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The Blue & Gray Press | August 18, 2018

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James Farmer Multicultural Center

UMW demographics do not reflect message of Multicultural Fair

April 26, 2018 |


Staff Writer

If you happened to stroll down Campus Walk on Apr. 14, you were greeted with loud music and a crowd of people varying in ethnicity and nationality. The music ranged from Southern Bluegrass to traditional African song, with vendors and stages lined from George Washington Hall to Monroe Hall. This was the 28th Annual Multicultural Fair.Read More

UMW community celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Despite the current racial tensions throughout the United States, the faculty and students of Mary Washington have been working hard to unify the campus through a series of Black History Month celebrations. Many people have spent months planning and preparing for the events with hopes to promote social justice and equality while paying tribute to the numerous the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society.Read More

SGA aims to become a more effective student government

February 14, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 7 the Student Senate convened to vote on a new governing system as well as a recently re-drafted Student Government Association constitution.Read More

Political Poets Collective sponsors Resistance Through Poetry event

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

An empty stage with a single microphone sits at the front of the Underground. The atmosphere is set with background music centered around resistance and triumph. Members of the community, as well as UMW students, anxiously await the demonstration of resistance.Read More

April Ryan speaks as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker

February 1, 2018 |


Staff Writer

“It’s been a year” said White House correspondent, April Ryan in her speech on Wednesday, January 24 in Chandler Ballroom. Ryan spoke as the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker. This event, hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, began the numerous Black History Month events this February.Read More

Lecture on hip hop helps students understand mental illness stigma

February 9, 2017 |


During his presentation, James Bland, an assistant director at the James Farmer Multicultural Center, elaborated on his love of hip hop and how the genre helped him to cope with his depression and make sense of the world around him as well as himself.Read More

MLK Day speaker breaks barriers for students

February 2, 2017 |


Bakari Sellers, former Democratic legislator from South Carolina, now TV political commentator and practicing attorney, visited the University of Mary Washington for his keynote address on Wednesday. Sellers spoke to students and faculty as an addition to the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day sponsored and organized by the Office of the President and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Sellers addressed the crowd and discussed the importance of the civil rights leaders of the past who shaped the nation’s future.Read More

UMW receives a $300,000 grant for sexual assault awareness

November 17, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington recently received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.Read More

UMW donates artifact to the new African American History and Culture museum in D.C.

October 5, 2016 |


African American history is American history, and the University of Mary Washington highlighted just how important this history is by its recent donation to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened Saturday, Sept. 24.Read More

University of Mostly… Whites? UMW students fall victim to false advertising

September 14, 2016 |


If you were to take a random sample of the freshmen on Move-In day and compare it to the students in photographs from the University of Mary Washington brochures and pamphlets, you may or may not be surprised to see that the number of minority students featured in our school’s marketing materials is a gross over-representation of the diversity on campus. UMW has fallen victim to the phenomenon of “minority branding.”Read More

UMW holds first-ever social justice summit

March 23, 2016 |


The James Farmer Multicultural Center and Student Transition Program hosted its first Social Justice and Leadership Summit on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium. This is the first time the University of Mary Washington has organized an event related to social justice and leadership. More than 20 students of diverse backgrounds attended the summit.Read More

Taste of Asia delivers a spectacular evening of food, fashion and dance

November 4, 2015 |


As school assignments and work make up most students’ weekends, leaving the comfort of one’s hall and bed to the outside world seems like a daunting task, much less leaving the University of Mary Washington campus.
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Hope Chinese School Dance Mom Team kicks of Asian Cultural Celebration

October 29, 2015 |


Dodd Auditorium stage was bathed in colorful lights on Oct. 25 as keynote performers, the Hope Chinese School Mom Dance Team, danced and sang to their audience for.
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Alum, author Kristen Green addresses racism during book talk

October 1, 2015 |


Kristen Green, author of newly released “Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County” and University of Mary Washington graduate of the class of ’95, spoke about the extent people will go to maintain prejudice during a talk given in the Hurley Center’s Digital Auditorium last MondayRead More

Multicultural Fair to return to UMW campus

April 8, 2015 |


The University of Mary Washington will once again celebrate a diversity of cultures at the 25th annual Multicultural Fair. On Saturday, April 11, vendors will cover campus selling food and handmade crafts for students, faculty and community … Read More

Students and community come together to celebrate diversity

April 16, 2014 |

The James Farmer Multicultural Center (JMCC) hosted its 24th annual Multicultural Fair on Campus Walk to promote and enhance multiculturalism within the University of Mary Washington and local Fredericksburg community.Read More

Former White Supremacist Speaker at MLK Jr. Presentation

January 27, 2010 |


“Not all racists are rednecks who drive pick-up trucks and carry baseball bats.”

This was the repeated message of Tom “TJ” Leyden, the keynote speaker for the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.  Leyden … Read More

Citizenship awards given

February 14, 2009 |


Imagine being president of the Black Student Association at the University of Mary Washington, an active member of three other prominent diversity groups, and a University tour guide.  Now, imagine doing all of these things at once.

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