About CIASS

The Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success (CIASS) is dedicated to supporting Allegheny College in its ongoing commitment to create and foster an intellectually and culturally diverse campus community that values the experiences of each of our students. To this end, CIASS works collaboratively and cooperatively with the campus and external constituencies to develop initiatives that enrich the academic, social, cultural, and personal development of students. The primary commitment of CIASS is to serve students, and is implemented through a variety of academic support services, programs, research, and strategic planning activities that:

  • Provide supplemental resources to enhance the academic achievement levels of all students
  • Enhance the leadership skills and competencies of student leaders and student organizations
  • Develop an understanding of interculturalism, social justice, cultural diversity, and student development through a liberal arts experience and beyond
  • Improve the overall campus climate to support the activities and culture of our diverse campus community
  • Support faculty and staff efforts to infuse interculturalism in curriculum, scholarship, and creative work
  • Highlight the educational and societal values of campus intercultural experiences – helping to prepare students for the challenges that they will face in an intercultural and global community