The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) takes the lead on providing support for students of marginalized identities, specifically students of color, LGBTQIA students, first-generation students, and/or low-income students. Our staff are located in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, and available Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.


We will enrich the culture of social justice at OWU.
OMSA collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the development of a campus community in which all students can participate fully and equitably.


The mission of OMSA is to educate, support, and advocate for marginalized students. We provide space for students to understand themselves and their communities; develop strategies to successfully navigate the institution; and engage in meaningful action toward social change.

Department Learning Outcomes

By participating in OMSA programs and services, students will (or will be able to):

  • Develop a critically conscious sense of self (Identity Development)
  • Apply strategies to successfully navigate the institution (Self-Efficacy)
  • Develop the capacity to address oppressive systems and behaviors in themselves and their communities. (Capacity building)


In addition to the values of the division of student engagement and success, OMSA values:

  • Self-reflection: We have a responsibility for critical and continual process to examine how our socializations and biases inform our programming, advising, and services.
  • Critical consciousness: We utilize critical thought as a means to examine and understand our world, with the goal of implementing strategies to make meaningful change.
  • Advocacy: We have a responsibility to challenge and confront systems of oppression on behalf of students.
  • Stewardship: We will be thoughtful and responsible with not only campus resources, but also the history and legacy of student-led advocacy at OWU.