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 2018 Semester Hours

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


2019 Mosaic Lecture: The Lonely Reality of An Academic Dreamer

March 26, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

After emigrating to the United States from Mexico at the age of 12, Prof. Pamela Harris completed her high school education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this talk, Prof. Harris tells us her life story,...

21st Anniversary Celebrating All Walks of Life Pow Wow

April 6, 2019 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

21st Annual Celebrating All Walks of Life Pow Wow Presented by Grand Valley State University Native American Student Association Join us Saturday, April 6th 2019 Doors Open: 11:00 am Grand...

Sacred Site Tour: Masjid At-Tawheed Islamic Center

April 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Campus Interfaith Resources Meet in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1240 Kirkhof Center at 10:45 a.m. Transportation will be provided RSVP is required at https://www.gvsu.edu/campusinterfaith/sacred-sites-visits-11.htm LIB...

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