Mississippi Valley State University

September 20, 2014

Cultural Diversity Center

Most institutions of higher learning were founded and nurtured by groups of individuals from the same culture such as African American, Christian or European to name a few. The obvious result was that the institution reflected the culture of this group both in the classroom and in social events. Recognizing the need for diversity among students, many universities have sought to diversify their student body beyond their predominant cultural make up.

Programs directed at increasing recruitment and retention of diverse students have been implemented at most institutions. These programs include counselors to deal with cultural specific needs as well as student lounges designed to make the students feel comfortable. As a HBCU, our university established a Campus Diversity Program together with a Diversity Center to help attract and retain racially and culturally diverse students. These students have become a vital and welcome part of the Valley family.

The MVSU Campus Diversity Center strives to provide a conducive and supportive learning, living, social and cultural environment for diverse students and to assimilate these students into the student body at large. Located in the Student Union, the Center serves as the hub of the diverse students' daily campus life.

Students study, play video games, cards, board games and ping pong at the Center. They also play guitars, utilize computers and hold weekly meetings where they can gather in a comfortable environment.

The Center's staff provides counseling and guidance to the students in all areas - residential life, academic matters, and cultural concerns. Also, events are held which are designed to improve quality of life and enhance the overall collegiate experience of the participants. Staffed and equipped in summer 2004, the Center has made great strides in enriching the lives of MVSU's diverse student population.

SHOTS FROM RECENT EVENTS!

August 30, 2006: David Dunavent and Steven Webb

September 15, 2006: Levi Smith and the Icons Party

Levi Smith

Jazzercise and Cindy Lauper

Neal Belmonte and Maria Del Guercio

Kris Kross

Kris Kross

GI Jane and some Crazy Soccer Fans

Selena and Neal

GI's

Erkel and Zach Penprase

Pregnant Britney Spears and Cindy Lauper

Tiny Tim and Soccer fan

Selena and Beyonce'

October 14, 2006: Kickball Tourney

Team 3 Runners up

October 14, 2006: Sharpie Party in the Royal Room

HOLLOWEEN 2006

HAWAIIANS, B-BALL PLAYER, AND A BAG OF LEAVES

COWGIRLS

NURSE, NUDIST ON STRIKE, GYPSIE/PIRATE, AND A BAG OF LEAVES

BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES ORGANIZATION 2006