The staff of the Write Place is pleased to present Kaleidoscope, a collection of student essays, short stories, and poems which highlight and celebrate multicultural experiences. Writing included in this collection has been authored by undergraduate and graduate students from African-American, African, American Indian, Palestinian, Japanese, Chinese, South Korean, and rural Minnesotan cultures. We hope that reading these student contributions will foster communication among cultural groups within the university, help students to understand their own experiences and those of others, and enrich all of our experiences. We also hope that faculty will share this collection with their students in the classroom.
The Write Place staff wishes to thank Dean Michael Connaughton and St. Cloud State's Cultural Diversity Committee for providing the grant money to produce this publication: Bernard Oliver, flo wiger, Robert Broadus, Bassey Eyo, Robert Johnson, Lucy Hart, Tammy Tauer, Ramon Hernandez, Rosie Moran, Dennis Murphy, Sherwood Reid Judith Torrence, Mil Voelker, and Annette Wilson.
We are also very grateful to Vice President Josephine Davis; Dr. Davis originally proposed that we develop this publication and has, with her commitment to cultural diversity, served as a constant reminder that we can learn and accomplish much if we are willing to work and share with each other. Finally, we thank the staff of the University Chronicle, who provided the photographs which appear in this publication, and those students who submitted essays, short stories, and poetry for our consideration; their contributions have made this issue of Kaleidoscope truly possible.
This magazine is produced by the Write Place and is funded through a St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota) Cultural Diversity Committee allocation.
Contributors retain all rights to their work.