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:
- Student Advising & Mentoring
- Multicultural Education
- Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
- Collaborative Heritage Month Celebrations
- Retention & Support Services
- Peer-led Discussion Based Courses
Please read below for descriptions of specific programs the CCC is currently offers:
The Identity Awareness and Multiculturalism workshop series are constructed to facilitate new levels of consciousness regarding concepts of social identity, privilege, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The 1.5 hour workshops move beyond the "celebration" of diversity approach to one grounded in empowering participants to become aware and knowledgeable change agents by providing interactive, engaging, and dynamic experiences.
Intergroup dialogue (IGD) is a semester-long dialogical experience designed to offer an open and inclusive space where students can openly confront and discuss issues related to diversity and social justice. Participants represent different identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, religion) based on the dialogue topic. Students are able to earn 3 credit course hours through the African American Studies Program.
The purpose of the MLK Scholarship Program is to provide educational, service, leadership, and cultural experiences that enable scholarship recipients to develop their potential as advocates for positive social change. Our staff serves as support and advisors to students in the program. MLK Scholars participate in structured programs, including: Annual MLK Day Celebration Breakfast & Day of Service, retreats, community service projects, monthly information sessions.
The mission of AAMS (pronounced "Aims") is to provide programs, services, and experiences that will connect African American male students to University, social, and community resources that will facilitate their academic and personal success. The 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 our students at Saint Louis University.
The Safe Zone program explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) issues at Saint Louis University while providing a support system for the LGBTQI community and its allies. It also explores the concept of an ally and the commitment an ally makes. Through education, advocacy and awareness of LGBTQI issues, the program contributes to an open campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community.
Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
Our staff 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 participate in experiential activities that increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity, social justice, identity, and intercultural communication.