Multicultural Student Services
Recognition, Education & Celebration
MCSS works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students. We offer a number of programs including Sexuality Issues, Relationships, & Gender Education (SIRGE), campus-wide recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Japanese Internment during WWII, and graduation events including our annual Graduates of Color and Lavender Graduation celebrations.
MCSS works with over 12 student-led cultural heritage and social issue organizations. Many of these student organizations are represented at the Student Diversity Center (SDC) and collaborate in areas of mutual interest. Pictured here, students from Hui-O-Hawai'i preform at Puget Sound's 42nd Annual Lu'au, themed "Kulia I Ka Nu`u" or "Strive for the Summit".
Queer Resources at Puget Sound
University of Puget Sound has been a proud pioneer for queer inclusion since the late-1980s. Through dedicated efforts of our staff, faculty and students, LGBTQA awareness remains a relevant topic on campus. Today, our campus scores 4.5 stars (83%) in an independent LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate survey sponsored by Campus Pride.
Multicultural Student Services (MCSS) works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students; specifically for those from underrepresented populations (according to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity) at Puget Sound. The support services and resources in MCSS enhance intra-cultural and intercultural awareness and skills to foster student engagement with institutional values of multiculturalism and civic leadership.
Find out more about our services by viewing the MCSS Brochure.
Students, staff, and faculty bring many kinds
of diversity to the Puget Sound community.
Each person’s race, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, family circumstances, age, socioeconomic status, and geographic region combine in unique ways to form his, her, or hir identity. Multiculturalism empowers us to explore and recognize the equal human worth of individuals and distinctive groups of people. On our campus, this means challenging ourselves and one another to move outside our comfort zones, to take small and large risks, to take action.
Multicultural Student Services (MCSS) is committed to
enhancing intercultural awareness and creating a learning
environment in which everyoned feels welcome and respected.
Our staff provides resources and support for all students interested in exploring multicultural issues. We work in particular to support the needs of students of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students; women; first generation college students; students of various spiritual backgrounds, ability, and documentation status.
College is typically a time when students begin
or continue exploring their cultural heritage.
MCSS works in partnership with faculty, staff and students to provide learning opportunities that promote self-discovery and reflection. Programs and resources include coordination of the Student Diversity Center, Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE); support for multicultural student organizations; development of leadership and service opportunities; availability of print and online multicultural resources; and coordination of a variety of educational and social programs to promote cross-cultural learning and social justice.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our programs and resources. We also encourage you to explore the Student Diversity Center (SDC) and consider joining one of our many student organizations. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch.