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Make plans to join the second Multicultural Alumni Weekend

A celebration for alumni, their families, and current students.

November 8–10, 2019

Registration is now open. Register today!

Return. Revisit. Reconnect. Rekindle. Reinvest.

Return to campus to celebrate lifelong connections with fellow alumni around the globe, get re-energized with your Grinnell family, and build on the success of the last Multicultural Reunion.

Revisit your spaces, places, and stories, and honor the 50th anniversary of the Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center.

Reconnect with faculty, staff, and students by breaking bread and building community.

Rekindle your love for Grinnell College, share your stories that embrace and celebrate our differences and add to our collective narrative.

Reinvest in the legacy of cultural awareness and respect you helped create, while learning about the diversity and inclusion work the College is doing and how you can continue to contribute.

Multicultural Alumni Weekend is hosted by the student leaders of the Multicultural Leadership Council, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Intercultural Affairs, and the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice.

Featured Speaker - Michael Twitty

Bookcover for "The Cookie Gene" by Michael W. TwittyMichael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar focusing on historic African American food and folk culture and culinary traditions of historic Africa and her Diaspora. He is a living history interpreter and historic chef, one of the few recognized international experts of his craft—the re-construction of early Southern cuisine as prepared by enslaved African American cooks for tables high and low—from heirloom seeds and heritage breed animals to fish, game, and foraged plant foods to historic cooking methods to the table. Michael founded www.Afroculinaria.com, the first website/blog devoted to the preservation of historic African American foods and foodways. Michael was one of 20 people selected globally as a 2016 TED Fellow (you can hear his talk here). His book, The Cooking Gene, won two James Beard Awards in 2018 for Food Writing and Best Book and his piece in Bon Apetit, I Had Never Eaten in Ghana Before. But My Ancestors Had was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award and was selected to be included in The Best American Food Writing 2019. Michael’s next book, Kosher Soul, is slated for publication in 2020.

Tentative Schedule for Multicultural Alumni Weekend 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
JRC Lobby

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Class Visitation Opportunities

Noon-2 p.m.
"Looking Back and Leaping Forward”
Workshop with pizza lunch
JRC 101

2-3 p.m.
Museum of Art 20th anniversary event
Museum of Art

2-3 p.m.
Campus Walking Tour
2nd floor of JRC

4-5 p.m.
Invisible Identities Panel
JRC 101

5:15-6 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Golf Course

6 p.m.
Welcome Dinner and Shabbat Table
Golf Course

7:30 p.m.
Michael Twitty’s Keynote Address
JRC 101

9-10:30 p.m.
Loteria event
Bob’s

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8 a.m.-noon
Registration Desk Open
JRC Lobby

9-10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with College Diversity Professionals Panel
JRC 101

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Multicultural Archive Panel
JRC 101

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch
D-Hall

2-5 p.m.
MLC Student Organization Open Houses
Various locations

5 p.m.
Social Hour
Main Lounge

6 p.m.
Multicultural Alumni Weekend Gala 
Quad Dining Hall

9 p.m.
Drag Show by QPOC
Harris

Sunday, November 10, 2019

10 a.m.
Black Church
Herrick Chapel

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If you are unable to attend, please submit a video.

The planning committee will be collecting stories of Grinnellians across the country. We would like to invite you to participate by responding to the following three questions:

  1. What were you most curious about or passionate about during your time at Grinnell?
  2. In what areas did you thrive? In what areas did you struggle the most? Socially? Academically? Geographically? Where did you seek or find solace? With others? In Community? In Nature?
  3. Presently, how do you embody in your life the things you were passionate about at Grinnell or the ways in which you found solace?

With your contributions, our kickoff session, Looking Back and Leaping Forward, promises to be a multimodal, multigenerational conversation that threads together the experiences of past, present, and future multicultural alumni. We hope that you will consider sharing your stories with us by submitting your short video. Check our brief video submission instructions outlining how to share these submissions.

Multicultural Archive Project

Lean into your legacy!

Do you have small keepsakes such as photos, posters, t-shirts, documents, or other ephemera that help tell the story of your life at Grinnell? As part of the launch and groundwork to create a Multicultural Digital Archive, we will have student staff on hand during Multicultural Alumni Weekend to digitally capture these items for future virtual display. For large quantities of materials, there will be an option to have items returned by mail once scans are completed.

Multicultural Alumni Weekend is hosted by the student leaders of the Multicultural Leadership Council, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Intercultural Affairs, and the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice.

Thank you to the campus partners who are supporting this important weekend: Special Collections and Archives, Office of International Student Affairs, Institute for Global Engagement, Grinnell College Museum of Art, Accessibility and Disability Resources, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Planning Committee Members

Alumni Planning Committee

Marlu Abarca ’14
Lester Alemán ’07, co-chair
Gustavo Arambula ’10
Ope Awe ’15
David Dorsey ’87
Anna Dudda ’96
Graciela Guzman ’11
Sarah Hallas ’97
Jake Joseph ’11
Karo Marquez-Gil ’17
Kathi Matsuura ’90
Robert Quashie ’86
Dixon Romeo ’16
Rocio Safe ’14
Rhonda Stuart ’86, co-chair
Fae Townsend ’01
Alona Turner ’11
Ben Vaughn Jr ’15
Chris Wilde ’88, co-chair

Staff Contacts

Sarah Smith-Benanti, assistant director of alumni and donor relations for diverse communities
smithben@grinnell.edu