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Multicultural Center


For many years, UMD has been working toward the goal of building a more inclusive environment in which people from all backgrounds will accept, respect, and support one another. This environment will promote recruiting and retaining a more diverse student body.

In 1998, UMD envisioned the creation of a space in the second floor Kirby Student Center that celebrates diversity. In response to a proposal submitted by the Directors of the Multicultural Learning Resource Centers, Dr. Bruce Gildseth, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Support and Student Life, convened a committee of students and staff to begin planning a center to support and promote human diversity. In that centrally located space, a welcoming community that recognizes and honors both similarities and differences was built.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Multicultural Center is to enhance academic achievement, create a sense of belonging, celebrate diversity, and foster positive relations among UMD students, faculty and staff. This will be accomplished by:

  • Providing a forum for communication, discussion and understanding of educational, political, social and cultural issues of concern to the students served at the Multicultural Center.
  • Supporting programs and activities that promote appreciation and awareness for a truly multicultural and inclusive community.
  • Providing support for and advising student organizations
  • Serving as a catalyst for change and support of the University's effort to achieve pluralism.
  • Providing personal and academic support, advising, and disability accommodations.

Facilities / Room Reservations

The Multicultural Center facilities include meeting rooms, student organization offices, multimedia and graphics rooms, and a student lounge. Organizations and Departments wishing to reserve facilities should call 726-7166 during office hours.

Facilities include:

  • Campus information center
  • Conference/meeting rooms
  • Graphics room
  • Professional offices
  • Resource/multimedia room
  • Student lounge
  • Student organizations

Building Information

Mailing Address
Multicultural Center
University of Minnesota Duluth
270 Kirby Student Center
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-3085
Building Hours
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Telephone Number
(218) 726-6522
Fax Number
(218) 726-6724
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