Intercultural Affairs Staff


Dan McQuown
College Chaplain and Director of Global Diversity

Phone: 517/629-0492
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Erika Buckley
Assistant Director, Global Diversity

Phone: 517/629-0501
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Smooth Transitions Mentor Program

Smooth Transitions logoWhy be part of the mentoring program?

"[The] Support, love, care, and advice from people whom I respect and will keep in my life forever."
   —C. J., Class of 2012, former mentee and mentor

The Smooth Transitions Mentor Program provides academic and social support to foster student growth and adjustment to Albion College and the surrounding community. Interested first-year under-represented students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds are matched with an upper-class student. Student mentors meet weekly with their mentees, conduct study sessions, and encourage students' involvement on campus.

Albion College is committed to the development of a diverse and pluralistic living and learning community. In direct support of this College-wide aim, the Office of Intercultural Affairs works in cooperation with the campus and greater community to heighten awareness of and create an appreciation for diversity. The office coordinates and promotes cultural and educational programs. The office actively assists students with their transition into and retention at the College.

  • One-on-One mentoring ratio
  • Social support
  • Time management skills
  • Off-campus bowling
  • Meals with faculty, staff and community friends
  • Involvement with campus clubs and activities
  • Inside tips about campus
  • Late night study breaks
  • Career workshop
  • Academic and staff resources
  • Opportunities to attend student conferences
  • Leadership development
  • Build friendships
  • Diversity advocacy and support

For more information:

Office of Intercultural Affairs
Albion College
KC Box 4681
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224

Ferguson Building, Suite 103

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Intercultural Affairs Orientation and Smooth Transitions Registration Form

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Umbrella Organizations

Umbrella House

Umbrella is the governing body of all the multicultural student organizations. The purpose of this governing body is to create a “safe place” where each under-represented student population is supported, to provide an environment in which students can voice concerns, struggles, and accomplishments, and to educate the Albion community about the diversity of cultures and customs.

Dinner at Umbrella House

Comprising representatives from 12 under-represented student organizations, these student leaders elect Umbrella’s officers, meet regularly to discuss issues, plan and host diversity events ranging from cultural dinners to panel speakers, learn to have dialogue, and gain valuable life-long skills in leadership. In addition to forming friendships with a diverse group of people and the support of a staff advisor, each Umbrella group is an individual student campus organization. They are committed to educating and encouraging students, faculty, staff, and the Albion community to recognize and advocate diversity by supporting global, national, and local intercultural awareness.

Umbrella groups have access to Umbrella House on campus, which serves as a meeting place. The Umbrella House is located at:

1107 E. Cass St.
Albion, MI 49224

All Albion students are welcome to join any of Umbrella's student organizations.

For more information, please contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501, or Campus Programs and Organizations at 517/629-0433.