Multicultural Center

Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center is the hub for all groups at Amherst College that promote understanding of different cultural aspects present in our community.  It acts as a communication and activities hub, located in the Campus Center.

Contact Us:

Director: Mariana Cruz 
Phone: (413) 542-5372  Fax: (413) 542-5371 


Keefe Campus Center, Room 112.

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Killing it with Confidence

An article titled, “The Confidence Gap”1 shed light on women’s relative lack of confidence when compared to men. Here are ways to improve your self-esteem and, more importantly, the quality of your life. Though these tips are applicable to all genders, empirical evidence suggests ladies should really listen up!

Dress to Impress
Grooming yourself and making sure your clothes are presentable are great ways to boost your self-esteem. You will feel in control and ready to tackle the world. After all, when you look good, you feel good.

Stay Optimistic
(See: “Keep On Keeping On: Maintaining a Positive Attitude”)

Just Do It
Many of the studies in “The Confidence Gap” indicate that women don’t get the competitive jobs or highest scores on experimental tests because they simply don’t try. In fact, women scored the same as, if not higher than, the men on the experimental tests when they forced to answer every question. Although it may seem uncomfortable at first, just go for it and believe that you will excel. Soon enough, applying for that promotion or doing well on that next exam won’t be such daunting tasks. 

Overcome Your Worst Enemy
Yourself. You have the power to change the way you view yourself. It might be tough, but there is always a way. Recognize that the only person standing in your way is yourself, and with a little motivation and a lot of fortitude, confidence isn’t too far away!

Fake it ‘til you make it
This is a great mantra to start out with until you have cultivated genuine confidence. Approach every situation assuming that you can accomplish anything. Use the aforementioned tips, and eventually, it will come naturally.