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Posted December 9, 2005

Alfredo Padilla, Education Projects Manager


(Seattle) Today, MAVIN Foundation launched a new Web site to support mixed heritage and transracially adopted students at U.S. colleges and universities.
The website,, provides college students with a wealth of information to support the development and success of mixed heritage student organizations.

The Web site is the final piece of MAVIN's Campus Awareness+Compliance Initiative (CACI), a project that was launched in 2004 with the Level Playing Field Institute. CACI was created to support the full inclusion of mixed race and transracially adopted students at U.S. colleges and universities through trainings, resources, activist opportunities and research. Today, there are scores of multiracial student groups on campuses across the U.S. and Canada.

The CACI Web site is highlighted by a 120-page "toolkit," which provides students with a comprehensive resource to navigate the creation and development of mixed heritage/ transracial adoptee student groups. Furthermore, the Web site provides information about advocacy initiatives, conferences, leadership retreats and links to additional online and print resources. Finally, the site provides surfers with the opportunity to share ideas, discuss topics of interest with fellow students and ask questions of MAVIN Foundation staff through interactive online forums.

The Web site launch follows an exciting series of educational milestones for MAVIN Foundation, including a groundbreaking report on how U.S. colleges and universities classify mixed heritage students and the delivery of over 3,000 comment cards to the Department of Education, which requested DoE compliance with federal guidelines that allow multiple race-identification. Next week, MAVIN Foundation will unveil the specifics of its new Education Project.

MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families. Since 1998, MAVIN has invested over $2.5 million into innovative and award-winning projects focused on mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees, and multiracial families. For more information, visit

The Level Playing Field Institute is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation. They have participated in and funded activist research that explores stereotyping, bias and exclusionary behaviors in the workplace. In addition, their programs bridge resource gaps for talented underrepresented students from secondary through graduate school. Visit:

For more information, visit the CACI website, or call 206 622 7101.


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