Clarion's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is grounded in the university's mission and core values. We're a community where those who live, study, and work see difference as an opportunity to learn about ourselves, each other, and the larger world. We put these values into practice by welcoming students from different cultures, heritages, identities, and perspectives.
We are intentional about promoting an inclusive, student centered environment by providing programs and other opportunities to deepen an understanding of others, form respectful and civil relationships, and develop skills in interacting effectively across differences.
Minority Student Services
The vision of Minority Student Services includes the achievement of true integration as shared power, building respect for distinct cultures, and the infusion of various perspectives in decision-making and problem solving.
The Office of Minority Student Services provides support for the psychological, emotional, social and academic adjustment of minority students to college life. The Academic Excellence Program, Men of Color Think Tank, and Women United are only three examples of the opportunities available for students to discuss issues, share concerns, and obtain support.
The Office of Minority Student Services serves as the coordinating agency for a wide range of multicultural organizations where students can share cultures and experiences, gain leadership experience, and enhance skills, such as goal setting, planning, and teamwork.
The office serves as a resource on diversity issues for the entire campus, and promotes understanding of diversity among minority and majority students, faculty, administrators and staff. Building Bridges is an interactive program whose goal is to facilitate communication and collaboration among students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. A multi-ethnic team of student associates visits classes and other groups to share their personal experiences and lead discussions.
special celebrations and events
Several MLK events are held throughout the academic year to promote Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and dream of social justice. The Annual Minority Student Recognition Dinner is held in the spring semester to recognize minority students for their achievements in academics, leadership, service, and sports. The office also supports cultural celebrations, such as:
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
- National Native American Heritage Month (November 1- November 30)-
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (January)
- Black History Month (February)
- Women's History Month (March)
- Asian Heritage Month (May)
The Office of Minority Student Services maintains information and application forms for two scholarship opportunities and provides other scholarship resources.
The office publishes the UMOJA newsletter to periodically share information about upcoming events.
Rogers J. Laugand III
Director of Minority Student Services
412 Becht Hall
+1 814 393 2043