Multicultural Awareness Committee
The Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC) is comprised of student representatives from various multicultural organizations. The student-run committee serves as an umbrella organization providing programming, networking and support for various multicultural organizations that promote cultural awareness on campus as well as the community. A few of the major programs annually sponsored or cosponsored are: Dr. Martin Luther King Lecture, which has featured keynote speakers such as:
- Maya Angelou, poet, actress, educator (2003)
- Bill Russell, Basketball Hall of Fame and motivational speaker (2002)
- James Earl Jones, acclaimed actor (2001)
- Tony Brown, syndicated journalist and TV personality (2000)
- Dick Gregory, activist, actor and writer
- Juan Williams, journalist
Other events that highlight TU's celebration of diversity include:
- The annual candlelight parade and vigil honoring MLK's birthday, symbolically lights the path to improved race relations.
- Law School Powwow—Exquisite beadwork. Elaborate headdresses. Intricate drum beats. Ancient symbols of America's indigenous people. This celebration is hosted by the TU Law School.
- Annual Diversity Leadership Panel — Once a year, representatives from various minority student organizations and departments on campus discuss a variety of issues affecting multicultural students and the campus as a whole — from recruitment to bridging the gap with majority students. This event is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
- Asian Festival — The 120 foot-long silky star of the Dragon Dance will swish and swirl its way into your memories. Just one of the highlights of this annual festival that presents highlights from many Asian cultures.
- Multicultural Compass (MC)—MC is a supplement New Student Orientation, building a foundation of peer support that will help multicultural students more easily transition into the college environment. New students and their families are acquainted with current multicultural students, faculty and staff, and establish useful networking relationships.
- Steppin’ Outside the Lines –Often the gap between traditionally White Greek organizations and traditionally Black organizations can be broad. Steppin’ Outside the Lines is an annual step show, featuring joint stomp dances between IFC/NPC and NPHC groups. Competition is high and excitement is in the air!
- International Dinner – Dancing, singing, and comedy will surround you as you enjoy an evening filled with international cuisine and entertainment. Join the international students for an opportunity to bridge culutral gaps and learn more about the many cultures represented at TU. This event is put on by the Association of International Students.
Other ongoing programs include:
- Cultural Connections and Cultural Reflections—This monthly program focuses on a topic relevant to TU students and cultural diversity. Join us for Cultural Connections to learn about an important issue, why it applies to our students here, and what to do with the newfound information. Cultural Reflections occurs on the Monday following the Connections event and will focus on a sub-topic, offer resources to become more involved, and address issues of power, privilege, and/or oppression relating to the topic.
- Leaders Incorporated – LINC is a peer-mentoring program geared toward minority students. Incoming freshmen are paired with upperclassmen and a faculty mentor. Pairs are encouraged to meet 4 hours/week in social, academic, and personal growth environments. There is a strong focus on community service, as LINC pairs mentor students at a local middle school once a week. Mentors may receive college credit for their participation.
- Safe Zone – This program offers education, information, and resources on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (“GLBT”) individuals. It also offers training and resources to help individuals learn how to better interact with those who identify as GLBT and how to be an ally to GLBT individuals. Workshops are 4 hours long and are open to the entire campus community. While successful completion of the Ally training is necessary to become a “TU Ally”, individuals may attend the course solely to learn more about GLBT issues and Ally characteristics.