Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads and supports the College in interweaving diversity into the very fabric of our daily operation and into every aspect of our collegial practices. The office strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone by providing curricula and special programming that teach a fuller appreciation of the uniqueness among diverse groups.
Latest Multicultural News
PA’s First African-American State Forester: Ralph Elwood Brock
January 23, 2015Ralph Elwood Brock was born on February 15, 1881 and raised in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. He became the first African-American to become a Graduate Forester of the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy's first class of 1906.He may well have been the first African-American to be educated in forestry in the United States.Prior to going to the Academy, Brock was employed at the former Mont Alto Reserve, now Michaux State Forest, so he had an early connection to forestry work.Immediately after graduation, Brock was named superintendent of the newly established Mont Alto State Forest Tree Nursery, a position he held from 1906 to 1911.
Golden Globe Comedy: It’s Funny Until it Happens to You
January 14, 2015Unfortunately, Fey and Poehler led and participated in an offensive attack on Asians during their routine that left me embarrassed and ashamed. Over the years, I have noticed that these two White women are very outspoken when issues pertain to women but that they are often quiet when the subject is race. In this case, they didn’t remain quiet. They—along with comedian Margaret Cho—mocked North Korea, and then Koreans in general, and then participated in perpetuating quite a few Asian stereotypes. Oh, and by the way, just because someone Asian participates doesn’t make it okay; context matters. Every so often, I have watched Fey and Poehler wander into race-based comedy and it’s always awkward. Very awkward.
Aziz Advocates for Arab American Issues
January 13, 2015Sahar F. Aziz has the distinction of having at least two racial identities. “In the U.S, I am a racial, ethnic minority,” says Aziz, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants who was also born in Cairo herself. “In Egypt, I am not completely a member of the majority because I was not raised there. I have outsider status and so I straddle both worlds.” That dual identity has piqued her interest in writing about legal and social justice in both the United States and the Middle East.
Reconciliation: A reading of a new play by Charles Dumas
January 28, 2015