History of Multicultural Services

Multicultural Services have had a long and vibrant history at Missouri State University. Here are some key events that have led to the office we currently know.

  • 1988: Minority Student Recruitment and Services became part of Admissions
  • 1991: International Student Services & Minority Student Services were created
  • 1994: Minority Student Services became an independent entity on campus and was no longer under Admissions
  • 1995: Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was established and listed under Minority Student Services, the located in room 309 of the Campus Union
  • 1996: The MRC moved out of the Campus Union to Wells House 302
  • 1999: The MRC moved back to the Campus Union in room 142
  • 2002: Minority Student Services changed its name to Multicultural Student Services.
  • 2006: Director of Multicultural Student Services was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Student Retention Services joined the office. Multicultural Programs was also established as an entity of Multicultural Student Services.
  • 2011: Diversity Outreach and Recruitment joined Multicultural Programs.
  • 2012: TRIO joined Multicultural Student Services
  • 2014: New Assistant Director Hired (oversaw programs for Multicultural & LGBTQ+ programs)
  • 2015: Student Protests
  • 2016: New space allocated  (Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Center Annex, extension of current MRC)
  • 2016:  New Assistant Vice President, Executive Director of TRIO, Executive Director of Multicultural Programs, and Coordinator of Multicultural Programs/LGBT Student Services were hired.