The mission of the Multicultural Center is to provide students, faculty, and staff with a transformative diversity education needed to function effectively in a diverse world. The Multicultural Center prides itself on leading difficult dialogues through teaching, learning, outreach, and activism. The Multicultural Center aims to develop a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment that welcomes diverse experiences and perspectives. The following services are rendered to students, faculty, and staff through the Diversity Emerging Education Program (DEEP).
Curriculum Development includes providing resources and assistance for students, faculty and staff to enhance diversity in an intellectual community that emphasizes active student engagement. In collaboration with other partners across campus such as The Center for Teaching and Learning, The Multicultural Center contributes to the rigorous undergraduate curriculum and innovative pedagogies across disciplines by championing intellectual diversity in classroom management, syllabus development and faculty development. It also assists students in becoming global citizens and informed leaders by advising of students of diverse populations. This includes:Syllabus Development, Pedagogical Best Practices, Faculty Development, Diversity Design, Diversity Infusion Scholars, and Assessment.
Diversity Education is a series of in-depth facilitated discussions designed to examine the many different perspectives that exist in our community and to gain a greater understanding of how to engage and lead difficult dialogues effectively. Each facilitated discussion will engage participants in a dialogue that focuses on power, privilege, oppression, and/or inequality. Recognizing that some of these discussions can be overwhelming, trained facilitators will be available to promote a healthy climate discussion. The following series are perfect for student leaders, campus units/departments, and other groups: Think Tank, Difficult Dialogue Series, Diversity Lecture Series, Diversity Conference, LGBTQ Conference, and Diversity Tea.
Diversity Workshops are designed to provide students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to actively participate indiversity assimilation exercises to increase awareness of the lived experiences of diverse populations. Diverse populations is being defined as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, national origin, race, disability, class, religion, gender, among others. The purpose of diversity workshops is to increase awareness and understanding of the different perspectives and experiences on campus and in the community and how we can work together to make a difference in all lived experiences. Upon request, all workshops can be modified to meet the needs of the audience. Workshops provided: Identity Formation, Diversity Continuum, House of Privilege, DEEP Impact, Tunnel of Oppression, and Journey Walk
Diversity Advocacy requires active participation to create an inclusive, supportive and vibrant community. Diversity advocacy work provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to have direct contact with individuals and groups affected by societal norms and constructs that perpetuate power and privilege and generate inequality and oppression. This includes:Concerned Faculty and Staff Co-Curricular Advisor, Aging Academy, DEEP Impact train-the-trainer, MLK Beloved Community Day of Service, Common Leadership Training, LGBTQ Allies, and Safe Zone.