Office of Multicultural Affairs
West Chester University
Sykes Student Union
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM
The Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a primary campus resource for information and materials regarding diversity, cultural sensitivity, and awareness. Through direct training and other programmatic activity, the OMA provides students and others an opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the value of diversity and multiculturalism within our community.
In collaboration with the Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) and other academic support offices, the Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates various academic support and educational skill-building workshops and opportunities such as tutoring, test-taking strategies, study skills, organization and time management.
The Office maintains and makes available resources on diversity and multiculturalism; as well as information on cultural programs, events and activities on campus and in the surrounding community. Other resources available include scholarships, job listings, graduate programs and volunteer opportunities.
The Leadership Development program provides students with opportunities to enhance their leadership skills through programs and activities such as leadership conferences, workshops, seminars, discussion series, etc. One such program is the Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat, which provides students with an opportunity to expand their understanding of leadership in a multicultural environment.
The following conferences serve to aid developing leaders:
Through sponsorship and collaboration with other campus offices and organizations, OMA offers opportunities for students to develop their various interests, learn about academic majors, and explore potential career options. Workshops help students learn about networking, social and professional etiquette, and other skills essential for academic and professional success. Students are also afforded the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen their interpersonal skills.
This program is designed to assist first-year students receiving the Board of Governors Scholarship in transitioning to the university and establishing a firm foundation for success throughout their undergraduate career and beyond. BOG scholarships are merit-based awards granted to incoming Pennsylvania residents who have demonstrated a potential for undergraduate success based on their high school academic record, class rank, admissions test scores, and diversity related activities.
An important component of OMA's mission is to foster unity among multicultural students and organizations. In an attempt to achieve such goal, the Multicultural Organizational Advisory Board (MOAB) was established and entrusted with the task of strengthening coordination among multicultural organizations in the areas of program planning, collaboration, communication, resource sharing and fostering unity in the midst of diversity.