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Multicultural Affairs Goal:
To foster a mutually respectful and inclusive community which transforms ideas and perspectives to advocate for social change and justice.
Learning outcomes for OMA co-curricular/curriculum related programs and initiatives are:
Premise and Promise:
- Students will learn skills and tools to acknowledge their own biases, stereotypes, prejudices, internalized oppression and collusion with the oppression of others and be willing to engage in ongoing work to challenge and reduce them.
- Students will take responsibilities for concerning and learning about “others” by learning how to hold safe dialogues.
- Students will learn to break down barriers that divide people.
- Students will develop a sense of urgency around these issues and being visible advocate for inclusion.
College students are our nation’s present and future leaders and fate of multicultural relations rests in their minds and hearts. Therefore, college students need to be sensitized to the experiences of diverse groups, as future decision makers, they are expected to make fair judgments in improving the quality of life for the entire nation and current community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, faith, nationality or sexual orientation.
OMA programming and initiatives premise is that conflict exists among people from different backgrounds. By direct exposure of participants to such differences and offering them opportunities to learn and work together, greater acceptance may be promoted through better understanding of people’s beliefs, traditions and behavior.