Press Release, Student Life

Multicultural Student Affairs Program Coordinator

February 5, 2018 – by Katie Kuckelheim '19

Ohio Wesleyan Appoints Rosa Escobar to Provide Programming for Diverse Student Body

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced the appointment of Rosa Escobar, a 2017 OWU graduate, as program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA).

As a student, Escobar was involved in leadership positions in VIVA Latinx, co-founded the Hispanic and Latinx Outreach (HALO) program, and served on the Student Inclusion Advocacy Committee of the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs.

In her new role, Escobar will work to create programming that is both educational and exciting in support of Ohio Wesleyan’s first-generation students, low-income students, and Dicke Scholars. (Dicke Scholars – students also selected to receive national Horatio Alger Scholarships – are eligible for additional, four-year OWU scholarships funded by a gift from James F. Dicke II of New Bremen, Ohio.) 

Escobar, who previously worked in Ohio Wesleyan’s Student Involvement Office, now will report to Charles C.M. Kellom, M.A., Ohio Wesleyan’s assistant dean for multicultural student affairs.

“OWU is a place dedicated to inclusion, and that includes first-generation and/or low-income students,” Kellom said. “With this position being realigned under OMSA, we’re poised to provide more intentional, strategic, and impactful support than ever before.

“I’m very excited to have Rosa on board,” Kellom continued. “Her experience as an alum brings an invaluable insight to our department. More importantly, she has already been working to build connections with first-gen students, laying a foundation for greater programs and services to come.”

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Escobar earned her Ohio Wesleyan Bachelor of Arts degree in management economics.

“As a first-generation college graduate,” Escobar said, “I know that the transition into college can be difficult, especially when you don’t have someone guiding you. Therefore, I hope to continue serving as an adviser and a resource for the Dicke Scholars, first-generation, and low-income students to ease their transition into college.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at www.owu.edu/omsa.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.