MASS announces continuation of I AM ANTIRACIST series with panel, presentations

Illinois grad student Heaven Silas welcomes a group of students to the Antiracist book fair being put on by the Multicultural Advancement Student Services, Apr. 7, in the Bovee University Center. Silas, who organized and ran the event this said she was very proud of how it had turned out.

The Office of Multicultural Academic Student Services (MASS) announced its continuation of the I AM ANTIRACIST campaign by transitioning from awareness to action.

“We wanted to move the conversation away from ‘what is it?’,” MASS Interim Assistant Director Wade Tomson said. “Because that’s been the conversation for the past year.”

The campus-wide collaborative series will focus on learning how to welcome students with an anti-racist perspective.

“What we’re really excited about is the fact that this is a true cross campus initiative in the sense that we have representation from all over campus,” Tomson said.

Each of seven events throughout the semester will feature a presentation by a university office including Central Michigan University Admissions, Office of Residence Life and the Leadership Institute.

“(Admissions) is the first way that students connect with CMU,” Tomson said. “Then we move on to the volunteer center – and they’re going to talk about centering our volunteerism away from white savior ship.”

All but one of the events will consist of a presentation and workshop with activities, tips and tricks designed by each presenting office.

A panel on April 13 will include voices from academics, athletics, student retention and other areas of campus. Tomson said panel speakers have not yet been confirmed.

Campaign event details are below:

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

Admissions and Orientation

2 p.m.

Bovee UC Auditorium

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022

Volunteer Center

6 p.m.

Bovee UC Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

Office of Residence Life

3:30 p.m.

Bovee UC Terrace Rooms

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Institute for Transformative Dialogue

1 p.m. for students

2 p.m. for faculty/staff

Bovee UC Auditorium

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Leadership Institute

4 p.m.

Bovee UC Auditorium

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Faculty/Staff Panel

3 p.m.

Park Library Auditorium

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Office of Diversity and Education

4 p.m.

Bovee UC Auditorium

Launched last spring, the I AM ANTRACIST campaign is planning their second book fair later this semester.