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OMA Masthead - Sears 409, 216.368.2904, ~ OMA works to develop an inclusive CWRU community, one that supports all students, respects & celebrates their identities, and facilitates their success.
Hungry?  Did you know that OMA has a small snack and meal pantry for students in need of a quick bite?  Please see a staff member and they can assist you. CWRU is also partnering with the Covenant Student Ministries to provide food assistance to students at CWRU. Check the flyer at the end of this newsletter for more information!
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"First Generation Connection Leads to Unexpected Care Package"
Photo: Fatima and Dylan standing together in OMA, she is holding some of the items from the package, food and Halloween decorations
Photo: Contents of the care package on desk - various food items, Halloween decorations, gloves, hat
It was after 5pm on Tuesday, September 18th when Dylan Sampson came into OMA, his first time since his Orientation Leader brought their Orientation group.  Dylan, a first year student, returned to OMA to drop off a package for one of our OMA Student Coordinators, Fatima Rahman.
After a short conversation, I learned that during Orientation, without him, his parents had attended a luncheon on First Generation students where Fatima spoke. When a parent asked about supporting students in college, Fatima shared that she would love to receive care packages because it never happened. Dylan’s parents took note, and created a care package for Dylan to deliver. 
I convinced Dylan to come back the next day so he could give the package to Fatima in person. This was in part because Dylan and Fatima had never met. It was a great moment when he returned and she opened the box of goodies. It was stuffed with snacks, Halloween decorations, a hat and gloves for those cold Cleveland days.
Dylan and Fatima connected again the following Friday at OMA Kickbacks, eating food from El Salvador and Puerto Rico to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. This reminded us the importance of groups like First Generation because you never know the connections that can be formed.
If you are a First Generation student interested in building positive connections, there will be a Lunch meeting on Friday during community hour in Thwing 224. Fatima will be there and she wants let everyone know she is open to any future delivery care packages, which can be delivered in her name to OMA.
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Calling All First Generation Students: 
Are you the first in your family to go to college?
We're starting a student organization and would like you to join! 
Come to our interest meeting & FREE LUNCH!
Friday, Sept 28 ~ 12:45-2pm ~ Thwing 224
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For Grads Only
Multicultural Graduate Student Luncheons
Sept 28 ~ 12:30-2pm ~ Sears 409 (OMA)
Register for this FREE event
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Reserve spaces in OMA using this form on CampusGroups for your organization.

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Queer Love: Then & Now - An Art Installation
Whoever you are, whatever you are, this is for you. Stop by anytime to see the photographs and objects of this Arts-in-Action exhibit. 

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, 11235 Bellflower Rd.
Photograph & Object Installation: September 24-28
Living Art Installation: Friday, September 28, from 6-9pm


"Ethics Across Cultures: Diverse Voices, Shared Values."
Shannon E. French, PhD
Power of Diversity Lecture
Thu, Sept 27  ~ 3–4pm ~ Tink, Senior Classroom

Greek Life Dialogue Series: I Have Value, All Have Value
Thur, Sep 27  ~ 7:30–8:30pm ~ Office of Multicultural Affairs - Sears 409
What does “belonging” mean to you? Engage in Sustained Dialogue and have an honest discussion about belonging and inclusion -- all CWRU students welcomed. Join us in the Office of Multicultural Affairs for conversation, food, and new connections! 

The Role of the Board
A seminar for minority professionals interested in serving on boards of nonprofit organizations
Fri, Sept 27 ~ 9-11:15am ~ use password: Diversity

Get the FluShot - not the flu!
Free Student Flu Vaccination
Fri, Sept 28 ~ 11:30am–1:30pm ~ KSL Room LL06 B&C
by University Health and Counseling Services


Chinese Student Association Team Bonding #1 第一次团建
Sat, Sept 29 ~ 3:30–7:30pm ~ North Residential College
 (飞盘活动 Frisbee 3:30—5:30pm 正式烧烤 BBQ 5:30—7:30pm)
*BBQ IS NOT FREE* *烧烤收费*
Price for this event is still waiting to be finalized.

Vietnamese Student Association x Korean American Student Association Barbecue Mixer
Sat, Sept 29 ~ 4–6pm  ~ Village House 4
Come meet and socialize with members of KASA. We will be having samgyupsal and thit nuong, which are popular in Korea and Vietnam! 

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Found Families
Sun, Sept 30 ~  1–3pm ~ LGBT Center
This is a welcome party for all new and returning Found Families participants
Found Families is a program that builds community among LGBT people. Groups of 4-5 people are formed, called families, that are encouraged to meet 1/week. But the idea of having a small family group is to have people to go to that understand your identity/identities and how that impacts your life. Going to movie once a month, having a group text, just something to keep everyone connected encompasses the idea of a family. Once a month, there is a family reunion, where all of the small families get together to hang out, eat, and discuss an educational topic.

Excel. Succeed. Impact.  CWRU NSBE

NSBE Study Tables
Sun, Sept 30 ~ 7–11:30pm ~ Tink, Sr. Classroom
National Society of Black Engineers
Join us to focus on academics this year!

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Mon, Oct 1 - Sat Oct 6
StrengthsWeek is a great way for students to become more familiar with their strengths! Attend events all week to discover and put your strengths into action!
All events are open Undergraduate and Graduate Students!


Career Week

Career Week
Mon, Oct 1 - Fri, Oct 5
The most up-to-date list of events for the week can be found in Handshake

Dress for Less
Mon, Oct 1 ~ 11am-3pm ~ Flora Stone Women’s Center

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“Human Biological Variation: Where It Comes From and Why”
Cynthia M. Beall, PhD
Power of Diversity Lecture
Tue, Oct 2 ~ 3–4pm  ~ Tink, Sr Classroom

Gun Violence in America - A Public Health Crisis
Weds, Oct 3 ~ 6-7:30pm ~ Crawford Hall, Room A9,
Annie Du (CWR '21), a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, will convene a panel to discuss the critical issue of gun violence through a public health lens.  Featuring Dr. Scott Frank, founding Director of the CWRU Master of Public Health Program and Director of Public Health Initiatives, and representatives from Moms Demand Action, the discussion will include ways individuals can become involved in violence prevention and policy advocacy.

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Covenant Food Pantry
We are here to serve everyone, with no strings attached ~ Premade food bags are available Thursday Noon-5pm ~ Church of the Covenant Connection Center 11205 Euclid ~ All student infomration remains confidential ~ Can't make distribution/emergency? Call/text Kevin Lowry for a pickup 330.988.0490 or to schedule an appointment.
Our mailing address is:
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave
Sears Building 409 (formerly 450)
Cleveland, OH 44106-7029