The primary mission of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is to help prepare all Shepherd University students to live, learn, work and succeed in a diverse society. Therefore, this office embraces all students and endeavors to create awareness, appreciation, action, and advocacy around issues of race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, national origin, ability, and religion through passive and active programs, speakers, lecture series, and community service. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs administers the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship program, and provides support and guidance to student organizations that promote the needs of under represented populations such as Allies, Black Student Union, Alianza, Pan-African Student Union, and International Student Union.
Multicultural Student Affairs acts as a liaison between students and administrators, faculty, and staff, providing problem-solving negotiations. Students and parents are provided with assistance related to financial aid, admissions, registration, and other institutional services. The office supports all students, but specifically traditionally under-represented students. This includes students of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, international students and students with disabilities.