September 25, 2013
Framingham State recently hired Kathy Martinez to direct the University’s new Multicultural Center, which opened this month on the Upper Mezzanine of Whittemore Library.
“I’m couldn’t be more excited to be here,” says Martinez, who holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from Boston College. “I hope the Multicultural Center is a dynamic resource and partner on campus.”
Martinez is wasting no time getting the center up and running. September is Hispanic Heritage Month and she has begun putting up information around the room and planning events that tie in with the topic. She also recently coordinated a September 11th remembrance event, where she invited students, faculty and staff to discuss how the terrorist attacks in 2001 affected their lives.
“’Multicultural’ is such a huge term,” Martinez says. “A lot of people think of it as just race focused. While race is certainly an important facet, it’s not the only one. I’m trying to make sure we don’t focus on just one area.”
Martinez worked as a staff assistant in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, while earning her degree. It’s there she discovered that she really enjoys working one-on-one with college students.
“College is such a pivotal time in a person’s life in terms of identity development,” Martinez says. “I think the more we can do to help students form their own identity, the better. My hope is to introduce them to things that push them out of their comfort zone a little.”
She encourages the entire community to visit the center and make use of the space to study and hold multicultural events.
“It’s a really nice and inviting space, so I hope people will check it out.”
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.