The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Marietta College provides a broad range of programs and opportunities to enhance the student cultural experience. Dedicated to positively influencing students, the staff develops and supports activities that increase awareness of cultural difference by educating the campus and local community with the histories of African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Asian American, and Native American cultures.

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The primary goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to provide program services and activities that encourage and assist students in making successful academic and social adjustments to life at Marietta. To accomplish this goal, the OMA strives to create an environment where all members of the College community learn to appreciate the value of diversity.

To assure that we meet Marietta’s goal of promoting diversity and preparing all students to be successful in life after college, all OMA programs are open to all members of the Marietta College community- students, staff and faculty. Organizations sponsored by the OMA include: the Charles Sumer Harrison Organization, which is a diversity organization that sponsors activities and community events for campus (Find Charles Harrison on Facebook); the Marietta College Dance Team, Diverse Dancers Rising (DDR) and the newly created Step Team, MC Essence Steppers, which perform during athletic, campus and community events in Marietta. The OMA also provides a bridge program called S.I.T.E. (Student Initiatives Towards Excelling) which helps students with their transition from high school to college. Once freshmen start classes they are encouraged to take part in the "Making the Grade" Mentoring Program. This program helps students get accustomed to the campus community through peer guidance, various information sessions and workshops. The office also works closely with International Affairs, Residence Life, and the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life amongst many others on campus. The OMA sponsors programs and events that give students, faculty and staff opportunities to explore different cultures and lifestyles, discuss current issues, and examine various beliefs and values.

Our challenge to you is to commit to becoming involved in life on campus and be an active part of the OMA. We trust that you will learn about yourself and others as your explore life at Marietta College. We are excited to get to know you and wish you the best upon your arrival. If you would like more information about the Office of Multicultural Affairs, please contact me at (740) 376-4464.

Thank you,

Anthony Jones
Director of Multicultural Affairs