mission statement


SMDP empowers, engages, and challenges students to increase resiliency; support retention and graduation; and develop global leaders. In order to contribute to student success, SMDP provides learning environments that value and respect underrepresented student populations through community building, education, and resources.



Fostering a campus culture that embraces and celebrates UAB’s diverse community. 

    • Mentorship
    • Student Leadership Development
    • Dialogue
    • Social Justice, Identity, and Cultural Programming
    • Diversity Education and Training
    • Student Advocacy
    • Community Outreach and Engagement
    • Education: We create learning environments that support and challenge the intellectual growth of students.
    • Equity: We strive for the fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all students, while at the same time working to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups.
    • Empowerment: We affirm student’s experiences and identities.
    • Self-awareness: We provide opportunities for self-exploration and growth.
    • Community: We offer physical space for students to connect on campus.
    • Social Justice: We encourage students to embody social change as leaders on campus and in their communities.
  • “Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs seeks to provide a supportive environment for underrepresented students on UAB’s campus. One way we accomplish this is by providing peer mentorship opportunities that allows new students to be paired with current students who have similar identities and experiences. Our mentorship opportunities create opportunities for mentees to feel supported, as well as provide peer mentors the opportunity to develop as student leaders on campus.”

  • “Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs seeks to provide identity/multicultural programming that appreciates and support our diverse campus community. Additionally, these programmatic efforts seek to provide education and multicultural awareness to the UAB student body.”