About the Intercultural Center

Message from the director

Guiding Philosophy

Who Am I? Who Are You? Who Are We?

Who Am I? Programs assist students in gaining a more robust understanding of themselves and how the identities they hold inform their life experiences. 

Who Are You? Programs and experiences will allow students to explore ways to engage across difference through traditional heritage and awareness programs, as well as co-curricular initiatives.

Who Are We? Programs will allow us to move students confidently to ally work, coalition building and turning knowledge in action. 

  • Who is Dr. Smith Wade-El

    Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El was a professor of psychology and African-American studies at Millersville University. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Barnard College, and went on to receive her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She formatted her teachings by combining the science of Psychology with the complex theories and schools of thought surrounding racism, religion, and human relations. 

    Dr. Smith Wade-El focused a lot of her research on race as a self-schema, racial identity, self-reinforcement, stereotype threat, gender and racism. Her commitment to the progression of the narratives surrounding race, gender, and the social constructs that interfere with marginalized groups has brought unto her many awards, one of which was the Essence of Humanity Award presented by the Crispus Attucks Community Center. This award recognizes incredible human characteristics including love, courage, and determination, even when faced with adversity.

  • Mission & Vision

    Mission To facilitate the inclusive shared learning experiences of students where all can engage in dialogue, challenge barriers and build collaborative relationships. 

    Vision Our office will support making inclusion a fundamental piece of the institutional fabric of Millersville University through focusing all initiatives on the following core values:

    • Transformative Education
    • Community
    • Collaboration
    • Innovation
    • Social Justice
    • Empowerment