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A note from Monica
Graduates of the OMSA
About the OMSA
The Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program
Multicultural Student Reception
Awards Ceremony 2005

A note from the Multicultural Student Coordinator,
Monica Monyo-Tetteh

As we look forward to a new and exciting semester I would like to thank all of you who have supported the office and our endeavors. In my role as the Multicultural Student Coordinator, I work to support diverse students here at Keene State College from the time they enter to the time they leave. This job is very rewarding but at the same time demanding. The students who have been a part of the office have made a definite impact on this campus and their cohorts.

We have been able to make many new strides in diversity in the past couple of years with more students from various backgrounds attending the College, more faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds being hired, and the new president, Dr. Giles-Gee. I look forward to a year filled with excitement and new possibilities. I hope you will attend our events, visit the office, and take part in our endeavors.

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About the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

OMSA supports KSC students of diverse cultural backgrounds in making their college experience as rewarding as they can imagine it to be. Some things we do:

  • Partner with students as they work to succeed in class and find academic support if needed
  • Enhance students’ opportunities for involvement and leadership on campus and in the community
  • Support students’ individual and group projects related to diversity
  • Assure that students have equal access to all academic, social, and recreation programs
  • Offer our office for student gatherings to discuss race, ethnic, gender, sexual, or cultural differences
  • Sponsor and conduct programs, presentations, and workshops on diversity and multiculturalism
  • Advocate for student interests
  • Counsel students on social and academic issues
  • Refer students to campus and community resources
  • maintain a library of resources on diversity

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Multicultural Student Reception

Every year the OMSA office holds a reception for all the current students, and especially freshmen coming in. This is a meet-and-greet where students get to meet one another and form friendships. The reception is also a gathering for our mentoring program.

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Awards Ceremony 2005

In May 2005 The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs honored students who were graduating and had contributed to the office and Common Ground Multicultural Club. It was a fun-filled event attended by the past president, Dr. Y, Dr. Kowpak, Ann Rancourt, Amanda Warman, and other members of the Diversity Commission. The students received Kente Graduation stoles made in Ghana, West Africa.

The following students were honored for the dedication to the office and the Common Ground Multicultural Club:

Glenda Ivette Matos, Jessica Anderson, Benjamin Bedard, Jasmene Smith-Brown, Patrizia Cozzone, Liane Johnson, Christopher Burkinshaw, Kelvin Stuart, Leah Carter, Kenneth McCalmon, Sandel White, Rudolf Amofa-Baah, David A. Yadeta, James Broad, Nickolus Sweet, Katherine Boyd, Ashley Spencer, Jennifer Wong, Nicolasa Cortez, Jahleh Ghanbari, Shannon Primrose, Nasra Al-Hashmi, Ayako Kimura, Paola Samaniego, Alejandra Potter, Daniel Schmottlach, Steven Graham, Emily Landis, Patrick Burke, Gibson Noonan, Sena Tay, Katherine Slockett, Daniela Arias, Noriko Seki, Shanniqe Quarrie

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Graduates of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

On May 8, 2005 Keene State College honored its graduates. Among them were students who have been involved with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs:

Glenda Matos, Jessica Anderson, Izabela Beclawska, Alejandro Biagiotti, James Broad, Jason Allen Bueno, Jaime-Lynn Byrd, Daniel Anthony Connell, Jessica M. Connell, Kimberly Soyoung Contant, Patrizia Cozzone, Melanie M. Cunningham, Elissa Meryle Gruber, Mbaga Kaiza, John Kamenya, Andreas S. Lawrence, Melanie Catherine MacRae, Thanh Van Nguyen, Stacy Mariko Parr, Paola Samaniego, Jessica Santiago, Luke William Trill, Brock Thomas Ueda, Hannah V. Washington, Josephine Witkowski, Travis-John Wong, David Yadeta, Wendy J. Yuan

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The Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program

For many students, starting college can be an intimidating experience. The Faculty/Staff Mentor Program is designed to ease the transition of first-year African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American students to KSC.

Mentors are matched with incoming students of color based on similar academic, career and/or personal interests. Mentors serve for one academic year, acting as a resource, support person and advocate.

New students will rely on their Faculty/Staff Mentor for support and advice. If you participate, you will help acquaint new students with the KSC campus, encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, and refer students to the appropriate on- and off-campus resources.

Read about participants' experiences

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Events from OMSA, CGMC, and the Diversity Commission

  • Focus groups on the campus climate for the Campus Civility Project. Oct. 14, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • The Sidore Lecture with David Walton, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Mabel Brown Room
  • Bali Funk Dance - Friday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m., Night Owl Café
  • Multicultural Seminar Wed., Oct. 26, 12 p.m. "Globalization: Why Now?" Janaki Tschannerl
  • Symposium on Globalization: Legacies and Discontents Nov. 3-5, Student Center
  • Special Symposium Kick-off Event - The Ibdaa Dance Troupe – The Children of Dheisheh - Monday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m.
  • Jamaican Bazaar - Tuesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Black Rebels Concert - Tuesday Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Night Owl Café
  • Creole Bake Sale - Monday, Nov. 14, all day, Student Center
  • Latin Bazaar - Tuesday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Student Center Atrium

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