PCC’s Multicultural Center
The PCC Sylvania multicultural center (MC) serves as a resource center for PCC’s students of color. Each of PCC’s campus has a multicultural center with a mission
“to support the recruitment, retention, and holistic (academic, leadership, professional) success of students of color and promote, diversity, inclusion, and equity.”
A combination of 6 student staff and 3 full time staff support the functions of the multicultural center at the Sylvania campus. The multicultural center offers programming year round including workshops, the winter pow wow, a men of color leadership program, and the MC student leadership program. However, the two most utilized resources available at the MC are snacks and printing, with students often dropping in for a quick snack or to print an assignment before class.
The MC has also sponsored other club events. Recently, they worked with the Muslim Student Association, so as to give clubs an opportunity to utilize the space and resources the MC has to offer. This academic year the MC hosted the 20th annual Winter Pow Wow where they raised over $20,000 for the Native Scholarship fund. For the spring quarter, the Multicultural Center will be promoting their program, “Voices” where students can audition to perform as an under-recognized historical figure.
“I came from a high school that was very white, so it was good for me to talk to people with different backgrounds,” said MC student leader Mitzi Pulido. The MC gives students of color on campus an opportunity to explore their own identities. “The MC gives students of color an opportunity to explore their identities in one of few environments specifically designed to offer a sense of equity and agency outside of mostly white spaces”
The Sylvania Multicultural Center staff hopes to continue to expand their programming and increase collaboration MC’s at other campuses. “In the future we want the events to go broader, and to reach more students,” says student leader Cesar Santiago. Santiago hopes to launch a podcast through the MC in the near future to further engage students in dialogue about issues that impact students of color. The Cascade Campus’ MC recently moved locations, but the other Multicultural Center locations can be found below:
Rock Creek: Bldg. 7 Rm. 118
Southeast: MTH 150
Sylvania: CC 231