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Office of Multicultural Student Success

About

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!

The Office of Multicultural Student Success seeks to cultivate belongingness, retention and persistence to graduation for students of color, students who demonstrate financial need, first-generation college students, undocumented immigrant students, and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. ​​
To envision and model strategies of naming, navigating, and resisting the structural systems of power, privilege, and oppression. 
To reimagine the DePaul experience for students in our target populations. ​

As ​a result of engaging with OMSS programs and services, students will be able to:

  1. Explain why / how historically marginalized social identities are an asset
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to identity-consciousness
  3. Articulate how social identity-based inequality influences their lived experience
  4. Describe the realities of various social identities and cultures
  5. Describe how social identities of historically marginalized groups influences personal and academic success
  6. Articulate which campus resources are relevant to their academic needs
  7. Articulate the transferable skills from their positional experience to post-graduate opportunities​​

OMSS offers job opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

Graduate Assistants (GAs): OMSS offers three graduate assistantships for students pursuing their graduate degrees at DePaul University. From assisting 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:

  • Cultural and Resource Centers Operations
  • Marketing and Digital Communication
  • Providing Access through Holistic Support (PATHS)
  • Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS)
  • Undocumented Student Support

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

Programs & Services

Contact

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

Staff

Cory Barnes
Cory Barnes
Kimberly Everett, PhD
Kimberly Everett, PhD
Mark Anthony Florido
Mark Anthony Florido
Eva Long, MEd
Eva Long, MEd
Christopher Love, MA
Christopher Love, MA
Vanessa Martinez
Vanessa Martinez
Yessenia Mejia, MEd
Yessenia Mejia, MEd
Michael Riley, MS
Michael Riley, MS