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Dominican Blowout

Dominican Blowout will be hosted by Casa Dominicana as a student spa day. We will be having organic facials, manicures, hair blow-drying, braiding, flat-ironing, line-ups, make up, and eye brow threading. These services will be done by students for students and at a student price. The proceeds will go to help fund our two big events for next semester, Dominican Independence day and HASA/CASA. (starting at $3)

APA Leadership: Developing Your Leadership Identity as an Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)

Presented by UALRC & YKCC
Saturday, October 24, 2009 9-5pm Campus Center Rm 174-176

Facilitated by: Mr. Amnat Chittaphong, Director of Multi - Cultural Student Services, Siena College
Does being Asian/Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab American, or Desi American matter when it comes to being a leader? Should it matter if you can lead? Join us for a leadership training session designed specifically for APIDA, which addresses these questions. We will explore identity-based leadership development models to help you and your student organizations focus on coalition building and create a plan to create a sustainable movement to create social change through working as a newly envisioned united front.

For more info:
UALRC: 413 545-1844

Five College Symposium on Conferencing

Saturday October 17, 2009, 10am-4pm Herter Hall Room 227 UMass Amherst

The Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students (OPSAS) in collaboration with the Five College Inc. Multicultural Affairs Committee and the UMass Career Services Office, will be hosting a one day symposium on “Conferencing” . OPSAS is excited that this year will make the third year that its programs will be involved in sending student leaders to student development conferences. OPSAS hopes that students on the UMass campus as well as the 5-college area will utilize this one day symposium as a rewarding and useful tool for individual and professional development.
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Dominican Dinner

Casa Dominicana would like to invite you to our Dominican Dinner at the LACC located near the Hampden Convenience store in Southwest. This event will go from 8:00 PM untill 11:30 PM.

We will be serving:
Rice with beans Moro
Pork Pernil
Salad Ensalada
Sweet plantains Platano Maduro
Flan Flan

COST: Suggested donation of one or more non perishable food item to be donated to the local food drive.

We will also be having a RAFFLE for a special PRIZE for only $1!

Cedric Watson in Concert

Monday, September 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at FAC Plaza

One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric and his band, Bijou Creole bring this talent to UMass playing a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material and Creole traditionals. The poly-rhythmic and syncopated sounds of Africa and the Caribbean are unmistakable in this ensemble of talented musicians. For a listen visit

Hosted by the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students. Sponsored in part by the Center for Student Development, the Fine Arts Center, and WMUA-FM.

NASS Open House

Tuesday September 8 & Wednesday September 9, 1-4pm at Bartlett B-11

Get to know the staff of the Native American Student Services Office and what they do.

MXCC Open House

Friday, September 11, 3-6pm at MX Cultural Center, Southwest

Students welcome to come learn about programs the MXCC has to offer and wlecome the incoming class of 2013. Come learn and play spades, dominoes, chess and other games during this open house. Refreshments will be served.


Friday, September 11, 3-6pm at Southwest Horseshoe

Make a connection with various cultural Registered Student Organizations during this welcome back BBO. Start the semester off with great music, great food and friends.

LACC Open House

Friday, September 11, 6-8pm at Hampden DC

Stop by the Latin American Cultural Center and get to know the staff, find out what the center does and a little about this years programming.


Friday, September 11, 5:30-7:00pm at Room 1009

Join us in a Community Circle of Learning Welcome for all Indigenous Students at UMass Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire.

During this fall festive dinner event, we will introduce potential mentors, point out opportunities for new students, welcome returning students, and highlight accomplishments of current students, alumni, and CPNAIS. We will also begin advertising for upcoming events for the year as well as recruit co-sponsors for the events.

If interested in attending, please contact Joyce Vincent at (413) 577-0980 or by September 9th.

Latino Heritage Month | Trivia Night

Tuesday September 15, 7:00pm at LACC (203 Hampden DC)

Try your luck at trivia and find out how much you know about Latino Heritage.

Wild about Wilder (BCP & WOCLN)

Tuesday, September 15, 2-4pm at Wilder Hall

Check out what’s happening at Wilder Hall. Connect with the Bilingual Collegiate Program, Women of Color Leadership Network, Everywoman’s Center, and Military Community Resource Center. Meet the staff, have a tour, and enjoy munchies, freebies, and music. We’re wild about Wilder -- find out why!


Thursday, September 17, 7-9pm at YKCC

Come meet the staff of the UALRC and the YKCC as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander student leaders of the Registered Student Organizations and Greek Organizations.

In honor of the Asian American Awareness Month, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center along with the United Asia Learning Resource Center created a calendar consisting of all 14 events hosted by various Asian-based cultural RSOs in the month of April. Join us in this celebration of the awareness of the Asian American culture! All events are free unless otherwise indicted on the flyer.
On Thursday, April 15, 2010, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center will be hosting an event with special guest, Cathy Bao Bean, author of the memoir entitled "The Chopsticks-Fork Principle." This is a free event which will start at 6:30PM in Campus Center room 168. Food from Greeno's will be provided.

RSO Connections

Sunday, September 20, 3-5 pm Malcolm X Cultural Center

This is an opportunity for Cultural Registered Student Organizations to meet with the OPSAS staff and the Support programs and strengthen their connections. Learn about OPSAS activities happening for the year, and about the OPSAS grant application process.

This is the first of many RSO Connections to come throughout the year.

Stop by and pick up a schedule

Latino Heritage Month | Contributions of the Cuban Revolution

Wednesday September 23, 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. at CC 174

Join this round table discussion.

Family Weekend Reception

Saturday, September 26, 3-5pm at Campus Center Reading Room

Come meet our multi-cultural resource staff and learn about the places that become a home away from home for many ALANA (African, Latina/o, Asian, Native American) students. Hosted by the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students (OPSAS)

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Latino Heritage Month | Dance Workshop

Monday, September 28, 7-9pm at FAC Lobby

Learn to move to the rhythms of Bachata, Bomba and Samba and have some fun.

FREE and everyone is encouraged to attend!

Latino Heritage Month | Latino Business Owners

Wednesday October 7, 7:00 PM at LACC (203 Hampden DC)

Panel of small business owners share their experiences and challenges.

5-Day Symposium Celebrates Asian American Voices

Smith’s Asian Student Association will host Asian American Voices 2010, a five-day symposium with lectures, performances and film screenings focusing on issues around Asian and Asian American life.

The series, which begins Monday, March 22, will culminate with a concert, on Friday, March 26, featuring bands Beau Sia, Magnetic North + Taiyo Na, and IlL-Literacy. All event, except the final concert, are free.

The complete symposium schedule is as follows:

Monday March 22

Keynote lecture “New Challenges and Directions for APIA Studies, Organizing and Activism in the 21st Century.” Diana Wu. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Tuesday, March 23

Film screenings Tao Nakamura's A Song for Ourselves (35 mins.), and Pilgrimage (22 mins.). Topic: Japanese Internment, APIA immigration history/stories. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Wednesday, March 24

Lecture "South Asian Politics Within the Asian American Community and Afro-Asian Connections." Sujani Reddy, Five College assistant professor of Asian Pacific American studies. 7:30-9 p.m., Graham Hall

Thursday, March 25

Open Mic/Poetry Slam Guest Performer: Taiyo Na on acoustic. Students are invited to come and share their poems and stories. 7:30-9 p.m., Graham Hall

Friday, March 26

Grand Finale Concert Featuring Performances by Beau Sia, Magnetic North + Taiyo Na, and ilL-Literacy. Tickets, $5 in advance (available at events during the week), $10 at the door. 7-11 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Social Justice Week Events - Smith College

Social Justice Week (March 22-27) presents: "The Naked I," a play by Tobias K. Davis, Tuesday, March 23, 7:30-9 p.m., Hillyer Hall, that explores the bodies and experiences of transgender, gender-queer, and intersex individuals; Spoken Word with Sonya Renee, Wednesday, March 24, 9-10:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room. Sonya Renee is a National Poetry SLAM-winning performance poet and the director of Peer Education at HIPS; "Understanding White Privilege," a workshop with Josh Miller, professor of social work, Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room. In the struggle for racial justice, what's at stake for white people? BI(AS) 2 with Prof. Daniel Rivers Friday, March 26, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center 103/104. Join this lively follow-up discussion about bisexuality and working to challenge biphobia. For complete Social Justice Week schedule, consult .

YKCC - Cathy Bao Bean

The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Centerwould like to invite you to attend our event on April 15, 2010 at 6:30PM at the Campus Centerroom 168. Cathy Bao Bean, the humorousand poignant author of "Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual" will be speaking about her memoir. Therewill be a Q&A session towards the end of the event. There will also be food from Greno's and refreshments for the guests. This is afree event.

Our Moment: RFK and our Shared Civil Rights Legacy

This community forum will create a space for our local community to consider how today might reflect the 1960s as described by the L.A. Theatre Works as “a decade of heroes, violence, love, death, progress, and disappointment.” This non-traditional panel of speakers/performers will touch on both Robert F. Kennedy’s political legacy, but also the historical role of the arts in social change and the civil rights issues that we face today in another pivotal moment of American history. Confirmed speakers so far are:

Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Civil Rights Attorney and Hip Hop Artist Philip W. Johnston, Former Chariman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and founder of the RFK Children's Action Corps Adrienne Williams M.Ed, Director of Welfare Services at the RFK Children's Action Corps Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, Dean of of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Moderated by Attorney William Newman.

Don't miss this exciting panel and discussion! It will be unlike any forum you've been to!

Tuesday, February 16th, 7:00PM
First Churches, 129 Main Street Northampton
Free and open to public

Martín Meccouri
UMass Fine Arts Center

ALANA Career Fair

The ALANA Career Fair is your opportunity to network with employers looking to diversify their employment pool. These employers are looking for talented students to fill permanent employment positions, internships and co-ops. Over 50 employers will be in the Student Union Ballroom looking for students from all majors. The fair is open to all students.

Location - Student Union Ballroom
Time - 1-5pm
Date - February 9, 2010

Sister Souljah Event

Sponsored by BMCP & UPC
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 7pm Student Union Ballroom

University Programming Council and The Black Mass Communication Project we would like to invite your department to attend our event on February 25th at 7:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom. During this event we will host Sister Souljah who is a community activist and author of three national best sellers. In this event Sister Souljah will discuss various topics and at the end of her speaking engagement, she will have a Q& A and book signing. In addition we would like to offer up this event possible extra credit assignment for students. Contact Azajuah Johnston ( if you are considering using this event as extra credit.

Sister Souljah earned her degree in American History from Rutgers University. Today she is a multidimensional woman, author, activist, recording artist and film producer.
Sponsored by BMCP & UPC

National Dominican Student Conference

Article by Manuel Aquiles Lopez
What will it hurt to step out of my comfort zone to go and meet a todos mis primos? It's like preparing to attend the family reunion to see those individuals you haven't seen in so long. I sat through contemplation wondering what will occur and slept through subconscious ideas of what I will do. Along with that mixture came a tossed feeling of nerves and anxiety that eventually took me to the road in which I am now traveling on as a student, heading for my professional destination. Read more>

ECAASU 2009: “Distinct Worlds, One Vision”

On February 27, 41 students plus 3 staff from the University of Massachusetts Amherst attended the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference (ECAASU) at Rutgers University. This trip to ECAASU was made possible by Byron Bullock, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life and Jacqueline Pinn, the Director of Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Services (OPSAS) and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC). Read more>

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Leadership Workshop

It was an early rainy October Saturday morning. Many students would still be sleeping at 9:00AM, however there were many students who were interested in participating in a workshop that would benefit themselves and their respective RSOs gathered in the UMass Campus Center. Nearly every Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) RSO sent two representatives to attend the first United Asia Learning Resource Center and Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center Leadership workshop. There were also student leaders from Smith College, from the 5 College Pan Asian Network, who attended which brought our total count to about 30 students. Read More>