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Multicultural Center

What is the Multicultural Center (MCC)?
MCC provides academic and personal counseling in a supportive, culturally enriching setting.

Where is it located?
We are located in Building 10, Rooms 112.

Who does the Multicultural Center serve?
The Center serves all students, regardless of background. Our emphasis is to provide support to non-native speakers of English; basic skills level students, and those overcoming socio-economic barriers.

Are any other special groups of students served?
We work with former foster youth, the Rising Scholars Program, and AB 540 students who are eligible for a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption.

Who provides the services?
Coordinated by the Director of Student Support Services, our staff is comprised of three certificated bicultural counselors; two are bilingual.

What other services are provided?
MCC offers assistance completing the matriculaton process, financial and scholarship applications, and the AB 540 form; referrals to campus and community agencies; UC Personal Statement and Scholarship workshops, and at least one cultural event annually as a cosponsor. Counselors also support college outreach and recruitment efforts.

What are some of the unique issues of MCC students?
Many MCC students are often the first in their families to attempt college, are low-income, academically underprepared, and/or otherwise deemed vulnerable. Support beyond the classroom is critical to their academic development, and counselors work with students on enhancing time management strategies, improving study skills, and securing campus and community resources.

Why is there a need for a Multicultural Center?
MCC addresses the needs of students who are ineligible for EOPS/CARE services but who still require a more personalized counseling experience. It remains an integral part of College of San Mateo's goals of diversity in the areas of outreach and recruitment to underserved populations, and support of basic skills, ESL, and other vulnerable students.

What can Multicultural Center students learn?
Students learn to develop a student educational plan; become familiar with certificate, AA/AS, and transfer requirements; navigate the college system; develop a general understanding of California's systems of higher education; become proficient in reading the CSM catalog and schedule of classes; and understand the financial aid process.