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The Cascade, Rock Creek, Southeast, and Sylvania Multicultural Centers were founded to address institutional racism and the unique needs of students of color at PCC. The Multicultural Centers support the academic achievement, leadership development, and advancement of students of color at PCC.

The Multicultural Centers are centrally-located to provide a safe space that nurtures learning and the achievement of personal and educational goals through cultural enrichment, peer tutoring, mentoring, and leadership activities on campus.

A picture of 7 members of the pcc district mc team outside on a patio in the sun.3 students in front of the Cascade SU buildingA large group of students smiling and celebrating in the RC MC.A picture of 4 se mc student leaders & the se mc program specialist sitting on a couch. Standing behind the couch is the se mc coordinator and 2 se mc student leaders.A picture of 6 SY MC Student Leaders standing on the stairs at the SY campus in the courtyard out front of the PAC.

Free services

  • mug hot Coffee and tea around the clock
  • cookie bite Snacks for on the go students
  • couch Space to socialize with fellow students
  • pencil ruler Space for group study
  • spa Quiet space for relaxation
  • print Computers and printing
  • compass Guidance navigating PCC’s systems
  • map marked Lost? We’ll walk you where you need to be

Our goals

  • Provide access to higher education for students of color.
  • Encourage empowerment and self-esteem in students of color by teaching self-advocacy.
  • Enable students of color to make informed choices regarding academic, career, and personal issues by providing accurate information, support and education.
  • Develop students of color as leaders by supporting student initiated programs and providing training in leadership skills.
  • Encourage exploration of issues of race, ethnicity, and culture; to enhance personal development of students of color and white students by integrating theory and learning into their daily lives; to provide programmatic context for informed action and practical experience of issues critical to people of color and society.
  • Actively seek the end of oppression based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, and physical and mental abilities through all our programs and services.
  • Form alliances and foster collaboration between students, college resources, staff, faculty, and members of the wider PCC community.

Our commitments

  • Providing the highest quality services and programs to our constituents.
  • Respecting and valuing the differences which enrich our lives and working toward greater diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Citizenship: The active participation of people of all cultures in civic life.
  • Education: Members of each cultural group pursuing knowledge to raise their individual standard of living and quality of life for the community at large.
  • Health: For people of all cultures to live, work and play in environments that are conducive to mental and physical well-being.
  • Equality: The respect for all cultural beliefs and practices that preserve human rights.
  • Freedom: The right of every individual to pursue their dreams.
  • Social change: Identifying something in your community that is not fair, just or humane and developing a process to address the cause of this issue in hopes of bringing more justice and equity to the situation.

District events calendar

Check out the events offered throughout the district.

Service update

Our space might be closed, but we are still committed to serving students of color during this time. Please visit each center’s page below to learn more about how an individual center is continuing to provide services remotely.

PCC resources
  • Need advocacy support around sexual assault or relationship abuse? Contact the Campus Outreach and Advocacy Project.
  • PCC has created a page with a list of resources related to food, housing, healthcare, mental health support, employment, and more.
  • Academic information for PCC students on how to start the Spring Term and added FAQs based on the feedback and questions they are receiving from you. They will be updating this page frequently.
  • If you have any questions not directly related to the MC, visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to find remote support options for PCC services.
External resources
  • United Way also has a COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund to assist with bills, rent, and food. To access, call 1-866-211-9966, provide your zip code, and you will be given a list of local agencies that provide assistance.

Programming and offerings

Each campus also has slightly different programs and resources. Visit the campus MC page of your choice below to find out what’s available at your campus!