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Florida State University Office of Multicultural Affairs Records

 Collection — Container: Items
Identifier: MSS 2006-013

Scope and Contents

The Florida State University (FSU) Office of Multicultural Affairs Records documents the activities of this campus department from its beginnings as the FSU Office of Minority Affairs in the 1970s. The collection is arranged in four series: subject files, which include correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs, and background materials; activity files of correspondence, photographs, itineraries, programs, pamphlets, flyers; memorabilia, containing photos of 1960s civil rights activities in Florida and Tallahassee and the Florida Black Student Union, and publications, consisting of a dissertation about the early years of the FSU Black Student Union and department and student organization newsletters. The collection has significant value to researchers studying how minority campus organizations evolved from largely African-American foundations in the 1970s to represent students from different traditions and cultures.


  • created: 1956-1964; 1968-2007
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1987-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

To request permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from the archives, please contact Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. Researchers must obtain separate permission from the copyright holders of material held within University Archives collections for which the institution does not hold copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Florida State University (FSU) Office of Multicultural Affairs began as the Office of Minority Affairs in 1972, in response to the needs of minority students on the FSU campus. It reported directly to the FSU President, and was primarily responsible for the implementation of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws in employment. During the mid 1970s, that office was redesignated as the Office of Human Affairs, responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of FSU's Affirmative Action Program. In the late 1970s, FSU established the Office of Minority Student Affairs, whose first director, John Burt, also reported directly to the University President. From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, the Office of Minority Student Affairs sponsored many activities and programs. These included the Black Student Leadership Conference and Unity Day Interfaith Services, designed to educate students about racial and ethnic diversity on campus, the Multicultural Student Support Center and Martin Luther King Scholarship and Loan Fund, and the SALSA (Student Affairs Linking Student Affairs) program with Costa Rica. The department also implemented guidelines that addressed issues with respect to minoritized students, such as non-discrimination, racism, and homophobia, published the Florida State University Statement on Values and Ethics and the Office of Minority Affairs newsletters, administered the Black Cultural Center and Horizons Unlimited (an academic retention program), and provided undergraduate tutoring by graduate students. The FSU Office of Minority Student Affairs greatly expanded its activities and, according to Robin Leach, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, became the FSU Office of Multicultural Affairs about 1995. This department, part of the Division of Student Affairs, is committed to the philosophy that multiculturalism enhances the quality of student life, provides advocacy, support services, and culturally-based programs that educate students on diversity and multiculturalism. Its major goals are to help students as they explore their race or ethnicity, class, gender identity, nationality, disability, religion or spirituality, and sexual orientation, encourage opportunities for student collaboration on projects that explore these identities, and foster within the FSU community a respect and appreciation for the history, tradition, and cultures of all students.


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Correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs and photo album, slides, publicity, itineraries, programs, newsclippings, newsletters and other materials documenting the activities sponsored by the Florida State University (FSU) Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Method of Acquisition

When Georgia M. "Joy" Bowen, Director of Multicultural Affairs retired in 2006, these files were transferred from her office in the Florida State University Westcott Building to Special Collections.

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed in June 2007 by Burt Altman.

Florida State University Office of Multicultural Affairs Records
Burt Altman
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US