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Looking back, Pushing forward

Looking back, and pushing forward has always been a staple for strength for many African American’s throughout the course of time. Recently organizations like Multicultural Programs, ASA, Untamed Tongues, Faith Ministries, His Legacy, ABC, And NPHC teamed together to present the Black History Month Banquet.

 

Heritage is a very important thing to the students at Missouri State University, particularly students of a Multicultural perspective “Heritage has a close relationship to tradition.” Said Missouri State Student Chevalier Moye when asked about heritage “The heritage that we do have is based off tradition that your past folk have done before you, and it really defines who you are.” Moye continued. Self identity is a major feature towards being a sustainable adult in today’s society, and it dictates the pathway you embark upon in your future. Many can confuse being proud of one’s heritage and wearing clothes and saying things related to the Black power movement and other historically Black influenced movements as confusing and questionable, but it’s important to understand each other, “Us learning other’s heritage helps with us understanding one another, which brings us all together.” says Moye.

Black History Month’s purpose in many ways is to remind people of color, particularly African American people the path that was laid before them by pioneers of the past. “Heritage is important because it reminds you where you’ve come from, and also outlines where you’re going.” said Missouri State Alumni Churena White. As people it’s important not to walk a path blindly White continues explaining saying “You can’t really see where your going, unless you know where you’ve come from.” Simply said, students believe it’s important to know who you are, and where you’ve come from to know where you must go.

Legacy and giving future generations a template to improve upon is very dear to students at Missouri State University. “Just because you’re a minority does not mean that you can not make it to any place you want to make it, you just have to work a little harder than most.” Says Missouri State Student Jounee Rodney. Minorities at large in the workforce have to face much discrimination, and yet that does not stop them from moving forward and building “No matter what you have to persevere and push through, to get what you want because nothing is going to stop unless you keep moving.” Says Moye. Many doors aren’t always readily available to minorities, and yet White says “If people say no you can’t do this, [know] that’s non-existent.” Missouri State students want to leave a legacy of YES YOU CAN  to future students, and inspire them that anything is possible through perseverance and hard work and never forget where you come from, because that makes you who you are.

Looking back, and pushing forward.

 

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NAACP Vitalizing Return

 

According to History website NAACP was Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was one of the earliest and most influential civil rights organization in the United States. During its early years, the NAACP focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day. They called for federal anti-lynching laws and coordinated a series of challenges to state-sponsored segregation in public schools, an effort that led to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared the doctrine of “separate but equal” to be unconstitutional. Though other civil rights groups emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, the NAACP retained a prominent role within the movement, co-organizing the 1963 March on Washington, and successfully lobbying for legislation that resulted in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Act.

Today the NAACP main responsibility is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

With all that background information may we say it is exciting to say none the less that NAACP has spawned a new chapter here at Missouri State University. Expect nothing but great things happening for the future for the campus.

“We’re kind of revamping ourselves, and what we really want to do is have programs and workshops that focus on the people, and spread awareness of different issues that are going on right now.” said current President of the NAACP chapter Demetria Green. Program implementation is their primary focus as of now, and developing ways to impact the Missouri State Campus. Green continued and noted that they’re very much still are in the developmental stage of their birth, but are primed with fire like motivation to make this chapter great. With desire like this the chapter is sure to blossom into quite the organization for the campus.

It’s widely believed by students that the NAACP is only for African Americans, but such isn’t the case. “We’re very inclusive, and we don’t want people to think if your not African American you can’t be apart of it.” said Green. When asked about what’s their biggest goal for the semester Green had this to say “Our biggest goal is to be successful. We really want to bring awareness of the organization since we’re revamped here on campus.”

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Meet the staff

There are several individuals within the Multicultural Programs staff who go above and beyond to ensure students have the best possible experience at Missouri State University. Multicultural programs takes pride on focusing on students who can go easily unnoticed, and the office makes certain all students are accommodated for with various resources we provide, but students with a multicultural background are our outreach focus for various reasons. However, it’s important that these hard working staff members don’t go unnoticed and a face and voice be added to them. Without further adieu meet your awesome fun loving Multicultural Programs staff!

 

Secoy Hodges (MRC)

Position – Ambassador of Multicultural Services

What you do – Collaborate with other organizations to give information about the MRC, and work to make the MRC an inclusive environment

Goal for the semester – Maximize the awareness of the MRC to all students to increase the impact the MRC has on campus.

 

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Chris Hill (MRC)

Position – Graduate Assistant for Multicultural services

What you do – Assist with day to day operations of the MRC inside the PSU, and also program development and implementation

Goal for semester – Starting a new program called “Adulting with the MRC”. My goal is to increase the number of student attendees at these programs, as well as  solicit feedback for possible future sessions.

 

Marquise Middleton (MRC)

Position – Multimedia Coordinator

What do you do – Manage the social media platforms (Instagram) and develop journalistic blog entries on behalf of Multicultural Programs.

Goal for the semester – Further develop the blog, and continue to shine light on the Multicultural community on a consistent basis.

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Yvania Garcia-Pusateri 

Position – Executive Director, Multicultural Programs

What do you do – Oversee the MRC inside the PSU, MRC Annex, LGBTQ resource center.  Also facilitate and foster programming on campus, and participate in various initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion. And create community for students.

Goal for the semester – Now that it’s my second semester, its important to me to become more present with students. Be more visible and create some great programming opportunities for students.

 

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April Babington (MRC Annex)

Position – Admin Assistant for Multicultural Services

What do you do – Assist students and staff involved in multicultural programming

Goal for the semester – Increase student’s success

 

Nia Morgan (MRC Annex)

Position – Graduate Assistant of Multicultural Programs

What do you do – Liaison between the programming offices and multicultural student organizations, and work on renting out spaces in the office for students use.

Goal for the semester – Building stronger relations with the student community.

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Charlotte Hardin (MRC)

Position – Part-Time Staff

What you do – Provide and direct students to resources

Goal for semester – Connect with more students, and see them connect with campus community in a way that is meaningful to them.

 

Marquita Logan (MRC Annex)

Position – Outreach and programming

What do you do – Help create programs to help benefit students, and build awareness to various concerns.

Goal for the semester – To graduate, and get people on board on helping sustain all minority cultures at Missouri State University.

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Place to call home

Multicultural Resource CenterThe Plaster Student Union;  a center point for many things on the Missouri State Campus. Huge and vast the place is itself, and is very easy to get lost in. Attractions such as Papa Johns, Panda Express, Bear Necessities, various offices, and various electronics make it easy for an average student to feel misplaced, and lose their sense of home. This is the experience for a lot of students. However, among the monsoon of obstructions in the way there is a place for students to call home, and that place is called the Multicultural Resource Center, or as students around town like to call it the MRC. This place is not just a space, but a cultural beacon, a lighthouse for students across the campus. It’s a place where you can leave your early morning class dressed in your nice suit for your class presentation, grab a cup of coffee from the Starbucks, grab a campus newspaper, sit down and talk about current events with present friends, while making future connections for whatever career you’ve chosen for yourself. It’s home. “Everyone here is very diverse, and where all a community”, says Missouri State Student Makayla Reynolds when asked about the multicultural resource center. Not only is the MRC a home for students but it’s an avenue of exploration into the events that are going on within the campus. “Without coming to the MRC I wouldn’t know about anything that’s going on around campus.” is what Makayla added when mentioning the benefits of the MRC. The MRC community is a family, and place where students create great relationships with each other. If your looking for a homely environment on campus, look no further because the MRC is the place your meant to be.

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