Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads and supports the College in interweaving diversity into the very fabric of our daily operation and into every aspect of our collegial practices. The office strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone by providing curricula and special programming that teach a fuller appreciation of the uniqueness among diverse groups.
Latest Multicultural News
Colleges Urged to Take Advising of Underrepresented Students to Deeper Level
September 9, 2014In order to help underrepresented students thrive in college, faculty and administrators must go beyond advising and instead teach students to master the “hidden curriculum” at their respective institutions. That is the argument that University of St. Thomas faculty mentoring consultant Buffy Smith made during a recent talk about helping low-income, minority and first-generation college students adjust to the cultural shifts that await them in the world of higher education.
Determined D.C. Youth Takes Big Step Toward Fulfilling His Dream
August 25, 2014When Michael Phelps Jr. told a college adviser once that he wanted to go to Penn State University, he was told his goal “wasn’t realistic” because of his grades. The adviser said Phelps should apply to more “safety schools” to shore up his chances of getting into college. That may have been sound advice. But the other day, 18-year-old Phelps dispelled any notion that he would never set foot on a Penn State campus as a student. Waking up before dawn, Phelps and his mother hopped in a rented Chrysler and made the three-hour road trip from their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C., to move Phelps into a first-floor dorm room of a residence hall named after the Penn State mascot—the Nittany Lion—here at Penn State Schuylkill.
Deaf student Wins Admittance to Medical Program
August 13, 2014Pacific Northwest University of Health Science’s osteopathic medical program must admit a deaf applicant this fall and must reasonably accommodate his disability. A federal judge ordered the university in Yakima, Wash., to allow Zachary Featherstone to enroll and attend with sign language interpreters and captioning services.