Missouri State University

History of the MRC



The idea for the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) originated in 1991 when a group of concerned students communicated a desire for a centralized facility to help nurture an interest in the cultural diversity of the student body. These students worked with the Minority Student Advisory committee and the University Administration, and achieved their vision with the opening of the Multicultural Resource center in October 1993.

Over the course of the past several years, the Multicultural Resource Center has been making strides to build and maintain itself as a vital asset to the Missouri State campus. During the 1995-96 academic year, the MRC had the opportunity to host several guest speakers representing various ethnic backgrounds. Speakers such as Esmerelda Santiago, author of the book, When I Was Puerto Rican, and Elaine Brown, author and only female leader of the Black Panther Party, were sponsored by the MRC. Several panel discussions were also sponsored by the MRC on many issues such as ethnic, social and religious importance on campus as well as on a worldwide basis. The MRC also sponsors an annual multicultural picnic called "The Gathering" which brings various student groups together to have a good time and to become better acquainted.