Multicultural Affairs

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"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Mahatma Ghandi

The Office of Multicultural Affairs reflects our belief in the value of diversity. We strive to foster a campus-wide climate of respect and promote a culturally diverse and nondiscriminatory environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Established in 1990, the Office of Multicultural Affairs encourages all students to expand their knowledge of people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The OMA assists students of color with their adjustment to college life and works closely with multicultural student groups to sponsor campus-wide events that promote diverse cultures and lifestyles.

Programs & Services

Cultural Student Organizations

  • All Students Intersted in Asia (ASIA)
  • The Black Student Association (BSA)
  • The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • The Hispanic Organization for Language and Arts (HOLA)
  • The Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange (RICE)

Multicultural Resource Center

The multicultural resource center is a space that provides students with resources in the form of books, magazines, movies, games and a computer for cultural research.   

History and Heritage Month Celebrations

The history and heritage of all groups are celebrated throughout the year.  Below are the months celebrated at Rhodes in conjunction with the campus calendar.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month- September 15-October 15
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender History Month-October
  • Native American Heritage Month-November
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday- January 15th (observed the 3rd Monday in January)
  • Black History Month-February
  • Women′s History Month-March

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)

The National Coalition Building Institute is an international, non-profit leadership training organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1984, NCBI has worked to eliminate racism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination throughout the world. Instituted at Rhodes in 2004, NCBI provides prejudice-reduction to faculty, staff and students throughout the year. Contact Carol Casey (casey@rhodes.edu, 843-3885)  for information about upcoming opportunities and ways to participate.

Safe Zones Program 

Safe Zones serve as a source of support and information, free of judgment and hostility. They display the Safe Zone logo to indicate that they have completed Safe Zone training and have signed a contract expressing their commitment to Safe Zone policies and procedures. 

Serving Our Students (SOS) Peer Mentor Program

S.O.S. matches first-year students with upper-class peer mentors to help them make the academic and social transitions to college life.