Multicultural Student Programs

Welcome to the Office of Multicultural Student Programs

Our office is part of the Student Affairs Office at TU and is located in Holmes Student Center, room 51. This on-line community is a quick link to the programs implemented by our office, as well as the programs that students across campus are creating and bringing to TU and to the Tulsa community.

Elizabeth Thompson

From American Indian Princess to Schoolgirl

Elizabeth Thompson, a 2008 doctoral graduate from the University of Tulsa Department of English, has brought to light the little known past of American Indian girls and their experiences in the early American school system.

In 2007, Thompson received an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in the amount of $20,000 to continue her research. She was one of 63 AAUW fellows nationwide to win the award that year and the only one from a university in Oklahoma.

The nationally competitive year-long fellowship supported Thompson as she completed her dissertation, "From Princess to Schoolgirl: American Indian Girls and Anglo Depictions of their Conversions." This project, which made extensive use of archival materials in TU's McFarlin Library's Special Collections, studied portrayals of Native American girls and young women in the British American colonies and United States through the early twentieth century.

"The Faculty of English are very proud of Elizabeth," said her dissertation director, Laura Stevens, associate professor of English. "We consider this prestigious award to be a sign of the excellent contributions she promises to make to the field, as well as of the growing prominence of our graduate program."

During your collegiate years, you will have the opportunity to get to know students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. We encourage you to get to know students outside of your own cultural group and take this amazing opportunity to learn about yourself and others. It is our hope that your multicultural experiences here will translate into a life of exploration with intercultural respect and appreciation at its core.

We hope that you will use this website as a tool in your journey, but at all times, please feel free to come by the office, call, or email us at if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or if you simply need a little help in navigating your TU experience.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Multicultural Affairs Office is to provide cultural and educational programming for the TU community. Through mentoring, advising, and programming, we seek to create an environment that celebrates our culturally diverse community, promotes the personal and academic success of minority students, engenders the formation of individuals who lead culturally rich lives.

Leading a culturally rich life means the student, faculty member, or staff member is aware of the molding force of their own cultural background and seeks integrative experiences and relationships with people whose cultural backgrounds and traditions differ from their own.