Cultures, Communities & Inclusion

Here at Georgia State University, we strive to educate and celebrate our diverse campus populations. According to U.S. News & World Report (2021), Georgia State University is the #8 most ethnically diverse university in the United States. We are a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, and prior to your graduation, we will provide you with numerous opportunities to enhance your life skills, learn about other cultures, and be fully prepared for the world that awaits you post-graduation. Our Cultures, Communities, and Inclusion team is staffed with dedicated professionals to assist you on your journey. We can’t wait to engage with you! Here are our areas:

Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), @gsu_odos
ODOS provides services that assist all students in being engaged and successful members of the Georgia State University community. The services include connecting students to campus resources, facilitating students in resolving issues and complaints, highlighting the values of the university community, encouraging student involvement, and addressing emergency concerns.
Multicultural Center, @multiyougsu
The Multicultural Center (MC) is committed to increasing cultural competence and preparing students for global citizenship by cultivating a culture of care through, cultural awareness & community building, advocacy & student success, resources & services, and education & training for social justice initiatives.
Latinx Student Services and Outreach (LASSO), @lasso_gsu
LASSO provides a space for students of all backgrounds to gather throughout the school day and immerse themselves in Latinx culture and a familia in which students support one another through their academic journeys and beyond. In addition, LASSO creates yearlong social, cultural, academic and professional programming on all campuses to enrich students’ development in all areas.
Black Student Achievement (BSA), @gsublackstudentachievement
BSA provides university-wide services and support programming in many areas, such as cultural enrichment, racial awareness, ethnicity, diversity, leadership training and organizational development. To achieve its goals, Black Student Achievement sponsors a number of academic, cultural and social events. Special interest programs address African American and other minority concerns.
International Student Associations Council (ISAC), @isac_gsu
The International Student Associations Council (ISAC) is comprised of the presidents and officers of 17 international student associations. The Council meets regularly to discuss issues pertaining to international students on campus and develop international student programs.

Upcoming Events
Culture Café: Latinx Heritage Celebration
Wednesday, September 8
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
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Culture Café is designed to highlight culture and heritage while providing students support services by promoting resources and events provided by our office and other campus partners. We offer goody bags and resources for students who visit our table and join our department listserv.

Latinx Art Gallery Reception
Thursday, September 16
4 – 6 p.m.
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Join Spotlight and LASSO as we showcase the artwork created by Georgia State students to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month!

In the Height of Identity: Understanding the Impact of Colorism within the Intersections of Latinx Communities
Tuesday, September 21
12 – 1:30 p.m.
CCI Lounge – Student Center East, 2nd Floor
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For this specific program, our Host Moderator and panelists will discuss the nuances of colorism and its impact on the lived experiences of Latinx identities. Sparked by the controversy of representation in the movie “In the Heights,” it is our intent that this conversation will allow panelists to speak on the lived experiences of various Latinx identities including Indigenous and Afro identities. We believe that you would offer immense insight and contribute vastly to the conversation due to either research, expertise, or lived experience.

For more information, contact William Britto, wbritto@gsu.edu

Orgullo Latinx
Thursday, September 23
12 – 1 p.m.
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Join Spotlight as we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with LASSO & the Multicultural center. We’ll have salsa dancing, food, drinks, and more.

Queer Destress Fest
Tuesday, September 28
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Student Center East Salon Ballroom
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Join the Multicultural Center, in collaboration with the Cultures, Communities & Inclusion for Queer Destress Fest, a monthly series that focuses on factors that may contribute to stress, anxiety and other issues within LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities. Tools and resources are provided to students that help them navigate their educational journeys. This month will celebrate the intersection of queer and Latinx identities. Join us for a “Basquiat” themed event.

Carreras y Conexiones: Dell
Wednesday, October 13
3 – 3:30 p.m.
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Join LASSO’s IG live as we discuss opportunities and the experience of a DELL employee! Get the scoop. 

Black Women’s Dialogue
Wednesday, October 13
6 – 7:30 p.m.
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A monthly discussion about issues affecting Black women. This includes the intersection of race, gender, femininity, sexuality, culture, etc.