MCLA recognizes the importance of community and belonging. We know how vital it is for students to feel seen and safe, both with other students that share their identities and in the wider campus and surrounding communities. The Multicultural Education Resource Center serves as a safe space for students of color to show up as their authentic self. This center aims to create connectivity among students who share the same culture or ethnic background. Programs that you can expect from this space, are typically centered around cultural foods, music and the expression of historical Caribbean, Asian and African roots. Additionally, the center programs on topics such as police brutality, microaggressions, bias, advocacy, white privilege, and oppression with the hopes of educating the campus community. The Center also promotes access to college and other resources, benefits, scholarships, internships, career development, and graduate programs.
The Multicultural Education Resource Center is located in the Amsler Campus Center in room 208. The MERC is open to students on weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. **Please note that the center will be offline for the Fall semester as we finish some renovations. Our goal is to have the center open and ready by January of 2023. If you are looking for an identity-based space, please feel free to use the Empowerment Lounge.
The Empowerment Lounge is located in Venable Hall. It is open to students 24 hours a day.
The Multicultural Center is home to a growing array of student-led organizations, including:
The Multicultural Center has a variety of resources to help students grow and thrive, both personally and academically, including:
There are also a variety of ways to connect with the local community and history!
The Multicultural Center is run by both professional and student staff who serve as an invaluable resource to the campus community.