Gathering Space: Building Community

Check out our newest initiative: The MENASA Agency Group

“In hard times, it is especially important to create home places: safe places among trusted friends to seek refuge and dress wounds of battle and places for hard conversations, where differences can be aired and strategy mapped, where we can struggle with and affirm one another.” ~Charles R Lawrence III, 2002



Gathering Space: Building Community, a Cultural Resource Centers growth program, aims to recognize the depth and breadth of our work. Our activities extend well beyond creating space for studying or relaxing. We impact all aspects of retention, persistence, and graduation for our students; create meaningful community connections; and foster authentic environments for coalition building.

MENASA End of year celebration
Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 from 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Pan-African Commons
A space to review on the progress of the MENASA Initiative, next steps, and how to get involved. 
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MENASA presents to the SMSU Advisory Board
Date: Monday, May 21st, 2018 from 3:00-4:30pm
Location: SMSU 326
Members of the MENASA Agency Group and 20 supporters (students and staff) addressed the SMSU Advisory Board to provide an update on the Initiative's progress, present a one-page memo, and prepare the Board to expect a physical space request for a MENASA cultural center in the future. 
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MENASA Spring Podcast Focus Groups
Date: Monday, April 30th, 2018 from 12:00-5:00pm
Location: Karl Miller Center (various) 
An intimate affinity space open to MENASA identified students to collect testimonies.
MENASA Winter Listening Session
Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Pan-African Commons           
Join us as we host our MENASA listening session where we will be talking about our student experiences and what resources we need to succeed. Also, come learn about the MENASA Agency Group. Food, music, and activities will be provided. Everyone is welcome.                                                                                                
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MENASA Fall Community Dinner
Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017 from 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Pan-African Commons 
Dinner gathering of MENASA student leaders identified to support MENASA Initiative efforts.
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Cultural Resource Centers hire a MENASA Student Assistant
Wafa Almaktari is from Yemen and was born and raised in Sana’a. She moved to the US to complete her education. Her current major is Human Resources and Leadership Management, but her journey doesn't end here she is aiming to get master's degree in Public Administration. She is a brave activists that dreams to be an Ambassador someday. Wafa will support the Cultural Resource Centers' efforts to create resources for the MENASA student community at PSU.
Job Description
Fall 2017 
The creation of a MENASA Agency Group to facilitate a feasibility study for the opening of a MENASA Cultural Resource Center (Backwards timeline)
Summer 2017
Space renovations at the Multicultural Student Center 
Summer 2016
Space renovations at La Casa Latina Student Center
Fall 2016
Expanding our services to open two new centers:
  • Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center Pan-African Commons
Summer 2016
In collaboration with the PSU College of Art + Design, a new mural at the Multicultural Student Center to honor the Student of Color Speak Out, student activism, and student voice was created
Winter 2015
Cultural Resource Centers supports student leaders at the Students of Color Speak Out (12/1/15)
[Student of Color Speak Out, December 1st, 2015]