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APIDA & Jewish-American Heritage Months

APIDA Heritage Month is our month long celebration for our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community.

May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month which uplifts and honors the identities, experiences, histories and cultures of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi-identified individuals.

Jewish American Heritage Month is our month long celebration for our Jewish American community.

Every May, Jewish American Heritage Month provides a time to learn about and celebrate Jewish people’s contributions to civic and cultural life in the United States. We invite you to join us for programming throughout the month.

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Western flag flown with Pride flag

Welcome to the Centers for Student Access, Community, and Intercultural Engagement!

Build community. Explore your identity. Expand your horizons. Find support.

Multicultural Center

In and beyond the Multicultural Center, explore services that support BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQ+ students. The MCC houses Multicultural Student Services, including the Ethnic Student Center, LGBTQ+ Western, the Tribal Liaison, and the Director of Student Resilience. The MCC also includes beautiful community space to study, hold club meetings, and meet friends. The MCC is a welcoming space; what happens in the space is organized by Multicultural Student Services, LGBTQ+ Western, the Disability Access Center, and our partners.

Schedule of academic and career support services in the Multicultural Center

Explore the Multicultural Center

Students working in the open study/kitchen area of the multicultural center
Students and employees from the Disability Access Center gathered in front of the Multicultural Center

Disability Access Center

The DAC partners with students, faculty, and staff to create accessible and inclusive class and co-curricular environments for students with disabilities. Accommodations facilitated by the DAC help ensure disabled students’ civil rights. In the 2022-23 year, the Disability Outreach Center became a program of the DAC, providing a place for students to connect and build community.

Schedule of academic and career support services in the Disability Outreach Center

Learn about the Disability Access Center

Multicultural Student Services

The Office of Multicultural Student Services creates initiatives and programming to support Western’s strategic goals in equity, excellence, and inclusion for our students. MSS strives to create and ensure an inclusive university community by centering and amplifying the voice of students with underrepresented and marginalized identities. We do this through collaboration, celebration, advocacy, and the development of learning spaces that focus on the topics of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and ability. The Ethnic Student Center, Black Student Coalition, and Blue Resource Center are part of MSS.

Learn about Multicultural Student Services

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Students raising a Pride flag

LGBTQ+ Western

LGBTQ+ Western works to advance the holistic thriving of diverse LGBTQ+ students by collaboratively engaging the Western community with transformational knowledge, resources, advocacy and celebration. LGBTQ+ Western is committed to learning about and celebrating sexual orientation and gender identity diversity as they intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion, and other aspects of identity and experience. We provide student support, LGBTQ+ affirming learning opportunities and celebrations, and advocacy for diverse queer and trans spectrum Western students.

Learn about LGBTQ+ Western

Events

- 2:00pm
Wilson Library 165 (Disability Outreach Center)
- 1:00pm
VU 735 (Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room)
- 1:00pm
Wilson Library 165 (Disability Outreach Center)

Student Clubs

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Student-led clubs are great ways to connect with students who share similar interests and build leadership skills. From the many clubs that make up the Ethnic Student Center, to the Adaptive Sports Club, Neurodivergent Club, QueerCon, Queer Eco Justice Club, and Lavender Menaces, there are many opportunities to get involved!

Find a Student-led Club

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