COALITION FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS HEADER

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs. Take some time to look through our content and don’t hesitate to share how you’d like to get involved. Use the menu below to jump to a section of interest. 

Please contact us at [email protected] or connect with the members of our Directorate Body with questions or ideas.

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) [email protected]/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

The mission of CMA is to focus attention on, and educate the student affairs profession about, the issues and concerns of people of color in higher education. The mission of CMA is to enhance awareness about issues and concerns of individuals and groups from historically marginalized racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in ACPA and higher education. The Coalition for Multicultural Affairs will work to assure that the organization promotes an environment in which we value every member of the ACPA community, develop the programs and enhance awareness to fulfill our commitment to caring for our diverse local and international communities.

core values

  • 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
Jasmine A. Lee, MSW, PhD

Chair

she/her/hers
University of Maryland Baltimore County
[email protected]

Griselda Flores, PhD
Griselda Flores, PhD

Executive Secretary

she/her/hers
Hardford Community College
[email protected]

Chiquita Baylor
Chiquita Baylor

Awards Chair

she/her/hers
University of Massachusetts Boston
[email protected]

Lisa Delacruz Combs
Lisa Delacruz Combs

Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Multiracial Network

she/her/hers/siya
Ohio State University
[email protected]

Jonathan McElderry, PhD
Jonathan McElderry, PhD

Past Chair

he/him/his
Wake Forest University
[email protected]

Tasha Wilson
Tasha Wilson

Research & Scholarship Chair

she/her/hers
Baltimore, MD
[email protected]

Steven Johnson Jr.
Steven Johnson Jr.

Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Pan African Network

he/him/his
University of Kansas
[email protected]

Demeturie Gogue
Demeturie Gogue

Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Asian Pacific Network

he/him/his
University of California Los Angeles
[email protected]

Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Hernandez

Chair-Elect/Immediate Past Chair Liaison - Latinx Network

he/him/his
University of Texas at Dallas
[email protected]

Rianna Mendoza
Rianna Mendoza

Research & Scholarship Chair

she/her/hers
California State University Fullerton
[email protected]

Kelli Campa
Kelli Campa

Immediate Past Chair and Liaison - Multiracial Network

she/her/hers
Marist College
[email protected]

Get Involved

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!

  1. Login to your ACPA Member Account
  2. Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
  3. Click Groups
  4. Click Active Groups
  5. Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join

Contact [email protected] 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

CMA Awards

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.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT
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.
 
OUTSTANDING NEW PROFESSIONAL
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.
 
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
This award recognizes a professional, who has made significant contribution to multicultural education, more specifically, as related to people of color. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering pluralistic and respectful learning environments through development of innovative methods or models in the field of multicultural education, and/or service to their respective campus and the general community.
 
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COALITION FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
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.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH 
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.

cma News & Updates

Resources from CMA

Asian Pacific American Educational Resources Asian American Studies Center (UCLA) Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library Center for Pacific Islands Studies (University of Hawaii) East - West Center Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia  (order form)...

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PAN Foundations Mentoring

PAN Foundations Mentoring

The Foundations Mentoring Program (FMP) is a network of new and seasoned Pan African professionals within the higher education profession who participate in our semi-structures mentorship program. Foundations Mentoring is instrumental in connecting out PAN membership...

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PAN Newsletters & Podcasts

PAN Newsletters & Podcasts

May 2019 Newsletter May 2019 Podcast - Apple May 2019 Podcast - SoundCloud April 2019 Newsletter April 2019 Podcast - Apple ​April 2019 Podcast - SoundCloud Feburary 2019 Newsletter February 2019 Podcast - Apple Feburary 2019 Podcast - SoundCloud January 2019...

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#PANFam

#PANFam

The Pan African Network (PAN) welcomes you to the #PANFam! By willingly opting into this Network, you are signing up to be a part of a group of engaged scholar practitioners who strive to create community with, advocate for, and highlight the work of Black student...

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Meet the 2021-2022 PAN Chair

2021-2022 PAN Chair: Ja'Mahl McDaniel Since my first ACPA convention in 2015 at Tampa, I have looked forward to connecting with many dynamic, unapologetically Black scholars and professionals through the Pan African Network. PAN has and continues to provide m e with a...

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Pan African Network Committees

Awards  Recognizes individuals working within the student affairs profession who are committed to supporting the needs of students and professionals of Pan African descent. Awards honor those who have excelled in the areas of citizenship, innovation, advocacy,...

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Networking in APAN

Network Socials (Regional & Convention) Community and relationship-building is a central component to APAN’s activities. To facilitate connections between members, APAN organizes socials and gatherings to bring people together, whether at Convention each spring or...

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2020 APAN Award Nominations are open!

Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is now seeking nominations for our annual awards, which recognize members of ACPA who have contributed significantly to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community within student affairs and higher education. As you...

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upcoming events

There are no upcoming events at this time.