Our office offers a variety of programs and services that support student academic success and enhance the college learning experience.
We invite you to join and participate in diverse extracurricular, co-curricular, and curricular programs that offer leadership opportunities, identity exploration, and development; promote multicultural education; enhance student retention; and provide venues for social action, service, and collaborative endeavors. In the process, you will meet caring and dedicated faculty and staff and develop special friendships with other students — “friends that will last a lifetime!” So come and be involved! OMP is the place to be!
Broaden your cultural perspective, enhance your leadership skills, and develop lifelong friendships by attending and participating in the many events sponsored by Multicultural Programs and Valpo’s multicultural student organizations. All events are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community.
What is it?
A student’s transition from high school to college can be overwhelming and stressful, especially if the student is the first in their family to attend college. The adjustment to campus culture can also become increasingly difficult for students of marginalized communities. To assist with the transition to VU, the OMP developed SMART Connections. SMART stands for: Student Mentoring And Retention Team. SMART Connections offers a peer-to-peer support system that eases the transition for new students. We pair them with upperclassmen students who have demonstrated an ability to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Through this program, students become acclimated with campus/community resources and attend workshops designed to develop leadership skills such as time management, study skills, and cultural competency.
Why should you participate?
Research shows that a student’s peer group is highly influential on growth and development during their undergraduate years. Through actively participating in mentoring programs such as SMART Connections, students are more likely to succeed in college. SMART Connections presents a peer group that is positioned to be encouraging, educational, and transformative in students’ lives.
Who can participate?
SMART Connections is open to any incoming freshman or transfer student who wants to gain a mentor or to any VU upperclassmen that would like to serve as a mentor or to any sophomore student looking for additional support systems. An application process is required for both Peer Mentees (available at Focus and during the fall semester) and Peer Mentors (available in the spring semester). The program strongly encourages first-generation college students to participate as it is geared to address many of the transitional issues that they experience.