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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
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 Adulting 101series, Movie Mondays, and Study Cafe. To join The SPOT, fill out the sign up form.
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.
We offer a variety of social, cultural and educational programs that affirm identities and create community. We also host a variety of 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). Our events are open to everyone at CSN; no matter how you identify.
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.
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.
Undocumented, DACA, and Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities
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:
- The UNLV Immigration Clinic provides free DACA renewals. To schedule an appointment, call (702) 895-2080 or email the Immigration Clinic.
- The Immigrant Home Foundation also provides assistance with DACA renewals. To schedule an appointment, call (702) 889-4431 or email the Immigrant Home Foundation.
- The NSHE All Access Committee is building a comprehensive state-wide support system for students who are undocumented, students with DACA, as well as immigrant students under other immigration statuses. You can find more information in the NSHE All Access DACA Renewal Guide or contact the CSN All Access Committee.
- CSN Alternative Scholarship Applications for 2020-2021 are still being accepted. The Alternative Scholarship is for students who cannot qualify for federal aid due to U.S. citizenship requirements.
- CSN Generation Dreamers Student Club is designed to establish a support network for DACA and undocumented students at CSN, please contact Esther Pla-Cazares.
- For more statewide support, refer to the Nevada Immigrant Resource Guide.
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.
- CSN Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX - Instances of discrimination should be reported immediately to the Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX where reports will be investigated and further action will be determined.
- AA and NHPI In-Language Resources for Coronavirus - A community-based list of COVID-19 resources in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander languages. This list is organized by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF).
- Asian Community Development Council - A Nevada-based non-profit organization that works to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada.
- Self-Care Tips for Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus - A news article that helps the AAPI community navigate through racist COVID-19 interactions.
Intolerance and stigmatization divides our community. We must stand in solidarity with our AAPI family as we all go through this crisis together.