Multicultural Center

MC Update

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Statement from The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement on recent national events:

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) is committed to social justice, and use this very principle to guide our educational initiatives, programming, and advocacy at UT Dallas. We condemn the actions that have led to the murders of countless Black Americans, including Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and the most recent attack on Iyanna Dior. These deaths have also been met with racism, hate, and bias perpetrated against those protesting across the country.

It is essential, though, that we use this time to reflect on what has brought us to moments like these. Racism, as a systemic issue in America, has impacted the way in which many Black Americans experience this country. This includes experiences with law enforcement, education, healthcare, housing, and wealth attainment.

Many may see this as simply an indictment of America, but we can also see it as an opportunity for improvement and work toward reconciliation, healing, and sustained reform that addresses systemic inequality and racial bias. In this time of heartache, ODCE is working diligently and passionately with campus partners and our campus community to comfort and connect. We are dedicated to creating and supporting pathways of knowledge that help us address the varied experiences we share and hold individually. Through the four components of our office: Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Multicultural Center, Galerstein Gender Center, and Community Engagement, we will do the following:

  1. Continue to provide inclusive programming that affirms those with marginalized identities
  2. Amplify on- and off-campus resources to educate our campus community about these issues and how you can be engaged in solutions
  3. Commit to leading conversations with our campus community on racism and systemic inequity that disproportionally impact Black members of our community
  4. Provide guidance for affinity space conversations for students, faculty, and staff

To our Black students, staff, and faculty, please know that we care deeply and we are standing with you. Our nation is in turmoil and we recognize that the issue of police brutality and violence against Black people are issues that are more acute and more salient for many of you. We see you. We hear you. We want you here.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity work is something in which our entire campus community must take part in. As President Benson stated, “We at UT Dallas, recommit to providing a safe, welcoming environment to all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.” We strongly believe that we must leverage our collective knowledge to provide equity in the opportunities and climate for all students, staff, and faculty to achieve continued success at UT Dallas. We invite you to join us in these efforts, and we will always be here to help guide, advise, and celebrate you.

Please continue to connect with us through our various social media and platforms below as we work to increase our existing list of resources and tools.

On-campus resources for faculty, staff, and students:

Off-campus resources

Multicultural Center Response

Statement of Support

We stand in solidarity with our Black and African American community- especially during these troubling times as hatred, inequity, oppression, and marginalization has been heightened. Our center respects the profound ways that our community members of various cultures, backgrounds, and identities enrich our university community. We value the contributions you have made and we now challenge you to lean on each other, as we extend our support to you during these painful times.

Please remember we are all here for you.

Our Virtual Office Hours

The Multicultural Center is virtually open M-F (8 am-5 pm).

If you need to set up a private appointment, feel free to email our staff.

Please keep in mind that though our doors may be closed, the Multicultural Center is still here for you.