Services & Programs
Intercultural and Diversity Affairs offers a wide range of services and programs to the ethnic minority students at MTSU. We are here to help you adjust to college life. We can help with any concerns that you might have. The following are only a few of the areas where we can offer help.
B.R.O.S.I.S. Mentoring (Be Really Outstanding Stay In School)
The Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs offers a mentoring program that focuses on the first-year college student. In the B.R.O.S.I.S.program, each freshman is assigned a mentor who is a friend and source of encouragement and information. Mentors are experienced students who give information on college life, courses, and campus resources. Mentors are trained and responsible for acclimating their assigned students to MTSU. Participants are expected to commit to the purpose of the program and meet regularly with their mentors to review academic progress and personal adjustment.
Intercultural & Diversity Affairs strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all members of the MTSU and surrounding community. As a safe zone environment, we stand up against homophobia and value the worth and dignity of all people. Through education, we aim to bring a heightened visibility of the LGBTQ community on campus and to issues that affect LGBTQ individuals. Through leadership development, we promote a more civically engaged campus community committed to equality and equal opportunity for all people. IDA recognizes and participates in both national and international awareness events. These days include: National Coming Out Day (Oct), Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov), World AIDS Day (Dec), Day of Silence and (Apr), LGBTQ History Month. We recognize these days as a way to educate people about LGBTQ rights and issues while raising the visibility of the LGBTQ population on campus.
The Intercultural Graduation Reception is a pre-commencement celebration that brings together undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of color, who through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. Students are honored together in one setting, and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The reception culminates with the presentation of a medallion attached to a blue ribbon that participants can wear around their necks and over their graduation gowns at commencement as a sign of honor and accomplishment.
Heritage Month Awareness Programs
Intercultural & Diversity Affairs oversees the development of designated Heritage months that celebrate the rich culture and varied histories of diverse groups in our society.
Heritage Months Observed
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- African-American History Month
- German-American Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month
- Filipino American History Month
- Italian-American Heritage Month
- Greek-American Heritage Month
- Irish-American Heritage Month
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Arab-American Heritage Month
Intercultural & Diversity Affairs offers scholarships and financial support for racial and ethnic minority students that attend MTSU. Applicants are selected at the undergraduate and graduate level according to the set criteria. More information regarding these scholarships and their qualifications can be found here.
“La Comunidad” Hispanic Student Mentorship Program
La Comunidad is a pilot program that serves Hispanic students at MTSU by establishing a community network of peers, student organizations, faculty mentors, and university support services to offer support for them from time of enrollment through graduation in order to ensure Hispanic students’ engagement, retention, and success. La Comunidad offers a place to feel welcome and engaged with the MTSU community, and a chance to join a group of people committed to building friendship and camaraderie. For more information about this program contact Daniel Green at 615-898-5812 or Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multicultural Student Organizations
Intercultural & Diversity Affairs houses an array of Multicultural Student Organizations. These organizations represent our historically underrepresented students and provides multiple opportunities for all students to gain leadership skills, learn about academic resources, and become culturally aware. More information about student organizations can be found here.