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About the Multicultural Leadership Institute

The Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI) offers students free diversity training workshops and trainings which they can participate in to earn a co-curricular certificate. 

There are multiple ways for students to earn an MLI certificate each quarter. To earn the EMBRACE (Educating Myself For Better Racial Awareness & Cultural Enrichment) certificate, students must attend a minimum of three workshops AND the intensive seminar.  Students can earn a participation certificate by attending three workshops per quarter or if they only attend the intensive seminar. 

Benefits of joining MLI include:

  • Develop personally to learn more about one’s own culture, strengthen your communication skills, and enhance your knowledge about other cultures.
  • Network to build alliances with Pierce College faculty, staff, administrators and student leaders.
  • Earn an MLI EMBRACE Co-Curricular certificate or participation certificate.
  • Put the diversity training into actions with service-learning and off-campus learning opportunities.
  • Meet other Pierce College students and get more connected to the college community!

Fall 2017 MLI Schedule

  • Exploring Faith Identity & Diversity
    Friday, October 6, 12–1 p.m. in CAS 528
  • The Blue Continent: Learning About the First Peoples of the Pacific Island Nations
    Friday, October 2, 12–1 p.m. in CAS 528
  • Turning Points: Life Lessons from a World Traveler w/ author Stephen E. Murphy
    Friday, October 27, 12–1 p.m. in CAS 528
  • MLI Intensive Seminar
    Friday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    More information available in Student Life Office (CAS 418)
    No classes are scheduled on November 10
  • Beginners Guide to Intercultural Communication
    Friday, November 17, 12–1 p.m. in CAS 528
  • Seattle Museum Field Trip
    co-sponsored by MLI & ASPIRE programs
    Wednesday, November 22
    More information available in Student Life Office (CAS 418)
    No classes are scheduled on November 22

Interested in Joining Us?

Enroll Online

MLI is active in the fall, winter and spring quarters only.

What Students Are Saying About MLI

"MLI has been the support system that I never knew I could have at a large institution"
-- Jessica MCKay

"Before MLI, I was hesitant in sharing anything of my culture. I isolated my East-Indian heritage from any aspect of my social life. But after attending the MLI weekend Intensive, I couldn't wait to share anything and everything about my culture. Now I embrace with both arms open."
--Paradeep Singh

"I am a first generation college student. When I first started here at Pierce, I felt separated from my school experience. I didn't have people to talk about school. Thanks to MLI, I feel connected to the college. MLI introduced me to a lot of great people that have different backgrounds and cultures than me. The people I met in MLI have become my support system I lacked when I started here."
-- James Campbell


In 2008, Pierce College Multicultural Leadership Institute received the Voice of Inclusion Medallion for Exemplary Program.

This is a nationwide distinction awarded by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

We are partners with the Emerging Leaders Academy.