• Hedgeman Center Timeline



    Historical Event



    Shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4, 1968), Hamline University President Bailey appointed a university-wide committee to investigate and make recommendations concerning the university relationship, outreach and services for “disadvantaged youth,” resulting in Document 14.



    Promoting Racial Identity, Dignity and Equality (PRIDE), the first student-of-color organization started. Richard Jones, a sophomore, was elected as the first president.  PRIDE represented and was inclusive of all American students of color, as well as international students.



    As a result of Document 14, the Office of Special Programs was created with Leavy Oliver hired as Director of Special Programs and Educationally Disadvantaged Students.



    Office of Special Programs changed to Office of Minority Affairs.



    Name changed again to Minority Careers Office, becomes known as Office of Minority Programs.  Barbara Simmons becomes the director.



    Office of Minority Programs begins reporting to the Dean of Students.



    Yolanda Williams, a 1979 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, becomes Director of Minority Programs.



    Spanish Latin American Club formed on campus, group later dissolves.



    Daniel Abebe, a 1974 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, becomes Director of Minority Programs.



    Office of Minority Programs changed to Office of Intercultural Affairs.  International students and domestic students of color integrated into the same office.



    Starletta Barber Poindexter becomes new director of newly named office—Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).  International students and domestic students of color now served from separate offices, OMA and Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS).



    Hamline Open Organization for Diversity (HOOD) founded in the fall by CLA student, Jamie Hart (’91).  Group later dissolves during 1997-98 school year.



    Hamline Asian American Student Union (HAASU), formerly Asia Watch, is charted.  Founding members include Chia LVue (’94), Yeng Yang (’92), Kang Her (’94), Chao Lee (’92), and Jodi Price (’93).



    HAASU becomes Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC).



    HU Board of Trustees approves the current University Diversity Policy.



    Hmong Student Association (HSA) established by students, Xengsuely Yangwaue (’98, president 1996-97), Tou Chao Lee (’99, president 1998-99), and Ge Xiong (‘98, president 1997-98).



    Native American Student Association (NASA) founded by students Angie Losh, Karissa White (’96), Darian LaTocha (’97), and Kelly Milam (’98).



    Carlos D. Sneed becomes the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Alma Latina, International Student Organization, and Multicultural Alliance created, along with Social Justice Symposium and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. University Commemoration.  Josh Jongewaard (’98) was the founding president of Alma Latina.  Sanaz Abaie (’99) was the founding president of the International Student Organization.



    During Victoria L. Squire’s presidency, PRIDE renamed PRIDE Black Student Alliance (acronym no longer part of the official name but used in historic references).



    Office moves from Student Center to Old Main Hall and renamed Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA), as offices begins coordinating International Student Orientation and offering on-going support, advising and programs to CLA international students.  Administrative Assistant positions reduced to part-time to allow for the creation of a part time Coordinator of International Student Support position.



    Upon the departure of the Administrative Assistant, the position was lost as the Coordinator for International Student Support became a full-time position.

    Spring 2003:


    Multiracial Student Association (MSA) founded by Peter Johnson, a senior, and Laura Mann, a sophomore, who serves as the first coordinator.  MSA name later changed to FUSION. 

    Students of Southwest Asia (SOSA) founded with Colin Smith, a junior, serving as the founding president. 

    Hamline African Student Association (HASA) founded by Ahmed Sirleaf II, a senior, with Abdiraham Abdi served as the first president during the 2004-2005 school year.

    October 2004


    Carlos D. Sneed is promoted to new position as Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Community/ Director of Multicultural and International Student Affairs as position and responsibilities expanded to include campus-wide diversity programs.  Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Programs, a new position, created to augment expansion of Sneed’s role.

    Spring 2005


    Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and Hamline International Graduate Student Association (HIGSA) founded.  Tenzin Tsering, a junior, founded SFT while Tenzin Yangdon, a sophomore, elected to serve as president during the 2005-06 school year.

    Damian Waite, an international student from the School of Management and MISA student worker, helps to establish and serves as the first president of the Hamline International Graduate Student Association (HIGSA).

    April 2005


    PRIDE Black Student Alliance celebrated 35th anniversary with Alumni Reunion Weekend, igniting alumni interest in reconnecting with Hamline, each other and current students.

    July 2005


    MISA begins coordinating immigration services for international students. The Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) is disbanded.  MISA now provides all services, programs and support for all international students and CLA students of color.  Administrative Assistant position returns to the office.

    August 2005


    Black Alumni Association formed.  Yolanda Williams (’79), former director, is elected first president.

    2005 – 2006


    MISA celebrates thirty-five year anniversary, Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) celebrates fifteen year anniversary, and Hmong Student Association (HSA) celebrates ten year anniversary with alumni reunion event in April.

    June 2006


    MISA Office moves to new location, 1475 Hewitt Avenue.

    July 2010


    MISA Office begins reported to the Office of Diversity Integration under the Association Vice President for Diversity Integration, the senior diversity officer at Hamline University.

    January 2011 


    MISA Office reorganized with international student services removed from MISA Office. Gender and sexual orientation initiatives added to office with new position added to address these issues and populations.

    April 2011


    Office renamed Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs, after Anna Arnold Hedgeman, class of 1922, Hamline’s first graduate of color.

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