Marc Paulo Q. Guzman
Assistant Director
Multicultural Student Services

Office in 164 Newcomb
T: 434.924.4195


Join the Middle Eastern Mentoring Program (MEMP) – Become a Mentor or Mentee!

We are now accepting applications for 1st year and transfer students to join the Middle Eastern Mentoring Program (MEMP). Apply here by Friday, 9/23/2016.

We are also accepting applicants to become upper-class mentors for our new students. Please apply here by Thursday, 9/22/2016.

The program is student run and is supported through Multicultural Student Services (MSS) in the Office of the Dean of Students. The program features one-on-one mentoring of new students with upper-class mentors and allows 1st years and transfers to learn how navigate the U.Va. environment, gain leadership skills and learn how to engage with the U.Va. community, and to meet other Middle Eastern/North African/Arab/Central Asian students and find a community on Grounds.

Middle Eastern Welcome Reception

Welcome first year and transfer students! You are invited to meet other new students, along with student leaders, faculty, and staff at the Middle Eastern New Student Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 25th from 5-6:30PM in the Peabody 1st Floor Auditorium. Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship!


Persian Cultural Society: Seezde-bedar Cookout

4/5/15 On Sunday April 5, the Persian Cultural Society celebrated Seezde-bedar in the Old Dorms Quad.


To honor the traditions of the holiday, held 13 days after Norooz, members cooked on the grills, played volleyball in the quad, and ended the event by throwing their “sabze” (green plants grown for Norooz) in the stream behind Bonnycastle.


Arab Student Organization: Layaleena

4/3/15: The Arab Student Organization hosted Layaleena, a cultural night that was enjoyed by students and families alike.

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The night featured a fashion show where students represented their countries wearing beautifully embroidered clothing, skit performances, poetry readings, and dance performances!

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People of all cultures and backgrounds were welcome to enjoy this fantastic night!

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SPJP: Dr. Noura Erakat, a discussion of Israel and Ferguson

3/25/15: Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine hosted Dr. Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and professor at George Mason University, who focused her talk on Israeli-Palestinian relations and international law. Her talk was especially relevant and engaging, as she drew profound connections between the Israeli occupation of Palestine with current events including the protests in Ferguson, the shootings at UNC Chapel Hill, and the recent incident here at U.Va. with the arrest of Martese Johnson.

This event was cosponsored by the college council and the Organization of African students.


Dr. Noura Erakat on Wednesday, 3/25, at Nau Hall


Iran Day!

3/21/15: The Persian Cultural Society celebrated Norooz, the New Year celebrated by millions around the world, with “Iran Day”. The night featured various presentations of Iranian dances, poetry readings, musical performances, skits, and free catered Kabob! Admission was free to all guests, who were able to participate in dance competitions and even took home their goldfish from the haft-sin!


Pictured is the executive board responsible for the whole production, from left to right: Taneen, Gelare, Tara, Ghazal, Naveed, Melika (the president), Saba, and Kimia.

PCS Egg Painting for Norooz

3/17/15: In preparation for Iran Day, the Persian Cultural Society met on Tuesday, March 17th at Shea House for egg painting! Decorated eggs are a traditional part of the haft-sin table, representing a year of good health and fertility.


Vigil of Solidarity with UNC


2/15/15: On Sunday, February 15th, the Muslim Students Association, Honor, and the Minority Rights Coalition with support from the Student Council and International Relations Organization held a vigil of solidarity with UNC  to honor the lives of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yosur Abu Salha, and Razan Abu Salha.


ASO Movie Night: Omar

2/5/15: On Thursday February 5, the Arab Student Organization hosted a viewing of the critically acclaimed, Palestinian film “Omar”.


This film has received various awards, and was screened at the United Nations in 2014, providing for a thought-provoking and fun event!

Congratulations and enjoy the summer!

A warm congratulations to the graduating class!  May everyone enjoy a peaceful, productive and joyous summer!