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 the body of Christ by creating and 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:
The purpose of Education Abroad at Messiah College is to provide students with quality, transformative, semester-long, cultural learning experiences and to assist them in navigating the complexities of becoming global citizens.
The purpose of International Programs at Messiah College is to provide students with safe, transformative short-term off-campus learning opportunities that encourage them to deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the world and their place in it.
The purpose of Multicultural Programs at Messiah College is to meet the unique needs of domestic underrepresented students to support them in achieving personal growth and success. While providing educational programs, services and resources that promote racially, ethnically, culturally and globally diverse safe and transformative learning environments for all members of the college community.
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.