Who We Are:
Multicultural Programs is an office in the unit of Multicultural Services, which oversees the Multicultural Resource Center, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Annex, and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
The Office of Multicultural Programs strives to build a stronger, more culturally competent, inclusive, and progressive campus community at Missouri State University. Through the creation of critical programming, intercommunity dialogue, and academic enrichment opportunities, Multicultural Programs seeks to engage the broader MSU and Springfield communities in order to ensure the full and equitable success of all students while empowering students from historically marginalized and/or underrepresented backgrounds to become the ethical leaders of tomorrow. By supporting students through the critical examination of their intersecting identities, Multicultural Programs seeks to foster a more empathetic student body, a stronger commitment to collective justice, and the continued success of Missouri State University and our Public Affairs Mission.
Multicultural Programs pursues a more holistic understanding of student success and academic achievement. Through the incorporation of social justice practices, we aim to enrich the lives, careers, and narratives of all students, particularly those from historically underrepresented or marginalized identities. We envision a campus that empowers, celebrates, and supports students to express their authentic selves regardless of age, disability status, socioeconomic class, veteran status, nationality, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender identity and expression, sexual and romantic orientation, religion and spiritual belief, or language. We affirm and center these identities to allow students, campus partners, and community members to grow and internalize a stronger critical consciousness into their lives in order to advocate for the liberation of individuals, locally, domestically, and globally.