| Life at WSU | Student Services | Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) works with students to make a successful transition to college by enhancing their current knowledge and skills. We do this by focusing on the academic, personal, social, and financial adjustment to university. We take a comprehensive approach to increasing the effectiveness of first generation, low-income, and ALANA (African/Latino/Asian/Native – American) college students.
The OMA office hosts the following programs: Alternatives for Individual Development (A.I.D., which also supports the WSU Summer Bridge Program), The Upward Bound, “100 Males to College”, WSU Multicultural Programming and Third World Alliance (TWA, which is a WSU legacy ALANA student organization).
The OMA hosts other signature cultural programs including Latin Heritage, Black History, Courageous Conversations, Native American and Asian American, as well as the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast, and many other culture and diversity events and activities.
Vanessa Laracuente was one of 20 student leaders from around the United States to attend the Intercollegiate Diversity Congress Summit hosted by the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. She was selected because of her “tremendous background” in addressing problems with campus climate. “I was honored and felt very humbled to be chosen,” she says. The goal was for each participant to develop a project that would address forms of discrimination on their campus. She is planning to create a video with testimonies of at least 100 students “about their experiences and whether they've ever felt a time when they did not feel included” that aligns with President Barry Maloney’s Five Points of Action.