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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

The Multicultural Family Affairs Reception is an annual event held during Family Weekend where families are welcomed by faculty, staff and students.  The evening highlight our communities' long history at Syracuse University. 

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.   

OMA End of Year Celebration

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. (CLOSED EVENT)


Indigenous Graduation Reception

The Native Student Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will host its 16th Annual Indigenous Graduation Reception for graduating students and their families on May 4 at 1-3pm in the Skybarn. This reception gives everyone an opportunity to welcome, recognize, and congratulate degree recipients. To rsvp, contact Regina A. Jones at

Multicultural Graduation Reception

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Office of Program Development will host its annual Multicultural Graduation Reception for graduating students and their families immediately following Commencement from 12-2pm in the Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge. This reception gives everyone an opportunity to welcome, recognize, and congratulate degree recipients. Come and enjoy a wide variety of delicious food, while listening to light entertainment and creating memories. The event is free!