OMA collaborates with other student services departments, offices and multicultural student organizations, academic departments and programs to coordinate new student orientations, service learning projects, educational courses, diversity training, recruitment efforts and retention initiatives.
The Division of Student Life Diversity Action Team (DAT) was formed in the spring of 2007. Charged by Dr. John C. Cernech, Vice President for Student Life, DAT has crafted a diversity policy statement, launched a continuing education plan for every staff member in the Division, and hosted listening sessions to hear the concerns of students on our campus. Framed within the context of understanding cultural competencies, DAT is guided by A Typology of Intergroup Competencies by V. Jean Ramsey and Jean Kantambu Latting.
As of Fall 2014, Dr. Tanya Winegard, Vice Provost for Student Life, created the "For and With Others" Committee as a merger of the former Diversity Action Team and Staff Development Committees. The For and With Others Committee now coordinates the GO! program for Student Life employees. Launched at the Division of Student Life Symposium on May 29, 2015, the GO! Program revises and builds upon the IDEA program (which concludes at the end of June 2015). The Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates the programming offered within the GO! (formerly IDEA) program structure.
Some of our sponsored activities include: CUrageous Voices, CUnity Week, the Intercultural Expo, Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Fest, and other ongoing cultural programming. Annual events co-sponsored by the office include the All Nations Pow Wow, Hawaiian Luau and Las Mananitas.