Multicultural Outreach Team (MCOT)
Advocating for the mental health of underrepresented students.
Who We Are
The Student Counseling Services’ Multicultural Outreach Team (MCOT) is a group of staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students dedicated to the mental health of underrepresented students through a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
MCOT recognizes that the mental health needs of each community and each individual student are different. Each community faces a unique set of challenges that are not necessarily shared by others.
We strive for culturally competent care for all students, and recognize that this is a life-long, and never ending-journey.
With that in mind, MCOT seeks to take a position of cultural humility and advocate for the voice and perspective of students, leading with student cultural values and preferences, etc.
Foster a healthy, diverse, and equitable university community for underrepresented students.
Our Commitment to Students
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop Series
The Multicultural Outreach Team is offering a series of three workshops to students this spring: Voices of Discovery, Disarming Racial Microaggressions, and an Anti-Racism Workshop. Through these workshops, students will engage in dialogue about identity, empathy, stereotypes, bias, privilege, power, white supremacy, and systemic racism.
These workshops are designed as a three-step series:
Step 1: Voices of Discovery: This program promotes awareness of diversity by providing an opportunity for cross-cultural interactions among students. This program fosters meaningful interaction between students from different backgrounds, helping students better understand themselves and others.
Tuesdays, January 19th and 26th from 5:30-8:00 pm
Thursdays, February 4th and 11th from 4:00-6:30 pm
Wednesdays, March 17th and 24th from 4:00-6:30 pm
Mondays, March 29th and April 5th from 5:30-8:00 pm
Step 2: Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Racial microaggressions are subtle verbal slights that can make people of color feel insulted or invalidated. Even well-intentioned people can commit microaggressions and might be unaware when they commit a microaggression. This 3-hour workshop helps participants recognize the different forms of racial microaggressions and identify safe and effective ways to intervene as a bystander.
Tuesday, February 2nd from 5:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, February 18th from 5:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 31st from 4:00-7:00 pm
Monday, April 12th from 5:30-8:30 pm
Step 3: Anti-Racism Workshop: The Living Anti-Racism Workshop invites participants to develop committed action to anti-racism in service of ending racial discrimination on campus.
Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, February 25th from 5:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 7th from 4:00-7:00 pm
Monday, April 19th from 5:30-8:30 pm
If you have questions or would like more information on registering, email Laura Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon completion of all three workshops, students will receive a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certificate from the MCOT team. If you have questions or would like more information on registering, email Laura Phillips at email@example.com.
Inclusion at ISU
MCOT collaborates with departments and individuals across campus to challenge prejudice and bias, create meaningful experiences for students of diverse backgrounds, as well as enhance support structures for underrepresented students.
MCOT has been active in working to increase the knowledge and awareness of the entire campus as it relates to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Educational activities include:
Student Spotlight Story
MCOT is a part of Student Counseling Services whose mission is to foster a healthy, diverse, and equitable university community for underrepresented students, is seeking nominations for a new program in which we spotlight the achievements of diverse students on campus in a news story on our social media.
We know there are lots of amazing things students are doing either on campus or in their personal lives and we want to provide a platform for recognizing those achievements!
If you would like to see a student featured, you can nominate them here.
MCOT is also interested in spotlighting the achievements, programs, and work of diverse student organizations on campus in an ISU News story and on social media.
If you would like to see a diverse student organization featured, you can nominate them here.
MCOT is inviting students to consider a new internship opportunity. Interns will play an essential role in project coordination and serve as an important connection between student well-being, the MCOT staff at SCS, and the campus community.
MCOT is offering two internship roles:
For more information, email David F. Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org.