View Text Only Version

Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center


Contact Us  

Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

Sykes Student Union, Room 003
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610)-436-3273

M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

Cultural Enrichment

The Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a primary campus resource for information and materials regarding diversity, cultural sensitivity, and awareness. Through direct training and other programmatic activity, the OMA provides students and others an opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the value of diversity and multiculturalism within our community.

Education/Academic Support

In collaboration with the Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) and other academic support offices, the Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates various academic support and educational skill-building workshops and opportunities such as tutoring, test-taking strategies, study skills, organization and time management.

Information and Referral Services

The Office maintains and makes available resources on diversity and multiculturalism; as well as information on cultural programs, events and activities on campus and in the surrounding community. Other resources available include scholarships, job listings, graduate programs and volunteer opportunities.

Leadership Development

The Leadership Development program provides students with opportunities to enhance their leadership skills through programs and activities such as leadership conferences, workshops, seminars, discussion series, etc. One such program is the Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat, which provides students with an opportunity to expand their understanding of leadership in a multicultural environment.

Student Workshops/Programs

Through sponsorship and collaboration with other campus offices and organizations, OMA offers opportunities for students to develop their various interests, learn about academic majors, and explore potential career options. Workshops help students learn about networking, social and professional etiquette, and other skills essential for academic and professional success. Students are also afforded the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen their interpersonal skills.

Multicultural Organizational Advisory Board (MOAB)

An important component of OMA's mission is to foster unity among multicultural students and organizations. In an attempt to achieve such goal, the Multicultural Organizational Advisory Board (MOAB) was established and entrusted with the task of strengthening coordination among multicultural organizations in the areas of program planning, collaboration, communication, resource sharing and fostering unity in the midst of diversity.

Board of Governors Summer Institute and Support Program (BOG)

This program is designed to assist first-year students receiving the Board of Governors Scholarship in transitioning to the university and establishing a firm foundation for success throughout their undergraduate career and beyond. BOG scholarships are merit-based awards granted to incoming Pennsylvania residents who have demonstrated a potential for undergraduate success based on their high school academic record, class rank, admissions test scores, and diversity related activities.

Other Resources

Textbook Tips

It is critical to your academic success that you have the required textbooks (and other required reading books) for your courses.
Textbook Tips for WCU Students



Our resources that are available to students, faculty, and staff for personal use in our Multicultural Center.

  1. 215 African American Women You Should Know by Gloria L. Gaymon
  2. Save! America by Tom Petro & Kris Messner
  3. Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens by Bill Russell and Janet Hood
  4. PUSH by Sapphire
  5. Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? By Kevin Powell
  6. Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. I-III by Jawanza Kunjufu
  7. Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice by Sawyer & Ossoff
  8. Thought & Action- The NEA Higher Education Journal
  9. Selected Essays on Contemporary African American Issues by Edna B. McKenzie, Ph. D
  10. Maya Angelou by Lisanrelli
  11. In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  12. The Final Speeches, Malcolm X
  13. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  14. Slavery in the United States of America
  15. Justice and the Politics of Difference
  16. African Americans in Pennsylvania, Shifting Historical Perspectives
  17. African American Entrepreneurs
  18. WCU Alumni Directory 2000
  19. Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph. D
  20. Lessons From History Jr.-Sr. Edition
  21. Nationalism in Colonial Africa
  22. Take Back the Apples
  23. The Civil War’s Black Soldiers
  24. Many Thousand Gone by Virginia Hamilton
  25. The Cultural Context, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  26. Slavery in the Clover Bottom
  27. Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School
  28. PBCOHE
  29. Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0, New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities
  30. The Double V Campaign
  31. African American inventors
  32. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  33. African American Soldier: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning
  34. Book of Black Heroes: Great Women in the Struggle
  35. Afro-American Art & Craft
  36. Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
  37. Doing What’s Right by Tavis Smiley
  38. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  39. Lift Every Voice And Sing, Expecting the Most and Getting the Best From All of God’s Children by Dr. Walter Turnbull
  40. African American Alphabet by Gerald Hausman & Kelvin Rodriquez
  41. Historical Christianity African Centered by Anyike
  42. Milestones of Civilization by Linda Blanford & peter Davidson
  43. Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil disorders
  44. Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery
  45. Between Barack And A Hard Place4 by Tim Wise
  46. Someday We’ll all Be Free by Kevin Powell
  47. And The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Ralph David Abernathy
  48. Colorblind by Tim Wise
  49. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruise
  50. Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook: 1996
  51. A Hand to guide Me by Denzel Washington
  52. Social Deviance
  53. Thurgood Marhsall
  54. Ralph Bunche
  55. Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence by Joyce Hansen & Gary McGowan
  56. The Encyclopedia of African American Heritage
  57. Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives
  58. Reference Library of Black America Vo. I-V
  59. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States
  60. Higher than Hope, The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela by Fatima Meer
  61. Black Robe, White Justice
  62. A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs
  63. World’s Great Men of Color Vol. I by J.A. Rogers
  64. Nat turner by Terry Bisson
  65. Paul Laurence Dunbar
  66. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Third Edition
  67. Introduction to Black Studies
  68. Voices Across America: Roundtable Discussions of Asian Civil Rights Issues
  69. Racial and Ethnic Relations
  70. Simple insights to Help Win the Game of Life by Lee Rubin
  71. Black issues in Higher Education
  72. Reference Library of Hispanic America Vol. I-IV
  73. Black History in the Niagra Peninsula
  1. Motivos Magazine
  2. Diverse Magazine
  3. Native Peoples Magazine
  4. 4241 Magazine


  • Mentoring Moments
  • Dowdy Multicultural Center Scoop



Back to top of page.