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Multicultural Education and Resource Center

The Multicultural Education and Resource Center partners with students, faculty, staff and alumni to build a vibrant, stimulating and safe learning community where cultural diversity is highly valued, differences are respected and people from all cultures and backgrounds flourish.


It's summer time! So here's the scoop about the MERC. Come on in and enjoy some of our FREE services!

  • NEST: The Network for Education and Support of Tolerance. This is a room dedicated for LGBTQ+ resources for all people. You may borrow/check-out both books and movies and even just hang out. There are pamphlets, stickers, pins and other resources for grabs.


  • GEAR UP: Federal program designed to significantly increase the number of lw-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.


  • Services: A safe place where everyone is welcome and can truly be themselves. Information and resources on diversity issues. Free printing, copying, facing and scanning. Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks. Academic, career, diversity and social presentations/workshops. 


  • Diversity: Some of the diversity organizations that we have on campus are: ALLIES, Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Native American Student Association (NASW), Queers & Allies (Q&A) and Spectrum. If you would like more information about the groups you may search them on the CSE page for contact information and meeting times/dates. 


  • Jump Start: Initiative of the State of Michigan designed to improve retention rates of academically and/or economically disadvantaged students through networking opportunities and academic/career workshops. 



TRANS Lifeline Suicide Prevention
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. To call the lifeline please call (877) 565-8860. Click here to learn more about Trans Lifeline's Mission.
The Diversity Common Reader Program's selected memoir, Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, is still available for current students to pick up in the MERC office (3001 Hedgcock). 



Summer Job Opportunities

Isle Royale National Park is looking to fill various job openings for this upcoming summer season.  Check out USA Jobs for full descriptions.  

UNITED Conference

If you missed any of the exciting presentations during UNITED September 2018, you still have a chance to view them.  Click here to view.  





More Information

Smudging Policy
Click here for the Dean of Students Office procedure to request exemption of dangerous materials and open flame

Free Community Meal
Hungry? The Messiah Lutheran Church provides a free community meal the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Messiah Luterhan Church is located at the corner of Magnetic and 4th Street. More information on other community meals.

Transgender Coming Out
Your child is transgender, and it is okay video.  Connor O'keefe addresses transgender children coming out to their parents.

<a href="http://www.nmu.edu/multiculturaledandres/jump-start">Jump Start</a> is designed to improve retention rates of academically and economically disadvantaged students through academic and career workshops and networking opportunities. Congratulations to the Future Faculty Fellowship Recipients. Leora Lancaster, Kendra Klein, Jenna Behnke, Daniel Mitchell<a href="http://www.nmu.edu/multiculturaledandres/gear-upcollege-day-newsletter">GEAR UP</a> is designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education, by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services. Receive funding from the PresidentNemnet minority recruitment is a national resource organization that works in the recruitment of teachers, administration and coaches of color. <a href="https://www.nemnet.com/index.aspx">Learn more.</a> <a href="www.integrysgroup.com">Integrys Energy Group</a> has various open positions. Visit its <a href="http://www.wecenergygroup.com/careers/index.htm">career page</a> to apply and receive more information on available positions.

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Presentations Available

The Multicultural Education and Resource Center has presentations available for students and faculty alike to reference. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality.

Multicultural Education and Resource Center3001 Hedgcockmerc@nmu.edu906-227-1554