The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs seeks to educate and empower the campus community to create a more just world that values knowledge, inter-sectional inclusion, and equity. By partnering with offices and student groups across campus, the OMSA gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures to learn more about identity and the resources available to enhance their holistic development.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs facilitates and advocates for a more inclusive and equitable multicultural community by supporting the retention, graduation, and successful placement of students of color and advancing the conversation on diversity education for the Heidelberg community.
Key Initiatives and Signature Programs
Go DEIP: Go Diversity Equity and Inclusion Program
Go DEIP promotes co-curricular learning opportunities, courses, student organizations, and events that give students the opportunity to develop their intercultural knowledge and competence as defined by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. This includes cultural dinners, Latin American History, along with many other events.
R.I.S.E. Mentor Program
The Reaffirming Identity Through Scholarly Enrichment Mentoring Program provides support to first year domestic students of color (Asian, Hispanic, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial). Participants will be matched with a peer mentor, attend social and academic programming, have opportunities to attend off campus trips, and more!
The Ubuntu Black Cultural House was established in Fall 2017 and serves as a meeting and social space for African American students. The house offers living space to students who are passionate about providing social and educational programming, with a focus on the Black identity to the campus community. Ubuntu means, “I am; because of you.”
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union at Heidelberg University provides an opportunity for African Americans students and allies to establish a support network on campus. The organization provides social, cultural, and educational programs which are open to the campus community.
Berg Latinx Unidos
The group strives to create a space for Latinx and other supporting students to talk about issues that are unique to the Latinx community, to promote a presence of our culture on the campus through educational events and trips, and to make connections to one another and alumni for support.
Berg Equality is dedicated to promoting equal rights to all people, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, disability, or age. This group supports and works to create a safe campus environment for all students. This group is truly about promoting basic human rights to everyone.