Trotter Multicultural Center

Trotter’s Mission Statement (Challenges in the world and how we intend to fix them): 

We believe that our students are the driving force of our work.  As a result, we choose to enhance the quality of life and development of the entire campus community.  Through our shared cultural exhibitions we create an inclusive co-curricular space where we celebrate the diversities and similarities that connect us all.

Vision Statement (What the world will look like after we have finished changing it):

A campus community that recognizes, seeks the knowledge of and leans into its capacity to celebrate and care for everyone.

Principles of Engagement:

Compassion- sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
noun com·pas·sion · \kəm-ˈpa-shən\

  • Providing a brave space for our students to show up as their true selves

  • Creating teachable moments that reveal Vulnerability as a posture of strength

  • Teaching students to empathize by using their imagination to feel the joys and pains of others as if it were their own

Affirmation- a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something

noun af·firm·a·tion · \afərˈmāSH(ə)n\

  • Educating students on the necessity to acknowledge and embrace their salient identities.

  • Recognizing the individual and collective intelligence of our students by soliciting, considering, and applying their ideas

  • Consciously celebrating the dopeness that exists within us all

Reflection- a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation

noun re·flec·tion · \rəˈflekSH(ə)n\

  • Personal and collective awareness of similar and differing identities, backgrounds, and cultures

  • Applying shared and individual experiences toward the lifelong educational process of cultural competency

  • Creating and facilitating co-curricular programming that broadens and widens the lens for growth and development

Education- the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life

noun ed·u·ca·tion · \ˌejəˈkāSH(ə)n\

  • Intersectionality - Constructing co-curricular opportunities that focus on sharing the complexities of personal identities, social constructs and their context  

  • Social Justice - Deconstructing systemic injustices and oppressions through the accessibility of knowledge while elevating the narratives of marginalized people  

  • Multiculturalism - Exemplifying progression through intentional learning moments that honor the multiplicity of cultures and walks of life

Support-  Give approval, comfort, or encouragement to. Be actively interested in and concerned for the success of.

noun sup·port · \sə-ˈpȯrt\

  • Building coalitions with communities that also believe students are the driving force of their work

  • Creating an inclusive atmosphere, void of the necessity to define one’s self upon arrival

  • Providing a vibrant multifunctional hub that offers a myriad of resources meeting the needs of the campus and surrounding communities  

Trotter Is Hiring!!!

Trotter is hiring Front Office Assistants for the 2017-2018 school year!!! Student Staff at the W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center engage in intentional and meaningful professional, educational and social experiences that stimulate growth and development around pertinent issues of social justice, multiculturalism, intersectionality, diversity, equity and inclusion, which is fused into their daily work.  Our mission, vision, goals, and principles of engagement guide our actions and are critical to our representation as staff collectively and individually.  

Your passion and creativity are encouraged, your knowledge and agency are encouraged, your strong work ethic and goal driven mindset are encouraged, your talents and voice are encouraged, and we hope you will choose Trotter as your employer! Please locate this position with the description and an option to apply at the student employment website:


William Monroe Trotter Biographical Summary

Interested in learning more about William Monroe Trotter? Click here to read about his life's work. The biographical summary was written by Cassandra DeFelice, a former programming staff member at Trotter and graduate of the Master's of Social Work program at UofM. 

Timeline of William Monroe Trotter's Life

Over the years, curiosity about the man for whom the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center takes its name, peaked among faculty, staff, and students. Indeed, those with some sense of the center’s history—those, in fact, who knew that the multicultural center emerged in the aftermath of the black student protest movement of the 1970s—and those with little-to-no knowledge of any of this social movement history, all began to wonder about Trotter himself.

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Eight Things to Know about the Trotter Multicultural Center

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Picture of welcome posterboard inside Trotter front door; "You are among friends; stay" poster copyright 2012 by Deborah Velasquez; published by New World Graphics