ISU’s Office of Multicultural Services and Programs offers wide variety of programs to students
It is no secret that Indiana State University has a very diverse campus population. In fact, according to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s website, Indiana State has students from over 65 countries around the world. With the wide variety of ethnicities and cultures represented on campus, Indiana State University has stressed the importance of coexisting as a community, regardless of different identities and lived experiences.
Grace Hicks, a senior Insurance and Risk Management major and third-year Social Justice Educator at Burford Hall, says that in order to spread awareness about social justice, “Students need to recognize their privilege and research injustice.” She says that injustice occurs all of the time, “even in the smallest form. Educating yourself is the most powerful tool.”
To future Indiana State University students, Hicks has one piece of advice: “Come to ISU ready to learn and willing to shift your views.”
The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at Indiana State University offers a wide variety of programs available to students designed to “assist students in finding the services or tools they need to be successful.” These include academic, financial, living, safety, services, community based, and regional resources that span on and off-campus. For example, some of the resources available include the Women’s Resource Center – located on the 7th floor of the Hulman Memorial Student Union – and links to scholarships for men and women with multicultural achievements.
For students who have a social justice issue, Hicks says, “They are welcomed with support and attention from not just the Social Justice Educators, but all other staff members. Depending on the issue, students are given on-campus resources to address issues and staff members to provide care and information.” More information on what to do if faced with a social justice issue can be found at the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs website at indstate.edu/student-affairs/msp.
Anyone interested in becoming a Social Justice Educator can look for details at indstate.edu/reslife/living-at-state/get-involved/StudentStaffMember or contact ResLife at Reslife@indstate.edu.