Cultural Resource Centers
The Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) provide student leadership, employment, and volunteer opportunities; student resources such as computer labs, event, lounge and study spaces; and extensive programming. The CRCs are a unit of Diversity & Multicultural Student Services. All PSU students are welcome in our spaces.


Our Centers

La Casa Latina Student Center

Multicultural Student Center

Native American Student & Community Center

Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center

Pan-African Commons

Middle East, North Africa, South Asia Initiative




The Cultural Resource Centers create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience. We honor diversity, explore social justice issues, celebrate cultural traditions, and foster student identities, success, and leadership.



The Cultural Resource Centers value diversity, social justice, cultural traditions, student identities, success and leadership.  



The events on the calendar below are produced by the Cultural Resource Centers Leadership Team. All events are free and open to all unless otherwise specified. All events are subject to change. PAST EVENTS


Collaborate with us

We seek to collaborate with students, community partners, university units, and student organizations. Collaborative events include the use of Cultural Resource Centers staff time, resources, and systems beyond our physical spaces. Submit a request HERE


Learning Goals

Leadership: Leadership is more than holding a position, it is a process. We recognize that leadership is approached and perceived in diverse ways throughout our various communities. Students will learn to develop a culturally responsive leadership lens by cultivating a comprehensive set of practical skills including time management, self-care, meeting facilitation, group dynamics, and team building.

Intercultural Communication: Students will learn how to communicate effectively utilizing listening skills, verbal and non-verbal language, and written word. Students will learn how to identify their own unique communication styles in order to develop relationships, manage conflicts, and work within diverse cultures and communities.

Identity Development: Students will gain a greater awareness of their own personal identities and how that interacts with their life experiences and environments. They will also consider how their own multiple identities interact with systems of oppression and privilege. (Learn more about identity here.)

Social Justice: Students will gain knowledge of diverse cultures, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups. They will learn to act out of humanitarian values, such as being committed to social justice, engaging in social responsibility, and serving as positive social change agents.


Our Collective Agreement 

The Cultural Resource Centers Collective Agreement, developed by our Leadership Team, directly guides the work of the five centers. We ask that all who access and use our space read and understand the agreement.

  • PSU students are at the center of our work.
  • Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice.
  • We respect others and ourselves.
  • Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain a deeper understanding.
  • No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body.
  • We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service.
  • Our student centers are vibrant and lively and not noise controlled spaces.



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all Cultural Resource Centers activities, programs, and leadership opportunities. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in our activities, please contact us by emailing / 503-725-5351.

There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the SMSU floor plan for more information.

For more information about accommodations, the Disability Resource Center / 503-725-4250 is an excellent resource. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers do not allow pets in our spaces. 


Land Acknowledgement 

Portland State University is located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon in Multnomah County. We honor the Indigenous people whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand on, the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the Tualatin Kalapuya and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

Learn more about how you can incorporate this Land Acknowledgment here, courtesy of the Native American Student & Community Center. 


Syllabus Statement 

The Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience. We honor diversity, explore social justice issues, celebrate cultural traditions, and foster student identities, success, and leadership.

Our centers include the Multicultural Student Center, La Casa Latina Student Center, Native American Student & Community Center, Pan African Commons, and Pacific Islander, Asian, Asian American Student Center and the Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Initiative. We provide students with employment, volunteer, and leadership opportunities. Along with extensive programming, our spaces offer resources such as computer labs, lounge areas, and study spaces.  All are welcome!