The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to enhancing the academic, social, personal, and professional development of all students through programming, support and activities. OMA also offers a vibrant student focused center located on the 3rd floor of the University Center. Valuing diversity is an integral part of the college experience and the office works in partnership with faculty and staff to create an environment that:
Promotes diversity, pluralism, and inclusion within the UTC community
Offers interactive on and off-campus activities aimed at increasing cultural awareness
Provides the resources necessary for growth and advancement of minority students through leadership opportunities
Affirms the inclusion of underrepresented populations in the institutional community
Some of the items on our programming calendar include an International Festival, Black History Month celebrations, Hispanic Heritage celebrations, Native American Heritage celebrations, the International Student welcome reception, MLK Commemoration Breakfast, Alumni Legacy Luncheon, the Unity Conference, and monthly open mic Jazz and Poetry events.
In keeping with the guiding principles of the University, the office works in a partnership with faculty and staff to promote lifelong learning one student at a time. We frequently collaborate with other offices, organizations and departments to provide programming aimed at diverse groups of students. Some of these campus partners include the Women’s Center, The Office of Equity and Diversity, Foreign Languages departments, the Disability Resource Center, the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Black Student Alliance (BSA), the Littleton H. Mason Singers, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and the Placement and Student Employment Center. One such collaboration effort is the Safe Zone initiative which has been undertaken by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center. In all, we sponsored or co-sponsored over 40 programs last academic year.
The Multicultural Center provides a great space for programs and events, and is open daily for regular student use. Among the resources that we provide are a mini computer lab, a television with cable and video capability, a projector with screen, a comfortable lounge space with couches, tables and chairs, selected magazines, and a multicultural book and media library. Student groups and organizations are also able to use our facilities for their programming. In the past calendar year, usage of the Multicultural Center reached a record number of 5562 which is a 17% increase over the previous year. This number only reflects MCC usage, and does not include programs that the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsored outside of the Multicultural Center.