Multicultural Retention Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Multicultural Retention Services Department (MRSD) is to provide comprehensive, culturally specific, multilingual education programs and services that promote successful learning and student achievement in a multiculturally sensitive setting.

Our primary mission is to operate five distinct programs:

  • UMOJA/African American Scholastic Programs
  • Asian Pacific American Student Success Program
  • Latino Services Network
  • TULAY/Filipino American Student Success Program
  • VASA/Oceania Student Success Program

And to provide retention services leading to:

  • Transfer to baccalaureate institutions
  • Attainment of Associate Degrees in Arts and Sciences
  • Acquisition of certificates and career skills
  • Successful transition of students from Basic Skills and English as a Second Language to college-level proficiency
  • Improved access and persistence of MRSD targeted student populations

In addition, MRSD, collaborates with academic departments and community-based organizations to offer other programs and services consistent with our primary mission.

 

Programs

The Multicultural Retention Services Department (MRSD) was established in January 2010 and consists of five (5) academic retention programs, providing support services (counseling, tutoring), academic classes (english, math, college success), and other program-specific activities primarily to underprepared, underrepresented students, although our department’s ‘open door’ policy allows all CCSF students to receive services. 

The five programs are the UMOJA/African American Scholastic Programs (AASP), the Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program, the Latino Services Network (LSN), TULAY (Tagalog for "BRIDGE")/Filipino American Student Success program, and VASA/Oceania Student Success program which are detailed below.  For more information, you may contact the department chairperson or one of the program coordinators.

UMOJA/African American Scholastic Programs (AASP) promotes student success and improved lifetime outcomes for all students through a curriculum that is responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. We provide comprehensive academic support, programs and services, which include counseling (academic, career, personal), tutoring, a computer lab/study center and enrichment activities (i.e., Black College tours and fairs) to students of African/African American heritage, as well as all CCSF students.  The UMOJA/AASP office is located in Rosenberg 209 on the Ocean Campus.  For additional information, call 415-452-5315, or visit us on the CCSF website.

Asian Pacific American Student Success Program (APASS) provides counseling (academic, career and personal), along with other academic support services to Asian, Pacific American and all CCSF students.  The program offers bilingual counseling (Cantonese, Vietnamese and Tagalog), study groups and a computer lab/study center.  The APASS center is located in Batmale Hall 208.  For additional information, call 415-452-5620, or visit us on the CCSF website.

Latino Services Network (LSN) provides academic support services, including bilingual counseling (academic, career and personal), tutoring and a computer lab/study center and enrichment activities to students of Latino heritage, as well as all CCSF students.  Proveemos un ambiente de apoyo academico y social para los estudiantes de herencia Latina.  For additional information, call 415-452-5335, or visit us on the CCSF website.

Filipino American Student Success Program (TULAY, which means ‘bridge’ in Pilipino) provides academic support services, including counseling (academic, career and personal), tutoring and a computer lab/study center to students of Filipino and Pacific Islander heritage, as well as all CCSF students.  The Tulay Ate/Kuya Peer Mentor Project provides students with peer mentors, who help other students navigate through classes and life at CCSF.  For more information, call 415-452-5922, or visit us on the CCSF website.

VASA/Oceania Student Success Program provides support to Pacific Island and all CCSF students in pursuit of academic success through comprehensive, culturally specific, multilingual education programs and services that promote successful learning and student achievement in a multicultural environment. VASA collaborates with other academic departments and community-based organizations to offer other services consistent with its primary mission. Its program also offers link courses in Critical Pacific Island Studies. For more information, call 415-452-5762, or visit us on the CCSF website.

 

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