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Office of Multicultural Student Success

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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!

Our Mission

The Office of Multicultural Student Success seeks to cultivate 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.

Our Vision

To be a model for strategies to name, navigate, and resist the impacts of historical, institutional, and structural systems of power, privilege, and oppression and reimagine the DePaul experience for students in our target population.

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.

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. ​

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:

  • 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:
    • 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

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

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