The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) engages the University of San Diego community in exploring and affirming the unique identity of each person. The Center fosters an environment where student leaders feel empowered to become change agents for social justice and builds relationships with faculty, staff, students, and community members to develop a foundation that honors and values diversity. The UFMC serves as an educational resource, working to contest the dominance of prejudice and intolerance, and works to enact the values of the University as "a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community ...marked by protection of the rights and dignity of the individual."
In 1993, the five core organizations of the United Front: Aikane O Hawai'i, the Asian Student Association, the Black Student Union, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán, and PRIDE (The Student Alliance Embracing Sexual Orientation-changed in 1998) submitted a proposal to create a multicultural center to the Dean of Students. Their purpose was to: "Have a center that would allow the micro-cultures of the University of San Diego thrive to celebrate their own individuality while allowing others to learn and accept them as well. We hope to that the University will recognize our plight and help us breakdown the walls of discrimination."
Since their request, the United Front Multicultural Center has enhanced and expanded services and programs, as well as supports USD's 18 multicultural student organizations. Today, the UFMC staff includes 3 staff members, 2 graduate assistants, and 10 student interns. Our work focuses on social justice, identity development and student leadership.