The Stockton University Multicultural Center is a vibrant hub that welcomes and serves all members of our community, including students, faculty, staff, alums, and other campus visitors. The center provides our visitors with a home away from home and a source of educational opportunities.
A Place of Belonging! A Place Where We Put Students First!
The Multicultural Center serves as a resource for the entire campus community while placing the experiences of diverse and historically marginalized groups at the center. Specifically, the center will strive to cultivate counter-spaces to support the engagement, belonging, and development of African-American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students.
A dynamic learning environment for the campus community
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The Multicultural Center has at its core the following missions:
- Cultivates a vibrant environment that promotes community, collaboration, critical thinking, and continued learning.
- Provides a platform for continued partnership with all areas on campus.
- Opportunities for faculty and staff to interact with students outside of the classroom/office.
- Establishes a brave space where students can be their authentic selves and thrive.
- Promotes respect for, and understanding of cultural diversity.
- Create a sense of belonging for students to increase their institutional connectedness and college persistence.
- Provides a multitude of resources that supports first-generation students, students of color, and students with various gender identities and sexual orientations to reach their highest potential.
- Opportunities for students to participate in volunteerism and become more civically engaged.
- Is a "destination" for students and the campus community to go to for informal support, an ally, a home away from home.
2022-23 Academic Year Plans
The center will primarily serve as a lounge space, but events and workshops will take place periodically. Here are some examples:
- Fred Flicks Series - Monthly series that will feature a short film/show that examines media representation, socialization, and stereotypes of marginalized identities
- Real Talk Tuesday - A co-curricular series intended to create space to engage in difficult dialogue that will enhance critical study, thought, and reflection around issues of race, ethnicity, systems of power, privilege, and oppression, impacts of intersectionality, and unpacking unconscious bias and microaggressions.
- Soul Food Sundays - A monthly gathering to engage in community and conversation while enjoying soul food!
- Cultural Kickbacks - A monthly gathering celebrating culture through music, food, games, and activities.
- Cultural Heritage Month Programming - In celebration of the histories and contributions of historically marginalized identities, Stockton commemorates heritage months and identity acknowledgments throughout the year. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to learn more about the traditions, people, scholarship, history, and current experiences of those who've overcome oppression to create opportunities for all.
- Chris Catching - Vice President for Student Affairs
- Don Hudson - Vice President, Facilities & Operations
- Ashlee Roberts - Executive Director of Student Affairs Planning and Operations
- Donnetrice Allison - Professor and Coordinator of Africana Studies, Communication Studies, and Director of Strategic Initiatives
- Rhianon Lepree - Director of Real Estate
- Nordia Johnson - Director of Academic Achievement Programs
- Marques Johnson - Director for Residential Life Education and Student Services
- Valerie Hayes - Chief Office for Diversity and Inclusion
- Arnaldo Cordero-Roman - Professor of Spanish; President, Unidos
- Merydawilda Colon - Executive Director of the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning; Professor of Social Work
- Luz Allen - Assistant Director of Counseling Services
- Shedia Laguer - Assistant Director, Student Development
- Ana Edmondson - Director, Student Transition Programs
- Haley Baum, Dean of Students
- Walter Tarver, Assistant Vice President for Student Transitions, Access & Retention
- Beverly Vaughn - Professor of Music
- Josh Hunte - Student Senator, Diversity & Inclusion Chairperson
- Dianne Stalling - Assistant Director, Student Development
- Kiara Velez-Padilla - President, Los Latinos Unidos (2019-2020)
- Jessica Grullon - Associate Director of Admissions Services; Vice President of Unidos
- Danielle Combs - President, NAACP (2019-2020)
- Brian Jackson - Chief Operating Office, Atlantic City Campus
- Mark Ciccotelli - Project Manager, Facilities Planning & Construction
- Charles “Skip” West - Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Construction
- Marcie Pallante - Assistant to the Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Construction
- JY Zhou - Director & Senior International Office, Office of Global Engagement
- Cynthia “Cindy” Gove - Project Manager, Interior & Facilities Management