Campus Currents

February 20, 2018

The Present and Futures of "DACA-mented" Youth

And Now What? The Present and Futures of "DACA-mented" Youth

Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

The election of President Donald Trump has ushered in a new era in the national immigration debate, which has had important implications in local communities nationwide. In 2017, the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving 800,000 recipients in legal limbo, creating an immigration crisis.

What does the future immigration debate look like – and how does it affect us? With the exponential rise in hate crimes, and a toxic national dialogue, From One Mistake filmmaker and immigration activist Hendel Leiva and Boston immigration lawyer Jason Giannetti join us to talk about immigration policy, hate-related incidents, and their experiences learning about the stories, struggle, and resistance of DACA recipients. Join us for an important film screening and conversation afterwards!

Making the Most of FSU

Join us for this special event about reaching your goals at FSU:

From Involvement to Internships: Making the Most of FSU and how to reach your goals

Tuesday, February 20th
12:30-1:20pm McCarthy 419
Co-sponsored by The Advising Center, Career Services, CIE, & SILD

In Focus: CIE encourages student innovation

By Publications Intern Allison Wharton

From its beginning stages in a corner room in the library, to its move to a section in O’Connor Hall that spans two rooms, the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) has evolved since it’s 2014 opening.

The CIE is a center for all students to come and either hang out or collaborate to make inclusive on-campus programs.

CIE Director Chon’tel Washington, who took the role in 2016, said the CIE moved locations last year when O’Connor Hall transitioned from a residence building to administration.

“We were growing. … It was a perfect opportunity to expand. It is definitely easier to find,” she said.

Several clubs are based in the CIE, including M.I.S.S. (Motivation, Intersectionality, Sisterhood, Solidarity), Brother 2 Brother (B2B) and Black Student Union (BSU), which Washington also acts as faculty advisor.

 There are also currently eight CIE student interns.

One intern and Senior Molly Conant said, “It is a place where people can come together regardless of gender, race or background … We value being unbiased.”

Conant works with event planning and social media marketing for the center.

Freshman Ariel Deane also works for the center, she said, “I have met people I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

Her favorite event the CIE hosted was Project Resilience.

It was a student-led event which was meant to act as “a positive response to the recent hate crimes,” said Washington.

“Two students I had met before walked into my office one day with the idea for Project Resilience,” she said.

Washington urges students to come to her office with any possible ideas.

Her main goal is to empower students to come to the CIE and “get their ideas off the ground … Anybody can come and collaborate with me.”

Other programs feature LGBT+ and identity training, as well as the more recent three-part bias and bystander training.

Programs are either student led or instructed by an outside professional.

Upcoming CIE events include - a B2B trip to Philly and a M.I.S.S. woman crush wednesday luncheon featuring Sociology professor LaToya Tavernier.

Washington summarized the CIE as “a learning community space for everyone.”


Celebrating Black History Month!

Challenging Your Bias Workshop Series
February 21, 2018
1:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence

A three-part series that showcases how to understand your own biases and challenge these biases, then understand how even the most adept individuals commit microinequities and microaggressions without even knowing it. In the final part of this workshop, learn how to overcome these microinequities and transform them into microaffirmations, becoming an active ally by standing up for discrimination in a safe way when you see it occurring. Presenter Lisa Harrison will facilitate workshops. As a Latinx genderqueer person, Lisa has not only professional experience with delivering diversity training but also shares personal experiences of how diversity has impacted her life.

For questions about any of the events listed, please contact Chon’tel Washington at All are welcomed and encouraged to attend all events!

Defend DACA
Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum

Diversity Book Group Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar
Wednesday, Feb. 28, at noon, Veterans Center, Crocker Annex

Volunteers Needed for Citizenship Workshop

Framingham State will be hosting a free Citizenship Workshop for the community on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m., as part of Project Citizenship (

The effort is aimed at assisting people 18 years or older who have been legal permanent residents in the United States for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen) apply for permanent citizenship. Applicants should be able to read, write and speak basic English.

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, you should contact Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally at You may also call 617-694-5949.

February Bakealong at FSU

Join us to make King Arthur's February bakealong recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberries. Open to students, staff, faculty and their families.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Food and Nutrition Lab, Hemenway Hall Room 209

Event is limited to the first 15 people to signup. E-mail Sponsored by the Department of Food and Nutrition.

11th Annual Family Fun Day

Join the fun as we celebrate our 11th Annual Family Fun Day!

Sunday, Feb. 25th, Noon-3 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum
(Snow date is March 4th)

Bring the family and enjoy exciting games, arts and crafts, and a live animal show. Light refreshments will be provided.

E-mail with questions.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:

Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!


noon—3:00 p.m.: Mini Miracles & Weddington Way
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Aston Carter


9:00 a.m.— noon: Mutual of Omaha & The Key Program
noon-2:45 p.m.: First Help Financial & St. John’s Prep
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: St. John’s Prep


9:00 a.m.—noon: and
noon—3:00 p.m.: Walker & United States Army


Noon to 3 p.m.: Health Drive Corporation & and Massachusetts Army National Guard


Noon—3:00 p.m.: Salmon Health and Retirement


3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: The Bridge of Central Mass.


Noon– 6:00 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA Career Day

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event

Wednesday, February 21,  4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

STEM Panel—Employers will speak about the work they do  and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.   

Speed Networking—Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.

Resume Critique—Employers will do a quick resume critique of students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

The Math Works Career Day

Thursday, February 22

Time:  1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. (Info. Session)  MC Alumni Room

            2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. (General Discussion) MC 514

Hear about the many opportunities at Math Works. All majors welcome! Please call the career services and employer relations office to find out more information!

Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Avidia Bank Site Tour & Polished Professional Networking Event

Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.,

Avidia Bank, 270 Cochituate Rd., Framingham

Hear about the many opportunities in the banking industry beyond “teller” jobs, like Financial Technology jobs, Electronic Services, Marketing, Human Resources and more. Open to all majors. Preregistration required. Registration and transportation available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the CSER Office at 205-626-4625.

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Wednesday, March 28,  4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available.  Over 55 employers from the business, human services, non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your RamTrack  account to view full list of organizations.

SAVE THE DATE: MERC Education Fair

Thursday, April 19,  9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at B.U.

Come to the largest education fair in New England -  Over 100 school systems and agencies attend!  Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools.

Register at:

On Campus Interviews Week – April 23 through April 27, 2018

A different Employer will come to campus each day and conduct on-campus interviews. Schedule TBA.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, and Dr. Zhenguang Gao, Associate Professor of Computer Science, have co-authored an article titled "Polynomial Extensions of a Diminnie Delight Revisited: Part II." It appeared in The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vol. 56 (2018), 10-17.

-Professor Jennifer De Leon’s novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, will be published by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster in January, 2020. Below is the announcement from the Publisher’s Marketplace website.

Recipient of a Walter Dean Meyers We Need Diverse Books grant, Jennifer De Leon's DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM, in which a girl whose father has been deported back to Guatemala is bussed from her inner city high school to a high achieving suburban one, where fitting into different worlds while holding her family together sows the seeds of burgeoning activism, to Caitlyn Dlouhy at Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, at auction, by Faye Bender at The Book Group (NA).

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Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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