40+ Years of Social Justice Activism at Ohio State
One of Multicutural Center's unique strengths is in how the services addressing specific cultural needs each have their own important origins across a span of over 40 years. The collection of these services in a center designed to help the campus be accessible to and knowledgeable about all cultural and identity groups is a community powerhouse of resources and innovative dialogue around diversity and inclusion.
When the MCC was formed in 2001, it was created to serve as a center for all the specific cultural student services to be housed together to better coordinate services and share resources.
Beginning with an extensive Program Review process in 2005-2006, the MCC powered through an important transformative re-articulation of our work.
In response to what we learned in the Program Review and in student focus groups and stakeholders surveys, we revised our Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission, Values and Goals statements to design and implement an intercultural model to address intergroup relations for everyone while still serving traditional and emerging identity groups.
We recognize that this model pushes the envelope of previous models of multicultural work and we continually dialogue about how to serve all while balancing the needs of specific groups. We welcome your engagement in our intercultural model!
As we began our Program Review in 2005, we moved to the Lincoln Tower basement swing space for three years before moving to our prominent new home in the Ohio Union. We had several staffing shifts and restructured our coordinator staff positions to Intercultural Specialists with expertise across constituency groups. We moved from an evaluative to an assessment culture, to improve our thinking in how our programs align with our learning objectives and the service goals of Student Life and Ohio State. We launched an engaging outreach campaign -- What's YOUR Story? -- emphasizing that everyone's story is a crucial resource in this intercultural world.
Beginning in Spring of 2010, the MCC took residence in a great location on the first floor of the Ohio Union as a central gathering space for the Ohio State community to come together around cultures, identities and service for global social justice.
1969-present -- The Dynamic Multicultural Timeline Celebrated in the Multicultural Center
SEPARATE OFFICES BEGAN IN VARIOUS YEARS
1969 African American Student Services (AFAMSS)
1973 Women Student Services (WSS)
1975 Hispanic Student Services (HSS)
1988 Asian American Student Services (ASAMSS)
1989 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services (GLBTSS)
1996 American Indian Student Services (AISS)
MULTICULTURAL CENTER OPENS - COLLECTIVE OF ABOVE OFFICES AND NEW ONES
2002 New Diversity Initiatives (NDI)
2004 National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
2006 Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART)
MCC INTERCULTURAL MODEL LAUNCHES
All MCC Intercultural Specialists focus programming on the intra-cultural needs of specific constituency groups as well as the intercultural development of the community as a whole.
2010 to present
MCC IN THE NEW OHIO UNION, FIRST FLOOR!