Multicultural Student Center

Black Lives Matter:

Confronting Anti-Blackness cannot be the burden of one community. We all must work continuously to address and eradicate Anti-Black racism. In partnership with campus stakeholders, the MCC will explore the intersections of race and other identities (gender, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, etc.) in the context of Anti-Blackness and implement intentional campaigns to center Black history, voices, and perspectives. The MCC will work with the Pan-African Commons and other centers to identify how best to support joint efforts that confront Anti-Black racism. One example of this is our continued collaborative work with our partners at the Office of International Student & Scholar Services who along with the MCC recognize that Anti-Blackness extends far beyond the United States. Together, we will work to provide resources for how PSU’s international scholars can learn about the history of Anti-Blackness in Oregon to understand the context of their local community and to be able to meaningfully engage in the crucial work to break down the far-reaching Anti-Black systems and culture that has existed for ages both in the U.S. and abroad.

Learn more about our larger plans within the Cultural Resource Centers and check out additional resources


Our Mission

The Multicultural Student Center (MCC) at Portland State University explores our intersectional identities and seeks to develop cultural competency through student engagement, programming, and meaningful dialogue. All students are welcome.

    Our Story

    The Multicultural Student Center (MCC) at Portland State University seeks to develop cultural competency through student engagement, programming, and meaningful dialogue. The center's origins are rooted in student activism; in 1991, the United Students Coalition circulated a petition and collected over 300 signatures in support of a space on campus that would facilitate academic, professional, social, and cultural growth. Since its opening on February 25th, 1993, the MCC has grown, moved, and been developed to welcome all community members, facilitated the initiation and growth of other centers, and provided a model for student services used across PSU and beyond. 

      Get Involved

      We provide a space where students can:

      • Develop cultural competency through student engagement, programming, and meaningful dialogue;
      • Participate in events that explore our intersectional identities, including those focused our multiracial, international, and first-generation college student populations;
      • Access resources such as a computer lab, student leadership opportunities, and space to relax and study;
      • Gain valuable leadership experience through volunteer opportunities and paid employment.


      Multicultural Student Center video


      We seek to collaborate with students, community partners, university units, and student organizations. Collaborative events include the use of Cultural Resource Centers staff time, resources, and systems beyond our physical spaces. Submit a request HERE


      • PSU students are at the center of our work
      • Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice
      • We respect others and ourselves
      • Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain deeper understanding
      • No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body
      • We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions
      • We reserve the right to refuse service if the collective agreement is not met or upheld

      Contact Us | (503) 725-5342

      Multicultural Student Center, Interim Program Coordinator: Haley Okamoto,

      (*Please email as we are working remotely*)



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      Accessibility Accommodations

      There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the SMSU floor plan for more information.

      We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! You may also contact the Disability Resource Center. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers does not allow pets in our spaces.