Multicultural Student Affairs
In 1989, Dr. Anthony Ceddia (University President) created the Office of Minority Student Affairs (MSA) in response to the growing need to address cultural and social needs of African American students. In 1990, the African American students invited the Latino students to become a charted MSA organization. Since 1990 several other cultural student organizations have become a part of the MSA family. In 1994, the office's name was changed to what it is known as today - The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
The MSA strives to expose students to individuals and experiences that will help them to grow, develop self-confidence, and gain assertiveness. The MSA always challenges students to learn about themselves and their cultures, and how they impact their everyday lives.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs provides students with the opportunity to ask the question "Why?" - especially about paramount issues such as sexism, racism, sexuality, religious preference, etc.
Programs Offered by the MSA Office
- MSA Scholars Recognition Program
- S.E.T (Seeking Excellence Together) - Study Incentive Program
- The Learning Tree Book Exchange
- Harambee (Lets Pull Together) Book Scholarships
- The REAL, (Rigorous Expectations of All Leaders) Institute
- PEERS (Promoting Excellence through Establishing Relationships for Success) Institute
- Cultural Immersion Experiences
- Building Bridges Classroom Initiative
- In Living Color Players Diversity Performance Group
- MTO (MSA to Order), workshop development and training component
- Student Round Tables
- Erase the Hate Rally
- Annual Day of Silence
- Free To Be ME
- Latino Explosion
- Hip/Hop Campus Invasion
- Pride Fest
- Diversity Festival
- GLBT Bend your Gender Drag Show
- Martin Luther King March for Humanity
- Soulful Saturday Black History Celebration
- Women’s History Month Big Hat Brunch and Hair Show
- African Fair
- Asian New Year Extravaganza
- Global Fusion Festival
- African American Youth Summit
- Latino Youth Summit
- BROTHERS Youth Summit: It Was All a Dream
- Parent Partnership Program
- Disciple It Gospel Outreach Program
- Harrisburg Gear-Up Program
A Message from the Director
Welcome to the Shippensburg University Office of Multicultural Student Affairs web pages. As you browse these pages, I hope you will be excited and inspired by what you learn.
When I'm asked to describe the MSA I usually reply, "We are a family", a family who supports, advocated, challenges and encourages one another to succeed. Our mission is to educate and graduate students who will possess a vision for leadership and a will to excel. One of my favorite quotes is, "Mediocrity is not an option". MSA touches the lives of people who will shape the future.
We hope that you will visit us at our office, utilize our meeting rooms, and attend the events that we sponsor as well as those sponsored by our student groups.
Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become involved with MSA or if you have ideas or suggestions!
Diane L. Jefferson, Director
Multicultural Student Affairs