The Student Multicultural Resource Center (SMRC) aims to advance a welcoming and inclusive learning environment, where individuals with diverse identities are valued and celebrated, fostering a sense of belonging and community among all members of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The SMRC provides a space dedicated to the well-being and success of all our community members. Our work is rooted in social justice, anti-racism, equity, inclusivity, identity, and intersectionality. We recognize and acknowledge the histories of marginalization various communities face; therefore, we work to support students through educational programming that brings awareness, fosters understanding, builds scholarship, and eradicates systemic barriers.
The goal of SMRC is to work with faculty and staff to shape experiences that prepare students to successfully participate in a global society.
This blog is dedicated to undergraduate students who want to use their voices to express views and increase awareness of issues rooted in social justice, anti-racism, equity, inclusivity, identity, and intersectionality*. It is a safe space for students of all identities to write about topics that affect marginalized communities at SIU, Southern Illinois, and around the United States.
*intersectionality: the interconnected nature of social categories such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.