium
Sculpt a lean physique through classical pilates exercises on the mat. Performed barefoot or in socks, each pilates move will help strengthen your core and improve posture, flexibility, and stability. Please make sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Next session: Wednesday, March 2.

Queer People of Color Discussion Group
Fridays, March 4 and 11, and April 1 and 8│1:00 p.m.│41 Park Row, Room 905
Join the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs for a series of facilitated conversations that celebrate, empower, and create space for queer people of color to share stories, experiences, and create community. The group will instigate dialogue around important topics that impact QPOC identity development, academic, and professional life and relationships.

New Roots Community Farm Volunteering
Fridays, March 18 and April 1 and 15│9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.│E. 153rd Street and Grand Concourse, South Bronx
Sometimes the city can feel like a concrete jungle. Take a hike to the South Bronx and return both yourself and a corner of the city to nature as you harvest crops, build production beds, compost, and more. You may even get to hang out with chickens.

For more information on these and other events, click here.