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Throughout the year, the Office of Multicultural Development organizes events and activities that celebrate diversity in the greater society.  These inclusive events offer the chance to learn about various cultures and diversity issues as well as fellowship with others from the ONU and surrounding communities.

Opening the Way Multicultural Reception

Used as a formal introduction and welcome to the ONU community, this annual reception serves as a first opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds, both domestic and international, to meet other students as well as faculty and staff members of the ONU community.  Students will have a chance to meet the President of ONU, and learn more about the Office of Multicultural Development and the Multicultural Center.  Students will also have a chance to learn about each of the OMD organizations and how they can get involved.  All Dimension Award Scholars are required to attend this event. 

Annual OMD Holiday Celebration

This event is designed to educate those from diverse backgrounds about the traditional primary holiday season. Activities include decorating a “tree”, a White Elephant gift exchange, and a gingerbread house contest.  We also celebration the traditions of other cultures and learn about our differences and similarities.  This celebration also offers all who attend a time to reflect about what they are thankful for.  All are welcome to attend.

Cultural Conversation Hour

The purpose of this conversation series is to allow participants the opportunity to critically discuss and analyze ideas of multiculturalism and diversity in greater society, usually related to a current event or topic. Participants are free to express their opinions in a “safe environment” where judgment is not the encouraged.  The monthly discussion is facilitated by different presenters including the Director of Multicultural Development, the International Services Coordinator, ONU students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community.   

Kuumba Festival

“Kuumba” is a word from the Swahili language that means “creativity.” This annual festival is usually held during Black History Month. It is designed to showcase the talent of ONU, and welcomes the creative talent and expression of all, regardless of ethnic background or culture.

Transitions: Rites of Passage Ceremony

This is a time of celebration! The purpose of the Opening the Way Multicultural Reception is to welcome our incoming Dimension Award Scholars, international and multicultural students to campus so it is only fitting that we celebrate our students' transition to the next season in their lives.  This is an event to honor all of our graduating multicultural students and Dimension Award Scholars, and to congratulate them on a job well done.  

We encourage you attend an event, host a presentation, or propose an idea!  Multicultural Development Event Requisition