Who are we?
Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) within the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides support for domestic students of color through strategic programming, advocacy, and non-academic advising and guidance.
MSA staff work closely with all branches in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, including Sexuality & Gender Inclusion (SGI), the International Student Services (ISS), and Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) to provide educational, social, cultural, and leadership development opportunities. MSA works to address the ways in which race and ethnicity intersect with gender, sexuality, class, nationality, ability, religion, spirituality and all other intersecting identities.
Multicultural Student Affairs offers a variety of opportunities for student involvement and leadership through our programming:
Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Commemoration
Each year the Wooster campus community takes time to engage in meaningful exploration and dialogue about issues that connect with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and vision on matters relating to civil rights and social justice, activism, responsibility, and engagement. The commemoration typically starts with a keynote address followed by a series of justice dialogues that span the entire day.
Heritage Month Celebrations
Each academic year, MSA celebrates nationally recognized heritage months. MSA hosts programs for each heritage month and seeks collaboration with student organizations to organize campus-wide programming.
- Hispanic Heritage Month (Fall)
- Native American Heritage Month (Fall)
- Black History Month (Spring)
- Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (Spring)
Hump Night is a bi-weekly study, mentoring, and learning opportunity during the Fall semester targeted at domestic students of color. While the general goal is for students to be able to commune and study with one another, each session is lightly programmed to provide students with guidance and support.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the West African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1. Due to the academic calendar, we celebrate early while students are still on campus. The Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration is a collaborative cultural presentation and celebration with students, the Wooster community, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Religious and Spiritual Life.
Multicultural Stoling Ceremony
The Multicultural Stoling Ceremony is a collaborative ceremony with Multicultural Student Affairs and International Student Services. It is our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of domestic students of color and international student graduates. Participation is open to seniors in those groups who might want to participate.
During Women’s History Month (March of each year), MSA hosts a film series exploring the lives of diverse women. Following each film viewing, MSA staff facilitates in-depth discussion and analysis of a film and the ways in which diverse women navigate socio-political spaces.
Allen Scholars Community
Clarence Beecher Allen, The College of Wooster’s first African-American graduate in 1892, pastored one of the largest all-black Presbyterian Churches in America and served as president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Association of Pittsburgh as well as the Afro-American Council. Nearly 30 years ago, his story inspired the College to create the Allen Scholarship to attract the best and brightest to Wooster in hopes that these students would continue his legacy of leadership, civic engagement and social advocacy.
The Allen Scholars community promotes strategies for academic excellence, opportunities for scholars to continue to develop leadership abilities, invites scholars to participate in service, and engage with a robust community of past and present Allen Scholars.
Students are a vital part of our team, bringing their talent, enthusiasm, and knowledge to key roles. Outstanding students selected to work with MSA have opportunities to:
- Attend a conference or leadership event sponsored by MSA
- Participate in community service and community engagement
- Lead and facilitate workshops through annual MLK Justice Dialogues
- Collaborate with MSA to assist with events, communications, outreach, and program direction