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Arlene Theodore

As associate director of MCLA's diversity programs and Multicultural Education Resource Center (MERC), Arlene Theodore is a mentor, a passionate advocate for students of color, and a content expert who is working across campus to make sure everyone understands that diversity, equity, and inclusion work requires the entire community's participation.

Artwork on campus
MCLA BCRC takes on social issues, and the community joins in

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center produced an extensive slate of virtual programming, exhibitions, and discussions this academic year, all focused on using art as a catalyst for advocacy and a deeper understanding of current social issues like immigration, racism, and public health.

Students at a Day of Service celebration
MCLA Volunteer Center builds on existing work with new programs, virtual connections

Before the pandemic, the MCLA Volunteer Center was running regular weekly programs, with participation from more than 200 student volunteers and community members. The COVID-19 pandemic forced it to pivot, but the staff and student volunteers rose to the occasion, expanding food pantry access, developing virtual programming, and keeping as much of its usual activities going as possible despite pandemic restrictions.