Shining a Light on the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Written by Isabella Gielniak
Posted on February 16, 2022
Grand Valley’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) offers many programs and services to engage, educate, and empower students. The OMA serves as a place of solace for students of color to find a sense of community here at GV. With plenty of ways to get involved, including Laker Connections and Conversations of Color, the Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a resource for social, academic, and cultural success here at Grand Valley.
Laker Connections is a series of programs that provides students of color with resources to succeed while creating comfortable environments among shared identities. Programs within Laker Connections include the Asian Student Achievement Program, Black Excellence, Black Male Scholars, Laker Familia, and Mno'chigewin: Native Student Success Program.
Conversations of Color is a monthly Zoom conference facilitated by GVSU faculty and staff for students to hold impactful and often challenging discussions surrounding the struggles of people of color. Through Conversations of Color, students are able to explore the nuances of a different perspective and acknowledge the experiences of others. RSVP to attend the next virtual session on Wednesday, March 23, from 12-1 p.m.
Are you looking for a way to further your knowledge and become an advocate for racial justice? Consider becoming an OMA ambassador. OMA ambassadors take part in activities, training, and presentations surrounding racial justice. They also work to inspire others on campus to make the same changes within their own communities. If you’d like more information on OMA ambassadorships, check out their web page or contact Destyni Davis at [email protected].
The OMA hosts many events that recognize a variety of cultural celebrations, and these events are open to all students. Upcoming events include Black History Month programs, a celebration of César E. Chávez’s legacy, and ongoing Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage festivities. Other events held throughout the year include Dia De Los Muertos, the Intercultural Student Reception, and many more.