Student Diversity Resources

Mesa Community College (MCC) is committed to supporting our diverse student population. Below are some resources to help students academically and personally.

Departments

  • Disability Resources and Services provides equal access to students in their educational and campus experiences.
  • The Children’s Center supports student parents with affordable, high quality childcare.
  • Veteran Services assists veterans and active duty military members and their families to maximize their educational benefits.
  • International Education helps MCC welcome more than 400 international students representing 60 countries and provides study abroad opportunities.
  • American Indian Institute supports the largest population of Native American college students in Arizona.
  • Multicultural Affairs provides opportunities to access higher education and support for academic success to underrepresented and culturally diverse populations.
  • Student Success Programs cover a range of opportunities, from English as a Second Language support services to specialty programs for foster youth to mentoring specialty services for students in foundational classes.
  • Foundations for Student Success provides intensive preparation for students who test into developmental coursework and success workshops on topics ranging from test preparation to building relationships with faculty.
  • Student Life & Leadership offers a wide range of clubs and student leadership programs.
  • MCC Student Social Services connects MCC students to resources for assistance with: Food, Medical resources, Financial assistance, School needs (Books, tuition, etc.), Housing, Utility, Transportation, Applying for benefits through the Department of Economic Security, Child Care, Mental/behavioral health services, and Legal Services.
  • More helpful Resources for Students - The purpose of this Student Resource Referral Guide is to serve as a repository of resources for students with a variety of academic and/or basic needs (personal well-being) they may be experiencing.

Additional Resources for Students

  • Mesa Market: The Mesa Market provides free food and hygiene products for Mesa Community College students. Any MCC student can visit Student Life and Leadership anytime our office is open and a team member will lead you to the Mesa Market to do your "shopping." Students can receive up to 10 free food items and 5 free hygiene items per week.
  • We Care Wednesdays: We Care Wednesday is a food distribution that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at the Southern/Dobson campus, and the third Wednesday of every month at the Red Mountain campus. The food distributions take place from 10 am-12 pm, and are open to all students, staff, and community members in need of food assistance.
  • Lactation Rooms: MCC is committed to our students who are pregnant or parenting. We want to ensure that all pregnant or parenting students stay in school and meet their educational goals. There are private lactation rooms on the Southern/Dobson and Red Mountain campuses.
  • Reflection Rooms: MCC is committed to our students of faith by fostering an environment of religious inclusion where students may be welcomed and supported. We offer reflection rooms on campus where students who have religious practices may do so in solitude.
  • Religious Accommodation: A religious accommodation in the classroom is a change in school schedule or in the way assignments are customarily completed to enable a student to participate in his/her religious practice or belief without causing undue hardship or materially altering the course.

Get Involved

  • Join a Club: Clubs are an important and vital component of your complete educational experience. You may participate in programs that enhance your occupational training or social activities and reflect special interests including cultural events, community service projects, and forums dealing with today's issues. You may join a club or contact a Club Sponsor at the contact information listed below for more information.
  • Start a Club: Can't find the right club for you? Start your own! A club gives you the opportunity to participate in the activities outside of the classroom that make you who you are, and help make your MCC experience that much more unique and worthwhile!
  • Multicultural and Social Justice Programming: At Mesa Community College, we believe that diversity must be at the center of who we are and what we do. We appreciate and respect each other’s differences as we work towards an equitable and inclusive environment on campus. Throughout the year, we celebrate culture, enrich learning, and work towards social justice through a variety of events and activities.
  • T-Bird Times: The T-Bird Times is a digital newsletter, which is published on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

Resources for DACA Students

  • DACA Student Resources and FAQs: Maricopa County Community Colleges welcome new degree-seeking students each semester during fall, spring, and summer — regardless of immigration, there’s no federal or state law that prohibits the admission of DACA students to U.S. colleges — public or private. Neither federal nor state laws require that students prove citizenship in order to enter U.S. institutions of higher education status.
  • Community Resources for DACA Students: This page lists local and national resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
  • Maricopa Undocumented Students Thriving provides a hub for information on legal services, counseling, scholarships and more.
  • Scholarships & Financial Resources for DACA Students: Scholarships help provide financial assistance so you can concentrate on your studies. Not all scholarships require disclosure of citizenship status. See the list of Arizona-based and national scholarship resources to help you start your search.
  • Health Resources for DACA Students: This page provides a list of organizations that have resources and support related to general health and COVID-19 for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.
  • Legal Resources for DACA Students: Legal resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are available on this page. Please note that this is general information on this site is not legal advice.

Resources for Students with Grievances or Concerns

  • Civil Rights Violations / Discrimination: Discrimination/harassment allegations based on protected classes such as disability, race, religion, color, national origin and age. To report civil rights violations that are not based on sex, please contact the Mesa Community College Title IX Coordinator: Carmen Newland, Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Title IX/504 Coordinator, 480-461-7479, carmen.newland@mesacc.edu. To report online, use the MCCCD Online Reporting Form and click onConduct Incident Reporting.”
  • Title IX Sexual Harassment: Student complaints based on the protected class of sex/gender such as sexual harassment, hostile environment, misconduct, stalking, domestic violence, rape, dating violence, sexual preference, pregnancy. To report a sexual harassment/discrimination complaint please contact the Mesa Community College Title IX Coordinator: Carmen Newland, Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Title IX/504 Coordinator, 480-461-7479, carmen.newland@mesacc.edu. To report online, use the MCCCD Online Reporting Form and click on Sexual Harassment Reporting”.
  • Instructional Grievances: Concerns by students of unfair or unjust treatment by a faculty member with regard to the academic process such as grading, testing or assignments. To report an instructional grievance, the student must first try to resolve the situation with the faculty. If the grievance is not resolved at this level, the student can request to speak to the Department Chair. This request must be done in writing. For further information, please contact the Mesa Community College Office of the Deans of Instruction at 480-461-7145, Dee Vital, Administrative Specialist Sr., delia.vital@mesacc.edu.
  • Non-Instructional Grievances: Concerns by students of unfair or unjust treatment by any employee with regard to student services or administrative services. To report a non-instructional grievance, the student must first try to resolve the situation with the employee. If the grievance is not resolved at this level, the student can request to speak to the employee’s supervisor. This request must be done in writing. For further information, please contact the Mesa Community College Interim Dean of Students, Kathleen Perales at 480-461-7932, kathleen.perales@mesacc.edu.