Multicultural Student Services announces new vision statement

Multicultural Student Services announces new vision statement

From Multicultural Student Services

The staff of Multicultural Student Services welcomes students, staff and faculty to campus. This year will bring new opportunities for us to grow and challenge ourselves to more deeply understand one another and work toward social justice and racial reconciliation.

Multicultural Student Services provides advocacy and support to students of color and immigrants as well as opportunities for all students to strengthen their multicultural competency. This year we are announcing a new vision statement, illustrating our actions to support university priorities of access, excellence and Catholic identity.

Multicultural Student Services at the University of St. Thomas aims to:

  • Affirm the identity of students, acknowledging that each of their individual contributions matter and contribute to the University of St. Thomas;
  • Emphasize the importance of our interdependence as a human family in building community; and
  • Create opportunities for students to cultivate leadership, building awareness of the value they will produce while developing the critical skills needed to succeed in an increasingly global society. 

Please view the MSS Web site for more information and challenge yourself by attending these events:

  • MSS fall retreat Sept. 21-23 at Camp St. Croix
  • Mind, Body, Soul Series kickoff: "Follow Me Home" film showing and discussion with special guest Lakota Harden, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The film weaves together the traditions of Native, African and Latin cultures, telling the story of four artists and their journey across the American landscape. Harden is an orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, radio host and poet.
  • Fall Community Dialogue, "Heart to Heart Conversations" with filmmaker Dr. Shakti Butler, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. Butler has a doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. In 1994, as executive director of World Trust Educational Services, she designed "Heart to Heart Conversations," a national program designed to help people learn together and share deep feelings about race and culture.

Questions? Call MSS, (651) 962-6460.