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  • Multicultural Affairs

    In the Multicultural Affairs Office at Worcester State University, we appreciate the challenges of adapting to college life, especially if you haven’t had much exposure to a university setting. That’s why we take a comprehensive and intensive approach to increasing the effectiveness of minority, low-income, first-generation college students—including programs for pre-college years.

    We focus on all aspects of your adjustment to college with the ultimate goals of helping you meet your academic objectives, become an accomplished Worcester State student, and fulfill your life plans. We proudly host the Alternatives for Individual Development (A.I.D.) program, the Third World Alliance student organization, and the Upward Bound pre-college pipeline program. We also host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast.

  • Alternatives for Individual Development (A.I.D.)

    If you feel the need for support services to succeed in college, we encourage you to connect with our Alternatives for Individual Development Program. A.I.D. is an alternative admissions program at WSU that provides educational assistance to underrepresented prospective students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in college, including those who are ALANA and low-income and/or would be the first in their families to attend college.

    Our retention services begin with the 6-week summer academy, which will give you the opportunity to gain 3-12 college credits. Although our primary focus is on your freshman year, you can take advantage of A.I.D. services throughout your undergraduate experience. A.I.D. services include academic support, individualized or group tutoring, assistance with financial issues, and cultural enrichment activities. If you are a resident student, you can apply to live in the A.I.D. living-learning community in Dowden Hall. 

    You must be an incoming first-year student, meet minimal admission criteria, a Massachusetts resident, and a U.S. Citizen and/or permanent legal resident to be eligible to apply. To apply, complete an undergraduate application and select “Yes” to question #19 on the application. Letters of recommendation from a school counselor and a high school teacher are required to complete your application. Priority consideration is given to students who submit all materials by March 1.

    Summer Residential Program Support Services

    • Individualized services developed based on students' needs
    • Writing and math support
    • Priority financial aid and academic advising

    Academic-Year Component Support Services

    • A.I.D. Learning Community (paired courses)
    • Peer mentorship
    • Monthly academic support network
    • Budget management and degree planning
    • Student-faculty mentorship
    • Individualized skills development
    • Course tutorials 
    Upward Bound

    The Upward Bound Program at Worcester State University actively recruits eligible 9th and 10th graders in Worcester public high schools who are potential first-generation college students, minorities, or from low-income families to participate in the Upward Bound's Saturday workshops and a Summer Residential Academy on campus. Our goal is to help them persist in school through graduation and enroll in college.

    The Saturday workshops increase problem-solving skills, self-awareness, and self-confidence, enhance interpersonal/intrapersonal communication skills and group dynamics, and promote career development through professional and educational speakers. The program, which runs for approximately 22 Saturdays, also offers college mentors, tutoring, and personal and career counseling. The Summer Residential Academy is a 5-week residential program that offers students a college housing/living experience, academic enrichment courses for English, math, science, language, problem-solving, and self-awareness, college tours, recreational activities, and cultural field trips.

    Since 1977, our Upward Bound program has prepared more than 2,000 public high school students for successful graduation and enrollment in college. Sixty students complete the program every year. Since its inception, nearly 100% of participants have graduated from high school and 95% have enrolled in college. 

    Application Process
    Eligible high-school students can apply during their fall semester through December/January. The process includes submitting a complete application and, if selected, a final interview to ascertain applicants’ level of motivation and future academic and career goals. 

    If you are interested in applying, please speak to your guidance counselor for more information or call the WSU Upward Bound office at 508-929-8909.

    Third World Alliance
    Third World Alliance is a popular student-run organization dedicated to promoting inclusion and multicultural diversity and enhancing pluralism, unity, and change on our campus and in the larger Worcester community. TWA coordinates activities and programs throughout the academic year that inform, educate, enrich, and encourage social interaction.
    Programming and Upcoming Events

    Dialogue and Discussion During Black History Month

    Guest Speakers
    Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, and Daryl Davis, the author whose interviews with KKK members inform his book, “Klan-Destine Relationships,” will offer “No Place for Hate: A Conversation in Black and White” on Wed., Feb. 4 at 11:30 the Blue Lounge of the Student Center.

    Dr. Yaba Blay, one of the nation’s leading authorities on colorism and global skin color politics, will offer a lecture on Thurs., Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Blue Lounge of the Student Center. Her books include “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race.” She is publisher and editor-in-chief of BLACKprint Press and is a professor at Drexel University.

    Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live and BET News, a CNN contributor, and Morehouse College professor, will speak about culture, politics and education on Thurs., Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. for this year’s Courageous Conversations lecture. His books include the award-winning “Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity.”

    Film Screenings

    • “Good Hair,” a 2009 American comedy documentary film produced by Chris Rock and HBO Films, on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Room 102
    • “Central Park Five,” a PBS Ken Burns documentary telling the story of the five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989, on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Room 102
    • "Dear White People," a film that explores racial identity in “not-post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one path, on March 3 at 6 p.m. in Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Room 102; WSU Visiting Instructor of Philosophy George Fourlas will lead a discussion after the film
    • "The House We Live In," a 2012 Sundance Film Festival winning documentary about race that focuses not on individual attitudes and behavior, but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others, on April 7 at 6 p.m. in Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Room 102; Assistant Professor of Sociology Sonya Conner and EPOCA panelists will lead a discussion after the film

    Musical Performance
    Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance will perform in the Sullivan Auditorium on Fri., Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. The performance, by an actor and chamber music trio, will examine the lives of the renowned African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas.

    Events are free and open to the public. Large groups should email or call 508-929-8049.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast

    This annual event celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the achievements of Worcester’s youth. The all-youth program consists of poetry, dance, music, and readings based on Dr. King’s life and teachings. Students from both public and parochial high schools in Worcester compete in a poetry-writing contest addressing Dr. King’s philosophy, principles, and goals around non-violence, unity, equality, and ending racism and discrimination. They must research Dr. King’s life and become knowledgeable about the power of non-violence and the importance of civic responsibility. An annual poster contest, organized in partnership with Worcester Academy, showcases our youth’s creative and artistic representations of Dr. King.

    Each year, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast program also honors and celebrates the contributions of leaders around the city who continue to provide opportunities and pathways for Worcester’s youth:

    • The Dr. George Storms Smith Youth Service Award recognizes an individual within the city who has demonstrated exceptional service to our youth.
    • The Dr. George Storms Smith Community Service Award recognizes a youth of 20 years old or younger who exemplifies the teachings of Dr. King through distinguished community service and academic achievement.

    Co-sponsors of the event include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Conference and Event Services, Chartwells, the Latino Education Institute, the Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights, Publications and Printing Services, the Worcester Youth Commission, and Friendly House.