Located in the Larsen Student Union, the Intercultural Office at Messiah College houses four distinct but interconnected areas: Education Abroad, International Programs, Multicultural Programs and International Student Programs. These equally important programs work in close collaboration to carry out the overall mission of the Intercultural Office:
To embrace the diversity of God's creation by providing safe, transformative learning environments and opportunities for students to engage the world as reconcilers and servant leaders at home and abroad.
By 2014, the Intercultural Office at Messiah College will be valued for its commitment to serving the campus community through its programs and services by highlighting the ongoing need for meaningful, intercultural dialogue and connectedness.
These core values guide the work of the Intercultural Office:
Each program area in the Intercultural Office has a distinct purpose in supporting the mission of the Office:
International Student Programs
The purpose of International Student Programs at Messiah College is to understand and meet the unique needs of international, missionary, and third culture students by providing services, programs, and guidance leading to personal success and meaningful engagement with the broader campus community.
The purpose of Multicultural Programs at Messiah College is to support the unique needs of domestic underrepresented students to achieve personal growth and success; to provide educational programs, services and resources for the broader campus; and to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of the college community.
The purpose of Off-Campus Programs at Messiah College is to provide students with transformative, safe and quality semester-long and short-term cultural learning experiences that assist them in navigating the complexities of becoming global citizens and that encourage them to deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the world and their place in it.