Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) strives to recruit and retain underrepresented students, English Language Learners, and undocumented students through completion of their academic goals. OMSA’s services are available to all students, but is a critical support system for African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and other diverse populations. OMSA provides direct student support services and coordinates programming to promote seamless integration into the college environment.

Mission & Vision Statement

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) provides outreach, academic guidance, personal support, cultural resources, and leadership opportunities to enhance the educational experience and facilitate the academic and personal growth of underrepresented students.

OMSA's vision is to increase enrollment and ensure optimal academic success, retention, and graduation of underrepresented groups. OMSA supports diversity initiatives to enhance the college community in creating a diverse, culturally inclusive environment.

The goals of OMSA are to:

  • Provide academic advising to underrepresented groups in an effort to provide a clearer pathway to completion.
  • Increase access and opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue higher education.
  • Promote the development of academic, social, and leadership skills necessary for student success.
  • Facilitate successful transfer to a four-year institution.

Office Hours and Location

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is located across from the bookstore in A-1108 in the Campus Center, Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431.

Hours of operation:

  • Summer hours: 7:00am - 5:30pm, Monday thru Thursday
  • Fall and Spring hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday
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Programs and Services

Through our Programs and Services, OMSA strives to provide an inclusive environment that achieves the following objectives: -Provide optimal academic advising to underrepresented groups in an effort to provide a clearer pathway to completion. -Increase access and opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue higher education. -Promote the development of academic, social, and leadership skills necessary for student success. -Facilitate the successful transfer to a four-year institution or successful transition into the workplace.