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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.
Unite for Awareness Week
The purpose of Unite for Awareness Week is to raise the campus’ and surround communities’ awareness about issues of diversity and multiculturalism that are pertinent to our local, national, and global communities. During this week various student organizations as well as the Office of Multicultural Development host a variety of programming options that seek to educate, involve, and celebrate the atmosphere of diversity that is present on our campus and among our students, faculty, and staff. We invite you to celebrate with us this week and beyond!
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” 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.
We encourage you attend an event, host a presentation, or propose an idea! You can stay abreast of upcoming events by visiting the OMD calendar: