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About OMA

Leaders in diversity advocacy

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to provide quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for students of color. Through advising, advocacy, and outreach, OMA is dedicated to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus community that helps students excel individually and collectively. The OMA mission is accomplished by enhancing four core multicultural student values: Leadership development Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) Educational growth Personal growth

The OMA mission is accomplished by enhancing four core multicultural student values:
Leadership development
Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)
Educational growth
Personal growth

History of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The origins of the OMA office started on October 6, 1976 when the “Administrative Committee on Minority Services (ACMS),” met for the first time as a work group in the McIntyre Library to address the need to support multicultural students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

At that time, Veda Stone, Native American Coordinator and Alice Grant, Black American Program Coordinator, worked with this committee of eleven UWEC faculty and staff to discuss the needs of these student populations and to identify strategic priorities to support student of color at UW-Eau Claire.

In the summer of 1977, as a result of the ACMS work group, Mr. Andrew Pumphrey, Coordinator of Black American Students and Dr. Jane Wilson, Coordinator of American Indian Students were the first staff members of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office (AECO), which became an academic, social, and cultural center on campus for multicultural students. In that year, the office also included Greg Jones, Black American Assistant; Charity Thunder, American Indian Assistant; Mildred Woletz, secretary; and Debra Santineau, Work Study student employee. The office’s original charge was to support UW System’s goal to recruit traditionally underrepresented students of color to UW-Eau Claire.

In 1979, the AECO began to direct efforts and resources toward retention services, including advising, tutoring, and graduation initiatives for students of color.

In the Fall of 2005, the office was renamed the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

A History of Leadership
1977-1986:         Andrew Pumphrey, Coordinator
1988-2002:         Jim Vance, Director
2004-2016:         Dr. Jesse Dixon, Director
2017-2018:         Dr. Tamara Johnson, Director of OMA & Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
2018-Present:     Dang Yang, Director

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