MASC held its first parenting seminar, “The Color Conversation,” on October 18th. Attendees heard about “unpacking whiteness” from our board member Laurel Hoa, real “people-color” crayons from Sonia Kang, and personal experiences from transracially adoptive parent and blogger Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan. After the panel, moderator and MASC board member Tom Elliott led a Q&A session with the audience, giving everyone a chance to learn and share in a safe environment. While parents chatted, the young children were able to enjoy playtime in the next room with both free play and organized games. We would very much like to thank our panelists, volunteers, and sponsors: Pamper and Play, Stonefire Grill, Love and Leaf, Pretzel Crisps, and Go Go Squeeze. Look for more seminars next year with new topics and guest speakers!
Board Member Election Results
Congratulations to the following candidates for their election to the MASC board of directors serving from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016:
Tom Elliott, Treasurer
Nancy Brown, Board Member at Large
Laurel Hoa, Board Member at Large
Monika Vega, Board Member at Large
The Latino Community & Census 2020
MASC President Thomas Lopez was recently invited to submit a guest commentary to the National Institute for Latino Policy regarding proposed changes to the next Census. Census 2020 can be a groundbreaking year enabling Latinos to identify with two or more races resulting in a doubling of the multiracial population count, but this won’t happen without some controversy. To learn more, read the commentary here!
MASC at 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
The 3rd Biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) Conference will take place on November 13-15, 2014 at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. This year, MASC is thrilled to present a roundtable! Here’s the description: The “Culture” of Business and Being Multiracial How do multiracial individuals navigate their identity in the world of business? How does a multiracial business owner or corporate career individual successfully access resources available to specific communities of color…if he or she identifies with more than one ethnic group? How is the creation of a business venture a conduit for expressing one’s multifarious identity? What impact do multiracial individuals have on global business strategy? This roundtable seeks to explore these and other questions. Register for the conference here. It’s free and open to the public! Read more here.
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Work for MASC!
MASC is seeking dedicated, passionate people for the following part-time paid positions. Applicants may apply for one or all positions. Newsletter and Communications Assistant Assistant shall prepare and send our monthly newsletter and occasional email communications. The ideal candidate should be familiar with Mailchimp or other mass email services, have an eye for online content layout, and ability to identify links for embedding in the newsletter. Note that content will be provided although minor editing skills would be helpful. Commitment is 2 to 3 hours per month. Must provide own computer and Internet access. Candidate need not live in Southern California. Some training provided. Website Administrator Administrator shall be responsible for making updates to the website mascsite.org and blog site Mixed Space such as creating and adding to pages, updating the calendar, embedding links to other sites, uploading photos and blog entries, etc. Content for pages to be provided. The ideal candidate should be familiar with WordPress. Commitment is 2 to 3 hours per month. Must provide own computer and Internet access. Candidate need not live in Southern California. Some training provided. Event Coordinator Coordinator will help plan and execute MASC events throughout the year with special emphasis on Parenting Seminars. Duties include venue reservation, guest speaker liaison, event staffing, promotion, contract facilitation, etc. Must provide own transportation and be able to attend weekend events approximately every three months. Commitment is 8 hours per month. Must provide own computer and Internet access. Candidate must live in Greater Los Angeles area. How to Apply To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A short paragraph including (1) the position for which you are applying, (2) your interest in multiracial issues, and (3) any specific qualifications you have for the position. The multiracial community is defined as: mixed race people, interracial couples/families, and transracially adoptive families. Preference will be given to those with a passion for this community.
Resume summarizing education, work experience, and qualifications for the position
Three references minimum (personal or professional) with contact information