The Special Collections Research Center is proud to announce a new collection guide for the archival records of NC State's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The new guide provides increased access to previously undescribed materials.
The records of Multicultural Student Affairs at North Carolina State University contain correspondence, event flyers, handbooks, brochures, posters, scrapbooks, as well as records from the administration of the Peer Mentor Program. Many of the materials pertain to the planning of the annual African American Symposium, as well as the Native American and Hispano/Latino Symposia. Materials range in date from 1979 to 2015.
Beginning as African-American Student Affairs in 1984, Multicultural Student Affairs was renamed in 2001 after Hispanic Student Affairs and Native American Student Affairs were added. Under the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Multicultural Student Affairs aims to create dynamic programs to promote the academic success, graduation, and retention of African American, Native American, and Latinx students. MSA also conducts programs for the benefit of the recruitment of historically underrepresented groups.
Some of the annual events organized by MSA and reflected in these records include the Native American, Hispanic/Latino, and African American Symposia (orientations to familiarize new students with campus resources), the Native American Pow Wow, Kwanzaa, and Native American Visitation Day.
The Peer Mentor Program is well-represented in these records. Prior to the establishment of the African-American Student Affairs department, a mentor program for African-American freshmen students was created in 1980. The program initially paired freshmen with faculty and staff who served as mentors. After 1981, in accordance with student preference, upper-class peers replaced staff members as mentors. In 1982, this program became known as the Peer Mentor Program, and continues to be administered by Multicultural Student Affairs.
For more information or to request access to the records, use our online request form.
Special thanks to work-study students Nick Lubinecky and Kristen Blake for their work on this collection.