The University of Saint Francis is a welcoming community that boldly embraces diverse backgrounds and supports holistic student success through inclusive practices. The Multicultural Center embodies that commitment by providing space for all students to gather and express themselves authentically while also serving as a safe and supportive enclave for traditionally underserved students. Our programs and activities seek to create a community of citizens who understand, respect, and embrace diverse spaces and multiple worldviews while maintaining a keen desire to learn about and navigate their own cultural identities.
Stop by anytime! ALL are welcome to explore, share, and learn!
The Multicultural Center employs three areas of focus to organize its activities.
The Multicultural Center hosts various social and educational events focused on diversity and social justice. Examples include:
We also collaborate with groups across campus to host events in recognition of affinity months including: Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Women’s History Month.
Our student affinity groups provide opportunities to get involved on campus while also learning more about different cultural identities. These groups host campus-wide events and serve as social support networks for students.
The Multicultural Center is dedicated to initiatives designed to promote student learning about issues related to diversity and social justice. In addition to educational events and the in-class presentations, the Multicultural Peer Educators offer peer-to-peer workshops and dialogues. Opportunities to include In Your House, a group-facilitated dialogue program designed to strengthen multicultural bonds in the residence halls, and Allied Voices Spoken, our social justice education program series. Are you looking for some opportunity for self-reflection? Check out EMPOWER, our multicultural support network, which provides space to share feelings and discuss experiences on and off campus.
Led by Paul Porter, director of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Peer Educators are trained student facilitators who serve as a resource to their peers through workshops and dialogues designed to increase cultural knowledge and awareness. This is a paid position. Multicultural Peer Educators are also part of USF’s Student Leadership Program.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Paul Porter, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
260-399-7700 ext. 6304