Syracuse UniversityOffice of Multicultural Affairs

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Annual Events

OMA Open House

During Syracuse Welcome in the fall and early January, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) holds an open house for all students, especially for students of color, and their families to become acquainted with the office and its programs and meet the OMA staff.

Cultural Centers Welcome

The Cultural Centers’ Welcome, which is part of Syracuse University Welcome programming, includes representatives from OMA as well as the Disability Cultural Center, the LGBT Resource Center, and Slutzker Center for International Services. The participation of each of these departments in the event demonstrates the interconnectedness of the University’s Cultural Centers and show our investment in caring for, understanding, and connecting with all SU students.

This is event is not only great for students and parents, but also for new staff and faculty to meet each other and for each office to share new developments and programs happening in the upcoming year.

WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

This is a formal ceremony honoring WellsLink Scholars from the previous year who have successfully transitioned to their second year at Syracuse University. Academic Achievement Awards and Leadership Capital Certificates are presented and transitioning students receive stoles to symbolize their achievement. Nationally- and globally-recognized speakers are invited to this event.

Multicultural Family Affairs Reception

Saturday, September 26, 2015in Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge

Join us for an evening of celebrating the long histories of diverse communities at Syracuse University and meet faculty, staff and students as well! For more information, contact Marissa L. Willingham in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at mlwill07@syr.edu or 315-443-9676. Dinner will be provided.

Multicultural Spring Program

OMA works in collaboration with the Office of Admissions to welcome admitted students of color to campus as they decide where to spend their undergraduate years. OMA recruits and trains students to serve as ambassadors and hosts for prospective students.

Annual OMA Mixer

OMA started the Mixer back in 2008.  During the semester, students of color do not have the opportunity to interact with our faculty and staff outside of the classroom. The Mixer is an opportunity for students to meet staff and faculty and share contact information.   

Multicultural Graduation Reception

The Multicultural Graduation Reception takes place on commencement day each spring. The SU community, along with families and friends, gather to celebrate the completion of degrees by our students of color.

End of Year Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) holds an annual End of the Year Celebration at the end of the Spring semester for all students involved in OMA Programs held at Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. OMA staff will take the opportunity to honor high-achieving students who were actively engaged in OMA programs and other programs on campus and in the community.