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Catherine E. Clack, Director

Multicultural Center

Effective 1 February, 2017, Rice opened a new, and temporary, Multicultural Center in the Rice Memorial Student Center (RMC).  Dr. Roland Smith, Associate Provost and adjunct professor of sociology, oversees both the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Center programming.

THE MISSION of the Multicultural Center is to support the vision of Rice University by providing a dedicated space where a diverse array of the Rice community can work together and collaborate on programming to enhance Rice’s efforts at diversity and inclusion. The center’s programming is especially dedicated to enrich the experience and improve the retention of our diverse student populations, particularly those who come from backgrounds that have been continuously underrepresented in higher education.

Multicultural Center Core Values:

  • Cultivate a diverse and inclusive community with out students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Encourage cross cultural interactions
  • Build awareness of social justice, the politics of inclusion, and diversity.

Reserving Center Space

Please note that reservation requests are made on a first-come, first-served basis, but all reservations must conform to the Multicultural Center mission.

You may reserve 1) the conference table space, 2) large lounge space if you are holding, for instance, a club meeting, or 3) the entire space for very special programs.  In order to avoid conflicts and provide others with ample notice, we ask that you PLEASE make reservation requests a minimum of 48 hours in advance.  We cannot guarantee that requests made less than 48 hours in advance will be processed.

The rules are as follows:

  • Please make requests a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
  • All moved furniture must be returned to its original place before departing the center.
  • All trash must be picked up and placed in the appropriate receptacle(s).
  • Failure to clean and reset the space will result in a $250 maintenance fee charged to the reserving organization.
 Study carrels and all other spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Multicultural Center is open whenever the Student Center is open.  Additionally, effective 17 February 2017, Larry Garvey, the Office of Multicultural Affairs Office Assistant, my be found in the Center 9 – 5 Monday – Friday, unless otherwise posted.

First, check out current reservations:


To put in a request, please GO HERE!