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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

2016 Spring/Summer semester Hours:

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

Fall 2016 Semester Hours

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

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Intercultural Student Reception

Intercultural Student Reception

August 26, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come and enjoy this annual campus event where we welcome new and returning students.  Meet faculty, staff and student organizations along with great food, music, dance contest, prizes and lots...

Conversations of Color

Conversations of Color

September 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Topics and issues will vary every session.  This small and open venue offers students the opportunity to share, talk, discuss, and learn from each other, as well as initiate programming...

Native American Student Association Day of Service

Native American Student Association Day of Service

October 1, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a NASA-sponsored service project as we help with clean-up efforts of the Norton Mound National Historic Landmark. The 55-acre Norton Mound National Historic Landmark is one of a few...

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