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Academic Initiatives

MSA is committed to academic achievement and retention; Graduation is the primary goal. The MSA Scholars Recognition Program, the S.E.T., (Seeking Excellence Together), Study Incentive Program, The Learning Tree Book Exchange and Harambee (Lets Pull Together) Book Scholarships focus on motivating students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits. All the programs in MSA are designed to promote academic success. Our mission is to support the academic vision of the institution; to encourage students to Strive to be the Best (scholar); Strive to be ahead of all the rest (be academically competitive); to strive to learn, (put academics 1st) to strive to take their turn; (to recognize that education can and does change lives).

Leadership Development Institute


MSA builds leaders! By providing students with training and experiences from a global/multicultural perspective, MSA leaders are equip to perform on a world stage. The REAL, (Rigorous Expectations of All Leaders), Institute is designed for returning students who are members of the MSA Leadership contingent and/or returning students who have expressed a desire to be a part of the institute. These students must be committed to scholarship and service. PEERS, (Promoting Excellence through Establishing Relationships for Success) Institute is designed for first year students who demonstrated a commitment to self exploration, academic excellence, diversity awareness and leadership development

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Information and Referral Services

 MSA is a student centered place; a place where students comes first. Providing life coaching, directing students to appropriate services, serving as a liaison and if necessary advocating for students is a critical role that MSA plays in the lives of students.  

Diversity Education and Training

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MSA offers a smorgasbord of programs created to promote diversity and multiculturalism. The programs include but are not limited to the Cultural Immersion Experiences, Building Bridges Classroom Initiative, In Living Color Players Diversity Performance Group, MTO, (MSA to Order), workshop development and training component; MSA staff will tailor and present diversity workshops, motivational speeches, and lectures for the campus and community at large. In addition, each student group within the MSA conducts small group activities designed to promote inclusiveness.  The Student Round Tables, the Erase the Hate Rally, the Day of Silence and the Great Debate are examples of these activities.

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Campus and community wide programs that educate entertain and promote cultural awareness through utilizing food, festival and fun as a mechanism to promote interaction and understanding.  Events such as the Latino Explosion, the Hip/Hop Campus Invasion, the Pride fest, the Diversity Festival, Kwanzaa, The GLBT Bend your Gender Show, the Martin Luther King March for Humanity, Soulful Saturday Black History Celebration, the Womem's History Month Big Hat Brunch, the African Fair, the Asian New Year Extravaganza and the Multiethnic Student Luau are done to celebrate and acknowledge contributions of underrepresented groups as well as commemorate national occasions. The programs are free and open to the public.

Community Linkage Program /Volunteer Initiative

image 5Each One, Reach One, Teach One is a hallmark of the MSA. Avenues are provided for students to become involved in service learning opportunities that promote community/global awareness and involvement as well as provide practical experiences working in diverse environments. The goal is to assist students in becoming workers in a global market place. MSA links with individuals and organizations both on and off campus that serve as a support system for students. Projects include but are not limited to the African American Youth Summit, the Latino Youth Summit, and the BROTHERS, (Building Character, Retaining Men, Opening Minds, Teaching Tolerance, Helping Up, Empowering Lives) Youth Summit: It Was All a Dream, and the Saving our Sisters Young Women Project. The Haiti Project, Roots African Village Project, The New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Project, the Bahamas Paradise Project, the Parent Partnership Program, Disciple It Gospel Outreach Program, the STEP,(Striving to Educate People Program) and the Oye tutoring initiatives, the Carlisle Victory Circle Program and the Harrisburg Gear-Up Program are all service learning opportunities for students . MSA also links with a myriad of campus programs such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program, the R. Benjamin Wiley Pittsburgh Partnership Program, and the Academic Success Program.


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Involvement Services (SIS) Fair
Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11 a.m..

Cumberland Drive
Rain Location (SHIP REC)

Come check out all of the programs & organizations
that MSA has to offer! 

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Upcoming Events


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SU March for Humanity to honor Charleston Nine, MLK legacy 

The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March for Humanity is Jan. 28 at Shippensburg University. The event, open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building. 

The Reverend Dr. Mark Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, is the guest speaker. Tyler is an activist, advocate, teacher and historian who works within the Hate Won’t Win movement. he is also curator of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Museum housed at the Mother Bethel church. 

This year’s events, with the theme of “hate won’t win,” will include a tribute to the Charleston Nine, who were killed in a mass shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last June.  

The march is intended as a way for students, faculty and staff to stand together in solidarity against the injustices that continue to pervade our society. Diane Jefferson, director of the multicultural student affairs office, described the Charleston Nine as “a group of people who did not answer hate with hate. They answered hate with love and I think that speaks to MLK’s legacy. Whatever the hate crime, whatever the motivation, it’s going to take a multiracial coalition of folks to address the issue.” 

The March for Humanity is an annual event sponsored by the university’s African American Organization in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (717) 477-1616, or send e-mail to

Venue: Ceddia Union Building

 Date: January 28, 2016

Time: 3.30 pm




Mon. thru Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Call to Reserve Center  - 717-477-1616


Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
Gilbert Hall 100,
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg PA 17257

 Director: Diane L. Jefferson
Phone: 717-477-1616
Fax: 717-477-4074 

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