Diversity Campus Resources

YSU Division of Multicultural Affairs

Diversity Campus Resources​

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Departments A-D Departments E-Y
Academic Coaching Services English Language Institute (ELI)
Adult Learner Services Equal Opportunity & Policy Development
Black Student Union First Year Student Services
Care Team International Programs Office (IPO)
Career & Academic Advising Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress
Center for Human Services Development Mercy Health Student Health Center
Center for Islamic Studies Multicultural Student Services
Center for Judaic & Holocaust Studies Student Counseling Services
Culture of Community (CoC) Student Diversity Council
Dale Ethics Center Student Outreach and Support (SOS)
Disability Services Veterans Affairs
Diversity Education Veteran Resource Center
Division of Student Experience Women's & Gender Studies



Academic Coaching Services

Professional academic coaches are available to assist students on a one on one basis with strategies for college success. Academic coaches provide on-site assistance; make campus referrals, and follow-up to ensure students receive all the university support available. Visit CSP/Academic Coaching Services for more information or call (330) 941-3538.


CSP/Adult Learner Services

The CSP/Adult Learner Services assists adult students in making the transition to and graduating from college. Adult students are defined as those who are 25 years of age or older or who have been out of school four years or more. The CSP/Adult Learner Services provides academic and personal support both individually and through programming with a variety of services.
Visit CSP/Adult Learner Services for more information or call (330) 941-3538.


Black Student Union of YSU

The purpose of the Black Student Union is to promote the recognition and involvement of African American students at Youngstown State University with the intention of creating a strong voice on campus and to make an impact on the decisions regarding students of the University Community. President: Khadijah Ndoye, kandoye@student.ysu.edu;
Advisor: Dr. Cryshanna Jackson-Leftwich, cajackson@ysu.edu, (330) 941-2114. Group Email: YSUBSU@gmail.com



(Concern – Assessment – Referral – Education) Team, formerly known as the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), was created to address behavioral concerns that may negatively affect the campus learning environment or potentially harm the health, welfare and/or safety of members of the University community or the individual(s) exhibiting such behaviors. You may contact the Office of Student Outreach and Support 330-941-4721 or Student Counseling Services 330-941-3737 (Monday – Friday, 8am - 5pm, when YSU is open). You may contact the Director of Student Outreach and Support/CARE Team Chair after hours through email nkentstrollo@ysu.edu (link sends e-mail) or by cell (330) 717-2613. IMPORTANT: Contact YSU PD (330) 941-3527 or 911 (from a campus phone) immediately for ANY emergency!


Career & Academic Advising

Our experienced staff will provide you personalized career-planning services including assistance with career exploration, resume and cover letters, interview prep and job search strategies. The steps outlined in our Pathways to Success combined with other campus resources will help you chart your course toward academic and career success! This office provides comprehensive career planning/exploration and job search services to students and alumni in all areas of career decision-making and the professional job search. Services and resources are available to first-year, and all students. Central to the operation of the Office of Career & Academic Advising is Handshake, a web-based software system that makes it possible for students and YSU alumni to connect with hiring employers’ 24-hours- a-day/7-days-a-week. Through Handshake, students and alumni registered with Career & Academic Advising can upload their resumes to the database, search job listings and email resumes directly to employers, receive notification of recruiting events and sign up for interviews with employers recruiting on campus. For more information, visit Career and Academic Advising. Kilcawley Center - 2nd floor, Room 2110, Phone: (330) 941-3515, Fax: (330) 941-7290 Email: careerservices@ysu.edu Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Center for Human Services Development

The YSU Center for Human Services Development is an externally funded, community outreach department that works with community organizations and school districts.  The main objective of the Center is to help organizations to meet the needs of people they serve all throughout the Mahoning Valley.  Led by experienced professionals, the Center works to provide a variety of services to community organizations and departments across campus.  

Contact: (330) 941-3469 amcameron@ysu.edu.


Center for Islamic Studies

The Center for Islamic Studies is devoted to the scholarly study of Islam and to educating the community about Islamic religion, history, and culture. It was created through an agreement between the Youngstown Muslim community and Youngstown State University. To accomplish its mission, the Center:

  • Offers lectures to the University and general community;
  • Co-publishes (with the Iqbal Academy Pakistan) the Iqbal Quarterly, which aims to introduce the works of the South Asian poet-thinker Muhammad Iqbal to general readers in the English-speaking world;
  • Participates in The Pluralism Project of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, which publishes E Pluribus, a newsletter devoted to interfaith activities in the Mahoning Valley and to events of general interest in the field of religious pluralism.

For more information, contact Dr. Mustansir Mir, Professor and director of the Center for Islamic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, mmir@ysu.edu, (330) 941-3884.


Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

The Center of Judaic and Holocaust Studies within CLASS is dedicated to teaching and promoting research on all facets of Jewish culture and history. The center places a special emphasis on the experience of the Jewish people during the Holocaust and promotes the lessons of tolerance and genocide prevention. It offers academic courses at the introductory and advanced level in Jewish history, religion, culture and languages. The center also offers community outreach educational program. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.


Culture of Community (CoC)

Culture of Community is the shared set of values and expectations that influence how we interact and collaborate with one another to achieve common goals at Youngstown State University.  We desire that Youngstown State University reflect the diverse population of the Mahoning Valley and the nation with respect to students, faculty, support staff and administration that transcend educational, economic and social barriers. And envision a multicultural university and community that understand what is necessary to achieve this goal and appreciates why such a goal is critical as we become more inclusive of all people. CoC is implemented through the Division of Multicultural Affairs Office, phone: (330) 941-3370.


Dale Ethics Center

The Dr. James Dale Ethics Center was founded in 1993 to support the study and teaching of ethics and to promote moral reflection and conduct in personal and professional life. Its activities are guided by the conviction that institutions of higher education play a crucially important role in creating and sustaining a democratic people, concerned not only with private but also common purposes. To accomplish its mission, the Center:

  • Sponsors ethics seminars, workshops, and conferences for regional professionals;
  • Offers lectures to the University and general community;
  • Provides ethics consultation for regional organizations;
  • Promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning of ethics.

The director of the Ethics Center, mvopat@ysu.edu, Dr. Mark Vopat, (330) 941–3362, (330) 577-3768.


Disability Services

Disability Services provides assistance for students with disabilities. We strive to create an accessible community where people are judged on their ability, not their disability. We are also committed to fostering a positive attitude toward individuals with disabilities. (Faculty and Staff requiring services should call Human Resources at 330-941-3122). Office Phone: (330) 941-1372, Video Phone: (866) 757-1353. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Diversity Education

We are working to maintain an inclusive environment where all contributors are valued. It is important to understand the perspective of others to be an effective communicator in the work environment. Empathizing with others and having appropriate interactions are positive steps to achieve our common goals. Additional information through Multicultural Affairs, Division of Multicultural Affairs phone (330) 941-3370 or Human Resources, rsdonaldson@ysu.edu, Rosalyn Donaldson phone: (330) 941- 1529.


Division of Student Experience

The Division of Student Experience encompasses departments that create those experiences. From working out at "The Rec" to student health, we are here to make your college life more enjoyable for your time at Youngstown State! The Division of Student Experience enhances students’ collegiate experience by providing an environment conducive to cultivating relationships, creating a sense of belonging, encouraging personal growth and responsibility, and developing a strong set of interpersonal and professional skills. Phone: (330) 941-3533.


English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Youngstown State University offers an intensive English program with non-credited classes for students from around the globe.  Classes are available to college-bound students, permanent residents, immigrants, and special interest groups.  Telephone: (330) 941-2336

Equal Opportunity and Policy Development

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Development is responsible for the review and development of University polices and University compliance with state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This responsibility includes: Development and implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan, monitoring of University Policies, provision of training and educational programs in the areas of affirmative action, equal employment, discrimination, and harassment, investigation of complaints of discrimination or harassment, including student complaints of sexual violence, whether filed by, or against faculty, staff, or students. Office phone: (330) 941-2216 or 2340.

First Year Student Services

The CSP/First-Year Student Services helps students become familiar with YSU, build confidence, develop direction, and identify opportunities that assist in achieving personal goals. The CSP/First-Year Student Services provides all first-year and transfer students with the opportunity for an orientation program throughout the entire first year of college. Peer Mentors, upper-class students who are specially trained, serve as guides and friends to assist new students with time management, goal setting, navigating on campus, social adjustment, academic development and the mechanics of registration. First-year students receive individualized assistance through the development of a personalized plan to guide them through their first year of college. The CSP/First-Year Student Services also provides a continuous opportunity for parents and family to stay connected with information about YSU and their students' first year through the Parent and Family Area, Penguin For more information visit our website: CSP/First-Year Student Services or call (330) 941-3538.


International Programs Office

The IPO is an integral part of the Academic Affairs Division of YSU. We strive to serve as a focal point for the university’s many international initiatives, including international exchange agreements, faculty international development, and matters of international policy. In particular, IPO is responsible for the following programs and services:

  • International Student and Scholar Programs, including recruitment, orientation, support services, and activities, as well as compliance with federal regulations concerning international students and scholars

  • Study Abroad Programs, including advising students on the countless opportunities to add an international dimension to their YSU educational experiences

  • English Language Institute, offering English as a Second Language classes to students preparing to enroll in an academic program, as well as for members of the Youngstown community who desire to improve their fluency in English.

For International Admission email: intadm@ysu.edu For general info, email: cisp@ysu.edu Telephone: (330) 941-2336, Fax: (330) 941-2338.


Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress

The Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress located on the first floor of the Kilcawley Center and is available to assist students in successfully completing their University experience. The Center is designed to intervene actively in the lives of students to help them achieve academic and social success in college. We facilitate the success of all YSU students from freshmen through senior cultivating the skills of new students, expanding the skills of developing students, and enhancing the skills of exceptional students. Phone: (330) 941-3538.


Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services offers academic support and guidance, coordinates and facilitates summer activities to link first- year multicultural students to support services and academic experiences, makes campus referrals and connections, serves as an advocate to the University for multicultural students by providing intervention services, collaborates with faculty and staff to sponsor roundtable discussions, workshops, and presentations that address issues multicultural students face on a predominantly white campus. Multicultural Student Services also provides faculty/staff mentoring. Contact the Center for Student Progress: (330-)941-3538.


Student Counseling Services

The YSU Student Counseling Services provides high quality, short term, confidential mental health counseling, consultation, outreach (educational training), and referral services to our currently enrolled students. Common issues that we address include anxiety, depression, stress, relationship concerns, and difficulty managing multiple roles and the impacts of these on being a successful college student. The Student Counseling Services Center is located in 3009 Jones Hall. Office hours are: Monday - Friday, 8 -5 pm. Phone number is (330) 941-3737 and/or visit our website: Office of Career and Counseling Services.

Student Diversity Council

The purpose of the Student Diversity Council is to promote the recognition and involvement of all students at Youngstown State University with the intention of creating a strong voice on campus and to make an impact on the decisions regarding students of the University community. The council is to encourage academic achievement and personal development in leadership, time management, organizational and communication skills among the membership and promote extracurricular programs to enhance and increase knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity. Advisor: ACSolomon@ysu.edu, Ani Solomon, (330) 941-1692.


Student Outreach and Support (SOS)

As the Director of Student Outreach and Support at Youngstown State University, my role is to assist you in becoming a successful student and, eventually, a proud YSU graduate. Unfortunately, the road to graduation can have many twists and turns and, occasionally, a few roadblocks. Physical and mental issues, family responsibilities, work, extracurricular activities, and unexpected expenses are simply a part of life. While it can be easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged, it is my goal to assist you in getting through these tough times. I am here to listen, offer advice on how to handle a situation, or assist with attainment of campus and community resources when necessary. Whatever the challenge, I am here to help. I encourage you to stop by my office located in Jones Hall 3001. You can also reach me at either of the phone numbers listed below. I truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

Nicole Kent-Strollo
Director, Student Outreach and Support


Office: 330-941-4703
Cell: 330-717-2613
Email: nkentstrollo@ysu.edu


Veterans Affairs

We are here to assist you as you consider enrolling at YSU, as well as throughout your journey as a student pursuing your educational goals. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions at (330) 941-2503 or veterans@ysu.edu, or stop by the Student Veterans Resource Center, located at 633 Wick Avenue. We'd be happy to meet with you in person to answer any questions and show you around. On behalf of all of us in the YSU Office of Veterans Affairs, we thank you again for your service and hope to hear from you soon! Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Patrick “Rick” Williams, plwiiliams@ysu.edu, Phone: (330) 941-2506.

Veteran Resource Center

Your new 6000 square foot facility boast accommodations for its veteran student population such as; a veterans lounge, which is equipped with a 55 inch flat screen TV, gaming systems, and comfortable furniture. We also have a state-of-the-art computer lab, equipped with PC's and Mac's (CAC card readers are also available), a community room, vending machines and a kitchenette. We have additional services, such as a Social Work Student Intern, future programming to assist student veterans with various needs, and the increased space just for veteran and military students. YSU is the only University in Ohio to offer a dedicated building solely for it's veteran and military student population. Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Patrick “Rick” Williams, plwiiliams@ysu.edu, Phone: (330) 941-2506. Information for:

Women's and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies program at Youngstown State University is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to improve students’ knowledge of gender roles and relations across cultures. The courses within the program investigate the intersection of gender and society, race, religion, family, justice, history, communication, appearance, and more. The affiliated faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies program come from across the university. Students who minor in Women’s and Gender Studies are well-prepared and pursued for employment in for-profit and non-profit organizations, veteran’s advocacy groups, social rights agencies, as well as graduate work in a variety of disciplines. Email wstudies@ysu.edu, Director, Dr. Cryshanna Jackson Leftwich, cajakson@ysu.edu or (330) 941-2114.



YSUnity promotes education, diversity, unity and equal rights. Advisors: Brian P. Wells, bpwells@ysu.edu, (330) 941-7294, and Molly Burdette, mmburdette@ysu.edu, (330)-941-2082.



Ally: Someone who pays attention, notices un-inclusive dynamics and speaks up, or organizes with others to change the situation; an ally to multiple communities, groups on campus. If you see something- say something! It is all of your responsibility as students to be allies at YSU.

Campus dynamics: Ways we interact with each other; talk about those not present; ways our actions and comments impact others. Diversity: Recognition of the full range of differences among our students, staff, and faculty; valuing diversity can greatly impact the quality of people’s daily experiences.

Inclusion: The creation of equitable and inclusive environments where all people feel welcomed, respected, valued, and able to achieve their goals. A reality created where all people feel they belong and where others embrace the differences within our community.

Marginalized groups: Similar terms some may use include: minoritized, outsider, subordinated, experience as a result of their group membership, a lack of access of power and resources, are actively denied status and are assumed to lack intelligence or hold leadership positions.

Prejudice: A belief about a person or group based on information received from media, family, school, and personal experiences that can cause one to ‘pre-judge’ a person or situation; similar to bias and stereotypes.

Privileged groups: Similar terms some may use include: one-up group, insider group, and dominant group. May not be aware how, as a result of their group membership, they are given and receive unearned access to power and resources, ascribed status and assumptions of intelligence and leadership.

Social Justice: Fair and proper administration of laws, policies and practices to continue to create programs, service and procedures that support the promotion of an equal society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.

Stereotype: A generalization or idea about a group based on a shared characteristic. All stereotypes are limiting and often created to justify and reinforce discrimination and inequality.

Trigger: A trigger is something said or done that causes an individual to feel threatened, offended attached, or invalidated.

Unintended impact: Actions can sometimes result in a negative consequences or effect on others, even when we have the best of intentions.


Differences that Make a Difference

  • Age
  • Athleticism
  • Disability
  • Economic Class
  • Education Level
  • English Literacy
  • Ethnicity/Culture
  • Working Style
  • Family Status
  • Gender Identity/Expression
  • Geographic Region
  • Hierarchical Level
  • Immigration Status
  • Job Function
  • Marital/Relationship Status
  • National Origin
  • Parental Status
  • Race
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Size/Appearance
  • Skin Color/Phenotype
  • Veteran Status
  • Viewpoint/Political
  • Years of Experience