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About the ALANA Center

The ALANA Center provides a myriad of resources and programs to support students of color, and fosters cultural, social, academic and creative expressions. The center offers opportunities for leadership development, intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues, lectures and alumnae/i mentoring programs. Also, a comfortable and affirming gathering space is provided for student organizations with similar goals in supporting students of color. As an extension of cultural/social and academic concerns, resources for interacting with various communities in Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas are provided. Other resources include culturally specific journals/newsletters, educational videos, career development, scholarship and fellowship information and a computer lab. The ALANA Center staff includes the director, an administrative assistant and a student staff consisting of a manager, program interns and program assistants who are available to assist in all aspects of the Center's services.

The identity organizations housed at the ALANA Center include:

African Students' Union
Asian Students' Alliance
Black Students' Union
Caribbean Students' Alliance
Council of Black Seniors
Middle Eastern Students' Collective
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan
Multi-Racial/Biracial Students’ Alliance
Native American & Indigenous Students' Alliance
Poder Latinx
South Asian Students Alliance
Southeast Asian Students' Alliance
Vassar Muslim Student Union

The director of the ALANA Center meets with students for personal, academic, and general advising and works with students of color on educational, social and cultural programming. The director also provides support to several student organizations and is available to meet with student leaders. 

The ALANA Center is one of several campus resources on student development, diversity issues, cultural programming and general college life matters.

To schedule an appointment, to learn more about the ALANA Center and its resources or to talk about an advisement matter, students are encouraged to visit the administrative office located in the ALANA Center or call (845) 437-5954.