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Frequently Asked Questions

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How many multicultural students are at F&M?

Student Body:

  • African-American: 3.7%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Asian American:  4.3%
  • Hispanic American:  3.9% 
  • International Students (of any ethnicity) : 7.8%
  • European American (White): 72.1%
  • Race/ethnicity unknown: 7.8%

Multicultural background for the class of 2014:

  • African American 3.7%
  • Asian American 4.8%
  • European (White) American 70.8%
  • Hispanic American 4.5%
  • International (of any ethnicity) 10.2%
  • Native American/Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander 0.5%
  • Other/Unknown American 5.4%

The categories above include only US citizens and permanent residents. Data is updated every fall

What can Office of MultiCultural Affairs (OMCA) do for me?

We are about supporting your desire to excel academically and be a part of the F&M community. We can help you get connected to other people of color both on-campus and in the surrounding community. We celebrate your achievements and successes and recommend students and organizations for College awards. We are here to talk to you about any challenges and obstacles you might come across. We help you find out about community service opportunities. We assist you and the College by doing whatever we can to  transform the F&M environment into one that fosters in all of its members a desire to embrace difference and similarity with respect, acceptance, civility, and humility.

How can I meet students of Asian background?

Join or visit a meeting of the following student organizations; Asian Cultural Society (ACS), Sangam, and The International Club.

Are there any Historically Black Greek-Lettered Organizations (BGLO) at F&M?

Not at this time, however, F&M students of color attend the functions of BGLOs at nearby universities such as Lincoln and Millersville. Also, the F&M social Greek organizations' memberships are open to all students.

Where can I get my hair and nails done?

There are several beauty shops and barbershops for people of color in Lancaster. Click here for more info.

What are the Hispanic/Latino students on-campus doing?

Mi Gente Latina (MGL) is an active and thriving organization that holds meetings as well as implements several programs each semester. Click to contact one of the executive board members.

What if I want a mentor who can give me guidance?

OMCA provides an academic mentoring program called Peer2Peer (P2P).  The program matches first  year students with advanced students who can discuss issues that support or challenge a student's academic goals.  P2P does not provide tutoring.  Rather, the mentors provide insight into how to manage the many and often competing demands on the students' time and attention.  The mentors also suggest ways in which to better manage very demanding courses and to access the professors and other helpful resources available on campus. 

Is there a separate Orientation for students of color?

No, but part of the mission of New Student Orientation is to challenge all incoming students to understand and appreciate diversity. After Orientation is over and the dust begins to settle, OMCA holds an event s that brings together all multicultural students, and some members of FSA (faculty, staff, and administrators). In addition, ASC, BSU, and MGL hold a party, picnic or some other kind of opening event to bring people together. Other groups for whom OMCA provides an opening event are the Gray Scholars and Peer2Peer.

Are there ever racist incidents at F&M?

Yes, from time to time. Anytime you have any degree of diversity within a community there will be occasional conflicts, but conflict can have good results if it is handled well. All incidents that are reported are investigated and, depending on the strength of the findings, the perpetrator(s) is/are disciplined. The process is educational so that all sides hopefully learn from the experience. F&M holds on-going discussions, workshops, film festivals, academic courses, celebrations, and more to give its members the knowledge and skills necessary to work through conflicts when they arise and to promote understanding and acceptance cross-culturally.