The George Washington University's (GW) Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) is an integral part of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) in the Office of the Provost. The MSSC reports directly to the Vice Provost, ODECE, Caroline Laguerre-Brown. Our vision and mission reflect our dedication to building a welcoming, enriching and inclusive environment at GW. Our rich history demonstrates our role and impact across campus as educators, trainers, advocates, mentors and community builders.
The MSSC enhances the GW experience by preparing students for success in an increasingly diverse and global society. In support of the university value of diversity, the MSSC leads university student diversity initiatives to ensure the same high quality university experience for all students, while contributing to an environment that promotes cultural competency, inclusion and social justice.
Through the development of strategic partnerships and innovative programs, the MSSC facilitates student leadership development and provides cultural education, “Real Conversations,” cultural programming and a building that has served as the best home away from home on campus for thousands of students over the years. By creating a safe space, we welcome students to explore, embrace and share their diverse identities and experiences.
During the 60's, the civil rights and affirmative action movements changed the the landscape of American race relations. College students nationwide provided substancial energy behind the political, economic, and societal changes that took place. Appropriately, universities and colleges answered the challenge to open their doors and policy to provide access to education for black and other minority students. In support of the students, Multicultural Centers were developed to provide academic, social, political, and advocacy support to insure the students short and long term retention, thriving, and eventual graduation.
The George Washington University's (GW) Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) was founded at GW in 1968 in response to a national movement led by the implementation of the Adams Order requiring the desegregation of the public universities in 13 states. The spirit of the movement was to eliminate the present day effect of past discrimination. University support programs, resources, and facilities like the MSSC became the norm nationwide.