The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) Student Advisory Council is a standing council supporting the Office, comprised of students who represent the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools. The purpose of the Student Advisory Council is to:
Elevate important issues related to diversity and inclusion to the Office.
Develop new ways to engage and support students.
In consultation with the Director, interface with University leadership on a regular basis and promote collaboration.
Goals and Objectives
- Actively seek feedback from students of color and multicultural students and identify opportunities for collaboration with student organizations
- Support the Office in advocating for the concerns of OMSA student communities within the University administration and student body.
- Advise the Office in its pursuit of student development by providing feedback on programming (cultural, social, academic, and current events), engagement with the community (particularly students, faculty, and staff), and support services and resources.
- Provide feedback to the Office at regularly scheduled meetings on University-wide issues, including topics pertaining to the health and wellness, social, emotional, academic, and professional needs of OMSA students.
- Advocate for, stand in solidarity with, and support OMSA students during crises.
- Create forums and seek invitations for the student body to share experiences, concerns, and ideas related to diversity and inclusion.
- Identify university stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff, and engage with these partners to promote OMSA’s vision and objectives.
Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability
The Student Advisory Council will consist of 8-12 members who are expected to participate in all council meetings and contribute to standing committees (when created) and program planning. There will be 4 meetings per quarter.
Council members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the OMSA Director in advance. Members who miss more than 2 meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down in order to ensure continuity.
Each council member will serve for one academic year, with the opportunity to reapply. There are no term limits, as experience and familiarity with University structures are important assets. Returning applicants will be asked to reflect on their involvement over the past year of service, including attendance at meetings, active participation, and personal/professional growth. The OMSA staff will review written materials and make final decisions.