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Who we are
The Coalition for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is one of seven different coalitions within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Specifically, CMA is composed of four singular Networks: (1) Asian Pacific American, (2) Latin@/x, (3) Multiracial, and (4) Pan African. All four Networks work collectively to promote diversity within ACPA. CMA is a nationally visible and action-oriented group that addresses the changing cultural dynamics within higher education institutions and works to create multicultural strategies and solutions.
purpose & mission
Celebration: Celebrating accomplishments of individuals and groups from historically marginalized racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds within ACPA and higher education;
Advocacy: Being proactive and responsive in addressing issues and concerns that impact our constituencies;
Respect: Deepening consciousness of the history of individuals and groups from historically marginalized racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds while honoring the multiple identities that exist within our communities;
Education: Raising awareness and engage professionals within ACPA and higher education about multicultural education and the concerns of individuals and groups from historically marginalized racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds;
- Support: Providing support that centers on inclusion and understanding to members of ACPA and within the higher education community.
Meet the Leadership
Jasmine A. Lee, MSW, PhD
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Griselda Flores, PhD
Hardford Community College
University of Massachusetts Boston
Lisa Delacruz Combs
Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Multiracial Network
Ohio State University
Jonathan McElderry, PhD
Wake Forest University
Research & Scholarship Chair
Steven Johnson Jr.
Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Pan African Network
University of Kansas
Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Asian Pacific Network
University of California Los Angeles
Chair-Elect/Immediate Past Chair Liaison - Latinx Network
University of Texas at Dallas
Research & Scholarship Chair
California State University Fullerton
Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Multiracial Network
Become a member of the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs! Actively participate in opportunities that provide resources and support to members, both personally and professionally, with care, respect, and encouragement.
OPEN POSITION: SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR (2)
We currently have 2 positions open for Special Events Chairs. If you are creative and have a flare for production, this role is ideal! With input from the CMA Directorate and Networks, the Special Events Chairs do the following: devise and implement an annual theme for Culture Fest; Serve as the emcee or designate an individual(s) to serve as emcee for events; Assist in the coordination of the location and space for special events with assistance from the Special Events Coordinators serving on the ACPA Convention Program Team; and, Provide documentation of all activities, correspondence, budget, promotional items and evaluations to assist in the transition of future events, particularly traditional events like Culture Fest.
Ready to join?
Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You will begin to receive Entity communications through their respective email listserv and have access to any resources they share!
- Login to your ACPA Member Account
- Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
- Click Groups
- Click Active Groups
- Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join
Contact email@example.com for more information or to ask any questions about getting involved!
Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:
- Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
- Review conference programs for the annual convention
- Submit a sponsored program proposal for the annual convention
- Host a webinar
- Submit a proposal for a paper to be published on our website
Each year the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) presents awards to professionals that have demonstrated success in their area of expertise and whose work is in alignment with the core values of CMA.
This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student completing a degree in Student Affairs or a related field. Through commitment, innovation, and creativity, the recipient will have made a significant contribution to his/her graduate institution through works, related to increasing awareness and education around multiculturalism, more specifically, as it relates to people of color. Additionally, the recipient will have contributed to Student Affairs through research, professional organization involvement or professionals from backgrounds of color.
This award recognizes an outstanding new professional who has less than five years experience in the Student Affairs field. The recipient must indicate significant promise for future leadership roles in the Student Affairs profession. The recipient will have made a significant contribution to his/her institution through works related to increasing awareness and education around multiculturalism, more specifically, as it relates to people of color.
This award recognizes a professional who has significant contributions to the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs. The recipient of this award has demonstrated the ability to educate Student Affairs professionals within ACPA about the issues and concerns of people of color in higher education, and has successfully contributed innovative approaches to support the evolving cultural dynamics within higher education.
This award recognizes a professional who has significant contributions to multicultural education and research. The recipient of this award demonstrated the ability to educate Student Affairs professionals within ACPA about the issues and concerns of people of color in higher education and has successfully contributed innovative approaches to support the evolving cultural dynamics within higher education. Additionally, the recipient will have contributed to Student Affairs and multicultural education through research.
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