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
Experts: More Focus Needed on Guiding Native Americans to Doctoral Programs
July 31, 2014Fewer Native Americans earn doctorates now than they did 20 years ago. Or do they? Using data collected from the National Science Foundation, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently determined that the number of Native Americans receiving doctorate degrees is lower than it was two decades ago. According to the published data, only 149 Native Americans received doctorates in 2013. The data was disputed in some quarters.
Law Professor Cashin Makes Case for Building Affirmative Action Anew
July 25, 2014It’s not surprising that, as a former law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and daughter of civil rights activist parents, Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin supports the use of affirmative action in American higher education. Rather than defend the practice of race-conscious affirmative action that helps underrepresented minorities gain admission into highly selective colleges and universities, Cashin instead pushes for affirmative action that’s based on structural disadvantage, or place, that a student has to overcome to attain a high-quality education. Cashin’s new book, Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, argues that place-based affirmative action provides a race-neutral approach for helping disadvantaged students as well as bringing diversity to elite colleges and universities.
University of Connecticut Settles Sex Assault Lawsuit
July 21, 2014The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus. The bulk of the settlement, $900,000, will go to Silvana Moccia, a former UConn ice hockey player who alleged she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player in August 2011. The other four women will receive payments ranging from $25,000 to $125,000.