Support Programs at Member Institutions
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY

University Learning Center
With a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, you can be assured that the learning process will be a highly interactive one throughout your four years here.

Besides close personal attention from your professors, Adelphi provides strong academic support at every stage, from tutoring and seminars to remedial support in written and verbal communication.

Through peer tutoring at the University Learning Center in Earle Hall - a convenient, comfortable place with computer and seminar facilities - you can receive formal and informal help with assignments, writing, library research and course work, especially in demanding courses such as chemistry and physics. Attend a seminar on subjects including math and economics, business, foreign languages and computer programming.

From day one, our Academic Advisors and Peer Advisors will help you identify what matters most to you in a university experience, including aspects of your personal and academic growth. Working closely with you to create an action plan, they'll find ways to tailor your major to your needs and intertwine it with meaningful cocurricular and extracurricular activities.

Henrietta Pearlman
Phone: 516-877-3200

Albany College of Pharmacy
Albany, NY

Multi-Cultural Club
This is a social club on campus for our multi-cultural population. The club has meets regularly and sponsors food festivals.

Martin Green
First Year Advisor
Phone: 518-445-7221

Alfred University
Alfred, NY

ALANA Affairs

Mission Statement
The mission of Alana Affairs is to create a community that celebrates and welcomes diversity. The office exists to promote a multicultural education, advise ethnic support groups, combat ignorance about differences and promote understanding and compassion.

The following programs are offered and supported by ALANA affairs:
Heritage Month Celebrations
Conferences and Retreats
Kwanzaa Celebration
Social Outings
New Student Orientation
Visiting Performers
Student-Created Events
The Mosaic Troupe
Cultural Café

For more information about student organizations advised by ALANA, click here.

Dan Napolitano
Director of Student Activities
Phone: 607-871-2175

Allegheny College
Meadville, PA

Academic Assistance - Student Support Services & Developmental Mathematics
Any student who has a physical or learning disability, who will need special accommodations to meet his/her condition, must provide to Nancy Sheridan, Director Student Support Services, current documentation of the disability and professional materials from a physician and a learning disabilities specialist/ psychologist/ psychiatrist indicating diagnosis and accommodations recommended to meet the student's needs. Students must contact Mrs. Sheridan first before any accommodations can be made.

Students placing below Math A may receive individualized instruction to review and improve math skills. Students placing into Math A or Math 155 have access to special tutoring.

Many students need or want help beyond the classroom. Several types of tutoring are provided at no charge. If you need additional help:
  • Go to the course instructor for assistance,
  • Visit departmental and residence hall tutors,
  • Ask for individual tutors for in-depth help at the Dean of Students Office.
  • The Writing Center
    The Writing Center provides peer tutorial assistance in writing for all students. Tutors will help students in developing ideas, identifying and addressing error patterns in writing, and by providing an initial audience response to drafts. However, tutors will not proofread or correct errors on papers.

    Nancy Sheridan
    Director of Student Support Services
    Phone: 814-332-4356

    American University
    Washington, DC

    Multicultural Affairs
    Multicultural Affairs staff can serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff interested in leadership development opportunities or diversity issues and cultural programming. We encourage all students to consider both culturally specific and cross-cultural involvement and leadership opportunities.

    The office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors L.I.F.T., a peer mentoring program that matches qualified upperclass students with incoming minority freshmen. During the academic year, the Multicultural Mentoring Program offers workshops on Transition to College Life; Nuts and Bolts of Academic Success; Diversity at AU; How to Make Time Work for You; Effective Reading Strategies; Campus Life; How to Avoid Procrastination; and After Midterms and Before Finals: Now What?

    Both the office of Multicultural Affairs and the AU Academic Support Center and AU Counseling Center offer free or low-cost tutoring services. Multicultural Affairs works with students who participated in STEP (Summer Transition Enrichment Program) and students on Frederick Douglass Scholarships during the academic year. The office of Multicultural Affairs and the AU Counseling Center also provide peer and professional psychological counseling.

    All AU students have access to the Writing Center (Department of Literature), which provides free tutoring on all writing/essay assignments; the Department of Mathematics and Statistics' free tutoring service for AU students enrolled in a mathematics or statistics course; and the Department of Language and Foreign Studies has a Language Resource Center.

    Multicultural Affairs also sponsors celebrations including Asian Pacific Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

    For more information about the Multicultural Affairs, go to

    David Owens, Director, Multicultural Affairs
    American University
    Phone: 202-885-3651

    Arcadia University
    Glenside, PA

    Educational Enhancement Center (EEC)
    It is the policy of the Education Enhancement Center (EEC) that students who wish to receive classroom accommodations or any other special services or consideration due to a disability must identify themselves with the EEC for each semester that they are enrolled at the university. (Appropriate documentation is required to receive special services.)

    Linda M. Pizzi
    Educational Enhancement Center Director
    Phone: 215-572-4086

    Austin College
    Sherman, TX

    Black Expressions
    Black Expressions is an organization that promotes unity and enhances an awareness of the African American culture for Austin College as well as the surrounding community. Students work towards this goal with social activities, community service activities, as well as social awareness and education activities.

    Kelsel Thompson
    Director of Student Life
    Phone: 903-813-2294

    Los Amigos
    Los Amigos is an organization that strives to promote awareness of the Hispanic culture and provide support services for Austin College students of Hispanic backgrounds.  Los Amigos is also committed to improving relationships with the greater Hispanic community.

    Patrick Duffey
    Associate Professor of Spanish
    Phone: 903-813-2364

    Pre-Med Advising Program
    Dr. Jack Pierce, with the members of the Health Sciences Committee, assists students who have a career interest in health care.  A general meeting for all freshmen and transfer students is held in the fall so students can receive information on professional school prerequisites, standardized tests, and college coursework. Students work individually with Dr. Pierce and committee members on interviews and the application process.  Evaluations are completed by Dr. Pierce with input from the committee and other faculty for a highly individualized rating of the student.

    Dr. Jack Pierce
    Director of Health Sciences
    Phone: 903-813-2247

    Barry University
    Miami Shores, FL

    O'Laughlin Intercultural Center
    The O'Laughlin Intercultural Center provides services and programs that further develop the international dimension of Barry University.

    We believe that the intellectual development and growth of students culminates with their exposure to diversity in all its facets. Diversity is defined by cultural, religious, economic, and social variances. It is through the unique aspects of each student's culture and an experimental learning process that our students are able to assume the skills needed for today's global workforce.

    ICC's multicultural learning community is designed to serve as an exploratory and developmental environment through which members of our community can be introduced and become knowledgeable about the world which we all share. Our goal is to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

    The Intercultural Center will continue to strive toward these ideals by facilitating understanding among all people and cultures.

    Damaris Castillo
    O'Laughlin Intercultural Center Director
    Phone: 305-899-3082

    Boston University
    Boston, MA

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Multicultural Affairs seeks to enhance the academic success and personal development of all University students. OMA offers programs and services that support and encourage African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students to succeed academically, take advantage of University resources, and become involved in campus life. The office promotes campus events that build a sense of community and enhance the well being of all students.

    For more information, visit

    Phone: 617-353-3791

    Educational Resource Center (E.R.C.)
    The Educational Resource Center is a highly accessible academic support center that provides students with services and resources for the developing of the personal and academic skills they need to be successful at Boston University and beyond.

    For more information, visit

    Paula Hamel
    Phone: 617-353-7077

    Brown University
    Providence, RI

    Third World Center
    The Third World Center emerged in response to the needs of students following protests in 1968 and 1975. Established in 1976, the Third World Center was designed primarily to serve the interests and meet the needs of all students of color, and to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. Brown's Third World Center provides an arena in which students can explore cultural heritages and learn about race and ethnicity as components of American identity. The center, in collaboration with student organizations, academic and co-curricular departments and centers, sponsors over 250 lectures and programs throughout the academic year to which all Brown students are invited. They include but are not limited to Native American History Series & POW WOW, Asian American History Month, South East Asian Week, South Asian Identity Week, Black History Month, Cape Verdean Heritage Week, Caribbean Heritage Week, Multiracial Heritage Week, Semana Chicana, Puerto Rican Heritage Week, Latino History Month as well as specialized workshops, training sessions, the Third World Transition Program (TWTP) and the Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) program.

    Students first began using the term "Third World" over "minority" because of the negative connotations of inferiority and powerlessness with which the word "minority" is often associated. Although the term "Third World" may have negative socioeconomic connotations outside of Brown, Third World students here continue to use the term in the context originating form the Civil Rights Movement.

    The concept of "Third World" has special meaning for minority students at Brown. It is not to be confused with the economic definition of the term used commonly in our society today, but understood as a term that celebrates diverse cultures.

    For more information about the Third World Center at Brown University, go to

    Karen McLaurin-Chesson, Associate Dean of the College/Director
    Third World Center
    Brown University
    Phone: 401-863-2120

    Bryn Mawr College
    Bryn Mawr, PA

    Cultural Groups, Mellon Fellowship Program
    The Mellon Fellowship is awarded to underrepresented minorities interested in pursuing a doctorate in their chosen field of study. Student's undergraduate and graduate educations are paid for and students are mentored by a faculty member. Students are also networked with other Mellon Fellows throughout the nation and are provided with funding to pursue independent research. The cultural groups provide a social network for students of color on our campus; the organizations provide support for their members and educate the larger community on their issues and experiences.

    For more information, check out:

    Zoila Airall, Director of Institutional Diversity
    Bryn Mawr College
    Phone: 610-526-5368

    California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Academic Advising:

    Student Academic Services:

    Disability Resources Center:

    Women's Programs & Services:

    College of William & Mary
    Williamsburg, VA

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to improve the overall quality of life for students of color on campus by developing and implementing educational, cultural, and social programs that will assist the College in recruiting, retaining, and graduating multicultural and international students. The Office is also committed to developing and implementing programs and services to educate the entire campus community regarding issues of diversity.

    For more information, visit their Web page at

    Fanchon Glover, Director
    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    The College of William and Mary
    Phone: 757-221-2300

    College of Wooster
    Wooster, OH

    The Office of Black Student Affairs
    The Office of Black Student Affairs serves to provide a wide range of student support services and programs consistent with the individual student needs and the institutional commitment to diversity, particularly when dealing with students of color. The primary mission of the Office of Black Student Affairs is to serve as an advocate for students of color as they encounter academic, financial, personal, and social concerns, as well as promote positive inter-cultural, interracial experiences for all members of the college community.

    Joi Garrett
    Phone: 330-263-2545

    The Learning Center
    The Learning Center offers support to students experiencing academic difficulty. Priority is given to students with identified learning disabilities; however, the Center will work with any student seeking academic assistance. The Learning Center is staffed by adult tutors who work with individual students in scheduled sessions. Students may use these sessions to work on study strategies tailored to meet their academic needs in specific courses. Time management, organizational and writing skills are also a focus of the sessions. Students attending the Center may take advantage of space for quiet study and computer use. There is no fee for this service and students are encouraged to make appointments early in the semester.

    Pam Rose
    Phone: 330-263-2595

    The Math Center
    The Math Center is available to all students who have math-related questions. Students taking a math course, Level 200 and below, may wish to use the Center when having trouble with homework assignments or reviewing difficult topics. But students do not need to be in a math class to receive help in the Math Center. You may visit the Center if you are experiencing problems with graphing in an economics course, or if you need help strengthening Algebra or Calculus skills for a science class.

    Linda Barbu
    Phone: 330-263-2490

    The Writing Center
    The Writing Center is available for all students who wish to improve their writing skills. Staffed by experienced consultants and peer tutors, the Center provides one-to-one tutorial assistance in writing essays for any course; provides opportunities for analysis and consultation in the areas of writing, reading comprehension and speed, and vocabulary enrichment; offers workshops on such topics as test-taking and preparing research papers; provides regular tutorials for international students who wish to improve their language skills and for students working on Independent Study projects; and serves as a learning resource center with a wide variety of individualized self-instruction programs for writers. There is no charge for attending the Center, nor are students required to be enrolled in a composition class to make use of the facility. Anyone can drop in at any time.

    Nancy Grace
    Phone: 330-263-2205

    Columbia University
    New York, NY

    Opportunity Programs and University Services
    Columbia admits 16 Higher Educational Opportunity Program students to the College, and 16 to the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This is a program for New York State residents only.

    The National Opportunity Program brings to Columbia College 16 students from across the country. These programs are for first generation college applicants who come from disadvantaged schools and backgrounds. Augmented financial aid is offered. A summer program is required prior to matriculation.

    Sunday Coward
    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
    Phone: 212-854-3514

    The Cooper Union
    New York, NY

    The Office of Student Services
    The Office of Student Services provides support via counseling, financial aid, career services, and residential life. For more information about the Office of Student Services, click here.

    The Office of Student Services
    Phone: 212-353-4130

    Dickinson College
    Carlisle, PA

    Office of Diversity Initiatives
    The Office of Diversity Initiatives at Dickinson College is charged with advancing Dickinson's commitment to broadening the understanding of and building a pluralistic society that promotes equality and integrity on the campus, in the community, and the world at large.

    For more information about the Office of Diversity Initiatives, visit

    Fordham University
    Bronx, NY

    CSTEP is an academic enrichment program to support students while preparing them for licensed professions, and scientific, technical, and health related careers.

    Mike Molina
    CSTEP Director

    Gonzaga University
    Spokane, WA

    Unity House
    Unity House promotes cultural understanding, tolerance, and racial equity within the Gonzaga Community through education, support, and advocacy. Educational opportunities include student leadership and professional development programs, cultural events, and community service outreach initiatives. Unity House seeks to support students of color by providing a safe, equitable, academic, and social climate. Also, Unity House is an outlet for an active and open dialogue regarding racial, cultural, and social justice issues for all members of the Gonzaga Community.

    For more information visit

    Bob Bartlett
    Director of Multicultural Education
    Phone: (800) 322-2584 x4108

    Black Student Union
    BSUís mission is to develop and promote a greater understanding of the Black culture, foster social unity among all students, faculty, and the surrounding Spokane area, and to fully support the recruitment and retention of Black students into the Gonzaga University family. BSU facilitates provocative culturally-focused programming that promotes the values of respect, social justice, and unity.

    La Raza Latina
    La Raza Latina brings awareness about the Latino/Hispanic culture to the Gonzaga campus. It is a support group that inspires students to pursue higher education and collaborates with organizations and businesses in the community in order to create resources and networks for students.

    Native American Student Organization
    Dedicated to educating the Gonzaga Community about Native American Culture and issues, the organization serves as a support group for Native American students.

    Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA

    Hampshire College Student Support Programs

    Center for Science Exploration

    Culture, Brain and Development

    Environmental Science and Sustainability Program

    Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies

    James Baldwin Scholars Program

    Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center

    Lemelson Assistive Technology Program

    Multicultural Center

    Peer Mentor Program

    Sciences Network for Students of Color and International Students

    Student to Student Access Resource Center

    Felicia R. Lundquist
    Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
    Hampshire College
    893 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Telephone: (413) 559-5471 or (877) 937-4267
    Fax: (413) 559-5631
    Email Address:
    Web Site:

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Geneva, NY

    ALAA Mentor Program
    The Afro-Latino Alumni/ae Association (ALAA) Mentor Program works to connect second, third and fourth year HWS intercultural students with HWS alum of color in the professional world.

    To provide for students a successful professional in their industry of choice to act as a mentor, advisor and coach.
    To give students insight into the professional world beyond the classroom including the necessary skill sets and professional etiquette needed for success.
    To encourage students to become more vested in their academics, their campus community, and ultimately, their preparation for a professional life.
    To develop networking contacts with professionals who are well entrenched in their careers.

    This program is the brain child of three individuals: James Burruto of Intercultural Affairs, Chevy DeVaney of Alumni House and the Vice President of ALAA, and Brandi Baran of Career Development.

    Intercultural Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP)
    IPMP works to build a strong support system to assist first year intercultural students in their transition to HWS. The program is improving retention of students of color at HWS, and assisting first year intercultural students develop self-sufficiency and self-advocacy through the support and guidance of an intercultural upper-class student and the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

    Pamela Thomas
    Director, Intercultural Affairs
    Phone: 315-781-3319

    Hope College
    Holland, MI
    Black Student Union
    Aid in the establishment of diversity and to promote equality on Hope College's campus by utilizing African-American history, experiences, issues and perspectives. Provide events on this campus that deal with Black heritage; helping to educate and stimulate the community - (hosting speakers, dialogues and social functions).

    Glinda Rawls
    Interim Director of Multicultural Life
    Phone: 616-395-7867

    Hispanic Student Organization
    Promote an understanding of Hispanic culture in the Hope College and the Holland Community. Encourage students to look at the issues beyond the cultural differences and focus on the wonderful and unique qualities that make Hispanic and non-Hispanic students on the Hope College campus work together for academic and social unity. HSO serves the students of Hope by introducing to them the richness of Hispanic Culture and recognizing the needs of the diversity of multicultural students through various activities offered.

    Glinda Rawls
    Interim Director of Multicultural Life
    Phone: 616-395-7867

    Hope's Asian Perspective Association (HAPA)
    Aid the establishment of diversity and to promote awareness on Hope College's campus of an Asian American history, experiences, issues and perspectives. Provide events on campus that deal with Asian American heritage. Aim to help and stimulate the community of Hope College and strengthen the identity of the Asian American members.

    Glinda Rawls
    Interim Director of Multicultural Life
    Phone: 616-395-7867

    Phelps Scholars Program (PSP)
    PSP is a multicultural program available to Hope College freshmen from all racial/ethnic backgrounds, designed to facilitate an enjoyable transition to Hope College and provide the foundation for four productive years as members of our student body. Fall 2001 activities included a trip to Detroit to visit the Museum of African-American History and the Holocaust Memorial, a trip to Connor Prairie in Indiana for a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad, and several workshops on a variety of topics, from current issues in Latin America to dealing with issues of race in college.

    Charles Green
    PSP Director
    Phone: 616-395-7725

    Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN

    Academic Support Centers
    Intensive Freshman Seminar
    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Office of Orientation Programs
    Overseas Study

    Academic Support Centers
    IU's Academic Support Centers (ASCs) will give you an extra hand when you need it-you to overcome new challenges and strive for academic excellence. There are three ASCs on campus, conveniently located in Ashton, Briscoe, and Forest residence halls. In the evenings, we offer free tutoring services in math, writing, introductory business, and introductory science, as well as study-skills workships, supplemental instruction, walk-in academic advising, and group study sessions.
    For details, visit

    Leslie Robinson
    Phone: 812-855-6931

    Intensive Freshman Seminar (IFS)
    The Intensive Freshman Seminars program is a dynamic academic community, foucused on preparing you for living and learning at Indiana University. For three weeks before the fall semester gets underway, you enroll in a three-credit hour college course that applies toward your degree.

    College course work
    Each course meets daily, typically between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Additional study time outside of class will be expected to complete assignments and class projects. Class size is limited to 20 students to promote more interactive opportunities between studetns and their professor. IFS courses are taught by some of IU's best professors. In addition to impressive credetnails and acclaim, our professors share a common desire to work with and support incoming freshmen students.

    Getting to know IU
    To help you get your academic bearings on campus, the program provides an avenue to become acquainted with the university's world-renowned library resources, the extensive student technology, and writing tutorials. The intent of the program is to provide you with opportunities that help support you in the development of your reading, writing, and reasoning skills-the foundation for a successful college experience. And it works! Those students who have enrolled in IFS in the past have shown that they are more likely to get higher grades and be more successful in college than the average incoming freshman.
    For details, visit

    Intensive Freshman Seminar
    Phone: 812-855-3839

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Our student population is both diverse and unique. Students come from all 50 states and 136 countries. They're of all ages and from every racial, religious, and ethnic background. It's the mix of people, infulences, and perspectives that fosters awareness, supports diversity, promotes understanding, and enhances the quality of an IU education.
    For details, visit

    Office of Mulicultural Affairs
    Phone: 812-855-9632

    Office of Orientation Programs
    Our two-day summer orientation program will help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of college. It's a chance to take care of the business of becoming a studetn, like taking placement exams and registering for classes. But it's also when you'll meet with your academic advisor, talk with professors and current students, and begin to discover the many possibilities available to you at IU.
    For details, visit

    Office of Orientation Programs
    Phone: 812-855-4357

    Overseas Study
    At Indiana University you can make overseas study a part of your regular degree program, whatever your major. You have the opportunity to spend a full academic year, a semester, or a summer abroad earning IU credit while enrolled in outstanding foreign universities or in classes especially designed for international students.

    IU offers more than 70 overseas study programs in 14 languages (including English) in 30 countries and in nearly every field of study. For example, you can study Renaissance art in Florence, the European Union in Maastricht, international marketing in Finland, tropical biology in Costa Rica, Japanese in Nagoya, Aboriginal culture in Wollongong, or African history in Ghana.

    You do not have to be a foreign language major to study abroad. Some academic-year programs require a strong foreign language background, permitting you to attend regular courses at the host university. Other programs, especially those in the summer, provide intensive language instruction that speeds your fulfillment of foreign language or international dimension requirements. A number of semester programs offer courses, in English, on international topics such as multinational corporations or environmental policy. There is no foreign language requirement for 31 of the IU study abroad programs.
    For details, visit

    Overseas Study
    Phone: 812-855-9304

    Keystone College
    La Plume, PA

    Chamberlain Center for Student Services
    The Chamberlain Center for Student Services provides support services for all students including: free private and peer tutoring, writing lab, transfer advising, personal counseling, and career counseling.

    Jan Kaskey
    Director of Chamberlain Center
    Phone: 570-945-5141 ext. 2800

    Lafayette College
    Eastern, PA

    The Academic Resource Center
    The Academic Resource Center provides workshops, coordinates help sessions, trains students to serve as peer tutors and informs students about how to arrange for a tutor. Workshop topics include time management, note-taking, reading, and exam preparation.

    Barbara Lipkin
    Phone: 610-330-5098

    Loyola University Chicago
    Chicago, IL

    Students Together Are Reaching for Success (STARS)
    STARS is a mentoring program connecting new Loyola University stduents with upper-class peer mentors. The program reaches out especially to students of color and facilitates the transition to college life.

    Department of Student Diversity
    Phone: 773-508-8890
    Web Site:

    Luther College
    Decorah, IA

    Multicultural Student Programs
    The Multicultural Center focuses on activities that enhance the climate for diversity on the Luther College campus and promote awareness and appreciation of cultural and ethnic differences.

    Wintlett Browne
    Director of Multicultural Programs
    Phone: 563-387-1486

    Mary Baldwin College
    Staunton, VA

    Office of African-American & Multicultural Affairs
    This program provides holistic support to students of color throughout their years at MBC. The Dean represents the students concerns, monitors their progress, advises minority student organizations & promotes positive community relations. Mary Baldwin is dedicated to the educational goal of celebrating diversity.

    Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott
    Dean of African-American & Multicultural Affairs
    Phone: 540-887-7131

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    North Adams, MA

    ALANA Student Services/Office of Student Affairs
    Knowing that for all students academic achievement is the highest priority in college, and recognizing that ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) students may face additional challenges while enrolled at a predominately white college, the college offers a number of options for ALANA students to build a strong community to support individual and group achievement. Students are encouraged to meet individually with John Lopes to affirm each student's cultural values and traditions. Students also meet as a group several times during the academic year. These meetings frequently focus on student identified needs and interests as well as leadership skills and planning activities.

    For more information about ALANA Student Services/Office of Student Affairs, go to

    Caissa McClinton, Assistant Director of Admission
    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    Phone: 800-292-6632

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA

    Academic Resource Center

    Career Planning and Preprofessional Advising

    Center for Health Promotion and Wellness

    Counseling and Support Services

    Disability Services Office

    International Students Office

    Mental Health Services

    Office of Minority Education

    Montclair State University
    Upper Montclair, NJ

    The Health Careers Program (HCP)
    The Health Careers Program (HCP), funded jointly by MSU and the NJ Educational Opportunity, provides opportunities for highly motivated and academically capable students, from financially and educationally underrepresented groups in the health professions and the sciences, to complete undergraduate studies at Montclair State University and compete for admissions to health professions and graduate schools. During the Pre-Freshman Summer Program, HCP provides formal course work and comprehensive supportive services such as tutoring, collaborative learning and recitation sessions, academic advisement, counseling, lectures, field trips and financial assistance. Upper-class HCP students participate in preceptorships, summer externships, research activities, and other field experiences.

    Donna Lorenzo, Director
    Phone: 973-655-4415

    New York University
    New York, NY

    Office of African American, Latino, and Asian Student Services
    For more than ten years the Office for African American, Latin, and Asian American Student Services (OASIS) at NYU has sought to promote educational success by cultivating a community for students of color. OASIS is dedicated to helping students achieve excellence through addressing the intellectual, cultural, and social issues of African American, Latino, and Asian students. OASIS offers a plethora of programs and services designed to meet the needs of these groups individually and collectively.

    For more information, click here.

    Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
    Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

    New York University's HEOP and CSTEP Programs are available to eligible candidates who are residents of New York State. These programs provide both academic and financial support for undergraduates. Students participate in an eight-week summer program designed to prepare them for the academic challenges they will encounter in their first year at NYU.

    Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH

    Office of Minority Affairs - Retention Services
    The Office of Minority Affairs Retention Services offers programming designed to help minority students succeed at the Ohio State University. Services include free tutoring, a minority advising program, peer and professional mentors, and services for single parents.

    Office of Minority Affairs
    Phone: 614-292-7605

    Randolph-Macon Woman's College
    Lynchburg, VA

    The Learning Resources Center
    The Learning Resources Center offers several types of support:
    Subject Matter Tutors - students needing help in specific academic areas can request help in that area.
    Program to Achieve Academic Success - offers tutors and/or videotapes or resource materials to clarify academic goals, and work on time management and college level learning/study skills.
    Interactive Workshops - informal study skills workshops designed to give students tips in areas such as note-taking, exam preparation, and time and stress management.

    Tina T. Barnes
    Director, Learning Resources Center
    Phone: 434-947-8132

    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rochester, NY

    The Minority Engineering Program
    The Minority Engineering Program provides support, advocacy, and advising for ALANA students in the College of Engineering.

    Bert Gamory
    Phone: 716-475-7436

    The Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs (CASCA)
    CASCA provides a variety of support services for ALANA students including academic support, social support, counseling, advocacy, and enrichment programs.

    Eulas Boyd
    Phone: 716-475-4704

    Saint Michael's College
    Colchester, VT

    Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
    The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Saint Michael's College is a component of the Office of Student Life. The main purpose of the office is to provide services, programs, support, and advice to all students who are eager to increase their understanding of the diversity that is an inherent part of 21st century living. The Office also oversees several student organizations dedicated to the topic of multiculturalism, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Society, Alianza, and the Diversity Coalition.

    Kyle Dodson
    Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
    Phone: 802-654-2663

    Seton Hill University
    Greensburg, PA
    C.A.P.S. Program
    Since its establishment in 1971, the C.A.P.S. (Collegiate, Academic, and Personal Success) Program has been helping students to achieve their goals. The mission of the program is to promote academic and personal success through tutoring, counseling, course instruction, study skills, writing and computer assistance. The services of the C.A.P.S. Program are available to students through the financial support of Seton Hill, Act 101, and Student Support Services. Act 101 is a state - sponsored program which provides assistance to students who are financially disadvantaged and educationally under prepared. Student Support Services is a federally - sponsored program which provides assistance to students who are financially disadvantaged or educationally under prepared, physically or learning disabled, or first generation college students.

    Tutoring Center
    Opportunity Program
    Writing Center
    Academic Counseling
    Deciding Program

    Tutoring Center
    The goal of the Tutoring Center is to provide assistance to students who are developing their skills for independent learning.

    Tutoring Staff
    The tutoring staff members are Seton Hill University students who have been selected by the course instructors to serve as tutors. Faculty members make recommendations based upon the tutor's knowledge of the subject area and the ability to communicate with others.

    The tutors are trained through a series of workshops, which emphasize techniques for diagnosing and meeting the needs of students. Tutors continue to consult with faculty about course content and faculty expectations of student performance.

    What a tutor can do for a student . . .
    Tutors work with students individually and in small groups. They conduct test review session, suggest effective study techniques, and give advice on the completion of assignments. A student CAN expect a tutor to: Be available, Be prepared, Be open, Be patient, Be sensitive, Listen, Encourage, Maintain confidentiality, Review/clarify notes, Clarify concepts, Answer questions, and Explain/ demonstrate problems.

    Opportunity Program
    What is it?
    The Opportunity Program is a summer experience designed to give students a head start in their educational career at Seton Hill University. Students live on campus, participate in workshops and cultural activities, and master the skills necessary to succeed in college. Summer Opportunity will help students make a satisfactory transition to the college experience and to enhance their chances for academic success.

    How does it work?
    The Opportunity Program introduces the student to both the academic and the social aspects of college life. Basic skill development in reading, writing, and critical thinking, career and educational planning, and effective decision making strategies will be addressed, and students will learn how to connect to the larger campus community.

    The student will also attend the "Faculty Forums," a series of lectures given by Seton Hill faculty to introduce subjects such as management, history, and social work.

    In addition to academics, the student will have the opportunity to participate in social and cultural activities. Picnics, field trips, sports and/or theater outings may be part of the summer experience.

    Who qualifies?
    The Opportunity Program is open to a select group of students. The size of the program is limited to ensure that each student receives the kind of attention that will promote success. The Admissions Committee determines student eligibility, based on some of the following criteria: low SAT or ACT scores, low high school GPA, non-academic courses in high school, or high school grades do not reflect student's potential.

    Writing Center
    The Writing Center offers students encouragement in working on all types of written assignments. Professional staff and peer consultants assist students in every stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to polishing final drafts. Staff members also provide handouts, workshops, and classroom presentations on a variety of topics, such as writing a research paper, writing a thesis statement, and following grammar rules. Our primary goal in the Writing Center is to empower students to become stronger, more confident writers.

    Academic Counseling
    Academic Counseling enables students to learn new skills or sharpen their existing skills to approach their course work successfully. Study skills such as taking notes, reading college text books, and test taking strategies are common topics that students learn through Academic Counseling. Other common topics include: time management, test anxiety, critical thinking, and identifying personal learning styles. Students are encouraged to take a pro-active approach to their course work and sharpen their study skills before a problem occurs in a particular class. Appointments may be made for Academic Counseling and a student may also "walk in" for assistance. The Academic Counseling office is located in 512 Administration Building.

    Deciding Program
    The Deciding Program is designed to assist students who are in the process of choosing a major or are looking to change their major. Through individual career counseling, career testing, shadowing and the career library, students are given the opportunity to discover their interests, strengths, work values and goals. It is a chance to think, explore, question, and decide which program of study best matches each student.

    Smith College
    Northampton, MA

    Union of Underrepresented Science Students (US2)
    US2 strives to increase retention of underrepresented students/scientists in the sciences, engineering, and math fields. It is specifically geared towards African American, Latina, and Native American students, though students of other nationalities are free to join as well. US2 is a peer support group. It is also a way to inform its members of internship, summer research, and graduate school information. The organization also regularly schedules events to further these goals, such as colloquia of current scientists with underrepresented backgrounds.

    Peer Mentoring Program
    Science students from underrepresented backgrounds are eligible to apply for this program. A select few will be selected to be paired with upper-class students in the sciences and a member of the faculty. They will be mentored and guided through research opportunities.

    Jaynie Barnes, Inreach/Outreach Coordinator
    Smith College
    Phone: 413-585-4296

    Southern Methodist University
    Dallas, TX

    This program connects first year minority students with current upper class students to assist the first year students in their transition to the university. New students are matched with a mentor over the summer and actually meet with their mentor in August at the Minority Student orientation. Mentors contact new students via phone, in person, email or programs on a weekly basis. Mentors and mentees will also have a professor serving as a faculty leader to monitor the progress of the mentoring.

    Jennifer Jones
    Director of Multicultural Student Services
    Phone: 214-768-4580

    Southwestern University
    Georgetown, TX

    Academic Services
    The Office of Academic Services provides comprehensive academic support to all Southwestern University students. Students who have specific academic questions or are experiencing academic difficulty are encouraged to seek help from the office of Academic Services.

    The Academic Services staff can help with academic concerns such as skill deficiencies, excessive absenteeism and personal, disability or medical issues that affect academic performance.They can also address other academic problems that cannot be resolved by faculty, advisors or department chairs.

    Kim M. Murphy, Director of Academic Services and Advising

    David Seiler, Assistant Director of Academic Services

    Deb McCarthy, Academic Services Coordinator

    For more information, go to

    Gail Roberson, Asst Director of Admission
    Southwestern University
    Phone: 512-863-1200

    St. Lawrence University
    Canton, NY

    Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
    A New York State Education Department initiative, CSTEP offers services to qualifying students from underrepresented populations in the fields of the sciences, health-related professions, mathematics, technological fields and the licensed professions of the state of New York. CSTEP provides academic, career, and personal counseling; tutoring; career exploration opportunities; leadership opportunities; monetary assistance for internships, research, travel, and graduate/professional school applications; newsletters; networking; and workshops.

    Carol Ann Kissam
    Phone: 315-229-5605

    Susquehanna University
    Selinsgrove, PA

    The numerous academic clubs at SU offer an opportunity for students to meet with peers interested in the same area of study. Students discuss and explore topics in their chosen field while forming lasting friendships. Some examples of these organizations are: Chemistry Club and Geology Club. [Click here to view a complete listing.]

    The multicultural clubs on campus also provide students with resources needed to educate themselves on various issues of diversity. Members learn to appreciate differences and value uniqueness. An example of one of our many multicultual clubs is the Student Association of Cultural Awareness (SACA). SACA creates a cultural haven where minority students may share, cultivate, promote, and preserve their culture at SU. Advocation of multicultural awareness is beneficial for all of the members of the local community.

    Christopher Harris
    Assitant Director of Admissions & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment
    Susquehanna University
    Phone: (570) 372-4260


    Towson University
    Towson, MD

    Office of Diversity Resources
    The Office of Diversity serves as a resource for all Towson University students, faculty, and staff. Social and educational programming, advocacy and financial assistance are also resources that can be found in this office. The office sponsors cultural programs such as African American History Month, Jewish Awareness Month, and hosts a two day Diversity Retreat. Clubs and organizations such as SAGE, the Black Student Union, the Jewish Cultural Center, the African American Cultural Center, the Asian Arts and Culture Center, and the Multicultural Institute rely heavily on the Office of Diversity Resources for outreach and support. For more information visit

    Camille Clay
    Assistant Vice President of Diversity Resources
    Phone: (410) 704-2051

    Towson University Counseling Center
    The Counseling Center supports the primary mission of the University, which is to develop the intellectual potential of every student. To succeed academically as well as in life, students need a variety of personal and social skills.

    The center provides a variety of counseling services to students on issues such as diversity awareness, relationships, careers and adjusting to college life. In addition, they are a resource to the university as a whole, providing programs, training, teaching and consultation to students, faculty and staff.

    James Spivack, PhD
    Assistant Vice President for Counseling and Student Affairs and Director of the Counseling Center
    Phone: (410) 704-2512

    Trinity College
    Hartford, CT

    Health Fellows Program
    Launched in 1999, the Health Fellows Program is an innovative academic program offering Trinity students exceptional opportunities to explore healthcare and to participate in a wide range of healthcare-related activities. In addition to their regular coursework, students in the program work 30 hours per week with clinical-care physicians in one-on-one relationships at area medical centers. Students combine challenging course work with rigorous on-site scientific research.

    The program is described below in an excerpt from the Trinity College Bulletin and in an article on the program, which appeared in the Trinity Reporter.

    Program Description
    The Trinity College Health Fellows Program is designed for undergraduates who wish to observe and participate in a variety of health-related activities. These activities include research projects, clinical services, educational seminars, and rounds at Hartford Hospital, Institute of Living, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. This program will provide students with valuable experience in a healthcare setting and may help guide future career choices. For students interested in a career in medicine, medical colleges are more commonly accepting only those students who have had relevant experience. This type of intensive participation would certainly make Trinity students stand out. For students interested in a career in research, this program would also make them much more desirable to graduate schools. In addition, they will have learned important research skills, both specific to the placement and more general, such as formulating a hypothesis, methods of data collection, and methods of data analysis.

    Ordinarily, supervisors at the hospitals will be physicians. Placements will be carefully screened to insure that they will be rigorous while providing students with a stimulating learning experience. All supervisors will be required to provide opportunities to participate in research as well as to observe clinical services. Supervisors will complete a questionnaire which describes their requirements and the possible opportunities at their placement. Each student and supervisor will be matched appropriately.

    In addition to working 30 hours per week for a professional in the healthcare setting, each fellow will participate in both a weekly seminar and a colloquium series, for which he or she will receive three course credits. The seminar is valued at one course credit and the clinical experience and colloquium combined at two course credits. Separate grades will be given for the seminar and the combination of clinical experience and colloquium. In some cases one of these course credits will count towards a major, but this is decided by the individual major departments. Students will also take at least one other course at Trinity.

    The weekly seminar will cover general topics in health care, including recent advances in research and clinical applications of basic research. Readings will be assigned for a weekly class discussion. Students will be required to make a class presentation based on one of the topics covered in class that is relevant to their hospital experience. Students will also be required to complete a research paper on a topic from the course and to complete three exams. For the colloquium series, supervisors of the student fellows will be asked to give a talk. They will provide appropriate readings to be completed before the talk. The students will attend the talk and discuss the findings as a group afterwards. As part of the site-based experience, students will be required to keep a weekly journal of experiences at the hospital and to present on one clinical case, in the format of a Grand Rounds. They will also be required to produce a written summary of the research they conducted. As much as possible this will take the form of a scientific journal article. This research will also be presented at the Trinity College Science Symposium held each April.

    Preference will be given to juniors and seniors, and it is expected that students will have completed two laboratory courses. Some placements will carry specific additional prerequisites. The program will be limited to 15 students. It is strongly recommended that "Medical Ethics" be taken either beforehand or concurrent with the internship. Some background in science will be strongly encouraged. Interested students should contact the Health Fellows coordinator in September. Matches between interested students and supervisors will be completed by November. Students will begin work at the hospital with the start of classes in January. Students who participate in their junior year should bear in mind the option of remaining on site to complete a senior thesis.

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    The Office of Multicultural Affairs is charged with galvanizing the College's efforts to become a community that embraces diversity and the challenges posed by encounters with different cultural perspectives and experiences. The College's most recent Strategic Plan cites as a strategic imperative that we "promote a climate that values and celebrates diversity" and "formulate and institutionalize, through words and actions, a definition of diversity for Trinity that is broad and inclusive." In coordination with other College offices, the Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes intercultural dialogue and plans and executes initiatives to promote a campus environment that respects and celebrates diversity in all its dimensions, including but not limited to differences of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs, funding for which has been increased in response to the Strategic Plan's mandate, is centrally engaged in efforts designed to meet the goal of weaving multiculturalism into the institutional fabric of Trinity College. The goals of the Office include helping recruit and sustain a diverse student body, faculty and staff; assisting faculty as they seek to infuse the curriculum with a greater emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism; and supporting students as they devise their own mechanisms of support and endeavor to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of self and others.

    The Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Karla Spurlock-Evans, reports to the President and plays a pivotal role in coordinating faculty, staff, and student efforts to make the campus environment one that is inclusive and truly multicultural. The Dean undertakes programs that increase awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and that enrich the overall Trinity experience for all members of the College community. The Dean plays a key leadership role in developing critical multicultural initiatives at the College; but the responsibility for achieving Trinity's goals in this area rests with all departments, offices and individuals. We all share responsibility for making Trinity a more diverse community, welcoming to and supportive of everyone.

    Karla Spurlock Evans
    Dean of Multicultural Affairs
    Phone: 860-297-4296

    Other Multicultural Organizations

    At Trinity, a number of student groups have formed to explore, explain, and celebrate the wealth of cultural differences that make the College a richly textured community.

    Asian-American Student Association
    AASA provides a sense of community to Asian and Asian-American students and others interested in Asian cultures. AASA is open to both Asian and non-Asian students and offers a varied spectrum of social activities, including films, lectures, dinners, field trips, and the annual Asian Food Festival.

    Encouraging Respect of Sexualities (EROS)
    EROS includes straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Trinity community. Committed to fostering awareness about issues of differing sexualities on campus, EROS seeks to create a more tolerant environment for gays, lesbians, and bisexual students. All men and women of the community, regardless of sexual orientation, are invited to join.

    Hillel at Trinity organizes and offers social and religious programs, most of which take place at the Hillel House, currently located at 30 Crescent Street. Trinity Hillel observes Jewish Holy Days and other important events on the calendar and strives to raise community awareness and involvement at Trinity.

    Dedicated to the advancement of black awareness on campus, Imani organizes activities and events that focus on issues in black arts, history, politics, and culture. Working with faculty, students, and administrators, Imani seeks to develop a welcoming campus environment for students of color. Imani is involved with other organizations on campus and in the Hartford area that are engaged in promoting civil rights and black achievement. Imani is housed in Umoja House at 72 Vernon Street.

    La Voz Latina
    La Voz Latina provides social and cultural programs at the College designed to increase the awareness of Latin American culture, politics, and social issues. La Voz also serves as a link to the Hispanic community of Hartford.

    M.O.C.A., the Men of Color Alliance, is open to all students who wish to explore academic, cultural, and political issues pertaining to men of color. The Alliance meets regularly in Umoja House at 72 Vernon Street.

    National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    NSBE presents programs at Trinity designed to increase black and minority participation in engineering and to strengthen relations among industry, the College, and the black and minority community.

    Portuguese Club of Trinity College
    The first ever Portugese Club at Trinity was recognized by the Student Government Association on November 4, 1999. Our goal is to bring together all members of the Trinity College community who are interested in the Portuguese language and in the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries.

    Trinity Coalition of Black Women Organization (TCBWO)
    Founded in the early 1970s, TCBWO sponsors lectures, films, and social events to heighten the cultural and social awareness of black women at Trinity and the larger College community. TCBWO also co-sponsors many of its events with Imani and other student organizations.

    Trinity Women's Organization (TWO)
    Dedicated to promoting non-sexist attitudes, TWO sponsors various special workshops, lectures, films, and social events concerning women's issues. Meetings are held on a regular basis in the Women's Center, an organization with which TWO works closely. TWO welcomes membership from the entire student body.

    P.R.I.D.E (Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education)
    The P.R.I.D.E. program's mission is to provide social and academic support for the incoming students from diverse cultural backgrounds and increase awareness and acceptance of difference among members in the student body as a whole.

    The P.R.I.D.E program is run through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is of vital importance to Trinity College as it moves forward to realize its goal of becoming an exciting and engaged multicultural community.

    Truman State University
    Kirksville, MO

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    The Office of Multicultural Affairs, housed in the Multicultural Affairs Center (MAC), is a support system for underrepresented student. Staff members devote themselves to creating a campus environment that nurtures Latino, African-American, Native American, and Asian American students academically, socially, culturally, and personally. Through various programs the MAC encourages students to celebrate difference and spread appreciation of diversity campus-wide while valuing being part of Truman's shared campus community.

    Mrs. Bertha Thomas
    Intern Dean of Multicultural Affairs
    Phone: 660-785-4142

    University at Buffalo
    Buffalo, NY

    Intercultural and Diversity Center
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    Vicki Sapp, Director
    Intercultural and Diversity Center
    University at Buffalo (SUNY)
    Phone: 716-645-2055

    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA

    Opportunity at Iowa
    Iowa champions diversity and takes pride in offering an environment that promotes learning for all. Opportunity at Iowa encourages minority student and faculty participation in higher education. Our staff members want you to get excited about studying at Iowa. We're going to meet with you and your family, invite you for campus visits, encourage your participation in our summer programs, and see that your time at Iowa is everything you want it to be. We work closely with offices like Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid, and the Advising Center, and they are all committed to your success, too. We also help you make a personal connection at Iowa through social activities, cultural programming, and opportunities to make life-long friendships.

    Joe D. Coulter, Ph.D.
    Associate Provost & Director of Opportunity at Iowa
    Phone: 319-335-3555

    For more information about Opportunity at Iowa, click here.

    Support Services Programs
    Support Service Programs promotes educational opportunities for underserved students from diverse backgrounds to increase their skills to achieve academic excellence at the University of Iowa and a life-long commitment to independent learning. Through the Educational Opportunity Programs, the office serves as a resource to the University community, its various student populations and their respective communities on interests, issues, and concerns related to their educational experiences.

    What services are available?
    FACETS: a first-year academic experience
    Assistance with academic planning
    Budgeting and financial planning
    Guidance in your career planning and referrals to Career Development Services
    Study skills enhancement
    Personal counseling and support
    Free tutoring through New Dimensions in Learning
    Peer Assistants: Current students who can introduce you to life at the University
    Workshops to address academic and personal interests and concerns
    General and course-specific study sessions
    Cultural, recreational, and social activities including pizza parties and movie nights
    Upward Bound: a program for eligible high school youth who are interested in postsecondary opportunities

    Support Service Programs is a service designed to enhance the college experience of eligible students. Our programs are individualized and designed to meet your personal quest for academic excellence at the University of Iowa.

    Support Services Program
    Phone: 319-335-1416
    Fax: 319-335-1423

    The Afro-American Cultural Center
    The Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC) provides a permanent setting where Black culture can be nurtured and enhanced on the University of Iowa campus. The AACC has become the focal point of a supportive community, cultural enrichment and diversity, academic development, and personal growth. The center, which was established in 1968 maintains a long history of cultural ties with Iowa City and University communities. The center creates an atmosphere that allows students, faculty, and staff to interact and exchange knowledge.

    The major purpose of the AACC staff is to serve as a resource in providing an atmosphere in assisting Black students through a variety of programs and services. In conjunction with the Office of Student Life (OSL), the AACC offers students a wide array of cultural, academic, and personal support services to facilitate their growth, success, and adjustment to the University.

    For more information about the Latino Native American Cultural Center, click here.

    The Latino Native American Cultural Center
    The Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) provides a permanent setting where Latino and Native American cultures can be nurtured and enhanced on the University of Iowa campus. The LNACC has become the focal point of a supportive community, cultural expression and diversity, academic development, and personal growth. The center was established in 1971 and maintains a long history of cultural ties with the Iowa City and University communities. The center creates an atmosphere that allows students, faculty and staff to interact and exchange knowledge.

    The major purpose of the LNACC staff is to serve as a resource and provide an atmosphere in assisting Latino and Native American students through a variety of programs and services. In conjunction, with the Office of Student Life (OSL), the LNACC offers students a wide array of cultural, academic, and personal support to help facilitate their growth, success, and adjustment to the University.

    For more information about the Latino Native American Cultural Center, click here.

    University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY

    Office of Minority Student Affairs

    The University of Rochester's Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) in the College provides counseling, disseminates information, initiates programs and serves as a liaison with other academic departments and divisions of the university to enhance the environment in which minority students live and learn.

    OMSA is committed to providing these support services to ensure students achieve their academic, personal and career goals at the University of Rochester.

    Furthermore, OMSA proactively supports the University's efforts to build diversity awareness and promote and inclusive community for students, faculty and staff.

    Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is specifically designed to serve students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The program is especially attractive to those students who, because of their economic and educational backgrounds, may not have considered attending the University of Rochester

    Jointly sponsored by the University of Rochester and the New York Education Department since its inception in 1969, HEOP provides students with a strong financial and academic support network. If you are a United States citizen or have Permanent Resident status, are a New York State resident, and meet specific academic and economic criteria, you may be eligible to participate in HEOP.

    Early Connection Opportunity Program (ECO)
    ECO could be described as "an early start" The ECO program is designed to help students acquire the skills, attitudes, and social connections necessary to become successful University of Rochester students. It is a residential summer program which provides supplemental academic support to selected pre-freshman. Courses include mathematics, writing, academic strategies and tactics (study skills course) and a course in either the humanities or social sciences (history, psychology, English, etc.).
    There is no cost to participating students. However, students are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Rochester, as well as any other personal expenses. All freshman students admitted through HEOP and some others are required to attend as a condition for admission.

    Student Development and Support
    Leadership Training
    Educational Workshops & Symposia
    Scholarship & Internship Opportunities
    Career Development Opportunities
    Special Events Programming
    Tutorial Assistance
    Academic Advising
    Counselor Support
    Study Skills Development
    Diversity Initiatives
    Roundtable Discussions
    Resources Material
    Training Workshops

    Office Of Minority Student Affairs
    Phone: 716-275-0651

    University of San Diego
    San Diego, CA

    Educational Opportunity Program
    The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is to enroll in the University of San Diego capable persons from ethnic minority groups and low-income backgrounds and make available academic support to help ensure their success as university students.

    The EOP is designed for those students who have the potential to perform satisfactorily at the university level but who, without the help of EOP, would be unable to realize that potential due to economic, cultural, or educational background. Students from Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and lowincome backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Although EOP does not provide direct financial aid, the staff is available to help admitted EOP students with procedures involved in applying for financial assistance. EOP students must apply directly to the Office of Financial Aid Services, located in the Hughes Administration Center for available types of aid, including special grants, government grants, student loans, and part-time employment. EOP students, like all USD admitted students, will then be considered for financial assistance based on need as determined by the University. Students are strongly encouraged to submit the necessary paperwork as early as possible.

    Because EOP students are expected to compete on an equal basis with other students, it is particularly important that the program provide the means to insure their academic success. All EOP students, therefore, are given free tutorial assistance in general education courses. (This tutorial help is available to all USD students.) The Director, as well as a Preceptor and a Major Advisor, provides individual advising to EOP students. The Director and staff take a personal interest in the progress of each EOP student from the time of application through graduation.

    Interested and motivated students should contact the EOP Office, Serra Hall, room 202, at (619)260-4264.

    Connor Keese, Admissions Counselor
    University of San Diego
    Phone: 619-260-4506

    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Academic Skills Program
    Disability Services

    Office of Multicultural Affairs
    In order to produce positive effects upon multicultural student retention and success, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers a myriad of cultural support services, diversity education initiatives, and multicultural programming. These programs, services, and initiatives contribute to the holistic development of all students at the University of South Carolina, help promote an inclusive environment, and foster an appreciation for each of our unique human differences.

    Carl Wells
    Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
    Phone: 803-777-7716

    Academic Skills Program
    The Academic Skills Program offers indiviudalized instruction to improve study habits and learning skills. Also, computer-assisted tutorials in reading, math, and graduate-school test preparation are available.

    Academic Skills Program
    Phone: 803-777-4333

    Disability Services
    The Office of Disability Services offers services which include an orientation program; assistance with registration, housing, library use, and transporation; classroom adaptation; sign languages interpreters; readers and note-takers; and counseling. For more information, see the Web site at

    Deborah Haynes
    Director of Disability Services
    Phone: 803-777-6142
    Web Site:

    University of South Florida
    Tampa, FL

    Student Support Services
    The Student support Services program is designed for first time college students who have been identified as a first generation college student or with a low income family status, or an individual with a disability. The program provides academic advising sessions, academic monitoring, special classes, tutorial services, individual and group counseling, college survival seminars and activities that broaden career perspectives and enhance self-confidence.

    Students are selected by application for admission to USF.

    Reba Garth
    Phone: 813-974-4301

    Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    Objectives of the USF AHEC Diversity Program include:

    Recruitment: Recruitment of students into health-related careers, with an emphasis on recruiting underrepresented minorities and those from rural and/or underserved areas;

    Training: Increasing access, availability, and quality of primary care services through the education of a diverse cadre of health care professionals (residents, medical students, dental students, nurse practitioners, students in public health, and other allied health providers) especially in medically underserved areas; and

    Retention: Supporting special projects that assist underrepresented minority students to complete their educational programs and increase their commitment to serving in underserved and/or rural areas after graduation.

    Selected activities of the Diversity Program include:

    Recruitment visits to graduate programs and career opportunity fairs throughout the state, including the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Florida.

    Varied programs targeting elementary, middle, high school and pre-professional students with special emphasis on minority students.

    Provide assistance to minority students enrolled in health professions programs, as needed, to enhance their progression and graduation.

    Facilitate development of mentoring and networking opportunities for underrepresented minority students in the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health.

    Ongoing efforts to secure funding (grants) for additional diversity programs.

    For more information, visit

    Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    USF College of Medicine
    Phone: 813-974-3507

    Multicultural Engineering Program
    Purpose of the Multicultural Engineering Program:
    To increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women graduating in the fields of engineering. Programs and resources are provided to improve performance and retention.

    MEP Resources and Services:
    Academic, career and personal counseling.
    Financial information Tutorial Services-individual and group Summer Bridge Program, Academic enhancement workshop Industrial and governmental relationships to provide summer, cooperative and permanent employment Professional development workshops, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies and graduate school preparation.

    Minority Student Engineering Programs:
    Student organizations encourage academic excellence, personal growth, and professional development among women and underrepresented minorities.
    USF Chapter, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

    Eva Fernandez
    Director of Recruitment and Retention in Engineering
    Phone: 813-974-3780
    Fax: 813-974-5154

    Multicultural Student Activities
    Recognizing the diverse student population at the University of South Florida and in an attempt to bridge existing cultural divides, a variety of cultural groups exist and thrive at USF. The Latin American Student Association, Caribbean Cultural Exchange, Muslim Student Association, PRIDE Alliance and others provide unique, culturally focused programming. Many large campus festivals and events are coordinated by these organizations, such as the Miss Uhuru Pageant, Soul Escape, and Diwali. The staff of the office of Multicultural Activities provides support to the many cultural student organizations at USF and encourages cross-cultural programming.

    The vision of the Office of Multicultural Activities is to "educate and inspire all students at the University of South Florida to discover and experi3ence the value of cultivating culturally diverse interpersonal relationships." Furthermore, it is out mission "to provide an open and inclusive environment where students from dissimilar cultural groups are encouraged to engage in meaningful social and educational relationships through involvement in co-curricular activities."

    Nicole West
    Phone: 813-974-5111

    Latin Community Advancement
    The Office has as its mission to build, strengthen, and maintain linkages between the University ad its diverse constituencies. Latin Community Advancement fulfills the mission through various activities focusing on the University's Latin constituencies, including coordination of the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee, a community-based group advisory to the President.

    Donna Perrino
    Phone: 813-974-3811

    Office of Diversity Initiatives
    The Office of Diversity Initiatives coordinates all areas of the university's efforts to promote diversity and community among faculty, students and staff. The mission of the office is fourfold: education, advocacy, support, and conflict resolution. With regard to the missions of advocacy and support, the office is responsible for raising diversity issues across the university while serving as a resource "consultant" for those working to develop and implement strategies for enhancing diversity and community in the university. This office is a catalyst for the development of an integrated, inclusive, civil and interactive community of learning.

    For more information, visit their web page at

    Office of the Provost
    Phone: 813-974-9195

    McNair Scholars
    The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed for undergraduates who are first-generation and low-income college students, or who are from a minority group underrepresented at the doctoral level in math, engineering, science, public health, English, and other disciplines. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program encourages graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, to engage in research, and to develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to their success at the doctoral level.

    Dr. Joan Holmes
    Phone: 813-974-1605

    University of Vermont
    Burlington, VT

    The ALANA Student Center
    The ALANA Student Center (ASC) exists to ensure that African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American (ALANA) students succeed at the University of Vermont. ASC promotes academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation. and cultural development.
    There are a variety of programs administered through the ALANA Student Center. There are year-long programs which meet regularly (Community Meeting and Sisterhood Circle), programs that run during the summer (SESP) and yearly activities from the formal (ALANA Spring Banquet) to the funny (Halloween@ASC). In addition to events wholly sponsored by the ASC there are many events that are co-sponsored by a variety of other departments within the Diversity & Equity Unit (like Hillel or LGBTQA Services) and campus wide (Inter-Residence Association and the Fleming Museum).

    There are various resources available to First-Generation and ALANA Students at the University of Vermont. To the left you will find a link to the campus map showing our location, as well as links to other important websites on the UVM Web. These websites include all of the other departments of the Diversity & Equity Unit, which are:

    • The ALANA Student Center
    • The Center for Cultural Pluralism
    • LGBTQA Services
    • The Women's Center

    For more information about the ALANA Student Center, go to

    Beverly Colston, Director of ALANA Student Center
    The University of Vermont
    Phone: 802-656-3819

    LGBTQA Services
    We are committed to helping meet the needs of LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff at UVM by:

    • Fostering and creating cultural education for the community at large.
    • Building and strengthening LGBTQA community at UVM.
    • Providing advocacy and support to LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff.
    • Providing consultation and information to offices and programs throughout the University.

    Our aim is to transform the UVM experience for LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff to one that is safe, positive, and fully engaging.

    LGBTQA Services is one of four programs in the Diversity & Equity Unit. Our partners are the ALANA Student Center, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, and the Women's Center.

    Part of our mission is to ensure that the policies and practices of UVM as an institution of higher education are welcoming, respectful, and fair for all LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. We advocate for changes to homophobic and transphobic policies and practices and work to make sure they are implemented in just ways.

    There are many important campus services that you may need to use during your time here at UVM - the Center for Health and Well Being, Police Services, Residential Life, and Student Life to name a few. If you encounter trouble with any campus service, please contact us. LGBTQA Services is available to train staff and advocate for students, staff, and faculty to ensure that the needs of LGBTQ people on-campus are respectfully met.

    For more information about LGBTQA Services go to

    Dorothea Brauer, Director, LGBTQA Services
    The University of Vermont
    Phone: 802-656-8637

    Center for Cultural Pluralism
    Mission and Philosophy
    The Center for Cultural Pluralism (CCP) is dedicated to helping UVM achieve its core mission to provide quality multicultural education in order to equip faculty, staff and students with the competencies necessary to function in a diverse world. The Center focuses on the intersections of issues of culture and social justice.

    The Center offers a unique "Cultural Hub" where individuals and organizations working on behalf of cultural diversity and social justice issues can focus on collaboration and coalition efforts. The Center offers advising, consulting, educational programs and modest grants to further UVM's strategic objectives linked to cultural diversity and social justice.

    CCP faculty and staff provide resources and assistance to the UVM community, Burlington and the state of Vermont on issues of multicultural education, cultural awareness, prejudice reduction, and social justice.

    The Center supports and initiates educational and social programs designed to raise awareness, expand understanding and knowledge and develop skills for effective intercultural communication.

    The Center for Cultural Pluralism is a highly visible, tangible symbol of UVM's commitment to equity, social justice, inclusiveness, and critical thinking.

    What Can the Center for Cultural Pluralism do for you?

    1. Provide a consulting resource for curriculum transformation and infusion of multicultural issues.
    2. Offer small grants to develop programs or curriculum focused on cultural pluralism and social justice themes.
    3. Provide physical space for meetings, workshops and retreats.
    4. Educational programs and training's for students, faculty & staff to attend.
    5. Help to distribute information on social justice and multicultural events.
    6. Library and video material offered for rental.

    For more information about the Center for Cultural Pluralism go to

    Sherwood Smith, Director, Center for Cultural Pluralism
    The University of Vermont
    Phone: 802-656-8833

    Women's Center
    Our Values
    The Women's Center values and celebrates the multiplicity of women's lives; recognizes the intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity; accepts responsibility for opposing injustice; and commits itself to service to the University and larger communities

    Our Mission
    The Women's Center is a place for women students, faculty, and staff to gather and celebrate the diversity of their lives, to engage in intellectual discussion, and to work toward the full participation of women in the life of the University.

    • The Center facilitates student development through involving students in the life of the University, especially leadership opportunities.
    • The Center develops and delivers programming that enhances the skills of women students and helps them fully develop as scholars and professionals.
    • The Center serves as a resource for the scholarly community on issues related to women's lives.
    • The Center offers support services, referrals, advocacy, and education around issues of gender violence.
    • The Center works in collaboration with the University and the local community to promote equity for all members of the UVM family.
    • The Center facilitates connections and links between the University and the community around issues that impact women.

    Our home is your home...Come Visit Us.

    The Women's Center is part of the Diversity & Equity Unit at the University of Vermont. The Unit also includes The Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, the ALANA Student Center and LGBTQA Services.

    For more information about the Women's Center go to

    Timothy Shiner, Coordinator of Programs & Leadership Development
    The University of Vermont
    Phone: 802-656-7892

    Whitman College
    Walla Walla, WA

    Whitman has a small, but vibrant multicultural and international community (17.0%), which has a long history at the college. Whitman is home to students from over 45 U.S. states and over 29 foreign countries including Australia, Croatia, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, and Mexico. The office exists to cater to the specific needs of this population as well as the needs of the Whitman College campus as a whole. Multicultural student groups are among the most active on campus. They promote multiculturalism among Whitman students and community members through a wide variety of activities such as educational speakers, muscial bands, dances, workshops and food festivals.

    For more information about the Intercultural Center at Whitman College, go to

    Lori Hunt, Admission Officer
    Whitman College
    Phone: 509-527-5775


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