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Multicultural Center

Dr. Paul Porter, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Trinity 100-04
260.399.7700 X6304
Social Media Twitter (@USF_MC) and Instagram (USF_MC)

Mission

The Multicultural Center welcomes and supports every member of the University of Saint Francis. Through our programming and engagement, we seek to create allies, promote a sense of belonging, and affirm the dignity of all who make our campus community exceptional.

Goals

  • Foster a campus community that boldly embraces diverse backgrounds, and recognizes the distinct experiences associated with intersecting identities
  • Equip the campus community with the tools necessary to participate in civil conversation on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice
  • Provide a sounding board for traditionally underrepresented and marginalized populations
  • Encourage individuals to recognize and navigate their unconscious and implicit biases

Areas of Focus

Programming: The Multicultural Center hosts various social and educational events focused on diversity and social justice. Examples include MLK Day of Service, Diversity Lecture Series, as well as celebrations during Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Women’s History Month.

Leadership: Our student affinity groups provide opportunities to get involved on campus while also learning more about different cultural identities. The Black Student Association, Women’s Empowerment Club, Los Primos (Latinx student club), and Cougar Kings (men of color engagement group) host campus-wide events and serve as social support networks for students.

Education: The Multicultural Center promotes student learning about issues related to diversity and social justice. In addition to educational events and the in-class presentations, the newly-formed Multicultural Peer Educator program seeks to increase multicultural competence through peer-to-peer workshops and dialogues.