Jesuit Conference on Multicultural Affairs to be Held at Xavier

October 21, 2010

The Board of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference on Multicultural Affairs will meet at Xavier University from October 26-28 in preparation for its summer meeting, also at Xavier. Robert Clay, director of Xavier’s office for Multicultural Affairs, is serving as vice chair for the organization. Xavier President Father Michael J. Graham, S.J. will offer a University Welcome in Bellarmine Chapel on the campus at 10am on Wednesday, October 27. All are welcome to attend.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) established the Conference on Multicultural Affairs to provide a forum for diversity/multicultural affairs professionals and students from Jesuit universities and colleges across the United States to share information relative to students of color. Xavier University will host the 30th Anniversary of the Conference on Multicultural Affairs from June 15-17, 2011. This is the first time the conference has been held at Xavier and the University embraces the honor proudly.

CMA is embarking on its 30th anniversary on Jesuit campuses and its purpose has remained consistent:
• Ensuring the access of African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American students to Jesuit higher education.
• Providing an awareness of problems faced by those students and developing strategies to overcome the problems.
• Developing mechanisms by which ideas and information can be disseminated among Jesuit institutions.
• Promoting multicultural participation in planning, policy formulation and policy implementation within Jesuit institutions.
• Enhancing the quality of the educational experience for all students attending Jesuit institutions.

The CMA is hosted annually on the campus of one of the 28 AJCU member institutions. It brings together colleagues from all areas to discuss issues significantly impacting the education of students of color in Jesuit institutions of higher education. The conference assists Jesuit institutions in identifying issues of most immediate concern to their constituencies and in developing strategies to effectively address them.

Since its establishment in 1981, the conference has expanded to discuss current trends and multiple identities of students of color as well as issues such as social justice, affirmative action, multicultural leadership and academic excellence of diverse populations.

Annually during the conference student scholarship is recognized through the awarding of the Bill Davis Scholarship Award and best practices are acknowledged through the Distinguished Programs Awards.