• Signature Programs and Leadership Opportunities


  • The MDRC provides a variety of opportunities for our community to develop leadership skills and opportunities to engage on campus. Join one of our many programs to build community with other students, staff, faculty, and community members at MHCC. Together, we engage in a community of learning and collaboration to provide opportunities for members of MHCC to thrive.

    Student Leadership Programs
    1. Social Justice Advocates
      The Social Justice Advocates program is a year-long, cohort-based initiative facilitated through the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center. Participants gain an educational background on social inequalities, skill development in facilitating conversations about diversity and inclusion, and skill development in designing and implementing campus-wide projects for social change.
    2. Student Council for Multicultural Affairs (SCMA)
      The Student Council for Multicultural Affairs is a student-led, organizing body dedicated to the success and well-being of historically marginalized and underrepresented students at Mt. Hood Community College. The Council works to understand the needs of and elevates the voices of MHCC’s diverse student-body. At bi-weekly meetings throughout the year, Council members and students-at-large discuss important issues affecting students and develop recommendations for addressing needs and opportunities. Participation in the Council is open to all students dedicated to the success and well-being of historically marginalized and underrepresented students at MHCC. Complete this brief interest form if you'd like to be involved.
    3. Student Consultants on Teaching (SCoT)
      Student Consultants on Teaching at MHCC is an innovative program that introduces a fresh perspective on teaching excellence: it elevates the student perspective on teaching excellence and builds partnerships between students and faculty members. Students receive mentorship, training in instructional best practices, and then partner with faculty members to observe and reflect on their classes and/or materials and offer affirmations about what's working well.
    4. Student Life Campus Garden
      The Student Life Campus Garden is a joint initiative between the Associated Student Government and the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center to expand on the work of Barney’s Pantry by providing fresh and healthy food options for MHCC students. Additionally, the Campus Garden will serve as a space where students, faculty, and staff can engage in volunteer and educational opportunities to understand the impacts of food insecurity and how campus gardens can support equitable food access.
    5. Learning Community
      All MDRC student leaders are part of a learning community that study and discuss a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics each week. Discussions take place weekly during leadership team meetings with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of pressing equity issues and how such learning resources can inform students’ social change efforts on campus. The learning community encourages and cultivates a community of thoughtful leaders for the advancement of equity and inclusion within Mt. Hood Community College and beyond. The learning community is not a separate leadership program; rather, it is incorporated into all MDRC student leadership programs. To increase cross-collaboration among the community, this learning community is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members passionate about creating social change on campus to better support MHCC’s community of varying needs and backgrounds.

    Complete this short interest form if you would like to get involved in these programs.

    Student Leadership Positions
    1. Social Justice Advocate - Food Equity Education Initiatives: Primary duties include organizing projects focused on educating the MHCC community on food insecurity and engaging in food equity initiatives.
    2. Social Justice Advocate - Food Equity Volunteer Initiatives: Primary duties include organizing off campus volunteer opportunities at community-based organizations focused on alleviating food insecurity.
    3. Social Justice Advocate - Campus Garden Initiatives: Primary duties include assisting in maintaining the Student Life Campus Garden and promoting this resource to the campus community.
    4. Social Justice Advocate - Dreamer Support Initiatives: Primary duties include organizing events and sharing resources that support our undocumented/DACA student community, contributing to community and their overall wellbeing and success.
    5. Social Justice Advocate - Multicultural Program Initiatives: Primary duties include assisting the MDRC coordinator in organizing a variety of multicultural events and programs.
    6. Social Justice Advocate - Community and Belonging Initiatives: Primary duties include organizing events and activities that focus on building community among MHCC students, with particular focus on historically underrepresented students.
    7. Social Justice Advocate - Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives: Primary duties include organizing events and activities that help support the mental wellbeing of students, as well as assisting in leading and contributing to the MDRC mental health podcast.
    8. Social Justice Advocate - Student Council for Multicultural Affairs Chair: Primary duties include organizing and leading Council meetings, advocating for historically underrepresented students, and contributing to plans that further support historically underrepresented students at MHCC.
    9. General Work Study: Primary duties include providing clerical support, assisting in maintaining the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center, and assisting other student leaders in ongoing projects.

    Requirements for all student leaders

    • Maintain 6 office hours per week
    • Attend all meetings and trainings - Leadership meetings occur on Fridays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    • Support and attend MDRC and Student Life sponsored events when possible
    • Organize and complete projects in a timely manner
    • Maintain a 2.5 GPA

    Benefits

    • 6-credit tuition waiver and work study available (dependent on eligibility)
    • Leadership experience and development
    • Professional development/continuous education in diversity, equity, and inclusion topics
    • Establishing collaborative partnerships and enacting social change on campus

    For any other questions, contact:

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    Ernesto Vasquez, M.A.
    Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center Coordinator
    Ernesto.vasquez@mhcc.edu

    Interested in applying for a leadership position? Apply here!

    The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

    The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is dedicated to supporting the success of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors. With support from the National Science Foundation and Portland State University Provost's Office, the program provides activities, events, and opportunities for LSAMP students at PSU or who intend to transfer to PSU. As a LSAMP participant, students will meet like-minded peers and receive support from the community to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

    Mt. Hood Community College students, less than one year away from transferring to Portland State University, will receive individual support in their transfer process and continuous support throughout their time at PSU by working with the PSU LSAMP Program Manager. Once participants transfer to or co-enroll with PSU, they will have access to the LSAMP Center and program supports.

    LSAMP Program Requirements:

    • Must be a student on a STEM track (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or architecture)
    • Must be a student planning to transfer to or co-enroll at Portland State University
    • Must be from a historically underrepresented background, including: African American/Black, Latino/a/x, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, or Native Hawaiian

    For more information about the LSAMP program, please visit https://www.pdx.edu/alliance-minority-participation/

    For any other questions, contact:

    Joyce Pieretti, PhD
    LSAMP Program Manager

    pieretti@pdx.edu

    Interested in applying for the LSAMP program? Apply here!

    Multicultural Student Graduation

    The Multicultural Student Graduation is a ceremony hosted by the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center, which recognizes and honors the various backgrounds represented at Mt. Hood Community College in their achievements. The Multicultural Student Graduation is an initiative of significant importance as it aims to recognize and honor often disenfranchised communities in their commitment to and success within the education system. The Multicultural Student Graduation provides an opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds to take pride in their identities and celebrate with their campus and familial communities. During the ceremony, students will be presented with a certificate of recognition and lapel pin.

    The term multicultural spans a wide variety of identities. In addition to race and ethnicity, multicultural backgrounds can include gender, sexual orientation, family structure, religion, varying abilities, and anything else that makes each person an individual. The Multicultural Student Graduation is open to all students graduating with any MHCC Associate degree, those transferring to another college or university, are completing a certificate program, or are completing their GED. Each individual may determine for themselves if they identify as a multicultural student.

    Requirements:

    • Must be a student graduating with any MHCC Associate degree, transferring to another college or university, completing a certificate program, or completing their GED

    Event Details
    Date: Last Friday in May
    Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
    Location: MHCC Gresham Campus & Live Stream
    Registration Opens: First week of Spring Term
    Registration Closes: Monday the week of the event
    *Specific details for the event each year will be provided on the registration page and well in advance.

    For any other questions, contact:

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    Ernesto Vasquez, M.A.
    Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center Coordinator
    Ernesto.vasquez@mhcc.edu
    Interested in registering for this year’s Multicultural Student Graduation? Register here!

    Participation is free but does require registration.