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
Hip/Hop Campus Invasion
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
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
Descriptions of these programs and services can be found at the What We Offer Link!
Stop by the annual Student
Involvement Services (SIS) Fair
Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11 a.m..
Rain Location (SHIP REC)
Come check out all of the programs & organizations
that MSA has to offer!
Hope to see you there!
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.
EVENING HOURS UPON REQUEST
Call to Reserve Center - 717-477-1616
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
Gilbert Hall 100,
Shippensburg PA 17257
Director: Diane L. Jefferson