The Office of 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. By focusing on the academic, personal, social, and financial adjustment to university we take a comprehensive approach to increasing the effectiveness and retention of first generation, low-income, and/or ALANA/BIPOC (African American, Latine, Asian and Native American / Black, Indigenous, People of Color) college and future college students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs’ mission is to increase the access, retention, and graduation of first generation, low-income, and/or ALANA/BIPOC (African American, Latine/x, Asian and Native American / Black, Indigenous, People of Color) current and future college students by enhancing students’ current knowledge and skills with a focus in academic, career, personal, social, and financial adjustment.
The OMA office hosts the following programs: Alternatives for Individual Development, the university’s summer bridge program; Upward Bound (UB) Program; Worcester’s 100 Males to College Collaborative; Intercultural Student Alliance (ISA), a legacy ALANA/BIPOC student organization; OMA/Vernon Hill Elementary Art Initiative; and the Worcester State University Multicultural Programming Committee. In addition, there are signature multicultural programs and activities. They include programs around Latin Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Additionally, the OMA is an integral part of the wider Worcester community. Worcester State’s capstone program, Courageous Conversations, is an event that brings local, national, and international scholars and campaigners for social justice to campus where they engage with Worcester State University students, faculty and staff, and the wider city community. Similarly, OMA hosts the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast. For a quarter century, this key program celebrating the community has been attended by local dignitaries, the Worcester community, Worcester community students, the Worcester State University staff, faculty, and students.
Director of Photography: Marrio Esco
Camera Operator: Anthony Marrero
Music Production: Chris Theodat
Sound Mixing and Score: Domingo Guyton
Editors: Domingo Guyton & James "Tre" Jackson III
News & Updates
Save the Date
OMA Brotherhood & Sisterhood Conference
March 25, 2023 from 9AM to 3PM
Worcester State University
468 Chandler Street
Worcester MA, 01602
You can learn more about this year’s conference here.
Have a question regarding the conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
Major Ellis Cropper ’96
Major Ellis Cropper ’96 was recently added to our WSU Alumni Board. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, A.I.D. and WSU Veterans’ Alumni. As a Worcester State AID student, he played varsity basketball, going all the way to the NCAA tournament, and was the first Black president of SGA in 1995.
Multicultural Wellness Center Newsletter – Black History Month Edition (by Nyia Anderson, ’20)
The Multicultural Wellness Center (MWC) is a Worcester-based non-profit mental health clinic with the mission of providing services to diverse communities.
An Open Letter of Support to Our Colleagues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The Worcester State University-Multicultural Programming Committee stands in solidarity with our colleagues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs).
Manasseh Konadu will be Worcester State University's first student to graduate under the 3+3 articulation agreement with the UMASS Dartmouth School of Law. This 2019 AID alumni graduated this past May 2022 with his juris doctorate. He will be practicing law in the windy city of Chicago, IL. In 2019, over 67% of the graduating class pursued a postgraduate degree.