Multicultural and Leadership Development Center

Empowering Leaders and Embracing Diversity

We cultivate a campus-wide community that celebrates diversity, empowers students to grow beyond their personal barriers, strengthens their understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develops leadership skills.

Come experience The Center, an authentic place where you can find a home and guidance in your continuous journey of growth into a better version of yourself.

  • Provide Optimal Experiences

  • Empower Through Education

  • Act with Integrity to Protect, Advocate, and Sustain

  • Positive Disregard to the Conventional

Educational Priority:Active participation in Multicultural Development experiences result in advocacy for social justice and global stewardship. Individuals will develop skills for lifelong learning that leads them on a journey of self-discovery to increase their awareness, understanding, and appreciation for cultural differences.

  • Self-Discovery & Empowerment

  • Mutual Respect

  • Globally Engaged Stewards

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Cross Cultural Communication

  • Resiliency

Educational Priority:As a result of active participation in Leadership Development experiences, individuals will develop holistically to transform communities by serving as ethical and tenacious leaders of today.

  • Leadership Principles

  • Self-Discovery & Empowerment

  • Community Dynamics

  • Globally Engaged Stewards

“Outside of serving as an Orientation Leader, Alternative Break with the Multicultural and Leadership Development Center served as a highlight of my journey here at Florida Gulf Coast University.MLD gives you a chance to be who you want to be and do what you want to do.The support system is strong and we are One Big Family. MLD isn’t the physical space, it is the connection with everyone, it’s a good representation of what FGCU should stand for: inclusivity, authenticity, a place where you can grow and be yourself.”

Cedric Dunham(he/him/his)Integrated Studies, Class of 2021

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MLD was the one place on campus where I saw many people like myself,not just those visiting the center but within the staff- there was representation. MLD offered many programs to increase social understanding and self-awareness of privileges one may hold. The very first program I got involved in was Emerging Eagles my first year at FGCU. This program truly opened my eyes to how anyone can be a leader, as there isn’t one set mold to be a leader at FGCU or in your own life.MLD quickly became my home away from home, from my first year through graduation!

Karla Moreno-Perez(she/her/hers)Forensic Studies, Alumna Class of 2020

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“[The Multicultural and Leadership Development Center] hasallowed me to grow as a leader by giving me the tools to find my own personal leadership style我还会继续参与其中,因为这里有各种各样的职位可以让人成长,而且这里的人很棒,关心你,随时准备倾听你,在你的成长过程中帮助你……至少尝试[多元文化和领导力发展中心]提供的一项服务。你会获得在日常生活中有用的宝贵技能,你会对自己和他人有很多了解,在做这些事情的时候你会获得很多乐趣。”

Marena Sanoja(she/her/hers)Psychology, Class of 2023

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MLD has opened my eyes to numerous views and cultures that helped me adapt to the university.它是使FGCU凝聚在一起的粘合剂。展示不同的演讲者、活动和项目,提升我们的领导技能,同时促进多样性和包容性。我第一次接触MLD是在2019年的Frosh Mosh上。这是我第一次参加这样的大学活动,它把各种各样的人聚集在一起,在我们之间建立了一种纽带,我永远不会忘记。在Frosh Mosh之后,我继续我的MLD之旅到Emerging Eagles, Beyond the Lines和Leadership Academy。这段旅程让我回到了现在的位置,一个Frosh Mosh 2020同伴导师。MLD帮助我提高了我的领导能力,并赋予我朋友,我可以高兴地称为我的第二个家庭。”

Mason Werksman(he/him/his)Criminal Justice, Class of 2023

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Designed for You | Our Students

The Multicultural and Leadership Development Center exists to educate, challenge and support students in leadership development and appreciating diversity. We accomplish this by providing high-impact programs and retreats that address intellectual growth, personal leadership styles, understanding of self, effective communication, community building, exploring social identities, multicultural competencies, career readiness and inclusive excellence.

Visit us — we will empower you and give you the confidence to soar as a leader.

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Spotlight | Frosh Mosh Multiculutral & Leadership Development Institute

Frosh Mosh多元文化和领导力发展学院是一个为期一个学期的体验,让学生适应FGCU的生活,同时学习新的机会和建立社区。学生们在夏季参加为期三天的沉浸式周末活动,通过引导讨论和活动向他们介绍社会正义问题和领导理念。在这段经历中,学员将在同侪导师的带领下,在整个秋季学期继续他们的成长和发展。

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Multicultural & Leadership Development

Cohen Student Union 255

10501 S. FGCU Blvd. S.

Ft. Myers, FL 33965
239-590-7990 |Contact Us

Office Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.