Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP)
Opened October 1, 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Willie Banks, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) was created to advocate across various vectors to grow Indiana State University into a model of multicultural excellence for all who learn, live, and work on campus. MSP strives to build a climate of inclusion and community and aim to enhance intercultural competency through workshops, services, resources, programs, and influencing ISU policies and practices. We work actively with and for all Indiana State University students.
What does Multicultural really mean?
Multiculturalism involves an understanding, empathy, and appreciation of others language, religion, sexuality, age, mental or physical abilities, experiences, etc. To put simply, let's just say multiculturalism is the appreciation of other people. This includes things about the person that are not apparent – aspects of the person that you cannot see. When meeting someone, must take into consideration that every person comes with different abilities, values, norms, goals, and experiences. We are not all alike and we should appreciate those differences. We may share the same aspects of a particular culture (i.e. language, religion, gender, political affiliation, national origin); however, no one has shared the same experiences or influences throughout their lives.
The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs will focus on strategies that will increase the retention and graduation rates of our students.
Our goals are simple:
- Ally with and support students in marginalized communities
- Assist in the retention and graduation of multicultural students by fostering a sense of community through intellectual, social, and cultural exchange
- Provide and promote safe spaces for challenging dialog about students' experiences and concerns
- Provide services and programs that support multicultural students in realizing their academic, professional, and personal potential
To assist in accomplishing the goals set for MSP, several resource centers were created.
While the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, MSP makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the links to other Internet resources.
Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Indiana State University and/or the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs.
Hulman Memorial Student Union
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Resource Center Hours
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM