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The Cross Cultural Center provides co-curricular and educational experiences that engage the Saint Louis University community by broadening knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Additionally, we provide support for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Workshops and Multicultural Education
  • Student Organization Advising
  • Student Mentoring
  • Retention and Support Services

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program is a competitive award granted to undergraduate students committed to social justice, academic success, service, leadership and cultural awareness experiences. Each of these characteristics equips our scholarship recipients to develop their potential as agents of positive social change. The CCC staff supports and advises students in the program.

Each spring semester, the King Scholarship Program accepts applications from current SLU students. The Martin Luther King, Jr. (King) Scholarship application for current SLU students is now open. For more information contact Dr. Richard Marks. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Application Requirements:

  • Be a current freshmen, sophomore, or junior
  • SLU student Minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2020 semester**
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 Good academic and disciplinary standing

**For students with less than 24 credit hours, awards will be contingent on final grades and credits earned by the end of spring 2020 semester.

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African American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMS)

This program offers services and experiences that connect black male students to University, social and community resources that will facilitate their academic and personal success. The AAMS Initiative offers peer education and mentoring, transition and leadership workshops, advocacy, support and referrals to campus and community resources. The goal is to aid in the retention and graduation of African American male students at Saint Louis University. For more information about the AAMS Initiative, please contact

Audre Lorde Scholars Program

This program is designed to support SLU students who self-identify as women of color. The Audre Lorde Scholars Program is a sibling program to the African American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMS) and facilitates networking, community and social opportunities and resources to provide a cultivating environment for women of color on campus. This programmatic initiative is set to launch in the 2020-2021 academic year.


The Safe Zone ally development program helps students, faculty, and staff to learn the skills and competencies needed to develop in active allyship with the LGBTQ+ community. Through education, advocacy, skill development, and relationship building, Safe Zone works to build a campus climate which is safe for all members of the SLU community. Informational sessions and trainings for specialized groups (e.g. department staff, student groups, etc.) are available, and we offer a number of open training sessions throughout the year.  For more information or to request a training, contact

Multicultural Education Workshops

The CCC coordinates and facilitates diversity trainings and workshops for students, faculty and staff throughout the SLU community. These trainings, often tailored to the organization or department, provide participants with opportunities to discuss and engage in experiential activities that increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity, social justice, identity, and intercultural communication. If you are interested in coordinating training or workshops for your group or organization, please contact