About Us

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA ) is committed to building an inclusive campus that yields social harmony and learning vitality.  Through its comprehensive programs and services, OMA fosters an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups, and empowers students to be active learners.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs mission is to support efforts in recruiting and retaining diverse students; to educate, engage and empower all students to live in a multicultural world; and to advocate for a socially just campus environment.


By collaborating with campus and community partners, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will create an educational environment that cultivates the rich contributions of all cultures and also provides a place where students can achieve academic, social, and cultural success.

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Guiding Principles:

- Empower students to be active participants in the Grand Valley community.
- Promote academic, social, personal, cultural, leadership, and professional growth of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- Advocate for a campus climate that respects and appreciates the history, culture, and traditions of different ethnic groups.
- Stimulate and encourage opportunities for intentional intercultural dialogue and engagement among university members.
- Assist with efforts to promote access and equity in higher education through recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.
- Offer diversity and cultural learning opportunities to improve intercultural understanding and competency.
- Collaborate with the campus, as well as external communities to better fulfill the mission of OMA.

Contact Information and Mailing Address

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Drive, 1240 Kirkhof Center
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: (616) 331-2177 | Fax: (616) 331-3195
Email: oma@gvsu.edu | Directions and Campus Map

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Native American Student Association Day of Service

October 21, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is proud to partner with the Community Service Learning Center for the annual Make a Difference Day.   Join NASA in our clean up efforts at the...

Unveiling Greatness: Muslim Women in Sports

October 24, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

African/African American Studies public lecture and co-sponsors: Global Studies and Social Impact, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Middle...

Are you interested in having a career in the healthcare industry? You don't necessarily have to be a clinician to do so!

October 30, 2017 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 5:00 – 5:15 p.m. – Q & A 5:15- 5:30 p.m. – Networking and Refreshments In addition to clinical roles, career options in healthcare can include: Healthcare...

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