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Focus On Diversity

We all have so much we can learn from one another - our experiences, our cultures, our approaches to life. MCLA recognizes how much each of us is enriched, enlightened, and strengthened when we share our stories, and when we listen to stories different from our own.

Valuing diversity and multiculturalism is an integral part of the MCLA mission. Group of MCLA studentsAs an agent of social change, MCLA is committed to helping achieve respect, acceptance, and justice for everyone. Here are some of the more tangible ways you can explore diversity and personal growth at MCLA:

Multicultural Education Resource Center

MCLA offers many options for all students to build a strong, supportive College community that's critical to individual and group achievement. The Multicultural Education Resource Center encourages cross-cultural relations, student empowerment, and leadership especially for ALANA, international, and veteran students. Connecting students with successful peers, faculty, and community members helps students envision and realize their goals. The Center also promotes access to College and other resources, benefits, scholarships, careers development, and graduate programs.

The Center collaborates with our ALANA and other clubs and departments to enhance College programs, activities, and services that engage all and especially unrepresented students. Together we work to enlighten the MCLA and local community about the value and contributions of many cultures and perspectives.

Here are some of the ways you can participate:

  • Support or host multicultural overnights for prospective students to experience inclusive campus life at MCLA.
  • Be a student assistant for open houses for prospective and accepted students, and orientation sessions for new students.
  • Join ALANA and other clubs, Club Council, and Student Government Association programs and activities.
  • Establish mentoring and advising relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.
  • Participate in internships, College work opportunities, and study abroad.
  • Engage in community service and outreach opportunities.

Stop by!

Arlene Theodore, Assistant Director of Diversity Programs & Multicultural Education Center
Multicultural Education Resource Center
Campus Center, Room 320
413.662.5440
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Accessible evenings and weekends by student clubs and student staff.

Susan B. Anthony Women's Center

The Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center was created over 20 years ago and remains as a vibrant resource to the College and the community.

As part of the Student Affairs Division at MCLA, the Center focuses on:

  • Empowering women, men and non-binary gender individuals to activity stand against oppression.
  • Provide workshops and educational activities and programs to support students’ critical thinking, understanding of social change options and methods and personal empowerment
  • Foster the development of responsible, productive, and engaged citizens through collaborative efforts within the MCLA community and beyond.
  • Cultivate an environment where students think critically and understand how to find and create networks and mentors to help them grow and affect social change.
  • Help the MCLA community address issues and concerns related to the multiple dimensions of Feminism including but not limited to: age, class, culture, differing physical and learning abilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.

We have a small lending library with academic books on women's rights, statistics, inspiring women, and Queer folk which you may use for research projects or presentations.

We also support the Women's Studies Minor in a number of ways, including support for Women's Studies curriculum development, course advising, and annual celebration of our students' achievements.

The Susan B. Anthony Women's Center is located on the third floor of the Amsler Campus Center, in room 323. Stop by during Center hours or email us at: womenscenter@mcla.edu.

The Identity and Gender Equality Resource Center (IGE)

IGE works to develop and cultivate a LGBTQIA+ friendly and knowledgeable community not just at MCLA but also throughout the greater Northern Berkshire Community. Through elevating safe spaces and educational programming, the Center strives to increase awareness and knowledge of issues in the LGBTQIA+ community pertaining to gender, sexual and romantic identities. This is coupled with knowledge of how these identities change and are significant to a variety of different cultures in hopes to develop a more understanding and safe community for people of all identities. Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link

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