multiracial and transracial adoptee network

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For more information, or to get involved, contact [email protected]

who we are

The primary goal of the Multiracial and Transracial Adoptee Network (MTAN) is to raise consciousness and awareness of multiracial and transracial adoptee issues in higher education.

The Multiracial and Transracial Adoptee Network (MTAN), one of four (4) networks within the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), strives to help create and foster inclusive spaces within ACPA and postsecondary education with and for students, staff, and professionals who identify as multiracial, multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities. This will be accomplished through developing intentional educational initiatives, engaging in critical dialogue and community building, and supporting institutional change through advocacy on our campuses and within the larger ACPA organization.

The Multiracial and Transracial Adoptee Network (MTAN) seeks to be inclusive and welcomes everyone who is interested in advancing the organization’s goals.

MRN former and current board members posing on the 20th anniversary at ACPA 2023

 

 

 

mission

The mission of MTAN is to provide both resources and information about working with multiracial multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities college students as well as support for multiracial student affairs professionals within ACPA. 

Recognizing the value of learning, growth and development, we, the members of MTAN, seek to be inclusive and welcoming to ACPA members who have a desire to advance the goals and objectives of MTAN.

VISION

As we move forward into an increasingly multiracial/multiethnic society, the MTAN seeks to advocate on behalf of multiracial multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities to, support those who work with/educate individuals with these identities, cultivate scholarly research, and gain a visible presence within CMA and the larger ACPA body.

core values [IDEAS]

Inclusion – creating space and community for multiracial, multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities to feel heard, valued, and seen.

Discovery – contributing to scholarship and research around  multiracial, multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities. We value innovation and discovery around these identities. 

Education – to share knowledge and resources about monoracism and issues related to our communities ( multiracial, multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities). 

Advocacy – to champion on behalf of and with our communities within the realm of higher education. Examples of advocacy can include; engagement with community organizations, supporting policies, and advocating for equity amongst higher education professionals and students. 

Support – provide community and resources for  multiracial, multiethnic, transracial adoptees, and with fluid racial identities.

News & Updates

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Meet the Directorate

Rebecca Cepeda
Rebecca Cepeda

Co-Chair

she/her/ella/siya

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Alicia Stites
Alicia Stites

Co-Chair

she/her/hers

University of Texas

Nicholas Wright
Nicholas Wright

Incoming Chair

he/him/his

University of Kentucky

Caitlin Lindsay
Caitlin Lindsay

Past Co-Chair

she/her/hers

Rice University

Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson

Past Co-Chair

he/him/his

Texas A&M University-College Station

Paige Thomas
Paige Thomas

Past Co-Chair

she/her/hers

Indiana University

Jessica Hubert
Jessica Hubert

Social Media Coordinator

she/her/hers

Mercyhurst University

Sydney Rodriguez
Sydney Rodriguez

Events Co-Coordinator

she/her/hers

Texas State University

Leilani Ferreras
Leilani Ferreras

Events Co-Coordinator

She/Her/Hers

The Ohio State University

Kamrie Risku
Kamrie Risku

Awards Coordinator

she/her/hers

University of Maryland, College Park

Connor Vezina

External Programs Coordinator

he/him/his

The Ohio State University

Juna Matsuda-Johnson

Secretary and Historian

she/her/hers

Purdue University

Jacob Campbell
Jacob Campbell

Research and Scholarship Coordinator

he/him/his

The Ohio State University

Katie Silasiri

Publications Coordinator

she/they

The University of Chicago

Nicole Belisle
Nicole Belisle

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

San Diego State

Mitchell Foster
Mitchell Foster

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

they/them/theirs

George Washington University

Lisa Delacruz Combs
Lisa Delacruz Combs

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/siya

The Ohio State University

Kelli Campa
Kelli Campa

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

Marist College

Beth John
Beth John

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

University of Wisconsin-White Water

Rachel Luna
Rachel Luna

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

Diablo Valley College

Laura Carroll
Laura Carroll

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

University of Delaware

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

he/him/his

The Avery Coonley School

Victoria K. Malaney Brown
Victoria K. Malaney Brown

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

she/her/hers

Columbia University

Rob Kunicki
Rob Kunicki

Previous Chair, Leadership Team Member

he/him/his

CUNY Graduate Center

Get Involved in MTAN

MTAN is constantly looking for ways to enhance experiences for multiracial and transracial adoptee professionals and students alike. Becoming an MTAN member within the ACPA member portal will ensure you are connected with all of our upcoming events and initiatives.

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 MTAN via email at [email protected] to learn more about ACPA’s Multiracial Network.

Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

  • Become a Directorate Board Member 
  • Become a General Member
  • Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
  • Submit an award nomination
  • Submit an endorsed program proposal for Convention
  • Host a webinar
  • Serve as a liaison between MTAN and another entity within or external to ACPA!

Additional involvement opportunities

MTAN Awards

The Multiracial and Transracial Adoptee Network receives nominations each year for those who have made an impact to the multiracial and transracial adoptee community on their campus, the student affairs profession, and/or ACPA.

Professional of the Year
Student of the Year
Innovation Award
Spirit Award
Founders Award
Collaboration Award