Our Core Values

  • Recognize our power, privilege, and responsibility to be intentional in our language and decision making
  • Recognize that diversity, social change, and equity must be addressed at multiple, interconnected levels
  • Lead with an open mind and open heart
  • Advance diversity and inclusion across the institution
  • Collaboration and community building
  • Empowerment and ethical leadership
  • Social justice and inclusion
  • Student success and transformative education
Students in the John Wilson Lounge

The Office of Multicultural Affairs aims to cultivate and sustain a campus climate that is inclusive, student-centered, pluralistic, and safe. In short: we want to help make the campus as inclusive as possible. And, we need students like you in order to achieve that.

What We Do

If you’re interested in social justice, consider getting involved. Our office initiatives, implements, and supports comprehensive educational, cultural and social programming, as well as critical service learning opportunities and advocacy. We seek to empower and support students while focusing on enhancing the retention and persistence of the students involved. 

Why We Do It

We do this in hopes of fostering inclusiveness, understanding, and appreciation across multiple dimensions of diversity while also promoting academic achievement, cross-cultural competence, intergroup dialogue, leadership development, and social justice education among all members of the Springfield College community.

Through collaboration with offices on campus, as well as the local community, our office provides support for historically underrepresented and marginalized students on campus. This serves students of color, LGTBQ+, women, first-generation college students, immigrants, refugees, students of varying religions, and students of varying socioeconomic status. We offer opportunities for students to challenge bias, explore identity development and intersectionality, and expand their knowledge and appreciation of all facets that contribute to intentional and transformative learning.

Meet Our Staff

Staff Graduate Assistants

Felicia Lundquist
Director of Multicultural Affairs
flundquist@springfield.edu

Charisse DelVecchio
cdelvecchio2@springfield.edu

Danielle Griffin
Administrative Associate
dgriffin@springfield.edu

Emily Counsellor
ecounsellor@springfield.edu

 

Cultural Connections Leadership Program

As a first-year student, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of our three-day pre-orientation event that will connect you with upperclass student leaders who can help with your transition to college. They’ll connect you with resources that can make your cultural, social, and educational experience at Springfield College even better.

Students hanging out in the John M. Wilson

Cultural Connections Coordinators

Ricky Preston
Marcelino "Marcel" Diaz

Cultural Connections Leaders

Rahul Acharya
JaNaya "Nay" Ashley
Angelica Core
Cynthia Duran
Kate English
Elaine Ortiz

Become a Cultural Connections Leader (for returning students)

Job Description

Enhanced through student participation in intergroup conscious dialogue, monthly meetings, programs and activities, the Cultural Connections Leadership Program provides a developmental opportunity for first-year individuals committed to issues of inclusion and social justice to explore the complex dynamics of privilege and to develop skills and strategies to foster positive change on campus and in the greater community.

The cohort is designed to support new students by connecting them with student leaders who will assist with the transition to Springfield College and connect them with the broader campus community, and provide resources to enhance the cultural, social, and educational experience at Springfield College. 

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Responsibilities and Requirements of a Cultural Connections Leader

  • Commitment to one full academic year
  • Schedule bi-weekly meetings with mentees
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Attend trainings, team meetings, and events sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Expected to introduce college-wide resources (e.g., Academic Success Center, Office of Financial Aid)
  • Expected to attend at least two campus-wide programs or events per semester sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Organize and host one social event per semester
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be a role model
  • Effective time management
  • Be a student ambassador for Office of Multicultural Affairs 

 

Qualifications for Cultural Connections Leaders

  • Sophomore standing; junior/senior standing preferred
  • Good academic standing and clear judicial record at Springfield College
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Must attend all trainings as scheduled
  • Willingness to do outreach to new people
  • Self-motivation and good follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Able to work with a team of diverse individuals
  • Ability and willingness to set appropriate personal boundaries
  • Set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, and diverse background
Students at Unity Fest
SEMESTER HAPPENINGS
Promoting unity

Each year, we spend time at the Unity Fest, which brings students together from the western Massachusetts area.

Students with activist Rosa Clemente at Springfield College
SEMESTER HAPPENINGS
Activism on campus

Journalist, lecturer, and activist Rosa Clemente visited campus in fall 2016 for an open forum with students to discuss how we can take activism from campuses to communities.

Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs students supported National Spirit Day
SEMESTER HAPPENINGS
Showing solidarity and support

Our office recognized National Spirit Day on Oct. 20, a day that supports LGBTQ youth who are being bullied and domestic violence awareness.

Students at the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield
Semester happenings
Sightseeing in Springfield

Want to explore the city of Springfield? Through our office, students get to take trips to local attractions, including the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. 

All Gender Bathroom Locations on Campus

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible

    • Administration Building
      • First floor
    • Alumni Relations House
      • First floor
    • Brennan Center
      • First Floor
    • Counseling Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
      • First floor
    • Flynn Campus Union
      • First floor
    • Harold C. Smith Learning Commons
      • First, second, third, and fourth floors
    • Health Sciences Center
      • Basement
      • First floor
    • Lakeside Hall
      • Third floor
    • Marsh Memorial
      • Garden Level
    • Massasoit Hall
      • Basement
      • First, second, and third floors
    • Reed Hall
      • First Floor
    • Weiser Hall
      • Basement
      • First floor

    Non-ADA Accessible

    • Abbey-Appleton Hall
      • Basement
    • Administration Building
      • Basement
    • Child Development Center - First floor
    • Counseling Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
      • First floor
    • Facilities Management
      • First floor
    • Gulick Hall
      • 1B
    • Harold C. Smith Learning Commons
      • First, second, third, and fourth floors
    • Health Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
      • First floor
    • Health Sciences Center
      • First floor
    • Hickory Hall
      • Second floor
    • P.E. Complex
      • Second floor
    • Weiser Hall
      • Basement
      • First floor