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Multicultural Services

As one of the more diverse campuses among highly selective liberal arts colleges, Ursinus works to build and maintain a vibrant multicultural community. The Director of Multicultural Services employs the considerable resources of Ursinus to:

  • Provide academic and personal support that includes personal counseling and academic advising
  • Provide retention support
  • Serve as advisor to Sankofa Umoja Nia (S.U.N.)
  • Provide programming such as Kwanzaa, Black History Month and the Latino Festival
  • Provide opportunities for Internships
  • Build collaborative relationships with Alumni such as establishing the Crigler Internship Program
  • Provide opportunities for students to network and meet students from other area colleges and universities; such as attending workshops and conferences
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(Formerly the Bridge Program)
Ursinus College sponsors a three week program that is designed to provide academic excellence, leadership skills and social consciousness to members of historically underrepresented groups. The Crigler Institute, named for Ursinus’ first African American graduate in 1956 offers a four credit course during the summer and fall of the first year. In addition to the course work, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a community service project, connect with Ursinus alumni and attend leadership workshops. Students will live in a residence hall during this three week period. The Crigler Institute generally begins the last week of July and the first two weeks of August.

The mission of Ursinus College is “to enable students to become independent, responsible and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education. That education prepares them to live creatively and usefully, and to provide leadership in their society in an interdependent world”. Through these same ideals the Crigler Institute’s goals are to

  • Provide a positive initial college experience
  • Promote greater intellectual development
  • Enhance an atmosphere that supports meaningful friendships and active participation in campus life
  • Engage in programs (such as Study Abroad, Summer Fellows, UCARE) that reinforce the value of persistence of a college education

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Café Nia Celebrates 25 Years of the Crigler Institute at Homecoming 
Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present, Building Our Future 

Saturday, October 19, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Wismer Lower Lounge

Enjoy music, presentations, light refreshments and the opportunity to meet fellow alumni, including W. Robert Crigler, Ph.D. ’56.

Advance registration is requested.

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Questions? Contact Paulette Patton, at 610-409-3719 or

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