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Mission and Goals

Mission

The mission of the Multicultural Programs office (OMP) is to foster and maintain a distinctive, compelling student experience that promotes leadership in creating an inclusive environment and the deep appreciation, education, and celebration of diverse cultures.

Vision

Multicultural Programs will act as a hub for diversity and inclusion with a focus on supporting underrepresented student populations, increasing the participation amongst all students, and creating avenues of leadership that will increase the representation among our student body.

Leadership

  • The OMP will aid students to develop, practice, and apply leadership skills. (Strategic Plan Objective 4.4)
  • The OMP will provide direct mentorship and professional mentorship for student body. (Strategic Plan Objective 4.8)
  • OMP group leaders will have intentional context-focused biweekly mentorship and yearly training. (Strategic Plan Objective 4.4)

Education

  • Valparaiso University students will enhance their understanding of educational content surrounding racial reconciliation, privilege, social justice, and advocacy. (Strategic Plan Objective 1.4)
  • Valparaiso University students will be given the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural dialogue. (Strategic Plan Objective 1.8)

Celebration

  • Valparaiso University will assist students in hosting relevant cultural celebrations. (Strategic Plan Objective 1.4)
  • Valparaiso University will host speakers and lecture series to continue the cultural matriculation and growth of its student body. (Strategic Plan Objective 1.8)

Retention

  • The OMP will provide students with the opportunity to connect with tutors in an appropriate atmosphere for studying.
  • The OMP will connect to underrepresented and at-risk students with academic support structures.
  • The OMP will create and maintain a system to check student progress and equip students with an academic plan when needed.