The Department of Multicultural Life strives to be a national leader in multicultural student success and social justice education within higher education. Through collaboration with key departments, offices, and individuals; the development and implementation of cultural- and social-critical educational programming; and the focused mentoring and support of historically underrepresented student populations, the department works to co-create a university environment that allows for all members to fully engage in the entirety of their collegiate experience.
We believe when students have a greater understanding of self, they become empowered to reclaim* ownership of their education. Multicultural Life provides opportunities to deepen awareness and knowledge of identity, resilience, and advocacy.
*Due to white supremacist foundation that is rooted within higher education, education does not allow historically underserved students to take stake in their learning.
Students will be able to:
- Understand how personal and social identities are shaped by individual values, beliefs and membership within social groups.
- Identify and utilize the resources needed to achieve personal and professional goals
- Actively engage in critical dialogue with peers, faculty, staff and community partners to reclaim one’s education as an act of radical resistance.
- Contribute inclusion to communities built on similar and different experiences.
Location: Oyaté Commons, Christensen Center, Suite 2
Campus Box 68
The five individual programs (American Indian, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Pan-Afrikan and Pan-Asian Student Services) are housed together in the basement of the Christensen Center building in Suite 2. In 2014, we named the space Oyaté Commons in recognition of the first inhabitants of this land, the Dakota people. Oyaté is the Dakota word that translates in American English to “the people” or “the nation”.
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Student support guide
Struggling with something that might be making it hard to do your best work as a student? The Student Support Guide is the place to go if you don’t know where to find support on or off-campus.
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