What is MCFS?
Purpose & FAQs
The objectives of the Multicultural Friendship Society are to:
- Promote the appreciation of cultural diversity
- Work with other like-minded organizations inside and outside of Tennessee State University
- Encourage practical work experience within the United States and abroad with international firms and agencies
- Boost interaction between students, faculty, and staff at Tennessee State University
- Help international students adjust academically and socially to their new environment
- Provide a venue for international education
- Build a social community in which all students and faculty/staff can "bridge the cultural divide"
- Host an annual multicultural student celebration on campus
What is the MultiCultural Friendship Society?
The Multicultural Friendship Society (MCFS), formed in 2000, is a student organization dedicated to bridging the cultural divide between U.S. and international students. OIBP sponsored the creation of this student organization. Each spring, TSU students have organized a Multicultural Spring Celebration on the main campus attended by 300 to 400 people.
How do I join?
Please check back after the first few weeks of Fall semester for updates. Also, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
How frequently are meetings held?
Once every month
Where are the meetings held?
Typically, members meet in Conference Room H-404
Who should I contact with questions?
The official sponsor of the MCFS is Dr. Galen Hull, Director of OIBP, who can be contacted at email@example.com, or any of the advisors.
The MultiCultural Friendship Society (MCFS) grew out of a series of
meetings of students and faculty members interested in promoting better
cultural awareness between American and international students as well
as providing a forum for the exchanges of ideas. During the fall 2000
semester a small group of students began meeting with Susan Crossley,
Assistant Director, and Galen Hull, Director of OIBP. Among those
attending the meetings was Zachariah Gaye, a graduate student in the
College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning.
Initial participants in the new organization consisted of both
undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff from around
the U.S. as well as the following countries: France, Indonesia, Bahamas,
Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, China, Wales, Morocco, Jamaica, Laos, Kenya,
Nepal, Kuwait, Thailand, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Liberia, Uganda,
Afghanistan. To avoid possible confusion with previously existing
organizations, the name was eventually changed to MultiCultural
Friendship Society (MCFS), with the motto "Bridging the Cultural
Divide". Membership has consistently been an even mix of international
and American students, dedicated to bridging the cultural divide.