Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center strives to help students, both undergraduate and graduate, merge the narratives of who they are with their academic and professional commitments. We acknowledge that an individual is made up of a multiplicity of identities that shape their experiences and we aim to provide space and education necessary to explore the intersections of who they are. Simmons is committed to building a living and learning environment in which each and every student can thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Students in the Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center at Simmons University

The Multicultural Center is part of the Student Experience Units within the Division of Student Affairs, which also include the Center for Leadership and Engagement (formerly the Office of Student Leadership and Activities), Spiritual Life, Orientation and First-Year Programs. All offices are located in the Management and Academic Building. The Multicultural Center is located in C-101.

The newly designed space features flexible soft seating, a multi-purpose screen, a new kitchenette, and common dining/event tables; with the addition of a rotating Cultural Affinity and Identity Based Organization Office located in the Center for Leadership and Engagement Suite (C-131).

Our physical space has undergone some changes, however, our services, support and how we show up have not changed. We continue to offer a space committed to the growth and healing of all systematically marginalized identities; and the education and connection of all members of the Simmons community. This new space truly reflects our continued commitment to create a more visible, accessible, and inclusive multicultural space on campus

Are you interested in learning more about the Multicultural Center? Would you like to discuss program collaboration opportunities? For questions, inquires and partnerships, specifically student facing. Please fill out this form and a member of the Multicultural Student Staff will follow up with you.

Our Mission

On January 31, 2018, Simmons celebrated the grand opening of the Multicultural Center. The creation of a Multicultural Center was due to the work of student activists in 1969 & 2015 with the support of key administrative staff. The space offers students - advocacy, programming, and resources related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

In alignment with Simmons’ mission to provide transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose, the Multicultural Center strives to help students merge the narratives of who they are with their academic and professional commitments. We acknowledge that an individual is made up of a multiplicity of identities that shape their experiences and we aim to provide space and education necessary to explore the intersections of who they are. Simmons is committed to building a living and learning environment in which each and every student can thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

We commit to the growth and healing of all systematically marginalized identities. We also commit to educating every student on social inequities and how to get engaged in improving the future. It is our mission to create a more visible and accessible inclusive multicultural center.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a legacy of equitable and inclusive leadership by challenging our community to stretch beyond their current understanding to embrace discomfort, vulnerability, and to advance their understanding of intersectionality, critical thinking, personal accountability, empathy and compassion, and fostering community.

We aim to create a more visible and accessible inclusive multicultural space on campus that allows our students, faculty, and staff to collaborate with and draw strength from those whom they share a common identity while promoting intercultural and intergenerational dialogue and connection among all members of the Simmons community.

Intersectionality

  • To enhance one’s understanding of the diverse plethora of multiple identities and how they interact with each other daily.
  • To expand the support of communities with which our students intersect.
  • To empower community members to join in creating solutions where the gaps may lie.

Critical Thinking

  • To commit to learning and educating self.
  • To question information being presented.
  • To take into consideration multiple perspectives.
  • To analyze the implications of a belief or action.
  • To resolve disagreements using evidence and logic

Personal Accountability

  • To be committed to change.
  • To be educated on current obstacles that students face and affect their experiences.
  • To have the growth mindset to take ownership.
  • To be lucid in communication and the direction of next steps.
  • To seek out education and training from appropriate and informed sources.
  • To engage in community based conflict resolution.

Empathy and Compassion

  • To grow empathy to build stronger connections.
  • To be active in gaining comprehension on new and nuanced perspectives.
  • To commit to people over processes.

Foster Community

  • To comprehend that any equity issue is a community responsibility.
  • To evaluate and improve on the current resources capable of addressing current obstacles.
  • To co-create and collaborate across backgrounds for solutions to community issues.
  • To empower and center perspectives that live at the intersections of experiences.
  • To participate in activities that encourage the exploration of one’s identity, culture, and heritage as well as an understanding of others in the community.