Programs and Services
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) is to promote the academic, personal, and social success of all students, particularly those from under-represented and historically marginalized populations.  In collaboration with the campus community and other offices, the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) accomplishes its mission through planning and coordinating a variety of support programs and services that support the holistic development of historically under-represented groups attending Valparaiso University. These extra-curricular, co-curricular, and curricular programs and services include:
  • Linking new, incoming freshmen students involved in the  S.T.A.R.S. Summer Bridge Program (Students Together Achieving Readiness & Success), with Peer Mentors and Faculty Mentors;
  • Coordinating awareness and educational programs  that promote inclusiveness, cross-cultural/intercultural  communication,  cultural competency, racial harmony, and identity exploration and development;
  • Monitoring of grades and implementation of strategies to support academic success and retention;
  • Providing general one-on-one student counseling and advising;
  • Connecting 1st year students to the campus through their involvement in the S.M.A.R.T. Scholars Mentoring Program;
  • Conducting Faculty & Peer Mentor/Mentee Training (S.T.A.R. S. & S.M.A.R.T. Programs);
  • Offering GS 200, 201, 202: Study Circles on Race Relations courses to improve human relations; (in sequence, fulfills three credit cultural diversity requirement);
  • Providing information & referral Services to support student success;
  • Leadership development  through OMP employment, planning committees, or organization advising and training;
  • Scholarships: Hearst, VUAA Book Assistance, Bill Marion 1st Generation College Student Scholarship;
  • National and regional conferences, social gatherings, field trips, and leadership retreats;
  • Providing leadership guidance, training and support to multicultural student organizations and affinity groups: Asian American Association (AAA), Alliance (GLBTQ),Black Student Organization (BSO), & Latinos In Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE)
  • Developing & providing Diversity Workshops & Safe Zone Ally Training;
  • Planning the Annual Peace & Social Justice Symposium, an avenue for discussion & dialogue;
  • Community Building: Maintaining the Gandhi-King Center’s offices as safe and welcoming spaces for its constituent groups and all members of the Valparaiso University.
  • Providing Alumni speaker services (careers, mentoring, networking opportunities)