Student Development

The Center for Multicultural Education

The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) envisions a campus that is dynamic, challenging and welcoming to its diverse constituents. Toward this end, the CME will enhance student, faculty and staff understanding and appreciation of peoples, traditions and cultures, while promoting academic inquiry and self-reflection. As it is committed to developing leaders who are culturally competent and poised to create environments and communities that encourage, respect, and celebrate diversity, you will find the CME has an exciting and vibrant atmosphere.

The CME invites students to get involved by attending programs, volunteering on planning committees or visiting the office to discuss college success tips or dialogue about current issues on campus and in the community. The CME also offer community service opportunities in the St. Joseph area and beyond, throughout the year.

The Center for Multicultural Education is located in the Blum Student Union, Room 207. Visitors are always welcome. For more information contact The Center for Multicultural Education at www.missouriwestern.edu/cme or call (816) 271-4150.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is a centralized, comprehensive operation offering career preparedness services to students at the St. Joseph and Northland campus locations. MWSU's Griffons 4 Hire Career Management Portal is the official 24/7/365 online career and employment system to which all students have access. The portal provides students career readiness and workforce development resources at their fingertips.

Trained professional staff and student Career Mentor staff facilitate career services including; seminars, workshops, events, assessment instruments and discussion in the areas of career skills, job search strategies and contemporary business and social networking etiquette to meet the needs of the global workforce. Please visit us in Eder Hall, Suite 202, see www.missouriwestern.edu/careerdevelopment or contact (816) 271-4292.

Student Employment Program

The student employment program provides students resources to earn, learn, and connect. Our services help provide a source of income to help finance or supplement educational costs. We help students gain valuable transferable skills needed to reach career goals, and become a valued member of the campus and community workforce. To view available on and off campus part time jobs, visit Griffons4Hire.

Student Employment is housed in the Career Development Center in Eder Hall, Suite 202. Please call (816) 271-4292 or view the website at www.missouriwestern.edu/careerdevelopment/.

Center for Student Involvement (Student Life)

The Center for Student Involvement offers campus involvement and engagement opportunities to all students. Student organizations are offered in the areas of academic/departmental, cultural/ethnic, governance, Greek life (fraternities & sororities), honorary/scholastic, political/advocacy, religious, service, sports and recreation, and special interest. Students not finding an organization that meets their interests are invited to form a new student organization. The process for starting new student organizations can be obtained in the Center for Student Involvement. Additionally, the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge and the Student Organization Leadership Institute serve to prepare Missouri Western's top students for leadership roles at Missouri Western and upon graduation.

To find out more, visit us in the Blum Student Union, Room 207, phone (816) 271-4159, or find us at www.missouriwestern.edu/csi.

Nontraditional/Veterans/Commuter Student Center

Nontraditional, Veterans and Commuter Student Center provides support and assistance for nontraditional students, veterans, and for those students who are commuters to Missouri Western's campus. The Center is located in Eder Hall 200. For more information refer to www.missouriwestern.edu/nontrad or contact (816) 271-4281.

International Center

The International Center provides global engagement opportunities for students, staff and faculty at Missouri Western. The strategic international events are designed to promote global awareness, cultural exposure, diverse perspectives, and to encourage understanding, respect and global citizenship. These purposeful learning and development activities include "Meet the World", "international Education Fair", "Tea & Talk" and many more. Over 30 cultural programs are typically offered on- and off- campus. The events are often free and open to the public.

In addition, the Center coordinates strategic recruitment activities overseas to introduce Missouri Western to interested prospective students/parents and recruits. Staff enroll new undergraduate and graduate students to the university. Once enrolled, the International Center staff provide ongoing support for F-1 and J-1 visa international students at the University including a mandatory orientation week for incoming international students. The Center staff coordinate student immigration advisement, acculturation opportunities, assistance with campus adjustment, and other non-academic related services. The Center staff also provides general mentorship and guidance to international students. Contact or visit the office for student leadership opportunities, program initiatives, partnerships, co-sponsorships, and international student recruitment guidance. Call (816) 271-5981, or visit Blum Union, Suite 210 or go to www.missouriwestern.edu/international.

Residential Life

Residential Life is an integral part of the academic and educational mission of the University. The department provides a variety of living options and joins with students to create and maintain safe, supportive communities that promote the development of life and leadership skills. We further provide meaningful experiences and opportunities for student growth through activities and programs that recognize, address, and appreciate the needs, interests, and diversity in our population.

We are committed to continuous improvement in the quality of the residential experience. In order to fulfill our mission, the Office of Residential Life employs a variety of professional and student staff including Master's degree-level professionals as the Director, Assistant Director, and Residence Hall Directors; and Resident Assistants, whose purpose is to assist residents in their success at Missouri Western. If you would like to learn more about campus living, please contact the Office of Residential Life, located in the Commons Building, at (816) 383-7100, or at www.missouriwestern.edu/reslife.

Blum Student Union

The Blum Student Union is the campus center for co-curricular programs and activities. The Union houses many services for students, including the Blum Academic Resource Center, Campus Cupboard food pantry, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Starbucks, Western Dining Hall, Food Court (Chick-Fil-A, Zoca, and Subway), Catering Services, student computers & printing services, lost & found, parking permits, technologically advanced event facilities, ATMs, technology charging stations, the Kelley Commons, and student commons areas. The following offices are located in the Student Union: Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Center for Student Involvement, Center for Multicultural Education, Missouri Western State University Police Department, Esry Student Health Center, Griffs Give Back, International Center, Student Governor, Student Government Association and the Western Activities Council.

Student Conduct

The University has established rules and policies that all students, as responsible members of the learning community, are required to follow in order to provide and maintain an effective environment for learning. Students are expected to fully respect the rights of others and to observe university rules and regulations as well as city, state and federal laws.

The Student Handbook www.griff.vn/handbook contains specific information concerning student conduct and related disciplinary action, which may include dismissal in case of serious infraction. For more information, stop by Blum Union, Room 228 or call (816) 271-4432.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Students of Missouri Western State University are encouraged to take part in the Student Government Association, the governing body for students. SGA is comprised of the Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, and the Executive Branch. The Mission Statement of SGA is: The Student Government Association (SGA) at Missouri Western is committed to being an advocate for the student body, enhancing campus life and promoting the image of the University. SGA holds itself to the highest standards of: Service, Enthusiasm, Respect, Quality, Freedom, and Courage. As SGA, we lead with integrity, listening to the students and serving Missouri Western State University. Visit www. missouriwestern.edu/sga for more information, call (816) 271-4164, or drop by Blum Union, Room 217.

Title IX Coordinator

Missouri Western State University is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex. Missouri Western considers sex discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. Sex discrimination constitutes a violation of this policy, is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and failure to conform to stereotypical notions of femininity and masculinity.

The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University's compliance with Title IX by managing the investigation of complaints of sex discrimination, providing information on services and resources for students who have faced sexual discrimination and for those accused, and facilitating campus training initiatives on prevention. For more information on Missouri Western's Title IX Policies and Procedures and available resources please see www.missouriwestern.edu/titleix or call (816) 271-4432.

University Bookstore

All required textbooks are available at the University Bookstore, in new and used copies. Many titles can be rented or purchased in a digital format. The bookstore also stocks barcharts, bestselling paperbacks, and a wide variety of other books. Other items are also available at the Bookstore, including school supplies, art supplies, clothing, insignia novelty items, candy, and many other sundry items.

Normal Bookstore hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday. Hours are extended at the beginning of each semester for your shopping convenience. More information may be found at www.missouriwestern.bncollege.com or by visiting the Bookstore on the first floor of the Blum Student Union.