Welcome! Bienvenidos! Bienvenue!
to SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs, also known as THE OMA
The mission of the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to create a campus environment where all students, staff and faculty feel welcome and included. We create networks of support for students, staff and faculty that provide opportunities for meaningful cross cultural interactions and learning experiences that promote respect for diversity. In addition, we work with student organizations to host cultural celebrations and activities that are educational and that work to enhance our students' abilities to succeed in a global community.
OMA is much more than a physical location on campus; it hosts a spirit of family support and unity among the SFA community. Those students who take advantage of the OMA resources will find mentors and lifelong friendships that will challenge and support their development as young adults. OMA hosts student organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Organization of Latin Americans (OLA), and Lumberjack Cultural Association (LCA), just to name a few. Many of the cultural events throughout SFA's campus are developed through the OMA. If you are willing to open your mind to other cultures, the OMA is the place for you!
We are located on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101. Our number is 936-468-1073. Don't forget to request to be our Facebook friend at OMA and follow us on Twitter @SFAOMA, so you can be kept in the loop about events and many more activities.
We have an overarching goal to provide a comfortable environment for all students, staff and faculty by providing tools and resources that maximize their Lumberjack experience. We accomplish this goal through two main programmatic sectors:
- Educational: We bring renowned speakers that lead conversations on multiple levels of diversity and social justice. Students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to gain an increased appreciation for diversity and develop their multicultural competence to succeed in a pluralistic society.
- Cultural: As an office, it is our responsibility to create a space for cultural expression. Students, staff and faculty who take advantage of our programs and resources will become exposed to a variety of cultures and communities hereby appreciating the beliefs, values, and worldviews of others.
- Focus on Identity and Culture: Concentration on specific targeted communities related to ability, status, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, native language, race, religion, sexual orientation, globalization, and socioeconomic background.
- Development of Cultural Competence: Address levels of understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and similarities as well as how one's culture influences one's point of view
- Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice: Programs celebrate difference and sameness, as well as advocates and brings awareness to social justice.