College Departments and Services
Student Affairs, working with everyone in the MCLA community, creates a learning community, which provides a sense of affiliation; respects and values the worth of all members; supports academic success; and encourages the personal development, wellness, and safety of students. Students in this community participate in meaningful leadership and service opportunities building a foundation for lifelong learning and the attainment of career goals. Read our Mission Statement.
Student Affairs functions/offices are comprised of Athletics, ALANA Student Services, International Student Programs, Residential Programs & Services, Student Development and Activities, Orientation, First Year Experience, Counseling Services, Health Services, Center for Service and Citizenship, Public Safety, Student Judicial Affairs, and College Neighbors Programs. Contracted services for the Bookstore, Campus Dining and the Readership Program are also managed through Student Affairs.
ALANA & International Student Services
Other Student Organizations
Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) - CCOR is a program in which students engage in discussions on race and ethnicity. The purpose is to provide MCLA students a forum for discussion of one of the most critical issues we face in contemporary society; racial and ethnic prejudice and bigotry. It is paramount for students who are preparing to be the leaders in the arts and communication industries to begin to gain an understanding of the perspectives and cultures that will soon be the new majority in our society. This means that campus conversations on race are important and significant to the learning experience for all students. It is the responsibility of MCLA, as an educational leader to formally and systematically address societal change and provide guidance on the way to explore and understand the underpinnings of race relations.
The Inter-Greek Council - The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) aims to promote harmonious relations among the member fraternity and sorority groups, and act as the central governing body for member Greek letter organizations. The IGC works to assure that fraternity and sorority groups follow appropriate standards, promote group development, create member education programs, and provide training on hazing prevention. IGC member organizations provide opportunities for members to serve the community, cultivate leadership skills, be engaged in campus life, encourage academic excellence, and work to help members reach their potential and act as positive and productive members of the academic community. Along with the privileges of being a recognized fraternity or sorority, comes a responsibility to adhere to all MCLA policies and appropriate behavioral standards. Many of these policy and behavioral standards are listed in the Student Handbook. These policies and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and federal laws supersede the rules and procedures of fraternity and sorority chapters. Fraternity and sorority chapters that are unable to operate within these policies and/or laws or adhere to guidelines will lose or be denied recognition as an IGC member organization at MCLA. Specific regulations regarding recruitment, expansion, and Greek system policies are established and administered by the College and the IGC. Membership in fraternities and sororities is limited students who are in good standing with the College, and first semester students are not eligible to participate. Membership in and/or association with fraternities and sororities not affiliated with the IGC is strongly discouraged by the College. The only IGC affiliated fraternity and sorority organizations are listed here.
Fraternity: Pi Upsilon Pi
Sorority: Beta Lambda
Jazz Band - The jazz band provides performance experience in an instrumental jazz ensemble. The jazz band performs instrumental and vocal arrangements from a variety of styles of the repertoire, including Latin jazz. In addition to the full ensemble, combos of three to six players are also formed. Each semester the Jazz Band offers a concert.
MASSPIRG - MASSPIRG is a statewide, student-directed, non-profit, non-partisan, organization, which conducts research, education, service, and takes action on environmental, consumer, energy, and hunger relief issues. MASSPIRG chapters across the state pool resources and hire a staff to work with students on the issues that concern us as citizens. Each semester a $9 fee (which can be waived) for MASSPIRG is listed on the student bill. Students vote at least biennially to sustain or abandon the practice of listing the fee that can be waived.
Spires is the College's student produced art and literary magazine. Published every spring under the auspices of the English/Communications Department, it contains original poetry, fiction, art, and photographs by MCLA students, faculty, and staff, with an emphasis on student's work.