Hours & Contact
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The mission of Multicultural Affairs is to promote an inclusive atmosphere that embraces individuals from diverse backgrounds. Our aim is to cultivate a campus community that respects and values our commonalities and differences. To fulfill our mission, we are committed to these core values:
- Appreciation of Diversity (Cultural Programming) – Provide opportunities to celebrate and embrace the rich cultural diversity at UT-Arlington.
- Social Justice (Education) – Increase understanding of cultures and systems that impact society and challenge students to be agents of positive social change within the community.
- Leadership (Multicultural Leadership Development) – Empower students to serve as advocates in the community and foster respect and collaboration amongst individuals and groups
- Inclusion (LGBTQA Program)- Provide a safe and inclusive atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally campus community.
Minority Student Services was established in 1980 to serve students that were looking to connect with an organization. The university wanted to create a welcoming environment to the growing numbers of minority students. In 1988, the office changed its name to The Office of Multicultural Services.
The Center for Multicultural Cooperation was established in March 1988 as a comprehensive outreach initiative for recruiting, orienting, and retaining African American and Hispanic Students. It continues to serve those groups today as well as Native Americans and Asian Americans. In the summer of 2004, the name of the office was changed to the Center for Cultural Cooperation. Both the Center for Cultural Cooperation and the Office of Multicultural Services were moved in the summer of 2006 to the lower level of the University Center and we adopted the new name of Multicultural Affairs.
As Multicultural Affairs, the office continued to adapt the rapid growth in enrollment at UT Arlington. An array of exciting new programs created reflected our renewed vision of broadening our approach to addressing the vibrant cultures of the Maverick community. Programs established in 2007 and consecutive years focused on creating opportunities for student initiated programming. These included the Multicultural Mavericks, Maversity, LEAD, Diversity Week, Women in Leadership, Black Leadership Institute, and the Kaleidoscope Multicultural Leaders Retreat.
An important dividend has been the development of young alumni with strong loyalties to U.T. Arlington. These young alumni are poised to be effective advocates for the University in the community.