Welcome to Arkansas State University!

About the Multicultural Center

MISSION

Arkansas State University’s Multicultural Center works to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment by providing programming that promotes an appreciation for diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. We are committed to affirming the overall experiences of our students, and servicing as a support system and resource for the concerns and needs of students from marginalized and/or underrepresented identity groups.

GOALS

  • To help foster an inclusive campus environment where everyone matters and everyone contributes.
  • To advance diversity education and cultural competence through programs and initiatives.
  • To provide leadership opportunities and development for students.
  • To facilitate meaningful relationships and provide collaboration opportunities that create multicultural awareness.
  • To continuously advocate for marginalized student groups.

VALUES

Awareness

We create awareness through the implementation of programs, workshops, resources, and training.

Education

We contribute to the academic experience through creating thought-provoking and transformative learning experiences.

Exploration

We encourage all individuals to explore the cultural connections to their identity groups as well as the identity groups of others.

Community

We actively build an inclusive, safe, and positive environment for all members of the A-State community and the city of Jonesboro.

Advocacy

We inspire members of the community to advocate for their own needs, as well as the needs of others.

Student Success

We encourage academic achievement, personal development, accountability, which promotes lifelong learning.

History of the Multicultural Center

2008

In 2008, Ryan Beaird, Student Government Association (SGA) president and Anna Callaway, a member of SGA, presented a resolution to re-allocate the soon to be vacated Fitness Club space in the Student Union. The vacated space would be used for a Multicultural Center, Non-Traditional Student Lounge, Computer Lab, and meeting room space. (The new Red W.O.L.F. Center would replace the services the Fitness Club provided).

2010

The Multicultural Center at Arkansas State University was established in 2010. In August of 2010, Kimberly Johnson, coordinator of multicultural affairs, moved into the new space designated for the Multicultural Center located on the third floor, suite 3003 of the Carl R. Reng Student Union. At this time, the Multicultural Center remained under the leadership of the Student Leadership Office. 

2011

In August 2011, Niya Blair became the first director of the Multicultural Center.

2013

In August of 2013, the center was established as a stand-alone department reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

2015

In the Fall of 2015, Tirrany Thurmond became the second director of the Multicultural Center. 

2017

In May of 2017, Dr. Evette Allen became the third director of the Multicultural Center.

The Multicultural Center continues to serve as an integral part of campus life as a place that offers and supports multicultural awareness and learning through programs and initiatives that increase understanding and appreciation of differences.