Office of Student Life Restructure & MultiCultural Center (MCC) Name Change

July 13, 2020
HSU Campus Community,
As we are finalizing plans to prepare for our students and operations this fall, I am pleased to share some structural changes within the Dean of Students units. 
Some of the ideas for the changes were initiated by students, others were a necessary response to budgetary constraints. After numerous discussions with students, faculty and staff I am confident we will continue to fully provide the necessary support services and resources to our students.
MultiCultural Center (MCC) Name Change & Under Office of Student Life
Effective immediately, the MultiCultural Center has been re-named the Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center (SJEIC). It will continue to be led by the Coordinator Frank Herrera. Initiated last fall by student workers in the MCC, the new name for the SJEIC aligns with the work and services already provided by staff and students in the center. It also opens the door to expand on the types of services and support needs the center provides.
The services and groups housed in the SJEIC will remain the same for the upcoming academic year; simultaneously, some additional support services will be added such as:
  • opportunities for weekly faculty office hours to meet with students in the center.
  • opportunities for bi-weekly career advising and support services in the center.
  • exploration of other student clubs, such as Formerly Incarcerated Student Club and Eric Rofes Center, using space within the center. 
Additionally, the SJEIC will now report and operate through the Office of Student Life.
Office of Student Life Restructure
To help create a more robust and inclusive experience for our students, the Office of Student Life (OSL) now focuses on three pillars: 
  • Community Engagement Programs related to volunteer services
  • Leadership Development for student club leaders and fraternity and sororities
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion education and support services
Formerly known as the Clubs Office in the University Center, the OSL, led by Molly Kresl, will now serve as office space dedicated to business and support services of clubs, greek life, and SJEI groups. The SJEIC (Balabanis House 55) will be used as the primary student-led and operated space for community building and engagement; whereas, the physical office space in the OSL will be the primary location for administrative support needs for students.
To help support AS in the transition of not hosting their AS Programs this academic year, the SJEIC Coordinator will be providing staff support to these groups as clubs. This will include monetary resources for these groups to continue their programmatic endeavors and resources they provide to students. The Dean of Students and the OSL will continue to work closely with AS leadership to provide a partnership and support that is best for them and the student body. 
Please see an updated OSL organizational chart attached. For additional information, please visit 
Dr. Eboni Turnbow
HSU Dean of Students

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