About Us

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA ) is committed to building an inclusive campus that yields social harmony and learning vitality.  Through its comprehensive programs and services, OMA fosters an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups, and empowers students to be active learners.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs mission is to support efforts in recruiting and retaining diverse students; to educate, engage and empower all students to live in a multicultural world; and to advocate for a socially just campus environment.


By collaborating with campus and community partners, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will create an educational environment that cultivates the rich contributions of all cultures and also provides a place where students can achieve academic, social, and cultural success.

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Guiding Principles:

- Empower students to be active participants in the Grand Valley community.
- Promote academic, social, personal, cultural, leadership, and professional growth of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- Advocate for a campus climate that respects and appreciates the history, culture, and traditions of different ethnic groups.
- Stimulate and encourage opportunities for intentional intercultural dialogue and engagement among university members.
- Assist with efforts to promote access and equity in higher education through recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.
- Offer diversity and cultural learning opportunities to improve intercultural understanding and competency.
- Collaborate with the campus, as well as external communities to better fulfill the mission of OMA.

Contact Information and Mailing Address

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Drive, 1240 Kirkhof Center
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: (616) 331-2177 | Fax: (616) 331-3195
Email: oma@gvsu.edu | Directions and Campus Map

Fall 2014 Semester Hours

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Asian New Year Festival

Asian New Year Festival

January 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a spectacular festival that showcases the traditional Asian New Year celebration. The program highlights the richness and diversity of Asia and features Asian cuisine and traditional performances...

Fred Korematsu

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Presents: A Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu

January 30, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Fred T. Korematsu was one of many American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated during World War II. He is famous for defying the government’s order to report to an assembly center. ...

Documentary Film Hidden Colors

Black History Month Presents: Hidden Colors: Four Part Video Documentary and Discussion

February 2, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hidden Colors is a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe.  This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people...

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