The Multicultural Center offers programs that educate the Ball State community about the unique contributions of underrepresented student populations at the university. We also address the unique needs and issues of students of color through initiatives that provide support and guidance throughout the college experience. We celebrate the achievements of faculty, staff, and students in promoting diversity and multiculturalism.

 


Unity Week

Each January, we partner with organizations around campus to host cultural and educational events celebrating diversity and inclusion. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Learn more.

 

Mentoring Programs

The REACH Peer Mentoring program focuses on the experiences of students of color and first-generation college students. First-year students are paired with returning student mentors who serve as a resource and a support person. The REACH program fosters identity, academic and social engagement, and personal development. 

We offer two opportunities for students to participate in the program.

Summer Program

Hosted for three days each summer, REACH's Summer program pairs incoming first-year students with peer mentors to help them transition to life at Ball State. The program provides workshops and activities that focus on academic success and social development as you enter college. Learn more.

Fall Program

REACH's Fall program is a one-credit mentoring course designed to assist first-year students of color to successfully adjust to the academic, social, and professional expectations. First-year students are paired with peer mentors, who offer guidance and support during your first year on campus. Learn more.
Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Ball State offers opportunities for students to get involved on campus in a number of different multicultural student organizations. Learn more.

Book Club

The book club is a monthly opportunity for students to read and discuss a variety of themed literature. Books are provided to students who participate in the discussion free of cost.

Perspectives

Perspectives is a monthly conversation about issues of diversity, social justice, and equity at Ball State University. Each month will have its own discussion point where students are free to share their thoughts and opinions in an open and safe space.

VOICES

In a collaboration with the BSU Counseling Center, VOICES is a race and ethnicity support group that offers a safe space for students of color to share their experiences, discuss coping mechanisms, and offer support to others. VOICES meets bi-weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Students may also join virtually by signing up on the Counseling Center’s outreach website.

Check out the Multicultural Calendar for more information on upcoming events.

The Lavender Door

The Lavender Door, a collaborative project provided by the Multicultural Center and Housing and Residence Life, seeks to provide all Ball State students with free and discreet access to gender affirming clothing. Learn more.

Request a Collaboration

The Multicultural Center would love to collaborate with you to put on events and programs that enrich Ball State’s campus. Learn more.