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Division of Multicultural Affairs sets spring events

Feb. 9, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Division of Multicultural Affairs has set its spring schedule of events, which are mostly free and open to the public and includes a three-part discussion on race and ethnicity.

The Campus Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity series will begin Monday, Feb. 12, with a talk on understanding how racial and ethnic identity is formed and maintained through communication. A second discussion on the rewards and challenges of interracial relationships, including friendships and, romantic and family relationships, will take place Monday, March 12. The series will wrap up Monday, April 2, and focus on the ways views on race and ethnicity are influenced by the media.

All of the discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Mark P. Orbe, WMU professor of communication, and held at 7 p.m. in WMU's Trimpe Building Multicultural Center.

Other spring events

A career assessment luncheon to provide insight into academic majors and occupations for students will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center.

The annual scholarship banquet of the Multicultural Association of Aviation Professionals is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Bernhard Center to recognize organization members and award student scholarships. Tickets for this event are $25.

A roundtable discussion by Hispanic business owners regarding the pitfalls and opportunities in the business market will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Brown and Gold Room of the Bernhard Center.

A three-day Hispanic film series featuring works from Mexico, Columbia and Spain in Spanish with English subtitles will be held Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 1 p.m.; and Thursday, March 22, beginning at 4 p.m.; in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center.

The Southwest Cesar Chavez Day Celebration banquet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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