Ethnic Student Center
The Multicultural Student Center (ESC) is a space in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union that is open to all students.
It is a place where students from all backgrounds can meet to foster learning and affirm their sense of identity, community, collaboration, and leadership. The MSC promotes values of diversity and inclusion.
Mission and Vision
The Ethnic Student Center strives to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to help promote collaboration and coalitions within marginalized ethnic minority student populations and their allies on the BGSU campus and within the Bowling Green community.
Resources and Staying Connected
You can check out the ESC's library collection and video documentaries. For a listing, please contact the Ethnic Student Center at Diversity@bgsu.edu.
See It. Hear It. Report It.
This report is for concerns or actions impacting you or the BGSU community that are enacted because of bias based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. This also includes sex, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression when the behavior is not sexual assault or sexual harassment.
You may file this report anonymously, but the date and time of this incident must be included.
If you have additional questions about this report form or would like additional information please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843.
Programs and Activities
Multicultural Dialogue Series
Mondays, 2/5/18, 2/19/18, 3/19/18** (the March 19 dialogue will be from 6:00 - 7:30 pm), 3/26/18, 4/2/18, 4/23/18, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.**
Multicultural Student Center, 427 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
The MSC invites students from different backgrounds and social identities to come and discuss various topics that will assist with further understanding intersectional identities within contexts of history, culture, and structural inequalities in society. Its intent is to provide a supportive learning environment where students can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others and acquire knowledge and skills to live and work in an increasingly diverse society. We encourage students from all social identities to attend and learn from each other.
An important aspect of the Dialogue Series is learning to listen, to ask questions of others, and to commit to understanding the perspectives of others, even if one does not agree. This space is not a place for debate where we try to convince each other that one opinion is better than another. This is a place for us to learn how to dialogue: to communicate to facilitate understanding. The learning outcomes of the Dialogue Series are:
- To learn about and explore the various dimensions of social identity
- To learn concepts of diversity and inclusion, and how they may manifest in the daily life of individuals, institutional practices, and policies that govern the society we live in
- To continue personal growth and development in the areas of diversity and inclusion
Summer Book Club
Each summer, we accept registration from students, faculty, staff, and community members to join the summer reading book club. Summer book club participants meet once a month. Some discussions are moderated by facilitators who have expertise in areas related to the themes of the books.
The MSC will have a limited number of books available to check out on loan. If you are interested in joining the MSC Summer Book Club, please register by sending your name and e-mail address to Diversity@bgsu.edu by the last day of class of spring semester.