We promote the growth, understanding and celebration of Western’s community and its intersectionalities.
Where everyone belongs.
Staffed by two professionals and student pre-professionals, the center aims to provide a welcoming space for all Western students. Through events and engagement opportunities, the center strives to provide a DEIJ+ immersive experience that will enhance perspectives and critical thinking used beyond the classroom.
The Multifaith Center located in Colorado Hall Room 104 is available for reservation for individual or group use. This space allows for quiet contemplation, meditation, faith-based practices, and other uses such as bereavement. Click here to reserve.
While the Multicultural Center’s events hold an educational component, socialization is a strong component for our events. Through professional guidance, students are able to host events based on cultural relevance, traditions, and student interests. Whether it be bringing in a cultural band, speaker, creating a traditional dish, or simply engaging in dialogues— events are the perfect opportunity for students to both share with and learn from others.
The Multicultural Center offers pre-professional work-study positions granting students the opportunity to work in a welcoming, professional office setting. Also, in collaboration with the Marketing & Communications team, students may apply for The Multicultural Center Marketing Internship. Visit the Workday App to apply.
What better place meet new people or relax than the Multicultural Center. The Center has computers with webcams and charging stations available for students. Students are welcome to play games, study and take part in fruitful conversations.
The Multicultural Center offers training to all campus constituents starting with Orientation. The Center opens the year with a DEI training to all incoming students. This training ranges in activity though focuses on DEI topics such as social and racial justice. The 360: A Compelling Conversation is a panel discussion based event which promotes a healthy discussion around social justice topics. The entire Western community is invited to participate. Specialized trainings are available upon request.
Professional development is a key pillar to student success. The Center regularly offers professional development opportunities such as resume workshops, elevator pitches, LinkedIn trainings & invites alumni to share their professional wisdom. While these trainings are intended to help students during their time at Western, these are skills we hope to instill to be used post graduation.
All clubs are supported by a faculty/staff advisor. The advisor is a volunteer who provides guidance in regard to event planning, recruiting strategies, meeting facilitation, conflict mitigation, budgetary management, and campus-wide communications. Both the Director and Assistant Director for Unity and Belonging are available upon request for additional consultation.
Serving students is the Center’s Primary focus as we strive to ensure student success through providing not only a space of comfort yet fostering lifelong relationships with peers and professional staff.
Building relationships is crucial for not only the college experience, yet life beyond Western. As such, faculty and staff are invited to conduct regular office hours in which students can see this as an opportunity to ask for help or seek out advice from professionals. In addition, faculty and staff are welcome to attend events put on by the Center throughout the year.
Giving back to the local community is a valuable asset to the Center as students are able to conduct hours of community service, internships, collaborate with external entities and network beyond Western’s campus.
Supporting our students.
The Multicultural Awareness Scholarship is open to continuing, full-time Colorado residents who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a contribution or promotion of diversity on Western’s campus. Contact Sally Romero, Director of Multicultural Affairs, for more information.
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