The Multicultural Student Services Center is the campus hub for Multicultural programming, campus community building, culture sharing, LGBTQIA, and Interfaith initiatives, all guided by a strong belief in our shared humanity. MSSC students and staff put their hearts into ensuring that everyone who walks in the door will experience the kind of welcomeness and belonging that is synonymous with finding family in the middle of their educational journey. The multicultural community "home away from home," our students say it best. "The MSSC...it's more than just a building, it's the one place where I can find people like me."
Director of Multicultural Student Services Center
15 years of service at the George Washington University
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The Institute for Citizen Leaders - MSSC Retreat 2019
The Institute for Citizen Leaders (ICL) is a two day institute hosted by units across GW’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) that explores the intersections of community engagement and diversity, preparing students for their roles as leaders in community and civic engagement both on campus and in the D.C. community.
Students had the opportunity to interact and work with GW administrators, faculty, staff and expert facilitators to understand the core values and vision of inclusive excellence, social responsibility and innovative thinking that is a hallmark of the GW educational experience.
See more photos from MSSC Retreat 2019.
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GW's pride celebration brought together students, faculty and staff in the Marvin Center to enjoy summer refreshments at our ice cream and cupcake social.
Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village in New York City, which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
Each Pride Month, members of the LGBTQ community and allies organize parades, picnics, parties, workshops, concerts, and rallies nationwide. These Pride events attract millions of people and commemorate the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender individuals have had on local, national and international struggles for social justice.
My favorite GW moment is just being at the Multicultural Student Services Center. Since I was a freshman, I have been coming to this building since I've always participated in events here. So, in my freshman year, I was living on the Mount Vernon Campus, and I took naps here in between classes. Since I arrived at GW, I have been part of the Organization of Latino American Students and all of the meetings have taken place here. It's just like a family vibe that I come here, and I feel welcomed.
My favorite part of the MSSC is Erin [Flanagan] because she is just so welcoming, so warm and she just gives me the best vibes. Before an interview, or before I have to do anything, I come to talk to her, and she gives me that support. She's always there to help, not only me but also other students. I think that's pretty awesome. Overall, I thank her for everything.
It's the building, but it's also the people who are here, who work here, it's the receptionist and Mr. [Michael] Tapscott, George, Krystal. I think it's just the people and the vibe and that community sense of belonging.”
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Degree: B.A. in international affairs
Post-graduation: “To enjoy life as much as possible”
As an honorary big sister to all George Washington University students who visit the Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), Erin Flanagan does it all.
Officially, she is the business operations manager for the MSSC, but her day-to-day involves so much more. From putting out mini-fires such as finding a missing file or fixing a malfunctioning printer, to be a personal problem solver for the students who come into the MSSC, Ms. Flanagan has greatly contributed to making the MSSC a home away from home.
“People ask me like, what is it that you do—I can't tell you,” Ms. Flanagan said. “Each day brings something different, and I think that, for me, I like working in that kind of ambiguous grey area of what's happening because I feel like you discover possibilities when you don't have something that's set."
Nyat Ghidel, a senior studying political science, and creative writing spends a lot of her free time visiting Ms. Flanagan at the MSSC to get life advice, laugh about their day and just bond over lunch. Read the full story in GW Today.
Cultural Heritage Celebrations