Office of Multicultural Affairs

The University of Dayton is committed to creating an environment that embraces cultural diversity while focusing on the Marianist values of service, leadership and community. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in the division of Student Development, provides facilities and services to support the academic achievement, social and cultural engagement of multicultural students, and assists in enhancing the understanding that all UD students have of themselves and others through co-curricular experiences. Staff members in the Office of Multicultural Affairs collaborate with campus and community partners to provide a supportive community that promotes academic success.

Major programs and services offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA):

Academic Excellence - Support is offered to students through academic consultations, tutoring and workshops. OMA works in collaboration with other academic and student service offices to assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Cultural Programming - Offered by OMA and in collaboration with other departments supports the University of Dayton's academic mission by providing educational opportunities that assist students in understanding their cultural identity, as well as the experiences of others. Students can get involved with Culture Fest, Culture Heritage Month programmings recognized on campus and nationally, and the Intercultural Talent Showcase.

Leadership Development - A variety of leadership initiatives are offered, including the annual OMA Retreat, the Program to Engage and Exchange Resources for Students (PEERS) and the Colors of Leadership Conference. The leadership skills of students involved with multicultural student organizations are enhanced through group and individual meetings that occur on a monthly basis with student leaders involved with Kindred Presidents. 

Social Justice and Inclusion - OMA provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in critical dialogue around difference and social justice. Participants can attend presentations, brown bag discussions, mini-conferences and other events to gain skills and resources on how to lead and engage in difficult conversations. Students interested in actively promoting dialogue and/or facilitating workshops and conversations can participate in the Diversity Peer Educators (DPE) program to engage others in the community to serve as change agents.

Staff & Facility - Staff members who work with OMA are excellent resources. Stop by the office to speak to a staff member, to use the facility to study, to socialize or to attend an event. Ample study and programming space is available in OMA, which is located on the first floor of Alumni Hall. Contact OMA at 937-229-3634 or oma@udayton.edu to reserve a room or to inquire about after-hours access.