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Mixed Race Week begins with Loving Day awareness dinner

March 30, 2011

This Friday, Apr. 1, marks the beginning of the 3rd-annual Mixed Race Week, a series of presentations and activities celebrating the multiracial and interracial community at Colorado State University. The yearly event is put on by Shades of CSU, an organization dedicated to multiracial of a few of its kind in the country.

Mixed Race Week

Friday Apr. 1:

Loving Day Awareness Dinner
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: LSC North Ballroom

The week opens with a free dinner and presentation in honor of Loving Day, a nationally recognized celebration of interracial marriage and the supreme court case Loving v. Virginia (1967) that officially legalized interracial marriage in the United States.

Dinner will be catered through Spoons, and the guest speaker will be Tae Nosaka and her partner, Rich Cornell.

Tae Nosaka is the Director of the Key Communities at Colorado State University. She will be sharing her experiences growing up as a multuracial woman sharing a life with her interracial partner and some of the triumphs and challenges that they have had to face during their early years of their partnership and now raising their 2 year old son.

The dinner is a first come first serve basis for 125 guests. All students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join in the free dinner and hear stories of the multiracial experience.

Mixed Race Week continues Apr. 1 through Apr. 6 with the following schedule:


Monday April 4th:

Multiracial Faculty Meet and Greet

Where: Virginia Dale Room in the LSC.
When: 4 p.m.

Come meet the mixed race faculty and students on campus! There will be snacks and great people, so please stop by to meet many of the beautiful mixed race people on CSU’s campus!


Tuesday Apr. 5:

Monsters, Messiahs, or Something Else?: Mixed-Race in Science Fiction Movies
presented by Eric Hamako

Where: Senate Chambers Lory Student Center
When: 6 p.m.

From the University of Amherst, Eric Hamako is coming to CSU to speak about mixed race in the media and science fiction. Eric has been involved in Mixed-Race student organizing since 2000, working first with Hapa Issues Forum (HIF) and now as an instructor and speaker in Western Massachusetts. Currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Social Justice Education Program, Eric studies how community education can support Mixed-Race people's political movements in the US and ways to incorporate stronger anti-racist frameworks into those educational efforts.

His first publication, "For the Movement: Community education supporting Multiracial organizing" appeared in the journal Equity & Excellence in Education in 2006. Eric has also presented on Multiraciality to colleges and universities across the U.S., on topics including identity development, community education, and pop culture representations. Eric is a Multiracial Asian American man of Japanese and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, raised upper-middle class in Watsonville, California.


Wednesday Apr. 6:

Interracial Relationships
Where: LSC room 224-226
When: 12-1:30 p.m.

Eric Aoki, CSU Communications Studies Professor, will be speaking on the dynamics of interracial relationships


Hair and Beauty within the Multiracial population
Where: TBA
When: 6 p.m.

Maxine Rivera of Maxine's Shears and Wigs will be speaking and presenting issues on Hair and Beauty within the Multiracial population.

Mixed Race Week is co-sponsored by Shades of CSU, ASCSU and Campus Activities


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