The URI Multicultural Center (MCC) is a place dedicated to developing a supportive and inclusive campus culture across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. Celebrating unity in diversity, the Multicultural Center invites all of it's students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other friends to join in its work in creating a community of learners within and beyond URI.I) Mission
In support of the primary mission of the University toward building a culture of learning, the University of Rhode Island (URI) Multicultural Center critically engages students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other allies in creating and sustaining a campus culture in which diverse persons, organizations, and groups can learn and develop to their greatest potential, and participate in society to their maximum ability. Toward this purpose, the URI Multicultural Center collaborates with others in providing a variety of programs, activities, and services that help diverse learners to systematically explore the ways we culturally construct identity (who we are), knowledge (what we mean), power (how we assert influence), community (how we relate and belong to each other), and culture (how we make meaning).II) Vision
We envision the URI Multicultural Center as a catalyst committed to the development and dissemination of cutting edge knowledge and practice for a University in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other diverse learners equip themselves with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to transform the campus on which they study and the world in which they live into culturally competent and inclusive learning communities in which difference is perceived as a resource, rather than a threat; and in which social equity, information, and freedom of choice are accessible to all.III) Values
We believe the mission and vision of the URI Multicultural Center are grounded in the values upon which the theory and practice of multiculturalism were founded:
Social Change: We believe that society can be fair and just in eradicating structural barriers to maximizing full participation and development for all.
Social Accountability. We believe that society can be fair and just in assuming personal, familial, organizational, institutional, societal, and global responsibility for the impact of our choices and behaviors on each other.
Social Empowerment. We believe that society can be fair and just in acting together to involve others to provide opportunities for personal, familial, organizational, institutional, societal, and global transformation.
Cultural Construction of Learning. We believe that learning is most effective when we realize it is subjectively shaped by the cultural environment in which it takes place, including the ways of making meaning and the framework of ideas shared by members of groups.
Critical Thinking. We believe that learning is most effective when learners have the opportunity to systematically examine and reexamine the assumptions underlying what they know to be true, in safe learning and development environments.
Relational Learning. We believe that learning is most effective when the learning process is collaboratively shared with others within a systematic framework of reciprocal expectations and responsibilities.
Integration of the Self with Society and Culture. We believe that development is most effective when it is understood that authentic knowledge of society and culture begins with the growth and maturation of the self, and the acquisition of life skills.
Experiential Learning and Development. We believe that development is most effective when learners have the opportunity to actively search for meaning in individual and group experiences and in meaningful contexts.
"Whole Person" Wellness. We believe that development and learning are requisite and complementary to each other, grounded in social, cultural, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Standards of Excellence. We believe that our work, life, and play should model high expectations, ethical and moral standards, and caring for self and others.
"Community of Practice". We believe that our work will be more effective because we share with individuals and groups of professionals across disciplinary, institutional, and geographical boundaries the status of being bonded to each other by experience with a common set of problems and opportunities, a common pursuit of solutions, and a shared body of perspectives and practices.
Commitment to Students. We believe that our work finds its greatest reward in the impact that it has on the comprehensive learning, growth, and development of students, and their integration into the academic, professional, and lifelong learner communities.IV) OBJECTIVES