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

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Beyond Diversity & Inclusion: Decolonize Your Mind

April 4, 2015 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join the Office of Student Life and GVSU's Intersection Ambassadors, representing the Multicultural Office, Women Center, and Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, for this all-day interactive...

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

April 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 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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