Student Resources

The MSC provides resources, which include tutoring, advising, writing help, counseling consultations, and other services in collaboration with offices across campus. Additionally, food resources and a room for prayer or reflection are available for students.

Drop-In Services

Students sitting at table

Drop-In services bring resources from across campus to the Red Gym for students to access in one spot. The MSC and its Identity Centers partner with the Writing Center, Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS), Financial Aid, and academic departments to provide these resources free of charge. Drop-Ins are available during the fall and spring semesters. Check back here at the start of each semester to find out which offices are offering services.

GUTS at the MSC


Tuesdays 12-2pm

MSC Organization Suite

Tuesdays 2-4pm

Black Cultural Center Classroom

Classes and dates TBD

SuccessWorks at the MSC


Wednesdays 12-2pm

MSC Organization Suite

Dates TBD

Academic Advising at the MSC


Tuesdays 12-2pm

MSC Organization Suite

Tuesdays 2 – 4 pm

Black Cultural Center

Wednesdays 12-2pm

Latinx Cultural Center

  • Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program Academic Advising

Writing Support

Writing Groups

In collaboration with the Writing Center, the MSC sponsors a writing group for graduate and professional students looking for a community of writers during the fall and spring semesters.

Graduate Writing Group @ the MSC

Meeting time: Tuesdays from 9 am – noon
Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome
Mode: in person
Location: MSC Classroom (Room 243), Red Gym
Facilitator: Erika Gonzalez
Start Date: February 6, 2024

This graduate writing group is intended to support students in any stage of their degree program, whether you are just starting your journey or nearing the end. The goal is to bring graduate students of color together in community as we tackle the many writing demands of graduate school. Every week, we work alongside one another on our various writing projects, supporting and motivating each other to achieve our writing goals. The facilitator, Erika Gonzalez, will be available during the meetings for individual support and to answer questions.

Erika is an MS/Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Studies program within the School of Human Ecology. Erika has worked with the UW-Madison Writing Center for the last three years and currently holds the position of Multicultural and Social Justice Initiatives Coordinator. She is passionate about supporting BIPOC and first-generation college students and seeks to bring her love of writing and teaching together in her work with students across the UW-Madison campus.

Sign Up Here

One-on-One Writing Support

The Writing Center also provides individual appointments for students at the MSC and BCC. You can sign up for a same-day appointment with an instructor at one of the Writing Center’s satellite locations by clicking on the button below. Appointments may be available on a drop-in basis as well.

Multicultural Student Center

  • We’re in the Student Org Suite, room 206. Look for the Writing Center sign!
  • Tuesdays, 12:15–3:15 p.m.
  • February 13, 2024 – April 30, 2024

Black Cultural Center

  • You’ll find us in the BCC lounge. Look for the Writing Center sign!
  • Wednesdays, 12:15–3:15 p.m.
  • February 14, 2024 – May 1, 2024

Make an Appointment

Let's Talk

Two Black women talking

University Health Services (UHS) has partnered with the Multicultural Student Center and its four identity centers to provide Let’s Talk sessions specifically tailored for students of color. Let’s Talk is a free program for UW–Madison students that provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation with counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. More information about Let’s Talk can be found on the UHS website.

MSC’s partnership with Let’s Talk provides students of color with the opportunity to meet with providers who have racially similar identities. For fall 2023, the following sessions will be provided in MSC spaces:

  • APIDA Students: Mondays 1:30-3:30pm
    Location: South Mezzanine, Red Gym
    Starts January 29, 2024
    Providers: Melanie Daovannary, PsyD & Kathleen Saydi Monmany, MSW
  • Black Students: Wednesdays 3-5pm
    Location: South Mezzanine, Red Gym
    Starts February 7, 2024
    Providers: Kayla Eggen, MSW, LCSW, SUD
  • Indigenous Student: Wednesdays 3-5pm
    Location: ISC, 2nd Floor, Wellness Room
    Starts January 24, 2024
    Provider: Serena Cisneros, MS
  • Latinx Students: Thursdays 3-5pm
    Location: South Mezzanine, Red Gym
    Starts February 1, 2024 Not held 2/15, 3/14, 4/11
    Providers: Sophia Smith, LMFT

 

Food Resources

Food Insecurity

National research has shown that a minimum of 1 in 5 college students are experiencing food insecurity. Research also shows that food insecurity negatively impacts students’ academic success, sense of belonging, physical health, and mental wellbeing. To help address this need among our students, the MSC has implemented multiple policies and programs.

To-Go Boxes

The MSC and its Identity Centers frequently provide meals during their events. Whenever there is leftover food, we invite attendees and students in our spaces to take food home with them. To encourage this, we attempt to provide to-go boxes at the end of all of our events.

Snack n Go

The MSC established the Snack n Go in room 206 of the Red Gym. The Snack n Go station is stocked with snacks such as fruit, granola bars, cereal, and oatmeal. The Open Seat and Morgridge Center for Public Service sponsors our Snack n Go. Students are free to take whatever they need from the station.

MSC Meal Cards

For students needing additional support, they can request a pre-loaded meal card for the dining halls once per semester. For more information, please contact an MSC staff member directly or stop by the Snack n Go.

Additional Campus Resources

 

Students lining up for food

Prayer and Meditation Room

Room Use

The Prayer and Meditation Room is located in room 206A of the Red Gym. This room is intended for moments of reflection and spiritual connection for all students.

Door opening

Smudging

The MSC provides sage, sweetgrass, and palo santo for smudging in the Prayer and Meditation Room. Smudging is a common practice in Indigenous and other communities where one or more of the medicines are burned to cleanse and ground oneself.

Bowl containing abalone shell, sage, braided sweetgrass, and palo santo.

Supplies

The Prayer and Meditation Room contains prayer rugs, head coverings, thobes, yoga mats/blocks, and donated religious texts.

Box of yoga mats and blocks