“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
OUR FIRST WEEK back and campus wide events started immediately. Dream Week took place starting Monday January 16th, 2012, our first day of classes and continued through Saturday January 21st, 2012. The week consisted of observing and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‟s achievements and embodying his achievements and dreams ourselves. Liz Raterman, Director of Multicultural Affairs, created multiple events and received help from Black Student Union (BSU), Kaleidoscope Coalition, and Alfred University. Ms. Raterman‟s role throughout campus is to recruit under-represented students and to advise cultural groups, such as Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association (CSA), Kaleidoscope Coalition, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and other diverse organizations, along with educating the students of Alfred State about diversity. During last week, the responses from the students were extremely positive. Many students took part in the Dream Wall located in the Central Dining Hall (CDH), and the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus where the question was asked “What is your dream for our nations future.” Many signed up for the Open Mic Night where students shared their struggles, hopes, and dreams in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.‟s efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. On Wednesday evening at the Alfred University‟s Knight Club, Powell Campus Center was the 2nd Annual Dream Gallery, which included the “dreams” of Alfred-Almond‟s 3rd grade art class. The event that concluded the week was a Day of Service, which took part during the morning into early afternoon and was open to anyone who had time to spare give back to our community.
Ms. Raterman‟s inspiration came from when she was in high school and in college. She would volunteer every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The day and Civil Rights Movement is important to our history and cannot be forgotten. It has changed everything about today‟s society. Students around campus may be wondering what can we expect for the rest of the semester from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. During the month of February, which is known to be Black History Month, there will be multiple events including Whispering Black on February 9th, 2012 International Film Week will take place March 26th, 2012 to March 30th, 2012, and Tunnel of Oppression April 3rd, 2012 to April 5th, 2012. “Even though we are young, we should not stop working toward our dreams, anything is possible.” – Liz Raterman