[Springfield, 02/22/2024] – The Office of Multicultural Programs is delighted to announce its recent success in securing a grant through Springfield Black Tie, a prominent local organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ initiatives through impactful fundraising efforts that benefit both local and national charities.
The grant, totaling $25,500, represents a significant milestone for the Multicultural Programs office. This financial support will be instrumental in bolstering ongoing LGBTQ+ initiatives and further enhancing the inclusivity of the existing programming.
Dr. Nina Barudzic, head of Multicultural Programs, expressed her pride in the accomplishment, highlighting that this marks the first time the office has applied for a grant. The successful acquisition of the Springfield Black Tie grant underscores the dedication and competence of the Multicultural Programs team and demonstrates the unwavering support received from university leaders.
The funds from this grant will be strategically utilized to expand and fortify the LGBTQ+ initiatives already in place, ensuring a more inclusive and supportive environment for all members of the university community.
About the Office of Multicultural Programs:
The Office of Multicultural Programs serves the cultural competence and education needs of students through our programs and initiatives such as: celebration of history & heritage month series, acknowledgment of cultures & languages, affirmation of identities, and empowerment of our students. The MRC also offers amenities such as: transition closet, room of reflection, collaboration rooms, study rooms, and a lounge area open to all students.
About Springfield Black Tie:
Springfield Black Tie is southwest Missouri’s premier fundraising event benefiting local and state-wide charities which serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and plus (LGBTQ+) community. Over the last 19 years, Springfield Black Tie has raised more than $1.5 million for LGBTQ organizations in southwest Missouri.