The Cross-Cultural Center offers leadership opportunities for students via our intern and volunteer programs and other programs including ACTIVE and the Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute. Please read below for additional information about these opportunities.
The Intern Program allows students to participate in a yearlong internship program enabling them to gain valuable leadership skills while at the same time developing cultural competence around a variety of issues. Interns have a variety of responsibilities that ultimately help fulfill the mission of the Cross-Cultural Center. All interns are given professional, cultural, and personal development opportunities and work under the guidance of professional staff. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring quarter via Student Life & Leadership's website.
The Cross-Cultural Center offers opportunities for volunteers who want to get more involved. Under the guidance of professional staff, our volunteers assist with various tasks such as organizing Open House, end-of-the-year event, and providing event support at the Community Roots Festival, Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, Deconstruction Zone, and Across the Bridge: Diversity Dialogue Series. Applications are out in the fall and a small group of volunteers are selected.
We hire students to manage our front desk in the main lobby of the Cross-Cultural Center during our hours of operation. Student Assistants are expected to provide high-touch service to our visitors which include students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. They assist with answering general questions and checking room availability for on-campus departments and student organizations who wish to make room reservations. Applications are available in the spring.
ACTIVE Program Peer Facilitators
The ACTIVE Program provides peer facilitation on various diversity and social justice topics to the broader campus community. ACTIVE peer facilitators go through rigorous training and enroll in a year-long course, which is taught by the director of the Cross-Cultural Center and ACTIVE Program coordinators. Applications come out in the fall and this opportunity is open to all students. For more information, please contact the director.
Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI) Staff
The Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI), our annual summer program for 50 incoming freshmxn, provides them with an introduction to student life, campus climate, and social justice education. This weekend program, which occurs in August, includes workshops that address dialogue facilitation, conflict-resolution, and various diversity and social justice topics. We invite former SMLI participants and student leaders to apply to be on staff for our premiere summer program.
The Cross-Cultural Center is home to five umbrella organizations and 70+ affiliated Registered Campus Organizations. Our umbrella organizations comprise of Alyansa ng mga Kababayan, American Indian Student Association (AISA), Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA), Black Student Union (BSU), and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA). Many of these organizations are culturally based and serve students with a broad range of interests. We invite students to join these organizations that have rich hxstories and reflect our diverse communities.
Community Roots Festival Planning Committee
Students can join the planning committee for one of the Cross-Cultural Center's signature programs. The Community Roots Festival, which takes place in mid-fall quarter, is a celebration of our rich diversity and highlights include cultural performances, a fair on Ring Road that features our affiliated and umbrella organizations, mural contest, and resource fair involving our campus and community partners.
Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Planning Committee
Students can participate in planning a weeklong series of events that honors Dr. King's legacy and contributions. One of the Cross-Cultural Center's longstanding signature programs, the symposium's highlights include a Day of Service (in collaboration with the Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs), the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture, and workshops for the broader campus community. The symposium occurs in early winter quarter and the committee is convened in fall quarter.