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​​​​​​​​​​​Q: What is Cultural Education?

A: Cultural Education is broadly defined and inclusive of people from all backgrounds and experiences. As an office it is our goal to be a service to our campus and community, by creating trainings and programs that represent a large breath of cultural experiences.

Q: Why is Diversity important at Providence College?

A: As a Catholic Dominican liberal arts college, we believe that diversity is about who we are as the people of God, diversity is biblical, essential and about community.

“God saw all that he had made and it was very good.”

Genesis 1:1-31

​Q: What do you mean by Cultural Agility?

A: Having the awareness, knowledge and skills to address cultural issues with people from all experiences, both similar and different from your own.

As an office we create programming that address:

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Cultural Knowledge
  • Cultural Skills

(Modified from Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs by Pope, Reynolds and Mueller, 2004)

Q: What is Inclusive Excellence?

A: As an office we develop high quality programming that seek to achieve inclusive excellence by focusing on:

  • Student intellectual and social development
  • Purposeful utilization of organizational resources
  • Cultural differences
  • Building a welcoming community

(Modified from Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU))

Q: Whom does the Office of Cultural Education serve?

​A: We have programs geared towards students from underrepresented backgrounds, but all activities and leadership opportunities are open to any registered student at Providence College.​

​Q: What is B.M.S.A.?

A: BMSA stands for the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs.  BMSA functions as the umbrella organization that oversees clubs such as Afro-Am, ArmS (Armenian Society), Asian-Am, Circolo Italiano, Fete Francaise, Gaelic Society, Hellenic, MESA (Middle-Eastern Student Association), OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students), and PALS (Portuguese Alliance of Lusophone Students).

​​Additionally, SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism), ISO (International Students Organization), and S.H.E.P.A.R.D. (Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudices And Restoring Dignity) are affiliated organizations with BMSA.​