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Multicultural Student Support

The Office of Multicultural Student Success's (OMSS) approach to advancing the cause of marginalized group members at DePaul University is rooted in our belief that systems of privilege and oppression directly impact the lives of people in this community. In light of this, OMSS staff members promote the interests of underrepresented populations at multiple levels within the institution in order to initiate change and give voice to the issues and concerns of people that may not otherwise be acknowledged. OMSS also provides academic success information, developmental programs, and key staff contacts for first generation, low income students, or students of color to empower them to be their own advocates during a time of crisis.

The Office of Multicultural Student Success is organized around three key curricular areas: College Transitions, Academic Excellence and Leadership Development, and Post-College Success. OMSS also offers programs through four, identity-specific student centers (Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and LGBTQA), as well as intersectional programming and a resource for undocumented students at DePaul.

Please review programs listed below to learn more about each of our major initiatives. If you would like to contact us about any of these programs please email omss@depaul.edu or call 773-325-7325.

Study Jams

Study Jams promote an academic "Success Network" for our target population by providing direct academic support and assisting students in developing and refining success skills. Study Jams take place in the Cultural and Resource Centers located in O’Connell Hall in weeks 3-10 of each quarter.

Learn more about Study Jams. ​

Men of Color

The Men of Color Initiative at DePaul University (MOC@DPU) exists to provide opportunities for engagement that facilitate a sense of belonging, persistence to graduation, and readiness for life after college with a particular emphasis on the intersection of race, gender and college success. The program is driven by male-identified African American/Black, Latinx, APIDA, Native American and/or Bi/Multiracial students together with campus and community partners to increase access and success for men of color at DePaul. The MOC@DPU strives to do the following:

  • To provide an inclusive and supportive space for growth.
  • To offer skills in academic and personal success.
  • To support members in the development of a network of educational and professional contacts.
  • To engage in social-cultural dialogue that will enhance their understanding of self and their relationship to different communities.

Learn more about Men of Color

PATHS

PATHS is a career-focused program offered to rising sophomores at DePaul University. All PATHS participants are provided the opportunity to engage with staff to have one-on-one conversations focused on career discernment; enroll in a two-credit career exploration and discernment course; attend career field trips; and receive weekly e-newsletters informing students about career exploration activities offered on campus. Participants will also have an opportunity to create a career portfolio.​

STARS - Students Together are Reaching Success

A Peer to Peer Mentoring Experience for freshmen and transfer students A one year mentoring program providing students with transformative learning experiences in the following areas: academic excellence, financial fitness, leadership development, emotional wellness, and social networking. We provide engagement opportunities that promote increased affinity and community development. These students also can give back to the community later on in their academic careers by serving as peer mentors to future DePaul students.

Learn more about STARS. ​

Scholarships

OMSS provides scholarships to facilitate the retention, persistence, and graduation of low-income DePaul students and to recognize academic excellence and a commitment to service among first-generation students, and students of color.

  • Financial Support: Scholarship awards are awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need.
  • Leadership Development: Encourages participation in existing OMSS programs and/or other leadership development opportunities.
  • Academic Support: Meetings with professional staff to assure good academic standing and progress toward degree completion.
  • Undocumented Students: Three-year renewable scholarships for continuing students with associated leadership curriculum and support services.

Academic Success Check-Ins

Academic success check-ins are geared towards maintaining a successful experience here at DePaul. Students can reach out to OMSS staff to schedule a check-in to discuss your grades, your student leadership involvement, your personal wellness and to give you strategies to assure academic success.

Each session is designed to talk about YOU and YOUR needs.​

Identity-specific Student Centers

OMSS offers students four identity-specific student centers: Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and LGBTQA. All of the centers are located on the third floor of the O'Connell building in Lincoln Park. The centers serve as a space for building community, sharing information, encouraging dialogue and supporting student retention and success.

Learn more about the Cultural and Resource Centers!