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Office of Multicultural Student Success

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The Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) is a key partner in DePaul University's efforts to admit, retain and successfully graduate low-income college students, first-generation college students and students of color. We offer numerous programs and involvement opportunities for students and their families, so please look around our site to see where you fit in! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us…we'd love to meet with you!

Our Mission

The Office of Multicultural Student Success seeks to cultivate success for students of color, low-income college students and first-generation college students through sustained developmental programming, financial resources and advocacy.

Our Vision

All students who engage in OMSS programs and services will graduate from DePaul as socially responsible leaders, prepared for career success or graduate school matriculation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who engage in OMSS programs and services will design personal financial plans that allow them to successfully manage their debt.
  • Students who engage in OMSS programs and services will demonstrate healthy decision-making related to effective self-care.
  • Students who engage in OMSS programs and services will identify and use relevant campus resources in order to navigate their academic experience.
  • Students who engage in OMSS programs and services will construct a career plan towards post-college career success.
  • Students who engage in OMSS programs and services will apply the concepts of Socially Responsible Leadership in order to challenge oppressive systems and behaviors, and work to create change.​

Job Opportunities

OMSS offers job opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Peer Mentors: STARS Peer Mentors are sophomore, junior and senior level students who are  partnered with freshmen who are first-generation, low-income or students of color for one full academic year. During that year, the mentor serves as a guide to assist their mentee in navigating the transition from high school to college at DePaul.


OMSS Interns: A capstone experience for upperclassmen, OMSS interns gain experience in managing program logistics and event planning. Qualified internship candidates are highly organized and detail-oriented. The internships support a variety of areas of interest and OMSS programs through the following positions:​

  • Empowerment and Student Success Intern
  • Logistics Intern
  • Front Desk Assistants - The  Front Desk Assistants serve as the first point of contact for visitors to the office and perform various tasks that demonstrate a commitment to customer service.

Applications for all undergraduate positions are available during the Winter or Spring Quarter.



Graduate Assistants (GAs): OMSS offers three graduate assistantships for students pursuing their graduate degrees at DePaul University. From assist​​​ing with program development to leading workshops, the Graduate Assistants (GAs) are paraprofessional staff with a high level of responsibility and autonomy. OMSS GAs support the following initiatives:

  • The Men of Color (MOC) Initiative
  • STARS Peer Mentoring Program
  • Graduate Initiatives

Applications for all graduate positions are available during the Spring Quarter.​

Request for Research

The Office of Multicultural Student Success values the opportunity to support graduate students and colleagues in their academic pursuits. Please consider the following when contacting our office with a research, assessment or survey proposal:

  • Send a plan with the focus of your study while being open to our suggestions for creating a mutually beneficial project. Plan must include:
    • The purpose/nature of your research or evaluation project
    • The project's connection to our office mission
    • A timeline for the entire project; please highlight data collection phase
    • Who will share findings and how will they be shared
  • Each year we are approached with several requests, and we accommodate requests​ on a first-come, first-served basis. We must consider the number of times our students are tapped into for external projects, in addition to our departmental projects.
  • In the spirit of collaboration, we will ask to receive any final reports or projects from the data received.
  • Include an approximate timeline of data collection needs. Due to the nature of our work, last minute requests can rarely be accommodated. Requests must be received at least 4 weeks before research commences.​

Programs & Services


Office of Multicultural Student Success
Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 North Sheffield, Suite 105
Chicago, IL 60614-3298
Phone: 773.325.7325
Fax: 773.325.7326 

Identity-specific Cultural and Resource Centers
Lincoln Park Campus,  O'Connell Building, 3rd Floor
1036 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773.325.7325

Email: omss@depaul.edu