New Collection Guide for Multicultural Student Affairs Available


Native American Symposium brochure.  The Native American Symposium began in 2001 as a means to familiarize Native American freshmen with campus resources.Native American Symposium brochure. The Native American Symposium began in 2001 as a means to familiarize Native American freshmen with campus resources.

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.

African American Symposium brochures.  Founded by Dr. Lawrence Clark, the African American Symposium helps familiarize African American freshmen with campus resources.

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.

Flyers for Native American student events.  The first annual Pow Wow was held in 1990 and continues to be a popular event.

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.

Brochure for the Hispanic/Latino Symposium in 2010. Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs also organizes a Peer Mentor Program and Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, among other events.

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.

Flyers and handbook produced by the Peer Mentor Program.  The program was created by Dr. Lawrence Clark in 1980 as a mentor program for African American freshmen.

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.

Scrapbook Created By Mi Familia, 2002-2003. Multicultural Student Affairs advises Mi Familia, a student organization promoting the richness of the Latinx community and culture.