Mission, Vision, & Goals

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On behalf of the Campus and Student Affairs, OMSA's mission is to provide leadership in developing, implementing, coordinating and operating student support services, events and activities that are designed to assist underrepresented students' personal development, academic achievement, and graduation.


The Office of Minority Student Affairs will be a campus leader and national model for providing exceptional academic support and retention services to American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students.


  • Assist the campus with outreach, recruitment, and yield of U.S. historically underrepresented minorities (URMs) (i.e., American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).
  • Assist with students' adjustment to campus by coordinating guidance and counseling support among other campus units, such as Student Affairs departments, colleges and the many academic departments;
  • Assist campus units and student organizations with the creation of environments and programs to support and bolster minority students' success and continuation at the University.
  • Assist academic units in monitoring the progress of students and make appropriate referrals to campus units, employers, and graduate/professional schools.
  • Promote and develop educational opportunities and enrichment activities to help facilitate the educational and personal growth of student participants through organized activities and collaborative efforts with Student Affairs departments and other campus units.

Examples of services and benefits

  • Academic excellence scholarships
  • Academic mentoring and coaching
  • Academic skills building workshops
  • Academic Resources Seminar for Success
  • Advocacy
  • Annual Scholastic Awards Ceremony
  • Referrals
  • Study Abroad workshops and limited grants
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Tutoring