About MSA


On behalf of the Multicultural Student Affairs staff, we would like to welcome you to our site! We are fortunate to have many people invested in MSA and appreciate the support we continue to receive from faculty, staff, alumni, and students. Our staff is a small, yet dedicated group and we consistently strive for excellence. We value our role within the Northwestern community and seek to enrich students’ collegiate experience. We hope that you will visit us at our spaces, utilize our meeting rooms, and attend the events that we sponsor as well as those sponsored by our student groups.

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Mission of Multicultural Student Affairs

The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is to provide quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for under-served students. We seek to foster a learning environment that enriches the cultural, educational, professional, and social lives of students, providing opportunities for holistic development. Through advising, advocacy, and outreach, MSA is dedicated to an inclusive and diverse community and helps students excel individually and collectively.

To achieve our mission and best serve students, Multicultural Student Affairs focuses on three primary areas of student development. Students who participate in the programs, activities and services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs will:

  • SAW Students

    Celebrate and appraise the intersectionality of their individual identities and how they contribute to personal success (Personal Development).

  • Utilize university and community resources to help navigate the Northwestern experience (Personal Development).

  • Develop empathy, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences to create a more socially just campus community (Social Responsibility).

Our Advising Philosophy

Multicultural Student Affairs advises from a developmental perspective that focuses on the individual needs of each student.  An advising relationship is established with an emphasis on helping students identify and accomplish life goals. We believe that by assisting students holistically, we take into account students intersecting identities and life experiences to aid in providing a positive learning experience at Northwestern University.