Arkansas State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs 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 serving as a support system and resource for the concerns and needs of students from marginalized and/or underrepresented identity groups.
- 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.
We create awareness through the implementation of programs, workshops, resources, and training.
We contribute to the academic experience through creating thought-provoking and transformative learning experiences.
We encourage all individuals to explore the cultural connections to their identity groups as well as the identity groups of others.
We actively build an inclusive, safe, and positive environment for all members of the A-State community and the city of Jonesboro.
We inspire members of the community to advocate for their own needs, as well as the needs of others.
We encourage academic achievement, personal development, accountability, which promotes lifelong learning.
History of Multicultural Affairs
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).
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.
In August 2011, Niya Blair became the second director of the Multicultural Center.
In August of 2013, the center was established as a stand-alone department reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
In the Fall of 2015,
In May of 2017, Dr. Evette Allen became the fourth 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.
The Multicultural Center became the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Dr. Evette Allen began her role as the Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Excellence. Services were extended to encompass programs for women and gender initiatives and military and veteran students in addition to the many services already provided. Department staff include Mr. Joshua Smith (assistant director), Ms. Rachel Hendrix (coordinator/office manager), Ms. Shanita Hicks (graduate assistant), and Mr. Taron Robinson (graduate assistant).
Multicultural Center and
Non-Traditonal Student Services Staff
Victoria is a graduate assistant with the Multicultural Center and Non-Traditional Student Services. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education degree from Arkansas State. Ms. Morgan is currently pursuing a Masters of Special Education, Educational Specialist degree through the Academic Partnership program. She is proud to continue the A-State family tradition as it is the college that her mother, father, and stepmother attended.
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
Payshia Jones is a native of Charleston, MS. She received her BA from Mississippi State University in History with a minor in African American Studies. She also has a special interest in Women and Gender Studies and anime. She is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Multicultural Center.
"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm