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Office of Multicultural Affairs

Fall 2020 Updates

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) department is open to in-person traffic from 8:00am - 4:30pm. OMA will be open for students to use throughout the day and will be staffed. Unfortunately, student use will only be allowed until 4:30pm this semester.

We, as an office, are implementing necessary protocols and procedures to ensure that our spaces remain safe for students to use. This includes delaying some of our Cultural Center openings.  Please refer to the video and FAQ's section below to better understand what OMA is doing to keep our spaces sanitized and clean, as well as to see when Cultural Centers will be opening.

COVID-19 FAQs for OMA 

The OMA Office is taking necessary precautions to ensure that our spaces are as safe as possible.  We have implemented health and safety protocols for all of our open spaces.  

COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures in OMA Spaces
- Campus-wide mask requirement
- Mandated sign-in in all OMA spaces
- Max capacity in each room
- One-way traffic
- Plexiglass
- Furniture placement and rules
- Hand-washing requirement to use appliances
- Disinfecting expectations for individuals who use OMA space
- Disinfecting procedures that the OMA team will be doing throughout the day (bi-hourly)

The OMA Main Office and all open Cultural Centers are cleaned every two hours.  An OMA staff or intern will be doing the cleaning.  These cleaning times are 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm.

Some of the Cultural Centers we oversee have delayed openings.  Please refer to the information below to see when certain OMA spaces are open.  

OMA Spaces Opening Status
Main Office (Centennial 1106): Open as of the first day of classes
Black Cultural Center (Centennial 1931): Delayed opening until Tuesday, September 8th
Inter-Tribal Learning Center (Hibbard 150): Delayed opening until Tuesday, September 8th
Latinx Cultural Center (Hibbard 801): Delayed opening until Monday, September 14th
Critical Hmong Studies Resource Center (Vicki Lord Larson 2138): Open as of the first day of classes

OMA spaces include the Main Office, and four Cultural Centers.  Please refer to the information below to see what the maximum capacity are in each space.  We expect all students, staff, and faculty to abide by these guidelines.  

Within the Main Office there are four primary areas students may utilize. Please see the maximum capacity of each space below:
Resource Center (Centennial 1108): 12
Conference Room (Centennial 1102): 3
Workspace (Centennial 1112): 8
Lobby (Centennial 1106): 1
Organization Offices (Centennial 1106): 2 people per office

There are also four Cultural Centers across campus that students may utilize. Please see the maximum capacity for each space below:
Black Cultural Center (Centennial 1931): 12
Inter-Tribal Learning Center (Hibbard 150):7
Latinx Cultural Center (Hibbard 801): 13
Critical Hmong Resource Center(Vicki Lord Larson 2138): 11

Yes, Student Organizations will still be permitted to meet in all OMA Spaces, that includes the Main Office (CENT1106) and Cultural Centers. However, Student Organizations must reserve the space and follow social distancing and sanitizing protocols.

To reserve the Main Office and Cultural Centers please refer to the instructions below.
Main Office:  Reserve at the OMA front desk (CENT1106)
Black Cultural Center:  Email Michael Thomas at thomamic@uwec.edu
Inter-Tribal Learning Center: Email Dr. Heather Ann Moody at moodyha@uwec.edu or Maggie Jensen at jensemar@uwec.edu
Latinx Cultural Center: Email Diana Zarate at zaratedm@uwec.edu
Critical Hmong Studies Resource Center: Email Charles Vue at vuecc@uwec.edu

In the event a space needs to be temporarily rearranged please notify the OMA coordinator that oversees the space. The space can be rearranged for meetings and special events. Social Distancing protocol of 6 feet distract must still take place, as well as disinfecting the area after any event.

Contact information for rearranging spaces:
Resource Center:  Contact Dua Ci Khang at khangd@uwec.edu
Black Cultural Center:  Contact Michael Thomas at thomamic@uwec.edu
Inter-Tribal Learning Center:  Contact Maggie Jensen at jensemar@uwec.edu
Latinx Cultural Center:  Contact Diana Zarate at zaratedm@uwec.edu
Critical Hmong Studies Resource Center:  Contact Charles Vue at vuecc@uwec.edu

 

We will also reach out to all individuals who were in the space during the time the infected individual was there to remain transparent.  OMA will be utilizing contact tracing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. We will work with UW-Eau Claire and/or the Eau Claire City-County Health Department to conduct contact tracing.  Contact tracing will be done through UW-Eau Claire and/or the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and not our office. 

If there is a confirmed community spread in the OMA spaces, the office will shut down in-person traffic and move online until individuals have been tested and spaces have been thoroughly sanitized.  Once it is determined that it is safe to re-open a space, OMA will let students, staff, and faculty know. If there is not community spread confirmed the OMA spaces, the office will continue to be open to in-person traffic but will ask students to monitor their symptoms. 

Contact Tracing is the process of logging a person’s utilization of a space so they may be identified in the event they or a person they may have encountered, tests positive for COVID 19. This process helps minimize the spread of COVID-19.

OMA is assisting in contact tracing through offering our daily log-in data to the University. There will be a Blugold card swipe machine in the OMA Main Office (CENT1106) and sign-in sheets in all open Cultural Centers that will track sign in for our spaces. All individuals who utilize the Main Office and Cultural Centers must swipe-in or sign-in.

Contact tracing information will only be used in the event there is a positive case of COVID-19 in the OMA Main Office or Cultural Centers. This information will not be used to track students for any other purpose.

OMA Welcomes Your Feedback
Use this survey to express any concerns or ask any questions regarding our COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures.  We are here to make the space as safe possible for students, your health and safety are our priority.  

For more University-Wide information regarding COVID-19, refer to the links below:
Link to University COVID updates webpage: https://www.uwec.edu/coronavirus-updates/
Link to Blugold Flight Plan https://www.uwec.edu/about/blugold-flight-plan/

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