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Posted December 28, 2005
Padilla, Education Projects Manager
MAVIN FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW EDUCATION PROJECT TO SUPPORT 2.5 MILLION
MIXED HERITAGE STUDENTS IN THE U.S.
(Seattle) MAVIN Foundation has unveiled a new Education
Project to ensure the full inclusion of mixed race and transracially
adopted students in the U.S. from Kindergarten through college. The
new project adds bold new initiatives to existing MAVIN programming
to create a comprehensive pipeline to support the millions of mixed
heritage students in classrooms and on campuses across the U.S.
Today, in cities like Seattle, Sacramento and San Antonio, 1 in 6 babies
is mixed race. Census 2000 counted over 2.5 million mixed race students,
yet most schools still classify mixed heritage students monoracially
and lack culturally competent curriculum that is inclusive of their
In 2004, MAVIN Foundation partnered with the Level
Playing Field Institute to launch the first-ever pilot project to
support mixed race college students. Over 18 months, the project published
a groundbreaking report
on how U.S. institutions of higher education classify multiracial students,
produced a 120-page online “tool-kit”
for mixed heritage college students, successfully defeated an attempt
by former University of California Regent Ward Connerly, delivered
over 3,000 comment cards to the U.S. Department of Education and
organized two national mixed heritage student leadership retreats.
MAVIN Foundation’s new Education Project combines these higher
education milestones with an impressive track record of producing groundbreaking
resources like the Multiracial
Child Resource Book, MAVIN magazine,
and the Chasing
Daybreak documentary film. These elements will be further complemented
by bold new efforts, including a youth mentorship program and extensive
training and consulting opportunities for educational institutions.
The Education Program is comprised of five intiatives:
* The Education Partnership Initiative: This initiative
provides schools and educational institutions with training, consulting,
resources and support to meet the needs of their mixed race and transracially
* The Safe Spaces Initiative: This mentorship initiative
partners with similar programs to recruit mixed heritage mentors and
mentees, and supports the development of culturally appropriate mentorship
programming for mixed race and transracially adopted youth.
* The Leadership Development Initiative: This initiative
continues our high school and college student advocacy programming with
leadership opportunities, including internships and our national mixed
race student leadership retreat.
* Research and Advocacy Initiative: This initiative
will continue to produce groundbreaking research into the educational
experiences of mixed heritage students, and will be complemented by
local and national advocacy efforts.
* Resource Development and Dissemination: This initiative
will continue to develop groundbreaking print, online and video resources,
and will distribute them to the people who need them.
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 www.mavinfoundation.org.
For more information, email Alfredo
or call 206 622 7101.
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