Multicultural Student Centers

The Multicultural Student Centers support the mission and core values of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by engaging in collaborative relationships with campus and community partners to improve recruitment, retention and graduation of students from multicultural backgrounds. We contribute to student success by 1) providing holistic advising and coaching that complement and support the academic advising that students receive from the Office of Central Advising and the schools and colleges where students are completing their degree; 2) carrying out sociocultural programs and activities that foster a welcoming and inclusive campus community; 3) creating partnerships internally to strengthen collaborations among students and student-faculty relationships; and 4) serving as a resource and clearinghouse for materials that speak to the experiences of diverse groups in higher education.

The four centers are located on the first floor of Bolton Hall. They include:

Centers are staffed by multicultural student success coordinators (MSSC) who are listed in Navigate (formerly SSC Campus) as a Coach (MSSC coach). Undergraduate students who identify fully or partially as one or more of the following are assigned one or more MSSC coaches: African American/Black; American Indian/Alaskan Native; Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx; and/or Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese).

MSSC coaches provide culturally sensitive guidance and/or support throughout a student’s academic career at UWM in the following areas:

  • Initial admission process
  • Financial aid process
  • Connections to campus and community resources
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Advocacy
  • Celebrations of student successes
Still unsure about the difference between a MSSC coach and your academic advisor or others that can help you?
This Role Clarification document will likely help.

For more information, contact Associate Vice Chancellor Chia Youyee Vang at vangcy@uwm.edu or (414) 229-3038.