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Diwali, Festival of Lights – Julie Bravo

     Diwali is a five-day Hindu festival, a very important one in India, known as the festival of lights. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit “dipravali” which means “row of lights.” The actual day of Diwali falls on the third day of the celebrations.Diwali is most widely celebrated by Hindus, but it is also … Continue reading

Facing Race – Julie Bravo

“Facing Race National Conference is the largest national multiracial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists, and activists on racial justice.” This is under the event description on the Facing Race web page and it was exactly that. There were hundreds of people from all over the US, people from all backgrounds, races, religions, and we … Continue reading

Facing Race – Raul Luna

First of all, I want to thank JP for giving me this opportunity to attend the Facing Race Conference in Baltimore, and for driving us up there.  I also want to thank the person who donated for us to be able to attend this conference (the name of which is escaping my mind right now). … Continue reading

NCORE & Facing Race – Kim Laney

If there’s one word that I would use to describe my experience at NCORE, it would be “validation”. Growing up, the words “diversity” and “multi-cultural” were never used by the people in my environment. I spent my childhood and adolescence in either Maine or Japan, neither of which is known for their diverse communities. I’ve … Continue reading

NCORE – Isaiah Bailey

During a routine morning check of my email inbox, I noticed an email from the Office of Multicultural Affairs inviting me to a once in a lifetime opportunity.  As a student who has long held a strong interest in pursuing a career in student affairs, I could not believe that the opportunity to attend the … Continue reading

NCORE & Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Brittney Rae Quinones

So even though JP sends a lot of emails, I will be the first to say that all of them are worth opening and reading! For the second time, I had been extended an invite by the Office of Multicultural Affairs to attend a fully paid conference on issues that not only affect my experience … Continue reading