The University of Arizona offers students support and community with cultural and resource centers
The University of Arizona has several cultural centers and resources on campus to help students acclimate comfortably to their new surroundings.
According to the Immigrant Student Resource Center website, these centers serve as a “home away from home” and celebrate the identities of AU’s diverse community.
Asian-Pacific American Student Affairs, located in the Student Union Memorial Center in Room 409, strives to support members of the Asian-Pacific American community on campus and raise awareness of issues facing the community. To support its members, APASA offers free tutoring services and has staff dedicated to ensuring that students feel supported as they progress through AU academics and social life.
Located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building, African American Student Affairs strives to create “an enriching African American cultural experience at the University of Arizona,” according to the AASA website. In the past, the group has hosted networking events and other events to promote and foster success as well as mixers to create a strong and close-knit community on campus.
The Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center, located in Room 217 of the César E. Chávez Building, provides space for students to find academic and social support on campus. According to the center’s mission statements on the website, the center offers “culturally affirming programs and events that cultivate a sense of belonging, build community, encourage critical thinking, and develop students as learners.” , leaders and professionals”. On the third Thursday of each month, the center organizes events called “Abuelitas[os] Reaching Out to Mentor and Apapachar Students,” where food is served and members of the Tucson community can come and offer advice to students.
Another on-campus cultural center is Native American Student Affairs, located in the Nugent Building, Room 203. The center aims to help Native American and Alaska Native students find a sense of community on campus while providing them with tools to succeed both socially and academically. Previous NASA events include Feast Friday, where Native American faculty join students for an on-campus meal, various events focused on healing and mental health awareness, and panels with alumni and faculty. .
The Hillel Foundation, in the Hillel Building across from SUMC, provides space and services for Jewish services on campus. According to the foundation’s website, the Hillel Foundation is a space where students “can explore identity, develop leadership skills, and engage in Jewish life on [their] terms.” The foundation has organized trips to Israel for students, free Shabbat meals, and numerous opportunities for leadership roles.
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs welcomes students of all genders and sexualities to learn and find support. The center not only provides student support in a comfortable space, but also conducts training and programs aimed at educating the campus community. They have a campus-wide training program called Safe Zone that teaches students how to ensure the UA campus is welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ+ people. Additionally, the center emphasizes the importance of mental health awareness in the LGBTQ+ community and offers many mental health resources. The center is located in the SUMC LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
The Women and Gender Resource Center is located inside the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership on the fourth floor of SUMC. According to the center’s website, the WGRC “is an inclusive student center on campus that strives to create change on campus in response to sexism and misogyny, doing social justice work at the intersection of many identities such as sex, gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability.The center offers programs dedicated to educating the campus on gender equity. gender and issues that have a major impact on campus, such as sexual assault and mental health.
Fostering Success is a UA program aimed at providing holistic support to people previously or currently in the foster care system and students facing homelessness and housing insecurity. They offer help for those recently navigating the college system, whether it’s applications or FAFSA. The program also aims to “provide each individual with a space to be heard, learn, and grow in the way that best suits them,” according to the Fostering Success website. The program is located in the SUMC.
International Student Services helps international students acclimate to life at AU. They offer help with visa filing, applications and even finding a ride from the airport. According to the ISS website, “Through guidance and programs, [the center] provides immigration, academic, and personal support, as well as friendship and leadership opportunities. The center is located at the Global Center for International Student Services.
The many cultural and resource centers on the UA campus are available to students who seek help while getting used to their new surroundings or who want support at any time throughout their years on the campus. Each center seeks to enhance the UA experience for all students.
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