Academic Support

The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) prides itself in being a valuable resource center that is also a referral center. When we cannot help students directly, we refer them to people who can. We operate by the mantra, “if you take one step toward us, we will gladly take two steps toward you.”

We have staff members that can help students identify and capitalize on their learning style, choose a major and/or career, build rapport with their academic advisor and/or professor, manage their time more effectively, and cope with academic and personal challenges including anxiety, conflict resolution and stress management.

MSSC staff also have great relationships with staff members in other departments at the George Washington University that are equipped to assist students with numerous facets of their academic and professional development. Students can make appointments with our staff members or take advantage of their express/drop-in office hours. For more information on making appointments with staff and staff office hours, please contact Erin Flanagan at

Summer Course Grant Initiative

We also offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to take one three-credit or four-credit course through our Summer Course Grant Initiative. Students can pick up applications at the front desk of the MSSC in early January. The application deadline is the first Friday in February. This initiative provides students the opportunity to take a course to ensure satisfactory academic progress, timely graduation or repeat a required course if necessary. The number of students who receive the grant varies from 25 - 40 depending on the budget allowed. Recipients of the grant are determined by a committee of MSSC staff members. Grant recipients are required to complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service affiliated with the MSSC as a part of their due diligence. They have until the middle of August to complete these service hours.  

For more information, contact the MSSC at