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The College of Southern Nevada strives to place diversity as an overarching principle and accreditation theme that impacts every area of our institution. Moreover, we make it a priority to continually plan and establish CSN’s identity, ensuring it remains consistent with our values as a whole.

 

The Multicultural Center

Our Mission

The Multicultural Center works collaboratively to affirm, educate, and empower our diverse CSN community. With a student-centered focus we offer impactful programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for identity development, community engagement, and leadership cultivation to improve campus climate and increase retention.

 

What We Do

The Multicultural Center is excited to work with you to ensure you have a welcoming and meaningful experience at CSN. As such the following are a few of the initiatives and services we offer:

The Spot: Engaging Virtually

The SPOT is your online portal in CANVAS to communicate with your fellow CSN students, gain resources, and engage in virtual events. You will receive announcements, emails, and invites to various types of social, educational, and cultural events. Specific events include Game Nights, Movie Mondays, and Study Cafe. Learn more about The SPOT and request to join by filling out the sign up form.

Empowerment Network Initiative 

The Empowerment Network Initiative (ENI) is an identity-based cohort program that assists and empowers students during their journey at CSN. The program promotes mutual support in personal growth, professional development and academic success. Visit the ENI website to learn more.  

Multicultural Student Organizations

Getting and staying involved is one of the most important things you can do while in college. Some benefits include making friends, gaining leadership skills, and increasing your confidence. It does not matter how you are involved, it only matters that you are! Join a student organization today.

Events

We offer a variety of social, cultural and educational programs that affirm identities and create community. We also host a variety of diversity events to recognize several identity months/weeks including Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (Apr), Black History Month (Feb), International Education Week (Nov), Latino Heritage Month (Sept), Native American Heritage Month (Mar), LGBTQ Pride Month (Oct) and Women's History Month (Mar). 

Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

CSN wishes to celebrate your accomplishments. Graduating students are encouraged to attend a series of multicultural graduation celebrations with their friends and families prior to CSN's official Commencement Ceremony.

 

 

Diversity Committees

CSN has nine faculty/staff diversity committees which work to promote a campus culture of awareness and inclusion through events and advocacy. The committees welcome all individuals interested in learning and supporting their respective communities. Please visit each committees' website for more information including important resources for students, faculty, and staff.

 

 

Supporting Our Diverse Communities

 

Supporting Our Black/African American Community

CSN President Dr. Zaragoza statement of unity: The tragic killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has weighed heavily upon me. It was both disturbing and hurtful, as it was for so many in the CSN family. The incident, captured on video, caused many people in minority and non-minority communities to exercise their constitutional right to protest, and others to reflect on the persistence of racism in America.  
 
At CSN, we not only accept our diverse population, we embrace it. CSN is a majority minority institution and our diversity defines us as a college. Indeed, diversity is one of the primary values that shapes our decisions and drives our mission to “empower our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper.” To our Black students, faculty, staff and community, I proudly stand with you in solidarity along with the rest of our CSN colleagues and community residents, who again call for justice and equality for all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. At CSN, we strive to be a beacon of hope, a pathway to prosperity, and an instrument for enlightened social justice and equality.

- President Dr. Zaragoza

We each have the responsibility to denounce bigotry and defend the most vulnerable. Any forms of discrimination against our students, faculty and staff will not be tolerated at CSN. The following are resources for CSN students, faculty and staff:

Please know that CSN will continue to support our students, faculty and staff.

Supporting Our Undocumented and DACA Community

As CSN President Dr. Zaragoza stated, CSN supports our undocumented and DACA community members. We want to reaffirm CSN’s strong support for our community and to let you know that there are resources available to help in this time of increased uncertainty. We also strongly encourage all DACA recipients to renew their DACA status before a Supreme Court decision is made, even if the status is set to expire in more than six months.

The following are some resources to assist you during this time:

Please know that CSN supports you and your journey toward completion and will be here for you now and in the future.

Read the full President message.

Supporting Our Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

Recent news has reported an increasing frequency of hate crimes and racist harassment against the AAPI community in the United States, particularly towards Chinese individuals. CSN finds those actions degrading and shameful. These assaults endanger our community’s safety, well-being, dignity, and livelihoods.

At CSN, we celebrate our diversity and embrace equality among us all. As one of the most diverse colleges in the entire country, we are in a unique position to set an example for higher education institutions. We each have the responsibility to denounce bigotry and defend the most vulnerable. Any forms of discrimination against our students, faculty and staff will not be tolerated here.

Intolerance and stigmatization divides our community. We must stand in solidarity with our AAPI family as we all go through this crisis together.