Welcome to One Box Isn't Enough! (OBIE)

You are now part of a national grassroots effort to secure the right of mixed race students to identify with ALL parts of their heritage. In 1997, as a result of the efforts of the organizations like the Association of MultiEthnic Americans and Hapa Issues Forum, the federal Office of Management & Budget (OMB) instituted policies which for the first time allowed individuals to “mark one or more” races on forms requesting race and ethnicity. Census 2000 was the first large scale opportunity to implement these new guidelines, and almost seven million Americans took advantage of the new format by marking two or more races.

OMB guidelines included a January, 2003 deadline for all federal agencies to implement the new guidelines. Two years after that deadline has past, one of the largest federal agencies, the Department of Education (DOE), has not done so! Department of Education standards affect over 76 million students, including over 2.5 million students of mixed race who are currently forced to identify inappropriately. The delay in implementing these policies means that schools do not have a clear picture of student diversity on their campuses and are limited in their ability to meet the needs of all students, especially their multiracial students.
What are we doing about it?
To address this issue MAVIN Foundation’s Campus Awareness & Compliance Initiative, with Level Playing Field Institute, and in partnership with the Association of MultiEthnic Americans, is launching the One Box Isn’t Enough initiative (OBIE). We will seek to generate 10,000 comment cards urging the Department of Education to implement OMB guidelines. In order to meet this ambitious goal we need YOUR help.  Please fill out an OBIE comment card, and urge your friends and family to do so as well. Please distribute this packet of information as widely as possible. If we reach 1000 partners like you, each one only needs to get 10 cards signed for us to reach our goal! 
To be part of this effort, please download the packet of information by clicking on the icon below. If you would like to sign a comment card online, please click on the link to the right.
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Thank you for your support,
Alfredo Padilla
Campus Awareness + Compliance Initiative
(206) 240-5800

National Mixed Heritage Leadership Retreat
For the past two years, students from across the nation participated in MAVIN's leadership retreat for mixed heritage and transracially adopted students.

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One Box Isn't Enough!

CACI's initiative to encourage the U.S. Department of Education to allow students to mark more than one race on forms!

2/15/2005 Press Release

Fill out a One Box Isn't Enough Comment Card.