The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) depends on the support of OWU alumni to help fund essential programs that encourage diversity, inclusion, and provide support for students of color and first-generation college students.

We need you! To donate, please click here  and designate your donation to the OMSA program you wish to support. Please remember that all of these OMSA programs are in special need and any gift would be deeply appreciated.

Alumni Mentoring Program

The Alumni Mentoring Program pairs current students of color with OWU alumni who graduated at least five years ago. The alumni serve as a third-party support system and mentors to current students. The obligation is a once-a-month contact between the student and the OWU graduate. This contact may be made via email, text, Facebook, phone call, in person, or US postal mail.

This program allows current students to hear from alumni about their experiences. The alumni mentors provide career advice and serve as a sounding board for current student concerns. It's a great way for alumni to help shape young lives and to stay engaged with OWU, too! 

Black Student Retention Fund

The Black Student Retention Fund was started by the SUBA executive board in the fall of 1993. Its purpose is to help retain minority students on campus who may be threatened by unexpected financial costs.

Career Closet

The Career Closet was founded to provide business attire (including suits, cuff links, dress shirts/blouses, and dress shoes) for those who cannot afford them. This fund provides students of color with the attire and appropriate supplies (resume paper, portfolios, business cards, etc.) for a job interview.

Emergency Book Fund

The OMSA Emergency Book Fund helps aid students who cannot afford textbooks and necessary supplies. In collaboration with Financial Aid, OMSA identifies a student’s financial need and works with the student to purchase the required textbooks (up to $400 per semester). The student must return the books in good condition to OMSA at the end of the term.

House of Black Culture

The House of Black Culture (HBC) has been part of the history of African Americans at  Ohio Wesleyan since it was attained in 1971 by black students out of the need to experience a sense of collective identity that could not otherwise be felt on a predominately white campus. The House of Black Culture serves as a means for black students to discuss their commonality and interact with one another on a level of familiarity that would be foreign to other OWU students. (Contributions support HBC programs and house upkeep and renovation.)

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

By giving to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, your donation will support directly the wide variety of programs and services the office provides to enrich the living and learning experience for OWU students of color and first-generation students.

Willa B. Player Center Black Resource Center (‘The Cave’)

Donations for the cave will go toward upkeep and supplies for OMSA organizations.

We sincerely appreciate all of your support!

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