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Office of Multicultural Student Success

COVID-19 Message

Dear OMSS Community, 

The past 18 months has​​ brought about a lot of feelings of confusion and frustration. COVID-19's reach has impacted many, from canceled graduations, anti-Asian xenophobia and racism, the negative impact on the work force, and, sadly, many hospitalizations and deaths. During this time, OMSS strives to provide you with support. We do this through communicating clearly, sharing resources and attending to your holistic well-being.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can support you in any way. 

We see you. We hear you. We're here for you.

Be well,

The Office of Multicultural Student Success

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The Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) works to improve the retention and graduation rates of students of color and first-generation students, students who demonstrate financial need, undocumented students and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. The office facilitates opportunities for engagement, advocates for students on campus and is able to provide resources that aid in their successful progress through graduation. These resources include four identity-based student centers (LGBTQA, Black, Asian/Pacific-Islander/Desi-American (APIDA) and Latinx), intersectional identity programming, undocumented student resources, advising/counseling, career readiness/graduate school programming, first-generation college student support and scholarship information.

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.


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 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


​​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


Mariela Aranda
Mariela Aranda
Darryl Arrington
Darryl Arrington
Cory Barnes, MS
Cory Barnes, MS
Jane Baron, MEd
Jane Baron, MEd
Gustavo Licon , PhD
Gustavo Licon , PhD
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  • Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Success
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Vanessa Martinez
Vanessa Martinez
Michael Riley, MS
Michael Riley, MS