MESA, or the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, is one of the hidden resources on campus for all students. Through the Trotter Multicultural Center, all student organizations have a place to gather, host retreats or events, and learn about representing multicultural diversity on campus. MESA and Trotter work together with this mission statement in mind: “To promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.” Trotter is open seven days a week to any organization who needs projection screens, a kitchen, or somewhere to sit by the fireplace and come together as a group. The MESA office is located in the Michigan Union on the second floor, and Trotter is located at 1443 Washtenaw Ave (not far from the Rock), and they love having visitors!
Every month, MESA will advertise leadership opportunities and events on their website and sometimes even help host events with student or national organizations. MESA provides information on events on campus that involve multi-ethnic student groups, like the Nourish Lunch Series for self-identified women of color and the My Brothers Lunch Series for men of color, which will meet once a month for the entire year and hold open discussions over a free lunch. To see an entire list of events, visit their website and view the newsletter. Going to these events is usually FREE and will show how much diversity we are lucky to have here at the University of Michigan. Get involved today!
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