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Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services (MSS) provides programming and services to support the CBU student body. MSS supports an inclusive campus climate, promotes cultural understanding, and serves to enhance the intellectual and multicultural experiences of our diverse community of learners.

Programs & Services

Diversity Heritage Months

MSS honors widely recognized awareness months that increase understanding for different ethnic groups, cultures, and causes. Please visit the Events at CBU calendar to learn more about upcoming events.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
  • Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Celebrate Diversity Month (April)
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
  • LGBT+ Pride Month (June)
  • Immigrant Heritage Month (June)

Multicultural Student Development Committee

The Multicultural Student Development Committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff at CBU. The purpose of the committee is to identify, analyze, and propose programming and services to address the needs and concerns of marginalized student populations on campus. The committee serves as a collective voice in identifying resources that will lead to continued development among CBU’s diverse student body.

Student Clubs & Organizations

CBU’s cultural organizations provide students with the opportunity to become involved on campus and the Memphis community. Being active in an extracurricular group enhances students' academic experience.


Mary McConner, PhD, Director


  • BS Psychology, Grand Valley State University
  • MA Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University
  • PhD Higher Education Administration, Auburn University

Dr. Mary McConner has worked in professional roles at different universities, primarily working with students and faculty from diverse populations. The practical experience that she has gained while working with diverse populations and understanding different cultures has been an important part of her understanding of multicultural and international initiatives. Her professional and research areas include diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); international affairs; globalizing teaching and the curriculum; and intercultural communication.

Dr. McConner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She enjoys traveling, reading, going to concerts, doing celebrity impressions, going to the movies, and helping students develop both personally and intellectually.