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Multicultural Student Affairs


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.


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.

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. For more information about our upcoming events, check out our RamPulse page.

Additionally, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs administers the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship program, and provides support and guidance to the affinity groups, our student organizations that promote the needs of under represented populations.


Due to the lack of records, it is unclear which tribes, how many people, when, where, and for how long they resided on the land we now know as West Virginia, the Native American presence evidently lingers in our wild and wonderful state. Indigenous names can be found throughout Appalachia (e.g. Kanawha River, Seneca Rocks, Wheeling, and more). According to maps of the mid-1600s, the Massawomeck primarily resided in what became West Virginia and in western Maryland. The Massawomeck were a highly mobile tribe who conducted extensive trade with other tribes and European settlers.  The Delaware tribe, originally known as the Lenape  (/ləˈnɑːpi/ or /ˈlɛnəpi/) or Lenni Lenape, also lived here but were forced out of the Eastern Panhandle by the late 1700s. 

We wish to recognize our obligations to this land and to the people who took care of it, as well as to the estimated 11,000 Native descendants who live in West Virginia today.

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