The Office of Multicultural Education & Initiatives (MEI) seeks to provide programming and support for students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. MEI celebrates the diversity that God established in His creation and strives to instill that same sense of admiration, wonder, and awe within the Grove City College community.
Our Philosophy The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 12:12 (ESV), “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” The Grove City College community wholeheartedly believes this and seeks to instill an appreciation and celebration of Biblical racial reconciliation and ethnic and cultural diversity.
Events & ProgramsThe Office of Multicultural Education & Initiatives is responsible for organizing, facilitating, and providing oversight for events and programs on diversity education for the student body as well as support for minority students. Events and programs include:
Annual New Student Welcome Working in conjunction with the Stan & Karen Johnson Office of Global Programs, this event is specifically designed to welcome new students and provide the opportunity to meet other students.
Educational Programs These programs aim to help students develop a true appreciation and respect for others while providing opportunities to celebrate and experience the richness of cultural diversity. Offerings include the annual Cultural Festival, book studies, and film viewings and discussions.
Annual Conferences Students have the option of taking part in several regional and national conferences on racial reconciliation.
Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Event Working closely with the leaders of Students for Ethnic Awareness and Diversity (S.E.A.D.) and the dean of the chapel, this event is dedicated to honoring the memory and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bus Trip This annual bus trip focuses on the theme of racial reconciliation and affords students the opportunity to visit museums and memorials such as the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Faculty and staff participate creating an opportunity for dialogue, and reflection before, during, and after the experience.
1:1 MeetingsThe Director of Multicultural Education & Initiatives is available for one-on-one meetings with students from all backgrounds to provide support for the College’s minority student population or to educate the College’s majority student population. The director welcomes students as they seek to make meaning of their experiences and better understand Biblical racial reconciliation.
Students for Ethnic Awareness and Diversity (S.E.A.D.)Students who are passionate about racial reconciliation also have the opportunity to get involved with Students for Ethnic Awareness and Diversity (S.E.A.D.). This student-led organization provides a safe and inviting atmosphere in which all students may engage in communal reflection and reconciliation on matters concerning race, ethnicity, and culture. S.E.A.D. works alongside the Director of Multicultural Education & Initiatives to plan weekly meetings, regular dialogues, and some of the programs, events, and initiatives listed above.