The Antioch University New England Multicultural Center for Research and Practice (Multicultural Center) promotes multiculturalism within a social justice orientation. The term multicultural is applied broadly to include issues of minority and marginalized status, as related to race, ethnicity, culture, nationality status, class, use of English as a second language, gender, sexual identity, disability, religion, spirituality, and the elderly. Established in the fall of 2000, the Multicultural Center also has a focus on culturally diverse and immigrant youth, adults, and families in the New England area.
The mission of the Antioch University New England Multicultural Center has four elements:
- To develop products and functions, such as multicultural training workshops, panel presentations, and colloquia; mentoring and tutoring outreach to language minority adults and children in school and community ESL programs; conversation services to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens; multicultural assessment consultation; quantitative and qualitative assessment tools; web-based resources on multicultural test titles; multicultural topics in psychology; multicultural awareness exercises; a multicultural syllabus archive; and organizing multiethnic potluck gatherings.
- To educate and consult with students, trainees, professionals, educators, and other providers and consumers of multicultural services so as to promote social justice.
- To document through systematic research the most competent, useful, and reliable ways of providing multicultural services and assessment with solid evidence-based support.
- To promote and advance student and community organizations, such as the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity of the Clinical Psychology program, Keene ESOL Community Education Program, Community Strategies of New Hampshire, and the Newcomers Group of the Keene area.
The Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti (SERD/Shakti) in the Department of Clinical Psychology is an arm of the MC Center with a primary purpose to promote multiculturalism and internationalization in any and all communities. SERD/Shakti is composed of and open to students who engage in community service and outreach activities, as well as those who have a passion for research pertaining to diversity issues, multicultural and cultural psychology, psychological outreach during disasters, and a variety of other topics within the field of diversity, ethnic, and racial studies as they pertain to psychology. Dr. Roysircar, along with SERD/Shakti students, also do presentations nationally and locally on the benefits of SERD/Shakti activities as well as on outcome research.