Georgia Southern University is truly an incredibly diverse educational institution located in Statesboro, Ga. The university has an array of different cultures that come together to make up the 19,000+ students, and 1600+ faculty members. Our student body is composed of many people who have traveled from abroad to study here, or simply have been raised in a unique surrounding different than most American teenagers. The university strives to bring everyone together through the use of diversity events, multicultural programs, diversity educations, and the minority advisement program. The GSU Multicultural Student Center states clearly the intentions of the organization in their mission statement:

The Multicultural Student Center supports Georgia Southern University’s greater mission to support cultural diversity. The department is designed to educate and celebrate the cultural diversity of students, staff and the Georgia Southern community. This is accomplished by cultivating leaders who value civility, problem solving and heritage. The Multicultural Student Center also promotes a fulfilling and comprehensive college experience which encourages social responsibility, student learning, and personal well-being obtained through cultural opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. These include a series of support services, programs and activities that foster inclusion and pluralism.

The Goals of the Multicultural Student Center are:

  • Foster developmental opportunities for all students regardless of their ethnic background or national origin.
  • Advocate and promote the cultural, personal, social, intellectual and leadership development of all its students.
  • Cultivate a spirit of partnership between underrepresented populations and the university administration.
  • Provide opportunities for the campus community to celebrate diversity.
  • Support the university’s goal of maintaining a diverse student body through recruitment and retention initiatives

The university has a responsibility to the students. They must study the complexities of the student body and create meaningful initiatives that focus on the greater good of our diverse community. The international films, international coffee hour, and international festival are great examples of how Georgia Southern celebrates diversity on-campus and in the local setting.

Georgia Southern has a multiple centers on campus that focus on the study of international cultures. They include the Center for Africana Studies, Center of Irish Studies, Center for Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for International Studies.