Programs and Services

The Mission

     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.

How We Help our Students Succeed:

  • 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. Connections Mentoring Program
  • Coordinating a Mentoring for Success Program that links professionals with students in their areas of interest
  • Developing and providing a "Welcoming and Inclusive Campus" session to new students, Diversity Workshops, and Safe Zone Ally Training
  • Planning the Annual Peace and Social Justice Symposium, an avenue for discussion and dialogue
  • Providing information and 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
  • Community Building: Maintaining the Gandhi-King Centers' offices as safe and welcoming spaces for its constituent groups and all members of the Valparaiso University
  • Providing Alumni speaker services: careers, mentoring, and networking opportunities




Gandhi-King Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, Harre Union, Suite 203
Phone: (219)-464-6769
Fax: (219)-464-6868
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