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.
Services offered by OMSA include:
Advising and advocacy: Meeting with students one-on-one to identify challenges, create plans for support, and connect them with key resources on campus and off.
Student organization support: Collaborating with student organizations to
- Collaborate with various campus offices and departments to augment student engagement through programming, one-one services, and events/activities.
- Establish continual programs such as STRIDE (Standing Together to Reduce Intolerance and Develop Equality) Brown Bag Speaker Series, the OMSA Alumni Mentoring Program, and KuShinda (to be victorious) to celebrate and highlight culture, achievement, and leadership.
- Work with faculty to enhance classroom experiences and collaborate on programs to cultivate learning outside the classroom.
- Develop leadership positions and network prospects for students of color.
- Strengthen and rejuvenate relationships with alumni and students.
- Expose students to local, regional, and national cultural events and opportunities.
Some notable programs sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs:
- Pre-Orientation Program
- Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
- Ohio Diversity Council Conference Participant
- Native American/American Indian Heritage Month
- Nationally renowned speakers
- Great Lakes College Association Students of Color Conference Participant
- Alliance for Black Student Leadership Consortium Participant
- Women of Color Month Celebration
- Black History Month Celebration
- Asian American History Month
- Study Trip of Civil Rights Tour in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee
- Collaborative programs with academic departments
- We have developed innovative programs and work closely with student organizations such as Sisters United, VIVA (Celebration of Hispanic Heritage), NPHC Greek organizations, OWU Black Alumni Network (OWUBAN), and the House of Black Culture