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Date Posted: 00:31:12 09/17/13 Tue
Author: Joe Rizoli (Not fooling anyone people)
Author Host/IP: 184.108.40.206
Subject: Gay agenda as "Diversity"
This is just really a false front for the gay community to bring their mental illnesses into the area. They claim "diversity" when in reality it is the gays agenda that really is going to run the show. They had to make up an excuse to get in there so diversity seems like it would be the way to go.
Framingham State University's new Multicultural Center was packed for its first big event last Wednesday night, a remembrance event marking the Sept. 11 attacks.
"The room was full," said the program's recently hired director, Kathy Martinez. "Which is awesome after just two weeks."
It was a good first step, she said, for a center that will be an important part of the university's ongoing efforts to promote diversity on campus. School officials particularly want to improve upon the results of a survey administered at Framingham State two years ago that found, for example, that a majority of black students felt the campus atmosphere was not comfortable for people from diverse backgrounds.
"There is a need to support under-represented students here," Martinez said. "My goal is to make them feel like there is a space for them."
But Martinez, who was hired this summer after working as the Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Community Engagement at Pine Manor College, also doesn't want people to lose sight of the fact that multiculturalism isn't just about race.
"Everyone is multicultural - that's really what I want to push," she said. "It's your identity, your faith, your socioeconomic background, where you grew up."
To investigate those topics further, Martinez plans to collaborate with the university's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and other student groups on campus to plan a variety of educational events and talks this school year. For Hispanic Heritage Month in September, for example, Martinez and faculty members at the school will join a panel on Sept. 27 to discuss Junot Diaz's award-winning book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" in anticipation of the author's talk on campus on Oct. 8. Next month, she also plans to promote LGBT history month with Framingham State's Pride Alliance.
Between those events, the center, which will soon be outfitted with new furniture, will serve as an open study room and meeting place for students, Martinez said. It will also host the diversity committee's regular diversity dialogues.
While the university's Director of Multicultural Affairs, David Baldwin, hopes to one day move the center to its own building, Framingham State spokesman Dan Magazu said school officials for now are just waiting to see what the response to the new program will be.
"At this point, it's more about getting it off the ground, and getting faculty and students to see that it's there," he said.
That task will largely fall to Martinez, who said her primary goal is "to really be a partner on campus.
"The biggest thing for me is I want to be supportive," she said. "I really hope this Multicultural Center will be for everyone."
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