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 Tuesday, August 10, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Cultural Unity Center Gets A New Name
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Cultural Unity Center recently changed its name to the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA). The need for a new name was determined through feedback from students, staff, alumni and parents, as well as research of similar programs at peer institutions.

"Cultural Unity Center was too vague and the new name clearly defines what we do," said Dale Trevino, director of the center. "Having a clear title increases the use of our programs and services because people have a better understanding of what we're about."

The CMA provides counseling and mentorship to multicultural and first-generation students at the university. Programs include peer mentoring, workshops, a film series, welcome gatherings and the Collegiate Development Leadership Program, a seven-week seminar designed to enhance students' leadership skills.

A recent addition is the Withdrawal Retention Program. CMA counselors meet with freshmen and sophomores who do not register for the next semester to discuss their reasons for withdrawal. By helping them to identify their options, staff members often affect students' decisions on continuing at CU-Boulder.

On August 23, the center will host the 11th annual Multicultural Fall Welcome Gathering for students, faculty and staff from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Observatory Field.

For more information on the CMA visit the Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/cma/.


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