Services

The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs offers both professional and developmental services that are tailored to meet individual needs.

Advising and Advocacy

One of our primary services is providing students with the tools they need to be successful at Webster University. In addition to advocating on behalf of our students, we also offer advice on a variety of issues regarding their cultural, social, professional, and academic development. Students are welcome to make an appointment or stop by one of our professional staff members offices for assistance.

Cultural and Educational Programs

The MCISA plans and implements a wide variety of events and programs throughout the academic year for Webster University students. The majority of these events and programs are free to Webster students, and many of them are open to staff, faculty and the community. Please see our events section for more details.

Diversity Training and Workshops

The staff at the MCISA is available to meet with your organization or department to facilitate diversity trainings or workshops. For more information, please contact Colette Cummings, Director, at 314-968-7658.

Immigration Advising

The MCISA provides education and advice to students regarding immigration federal regulations and how they can maintain their visa status. To receive advice students should make an appointment in advance with Bethany Keller, Assistant Director, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs. For more detailed information, please visit our Resources page on Immigration Regulations.

Orientation and Cultural Adjustment

In an effort to ease the adjustment to life in a new country, the MCISA offers students an orientation to academic and social life in the United States of America.

Through International Student Orientation, new students learn about the resources available to them and are given guidance and support from the MCISA staff.

Social Security Cards and Driver’s Licenses

The MCISA assists international students in obtaining their Social Security Cards, Driver’s Licenses and/or State IDs. Students are informed about this service during orientation and sometimes referred to the MCISA by other departments.

The MCISA assists students by informing them of the proper paperwork needed and providing transportation. Students are asked to sign up online to request transportation.

For more detailed information, please visit our Resources page on Social Security Number, Tax Information, and Driver’s License.

Student Leadership Opportunities

The MCISA offers numerous opportunities for student leadership and volunteerism. The MCISA employs between 4-6 work-study and budget students each year and one international graduate assistant. In addition to paid positions, the MCISA is always in need of volunteers at events and open to suggestions for future programs and events.

The MCISA also offers select community volunteer opportunities, including a Webster Works World Wide project and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service.

Tax Assistance

During tax filing season several tax workshops are offered which are designed to help international students file their income tax through a step by step approach. Students will be informed in advance via e-mail and/or flyers to sign up for one of these workshops. For more detailed information, please visit our Resources page on Social Security Number, Tax Information, and Driver’s License.

Transportation

We understand that it is difficult to get around town when you do not have transportation. The MCISA provides transportation to international students through scheduled shopping trips and airport pick-up when arriving to campus for the first time. Students are asked to use our online sign up form to request transportation assistance.