About MCA

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About Multicultural Affairs

Mission:

Multicultural Affairs supports and empowers equitable participation and free expression that build intercultural fluency and allows students to be successful during their academic experience and in their future careers. We achieve this through the following functions:

1) Support development and operations for network entities
2) Create high-impact programs
3) Deliver direct student support activities
4) Provide resources and responses as needed
5) Drive personal and professional growth
6) Link assessment, research, and analysis with initiatives

History:

Created in 1994 by a coalition of students, faculty and staff, the MCA strives to address and redress the legacies of exclusion and separation on campus and in the nation, while contributing to the advancement of democratic inclusion, social justice and meaningful equality. Originally housed in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS) and later to Welch Hall, MCA moved in January of 2007 into the Loker Student Union.

Vision:

Network of campus partnerships and resources that form an inclusive and multicultural community where we honor intersectionalities. This network increases the quality of student experiences toward an exemplary academic education and timely degree completion by providing:

  • Gathering places that help students feel safe and validated
  • A sense of connection and inclusion
  • Stronger critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Opportunities for leadership development
  • Awareness of choices that lead to personal agency
  • Challenges to one’s own thinking about complex issues in the larger world
  • Resources for professors who can induce students to participate in new or unfamiliar experiences
  • Ways for CSUDH to include and involve students outside the classroom in broad-based learning

Celebrating our Diversity:

CSUDH is ranked as one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation (US News and World Report). In addition, we have a strong international program which includes students representing 108 different countries.