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Mission

Multicultural Student Services (MSS), as part of the Office of the Dean of Students, aims to promote inclusion and engagement for historically underrepresented students. We enhance the undergraduate experience through co-curricular programs and culturally relevant services that are meant to empower students in their identity, build community, and help a diverse group of students find their individual and collective voices.

Through MSS, we work with students to develop programs offered through the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) and the LGBTQ Center, both located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall. These important centers of student life have been designed to meet the needs of multicultural students to find community and engage in rich dialogue. The Centers offer meeting and program space for student groups, study space with computers, a comfortable lounge area, and a conference room. These Centers are open to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability,  religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Multicultural Student Center

Opened in 2016, the Multicultural Student Center aims to facilitate a student-centered, collaborative space that supports historically underrepresented communities, while cultivating the empowerment of all students. We seek to enhance personal development, build understanding through dialogue of diverse experiences, and equip students with tools to become socially conscious citizen leaders. Through these efforts, the Multicultural Student Center hopes to inspire cultural fluency and the sense of responsibility necessary to ensure the dignity and respect of all individuals.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) Center

The LGBTQ Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Opened in 2001, with generous financial support from the Serpentine Society, the LGBTQ Center works to raise awareness and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities as important contributors to the broader University community.