Our Mission

The Center for Multicultural Student Services provides educational and celebratory programs and services that support an inclusive campus community in which members value diversity within themselves and others.

Center for Multicultural Student Services Staff
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Chervon Moore

Associate Director

Rebeca Barge

Rebeca Barge

Associate Director

Cynthia Ruff

Cynthia Ruff

Assistant Director

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DeAndrae Powell

Assistant Director

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Sharon Purzycki

Fiscal Manager

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Dianne Nibblins

Administrative Assistant

Cierra Ballinger

Cierra Ballinger

Graduate Assistant

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Gabriel Driver

Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Programming

History of CMSS

Alignment with Division & University Goals

CMSS remains steadfast in assisting the University in its overall goal of promoting diversity. Towards this effort, the Center seeks to retain students of color through encouraging and promoting their active participation in all-available programs, services, curricula and activities while preserving their cultural identity. The Center also seeks to encourage students of color to achieve and maintain academic excellence while assisting them in making successful adjustments to university life.

Departmental Goals

Provide programming opportunities for the campus community that raise awareness and engagement around issues of diversity, access, inclusion, social justice and civic engagement.

Create a sense of belonging for all students through educational programs in which students can provide and facilitate peer-to-peer dialogues and discussions on the topics of diversity, inclusivity, multiculturalism, identity development, social justice and civic engagement.

To create and sustain a standard of excellence for multicultural Greek-lettered organizations in the areas of scholarship and service.

Provide training and leadership skills to students who hold executive board positions within a student organization represented under CMSS.

Create an environment where all students feel welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of CMSS’ programs and services.

Program and Services

The Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) strives to create an inclusive campus community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives.  CMSS focuses on campus-wide programming to celebrate and create understanding related to multiculturalism, and provides guidance and support for individual students and student organizations. 


1985

Expansion of Office of Minority Student Affairs

1986

Virginia Student Transition Program

1987

Renamed Office of Minority Student Life

1992

Birth of Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS)

1999

Support of International Student Development

2005

Refocusing on Multicultural Issues

2006

Increasing Student Leadership

2007

Increasing Student Leadership Infrastructure

2009

Introduction of I.C.G.C.

2014

Office Relocation

2016

SA Program of the Year Award

2017

HRD 101/201

2018

Office Expansion

2019

Multicultural Programs and Engagement

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