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.

Mission:

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.

Vision:

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

Winter 2014 Semester Hours

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

2015 Spring Break Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Events

What Should (n't) I Say? A Conversation for Well-Meaning Faculty at a Pre-dominantly White University

What Should (n't) I Say? A Conversation for Well-Meaning Faculty at a Pre-dominantly White University

March 11, 2015 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Dr. Patty Stow Bolea, professor, School of Social Work Dr. Dana Munk, Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center When civil rights issues and unrest are rampant in greater society, faculty may...

R.I.C.E. Conference: Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education

R.I.C.E. Conference: Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education

March 21, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The conference is free and open to the public. Please contact David Tran atdavid.tran517@gmail.com to reserve your seat since breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Business formal attire...

Jonathan Rinehart, NASA student member, dancing at 2012 Pow Wow

Native American Student Association Presents: Celebrating All Walks of Life Traditional Pow Wow

April 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

A Pow Wow is a community gathering and celebration of culture through ceremony, song, dance, feasting and socializing.  Traditional Pow Wows include dancers, drummers, invited Elders, Veterans...

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