"Multiculturalism and Social Justice" (Afro Am 271) is a three-credit course that investigates multiculturalism, the intersectionality of systems of oppression, and social justice in individual, societal, institutional and structural spaces. Here you will learn about yourself, those around you and your connection to the United States and world. The goals of the course is to facilitate students’ academic growth and critical examination of: (1) their own and others’ beliefs and identities; (2) the intersections of identities and systems of oppression; (3) the dynamics of relations to power and privilege; and (4) their own ability to identify, engage, or plan actions that challenge inequalities and injustice. This course seeks to provide an engaging space for students to discuss issues of race/racism, white supremacy, classism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. among others living in their learning community and in a way that seeks to center all students’ experiences and knowledge. In recognition of students’ diverse academic interests and commitments, this course fulfills the ethnic studies requirement! Many MLC residents say that the seminar was one of the best learning experiences they have had and that it helped shape their future academic goals and understandings.
MLC holds a number of events that add to its enriching floor setting. We kick off the semester with the MLC convocation where family and friends are invited to a dinner celebration and presentation led by our faculty advisor, Dr. Carl Grant. This is followed by a week full of exciting activities, including a service project, community conversations, and a day-long retreat about the social justice themes of the year. This sets the stage for our community. Throughout the semester, we have Lemon Squeezes, which are popular bi-weekly “bittersweet” controversial conversations where students discuss current events and topics of all areas that affect them, their community, the campus, and the world at large. The Social Justice Speaker Series is another popular event, where accomplished local and regional speakers come in to talk about their experiences in fields of politics, education, community organizing, the arts, and social justice advocacy. As a break from the rhythm of the semester, the MLC also hosts “Cultural Dinners,” a community meal where students have the opportunity to share a dish special to their family and/or culture and other fun events organized by MLC residents, such as service projects and social events. MLC residents are encouraged and supported in the planning of their own events and activities, which offers our residents a unique opportunity to grow as leaders and create a community based on their own goals and visions.
Within each learning community, the seminar is a key part of the resident experience. In addition to the seminar, we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the many other unique activities and events offered. You can participate in as many or as few programs as you would like, but the more active you are, the more opportunities you will find.