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MSS COVID-19 Resources & Services

Appointments

Staff are available for individual student support and student organization support. Whether you are seeking support during this transition to online learning or looking for community connection, please email multicultural@virginia.edu to get in touch with Multicultural Student Services (MSS) staff.  You can also schedule an appointment online. We are available for meetings via phone or Zoom.  Students with DACA status should continue to reach out directly to Dean Gist.


MSS Student Centers Operations 

MSS Student Centers are open! Our professional staff and student interns are here to support you and provide opportunities for community connection and education throughout this year. 

All centers will be open Monday to Friday from 10 am – 3 pm & 5 pm – 8 pm. The spaces are open for students to hang out and study, however we are not taking reservations for any events, meetings, or other activities. 

Amidst COVID-19, we’ve established the following guidelines in order to provide you all the most enriching engagement with the centers while also prioritizing your health & safety. These guidelines apply to all the spaces.  

  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering or mask at all times. If you forget your mask, you can request one from the info desk on the first floor of Newcomb Hall!  

  • No food or drink are allowed. 

  • Do not move the furniture – the furniture has been strategically adjusted to meet physical distancing guidelines 

  • Sit in designated areas – please be mindful of the designated seating areas! Stickers and markers have been placed around all the centers and physical distancing guidelines 

  • Disinfect your area – before you exit the centers, please use provided disinfectant wipes to wipe down used surfaces, including tables and chairs. 

  • Given to the reduced seating and hours for the centers, please limit your visit to no more than one hour each day to allow as many students as possible the opportunity to utilize the centers.   

IFSC COVID Guidelines

The Interfaith Student Center is currently open for students to use as an individual prayer/spiritual practice space. Please take a look at the IFSC specific COVID guidelines to fully engage with the center. 


Virtual Center Programming

We have gone virtual! We are committed to staying connected to you remotely and will continue to offer the community support and educational programs you’ve come to know us for. The MSS interns (for all four student centers) continue to organize mission-centered virtual programming to meet the needs of a diverse student body in the form of online meetups, LGBTQ Center Safe Space Trainings, Social Justice Education Collective workshops, and virtual programs on an array to topics to engage in dialogue, celebrate culture, and stay connected to your peers.

To obtain Zoom credentials and stay up-to-date on all our online/remote programs, be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletters and Like our Facebook & Instagram pages.


Mentorship Programs

Our identity-based peer mentoring programs, Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentor Program (PMP) and the APIDA Peer Advisor Family Network (PAFN), continue to provide space to build community and connection through virtual programming such as study sessions, movie nights, and hang outs. Peer mentors are also conducting regular check-ins with mentees to provide ongoing support and connection to resources. 


Leadership Programs


Lavender and Multicultural Graduations

Lavender Graduation

The LGBTQ Lavender Graduation Ceremony commemorates graduating LGTBQIA+/ally students. This year, 2020 Lavender Graduation will be held online on Thursday, May 14. Registration for the virtual event is now closed, but graduates can still reserve their lavender graduation cords by filling out this form: https://virginia.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6mTLUZNvyHP6HHL. Please contact Alex Winkowski (they/them/theirs), Program Coordinator - LGBTQ Student Services, (alexw@virginia.edu) if you have any questions.

Multicultural Graduation

This year's Multicultural Graduation celebration will be held virutally through our website. The Multicultural Graduation Website will launch on Friday, May 15, and will honor graduating undergraduates who identify as APIDA - Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, and Native/Indigenous. Be sure to check it out and help us recognize and celebrate this vibrant group of graduates!