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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: | Directions and Campus Map

Fall 2016 Semester Hours

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

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Honoring our Ancestors:  Understanding the Importance of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Honoring our Ancestors: Understanding the Importance of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

November 1, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This workshop will discuss the importance of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and it's impact on Native American communities.  NAGPRA is a federal law that...

Black Males Scholars: Study Abroad

Black Males Scholars: Study Abroad

November 3, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We are a network of Black male students, faculty, and staff promoting an environment where Black men can excel as leaders and achieve academic excellence, leading to graduation.  We strongly believe...

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Friday Film Screening: Reel Injun

November 4, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Reel Injun is a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film. Reel Injun explores many stereotypes about Natives in...

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