Office of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso University

Office of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso University Home of Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition (AAPIC), Alliance, Black Student Organization (BSO), LatinX in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE), Male Empowerment Network (MEN), SMART Connections (SMART), and Women of Worth (WOW).

Get connected with us! Our office offers a variety of programs and services that support student academic success and that enhance the college learning experience. We invite you to join and to participate in diverse extracurricular and co-curricular programs that offer leadership opportunities, promote multicultural education, enhance student retention, and provide venues for social action, service, and collaborative endeavors. In the process, you will meet caring and dedicated faculty/staff and develop special friendships with other students... "Friends that will last a lifetime!" So come and be involved! OMP is the place to be!

Operating as usual

For today’s self-care event, we encourage you to listen to an uplifting playlist! If you need help finding one, click th...
12/23/2020

For today’s self-care event, we encourage you to listen to an uplifting playlist! If you need help finding one, click the link in our bio to find the playlist made by the staff here at the GKC!

Happy Holidays from the Office of Multicultural Programs! Please note that the university will be closed through January...
12/21/2020

Happy Holidays from the Office of Multicultural Programs! Please note that the university will be closed through January 3.

Our final LinkedIn Learning course recommendation is Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences. Enjoy all that L...
12/17/2020

Our final LinkedIn Learning course recommendation is Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences. Enjoy all that LinkedIn Learning has to offer with your free student access!

A fitting LinkedIn Learning course for 2020: Inclusion During Difficult Times. Let us know if you’ve found any other goo...
12/16/2020

A fitting LinkedIn Learning course for 2020: Inclusion During Difficult Times. Let us know if you’ve found any other good courses in the comments!! ⬇️⬇️

Today’s LinkedIn Learning Course recommendation: What is Inclusive Mindset? View yesterday’s post for information on set...
12/15/2020

Today’s LinkedIn Learning Course recommendation: What is Inclusive Mindset? View yesterday’s post for information on setting up your LinkedIn Learning account so you can start learning! 🧠🙇‍♂️

Through your Valparaiso University account, you have free access to thousands of incredible courses on LinkedIn Learning...
12/14/2020

Through your Valparaiso University account, you have free access to thousands of incredible courses on LinkedIn Learning! Follow along this week as we share course recommendations focused on diversity, allyship, and inclusive leadership.

This week’s self-care event is all about meditation!! Practicing meditation can improve health and relieve stress! Click...
12/09/2020

This week’s self-care event is all about meditation!! Practicing meditation can improve health and relieve stress! Click the link in our bio to access free guided meditations!

Get to know the Office of Multicultural Programs staff! Visit the “Meet the Staff” highlight in our Instagram bio to lea...
12/04/2020

Get to know the Office of Multicultural Programs staff! Visit the “Meet the Staff” highlight in our Instagram bio to learn more about our students and staff working in the Gandhi-King Center.

Today is the first day of the Gandhi-King Center self-care campaign! As part of this campaign, we will be posting weekly...
12/02/2020

Today is the first day of the Gandhi-King Center self-care campaign! As part of this campaign, we will be posting weekly self-care events that you can do at home, to promote self-care and overall wellbeing!

Today is the first day of the Gandhi-King Center self-care campaign! As part of this campaign, we will be posting weekly...
12/02/2020

Today is the first day of the Gandhi-King Center self-care campaign! As part of this campaign, we will be posting weekly self-care events that you can do at home, to promote self-care and overall wellbeing! Clink the link in the bio for the recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Office of Multicultural Programs!
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Office of Multicultural Programs!

Did you know that it's Transgender Awareness Week? See below for more information from Alliance about history, facts, an...
11/16/2020

Did you know that it's Transgender Awareness Week? See below for more information from Alliance about history, facts, and statistics regarding the trans community!

11/13-11/19 is Transgender Awareness Week! This is a week where transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. Some ways to be a great ally is to ask for people’s pronouns (do not make any assumptions!), respect the name the trans person is currently using, be careful to not “out” someone, respect the terminology a trans person uses to describe their identity, be patient with a person who is questioning or exploring their gender identity, and understand that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to transition: it’s different for every person! This information is from glaad.org. Visit this website for more tips on being an awesome ally. We love our trans friends 💙💖🤍

Learn about various cultures and environments that make an impact on receiving an education in this virtual simulation c...
11/12/2020
Refugee Walkthrough Intro

Learn about various cultures and environments that make an impact on receiving an education in this virtual simulation created by International Law and Customs students. The simulations follow a young girl living in a warzone and how she navigates a day in her new life. Participants will be asked to make several decisions that will impact how their day goes and what they learn.

View the first video in the simulation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEV6nq2Q6Fs&authuser=0

This is the first clip for the interactive Refuee Walkthrough! You get to decide your experience as a young girl being interviewed about her life in a refuge...

11/04/2020

The OMP is hosting a pop up Snack 'n Chat tomorrow at 6p in the GKC. We hope to see you there.

The election is tomorrow! Make sure you know your rights as a voter before you head to the polls. All information in thi...
11/02/2020

The election is tomorrow! Make sure you know your rights as a voter before you head to the polls. All information in this post is from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Do you have a voting plan, or did you already vote? Let us know in the comments!

Counselors for Social Justice will be hosting a viewing and discussion of 13th this Thursday, November 5 from 7:30-9:30 ...
11/02/2020

Counselors for Social Justice will be hosting a viewing and discussion of 13th this Thursday, November 5 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The event is CORE lab approved.

Ava DuVernay's film 13th explores themes of racial injustices, dating back from the 13th Amendment to today’s prison system. DuVernay discusses how the prison system disproportionately incarcerates black men. The historical components of discrimination are explored through a wide range of interviewees and statistics. Current movements call for equity and an end to systemic oppression. Following the film, the e-board of CSJ will facilitate a discussion on reactions and viewpoints.

Happy Halloween! We had a great time painting pumpkins and watching spooky movies yesterday afternoon in the Gandhi-King...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! We had a great time painting pumpkins and watching spooky movies yesterday afternoon in the Gandhi-King Center. Thank you to everyone who came!

We're getting into the Halloween spirit in the Gandhi-King Center today along with Valpo Abroad and Valpo International ...
10/30/2020

We're getting into the Halloween spirit in the Gandhi-King Center today along with Valpo Abroad and Valpo International Students & Scholars!

Join us to paint pumpkins today in the GKC until 4:00!

Sometimes you have to take a break and let your mind relax. We did just that at our canvas painting event this evening. ...
10/30/2020

Sometimes you have to take a break and let your mind relax. We did just that at our canvas painting event this evening. Thanks to @wonderfullymade4you for helping us with our creations! This event was just what we needed this week. #stressrelief #canvaspainting #autumnisintheair🍁🍂

Join Valpo IHL this evening for a CORE-approved viewing and discussion of “He Named Me Malala” at 7:00 in Neils 234 🎬🗣
10/27/2020

Join Valpo IHL this evening for a CORE-approved viewing and discussion of “He Named Me Malala” at 7:00 in Neils 234 🎬🗣

Students, are you looking for classes to take in the spring semester? Consider HIST 492 AX/THEO 329 BX/CC 300 DX, ENGL 3...
10/26/2020

Students, are you looking for classes to take in the spring semester? Consider HIST 492 AX/THEO 329 BX/CC 300 DX, ENGL 325, ENGL 200 B, Art/Comm 290 BX and ENGL 360/590!

Join us next Friday in the Gandhi-King Center for a pumpkin painting Halloween celebration! 🎃👻🍬
10/23/2020

Join us next Friday in the Gandhi-King Center for a pumpkin painting Halloween celebration! 🎃👻🍬

Interested in learning about the consequences of war and how education of children is influenced? Come join us on Tuesda...
10/23/2020

Interested in learning about the consequences of war and how education of children is influenced? Come join us on Tuesday, October 27 starting at 7 pm to watch the film He Named Me Malala.

With any questions, email [email protected].

Happy International Pronouns Day! Help make VU a more inclusive space by introducing yourself with pronouns, asking othe...
10/21/2020

Happy International Pronouns Day! Help make VU a more inclusive space by introducing yourself with pronouns, asking others for theirs, and being sure to correct people when they use the wrong pronouns when referencing others. Stop by the OMP if you have any questions!

Today, October 21st, is International Pronouns Day! This day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Remember to introduce yourself with your pronouns and ask for other people’s pronouns- don’t assume! Respect people’s pronouns by using their pronouns that they identify with. And, don’t forget to practice using gender inclusive language! The information is from pronounsday.org and the graphic is from the Startup Champions Network.

Like the picture attached to this post and want to learn how to paint it? If so, join the OMP & the AARC for a guided ca...
10/21/2020

Like the picture attached to this post and want to learn how to paint it? If so, join the OMP & the AARC for a guided canvas night on Thursday, Oct. 29th 5p-7p in the Gandhi-King Center. Registration is limited to the first 20 to sign up! Please RSVP by 12p on the 28th so that we can reach out to the waiting list.
Aprons, paint supplies, and canvas will be supplied, we just need you to be there! Artistic talent is not required, we will have an artist working with us via Zoom to make sure we know what we're doing.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Access and Accommodations Resource Center in collaboration with Wonderfully Made4You, LLC.

Sign up here:
https://forms.gle/UmvUNSwLoQBuUMGP8

The election is less than two weeks away, and it impacts everyone - not just those who are registered to vote. Here are ...
10/21/2020

The election is less than two weeks away, and it impacts everyone - not just those who are registered to vote. Here are some ways to make a difference in 2020!

Please join the Gandhi-King Center in welcoming our newest edition to our staff team, Daniela Trajceski!  Daniela is fro...
10/20/2020

Please join the Gandhi-King Center in welcoming our newest edition to our staff team, Daniela Trajceski! Daniela is from Northwest Indiana and studied Social Work and Political Science as a student at Valpo. While at the university, she served as Vice President of the Student Social Work Organization, studied abroad in Ireland and Norway, and participated in SMART Connections as a mentee. She earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in Leadership and Development in Social Services and is excited to return to VU to support student organizations and programs that she benefitted from during her time. As a first-generation college student and the daughter of immigrants, Daniela is able to connect with a variety of students across the three offices in the Gandhi-King Center. We are so excited to have her work with our office, please stop by or send her an email when you have a chance!

The Counselors for Social Justice is hosting an event tonight discussing Social Justice in 2020 & the impact of politics...
10/17/2020

The Counselors for Social Justice is hosting an event tonight discussing Social Justice in 2020 & the impact of politics from 4-5:30pm. Consider attending if you are available, it will be held over Zoom!

Calling all first-generation students!! The OMP has a scholarship opportunity for you!Applications are due by 5p on Oct....
10/15/2020

Calling all first-generation students!! The OMP has a scholarship opportunity for you!
Applications are due by 5p on Oct. 30th!

Application link: https://forms.gle/5JKdnz7yCGbwaKVn6

It's not too late to get involved with "We Matter Week!" Today's opportunities: Privilege Walk @ 3p, West LawnYour Voice...
10/08/2020

It's not too late to get involved with "We Matter Week!" Today's opportunities:
Privilege Walk @ 3p, West Lawn
Your Voice. Your Vote. @ 5p, Community Room
Town Hall @ 7p, Ballrooms

The calendar is here! We Matter Week is filled with eye-opening events including educational, experience-based, or passive. Various campus organizations and greek life are hosting events during the week. Share with your friends and attend as many events as you can throughout the week. Looking forward to seeing you out there! Let’s change our environment together!❤️

Applications are now open for the Dr. Bill Marion First-Generation Scholarship! You are eligible to apply if you are a s...
10/05/2020

Applications are now open for the Dr. Bill Marion First-Generation Scholarship! You are eligible to apply if you are a sophomore, junior or senior first-generation student with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Apply here: https://forms.gle/T5H49ZEKNJb2HsZM9

Address

1509 Chapel Drive, Suite 203
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

Office of Multicultural Programs Harre Union, Suite 203, Located in The Gandhi-King Center for Diversity and Global Engagement 1509 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383 Byron Martin, Director [email protected] Monique Nunes, Assistant Director [email protected] Samuel Payan, Program Coordinator [email protected] Joanne Bowker, Administrative Assistant [email protected] Follow us on Twitter: @VU_OMP Instagram: @Valpo_OMP

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(219) 464-6769

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Be sure to tune in to AAPIC's general meeting tonight from 6-7pm on google meet! The link is down below. meet.google.com/juf-pnin-fcc Looking forward to seeing everyone!
DIY grilled cheese sandwiches in the OMP this afternoon! Take a sandwich break!
Cookies in the OMP! Come and enjoy! First come fist serve!
Relationships are a powerful tool for dealing with stress. Emily Sohn goes into depth on the power of healthy relationships and how they might just save your life.
The OMP will be paying for the first 20 people! Come and have with us on November 28th.