The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was founded with the intention to support the broader Oberlin College community. Today, the Multicultural Resource Center serves as a resource for students who have been historically disenfranchised from higher education, as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. At the MRC, the goal is to provide the institutional and administrative structures necessary to support Oberlin's commitment to a diverse social and liberal arts environment.
The MRC works to support marginalized communities which can include: people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities, low-income, undocumented, international, differently-abled, and first-generation college students. The center also provides resources, education, and workshops for those generally interested in issues of diversity, inclusivity, and social justice.
The MRC is staffed by an Associate Dean of Academic Diversity/Director, four Community Coordinators, and an Administrative Assistant. Together, they work to build stronger communities by providing support for students and student organizations, organizing and implementing academic, cultural, and social programs, and encouraging a collaborative approach with other departments on campus.
"The MRC plays a key role in developing and supporting the richly diverse community that is Oberlin... I expect the MRC will remain a linchpin in our efforts to broaden multicultural understanding on campus for many years to come."
— Nancy Dye, Oberlin College's 13th president
"The MRC is for everyone who is committed to working together to build a stronger and more socially just community at Oberlin College!"
— Eric Estes, former associate dean/MRC director