• 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 and Positions

    Social Justice Advocates Program
    Social Justice Advocate leaders will work independently and collaboratively to organize small projects that educate on and help alleviate food insecurity at MHCC.

    Student Council for Multicultural Affairs Program
    Led by the chair and co-chair, the Student Council for Multicultural Affairs is an advocacy council comprised of various student representatives working on supporting and enhancing the experiences of diverse student populations at MHCC. The chair and co-chair organize Council meetings, organize events to increase community, and advocate on behalf of students.

    Undocumented/DACA Student Support Advocate
    The student leader in this position will work with the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center Coordinator and the Undocumented/DACA Student Support Task Force to implement initiatives to support undocumented and DACA students at MHCC.

    Multicultural Events and Programs Coordinator
    The student leader in this position will lead the organization of multicultural events hosted by the MDRC. This student will collaborate with other student leaders and community partners to bring a variety of events on campus that honor, educate, and celebrate the various backgrounds represented at MHCC.

    Events and Programs Evaluation Coordinator
    The student leader in this position will work with other student-led programs to evaluate event participant attendance and assess how to increase attendance at events. This student will also work to implement strategies for increasing student engagement.

    General Work Study
    General Work Study students assist other leadership programs in implementing projects and assist with administrative support for the Multicultural & Diversity Resource Center.

    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.