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Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development

Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services is a multifaceted, student-oriented area that focuses on providing an optimal educational experience in and out of the classroom for students from diverse backgrounds. The purpose is to assist the university in the fulfillment of its mission by encouraging each person and cultural group to assertively affirm the unique richness of their heritage, ethnicity, identity and ability.
Heritage and Cultural Programming

Multicultural Ambassadors Program
Looking for a way to become an FGCU student leader? The Multicultural Ambassador's Program (MAP) is a great way to do so! MAP is comprised of a group of select, trained, student leaders. Students in the program represent diverse cultures, geography, sexual-orientation, gender, ethnicity, and majors. MAP students serve as advisors, liaisons, facilitators, and representatives to the FGCU Community.

Applications Available every October!

Frosh Mosh
Frosh Mosh is a two-day on-campus retreat hosted by FGCU Multicultural Ambassadors. The retreat is a weekend on-campus event designed to provide incoming students a first look at FGCU. Through team buildings, ice breakers, informal discussions, and student-led workshops, Frosh Mosh offers our new student an opportunity to jump start their college career and immerse into the campus community.

Frosh Mosh 2013 Registration

 Frosh Mosh 2013

LINKS Mentor Program
Linking Individuals to Networks, Knowledge, and Scholarship (L.I.N.K.S.) mentoring program is an initiative designed to support students in their transition and retention at Florida Gulf Coast University. This objective is achieved through active participation in interactions between mentors and mentees, participation in L.I.N.K.S. events and attendance at cultural events. L.I.N.K.S. strives to:

  • Promote personal and intellectual growth
  • Assist with academic and personal concerns, through one-on-one relationships
  • Connect students with a person who cares about them and can help them navigate FGCU’s climate successfully
  • Encourage students to take full advantage of university resources for achieving academic success, finding employment, research, and internship opportunities
  • Create a professional relationship with a faculty/staff member who may serve as an academic or professional reference
  • Create a sense of belonging among students
  • To provide mentors and role models for students
  • Increase the retention of students through direct contact and interaction with upper class student mentors, faculty, staff, and administrators

Welcome Reception Celebration of Culture
Held during the first week of school, the Office of MSS holds an event to welcome students back to the university and celebrate the various cultures at FGCU and around the world. The celebration includes student performances, guest speakers, distinguished faculty, and food.

Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 - October 15, the University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Past heritage months have included guest speakers. Other programs have included Cafe Con Leche and a Health Fair. Programs and activities focus on the contributions of the Hispanic Culture and its impact on our society.



National Coming Out Day
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Cultural Month is October. In the past, this month has been highlighted with a film festival and noted speakers Judy Shepherd. The focus programs that support students and the campus community that reflect the richness of the GLBT community and its positive impact on our society.

AIDS Awareness
Designed to raise awareness about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, the designation of October as AIDS Awareness Month places special focus on a disease with a yet undiscovered cure. December 1 has been designated as World AIDS awareness day in an effort to link countries together to increase education and eradicate this fatal disease.

Passover Seder
A Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Black History Month
Celebrates the contributions of African descendants during the February. Noted Black History author Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. In 1976 this became known as Black History Month. The Multicultural Student Development Center staff along with student organizations and community groups host a variety of events that highlight Black culture, history and tradition. These events include plays, music, cultural dances, conferences, and a lecture series.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.


Women's History Month
Celebrating the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase the knowledge of the contributions of notable and ordinary women.

Holocaust Remembrance
Honoring and remembering victims, survivors, and their famalies of the Holocaust. In Hebrew, Holocaust Rememberance day is called "Yom Hashoah".