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Mission & Vision

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) serves as a gathering place for the collaborative support of historically disenfranchised communities and works on issues of diversity and inclusion within a social justice context at Oberlin College & Conservatory. In collaboration with a wide range of contributors including faculty, students, alumni, staff, and members of the local community, the MRC is uniquely positioned to create a vision of anti-oppression and social justice that supports educational excellence.

Who We Serve

  • Historically disenfranchised students including but not limited to:
    • Students of color
    • LGBTQ students
    • International students
    • First generation college students
    • Low-income students
    • DACA/Undocumented students
    • Students with Disabilities
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni
  • Local community members

What We Do

The work that the MRC engages in varies, but generally includes:

  • One-on-one and group student advising
  • Community building and social events
  • Conference and colloquia coordination and organization
  • Crisis and trauma intervention for students
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Collaboration with students to support the ongoing success of student-led social justice programming

Vision

The MRC imagines a future in which the College engages in proactive and innovative efforts in addressing the needs of historically disenfranchised students.

Our hope is that students will grow in their efforts to enact transformational change that impacts communities locally, nationally, and globally through: a) cross-community and community-specific leadership development; b) informed action and student activism; c) culturally-relevant forms of discourse. Therefore, we are committed to creating and sustaining a campus community that actively affirms the intersectional identities and lived experiences of students, faculty, and staff.


"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 Dean of Students and MRC Director 


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