MSPS welcomes the Class of 2019 and returning students home. The summer has passed too swiftly. In preparation for your arrival, I thought it pertinent to inform you of the significant changes that occurred. With the graduation of two of our student interns, sophomores, Dominic Acri and Lauren Hill will join MSPS this month. We bid farewell to the MSPS Intern ReChard Peel, who began his graduate program at Grand Valley State University this fall. Ashley Lunford , 2015 Purdue graduate, assumed the 2015 – 2016 MSPS Intern position coordinating our professional development and diversity education initiatives. Also, joining the MSPS Team is Sarah Snider as our graduate assistant. You may see Alethea Tusher, last year’s graduate assistant, in the classroom as an instructor. Please stop by the office and welcome our new hires to our community.
The five pillars of a Holy Cross education are Zeal, Family, Mind, Heart and Hope. In alignment with the University and MSPS missions, our 2015 – 2016 programs will stress the importance of building community across difference. We will discuss challenging topics that impact our community and beyond. This is an opportunity to critically analyze the global occurrences that effect our daily existence. The Interrace Forum is an event that permits discussion over dinner with students, faculty, peers and Michiana community members. The first forum will be held September 16. Watch for the notice specifying the topic that representatives from NDSP, Students and Law School will lead.
We have planned several events for establishing relationships. MSPS is hosting our annual Welcome Back Picnic on North Quad Tuesday, September 8. Please join us for good food, music, performances and door prizes. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, John Quinones from What Would You Do? will address the Notre Dame community on Thursday, October 1.
The mission of MSPS is to provide multicultural students the necessary tools to achieve the holistic college experience through cultural awareness, social interaction and career planning. We encourage and assist students in the utilization of all academic and leadership opportunities at the University. As you develop your leadership skills, pursue research and internship opportunities, we will help in whatever capacity is appropriate to ensure your success.
Iris l. Outlaw
Iris L. Outlaw `90 MSA
Multicultural Student Programs and Services