Office of Multicultural Affairs
Ms. Sofia Bautista Pertuz, Assistant Dean/Director Office of Multicultural Affairs
McGinley Center, Room 215
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is a resource available to all students. We uphold the University’s mission to honor and revere the dignity and uniqueness of each person, in keeping with the Jesuit and Catholic fundamentals of faith, hope, and love. We foster and promote the formation of an inclusive campus culture and learning environment in which each member of the Fordham University family is welcomed and valued.
OMA has an open door policy and strive to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all community members. We proudly provide intentional support for underrepresented students on campus, be it by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, ability, or sexual identity. We promote the holistic development of the student and are available to discuss adjustment issues, personal concerns, campus leadership opportunities and program collaboration. We do our best to connect students with the appropriate resources to help them be successful at Fordham. There are several programs that are coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in which students can get involved. Below is a description of our major programs. We encourage students to get involved and contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs for additional information about any of our programs and services.
Sustained Dialogue Series
The Sustained Dialogue Series is an opportunity to bring together community members on a regular basis to engage in thoughtful and authentic exchange on a variety of topics in order to name and transform their world. In our dialogues we provide an open and inviting space for reflection and the enhancement of self-awareness, knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills. Dialogue literally means “through the word,” which is a great way to encourage intercultural exchange in order to bring about social change.
deeper dialogues Program
The Deeper Dialogues Program is a more intimate dialogue program open to only ten pre-registered student participants per section, focused on a variety of diversity topics, including affirmative action, colorism, education achievement gap, gender, spirituality, identity and White privlege. This small group meets for 3 consecutive weeks and get to know each other as they explore these topics and share their personal experiences.
Diversity Peer Leader Program
The Diversity Peer Leader Program (DPL) is a leadership opportunity for students designed to enhance and increase their knowledge and awareness on the many facets of diversity and social justice, and their impact on the Fordham community and beyond. These students are trained to engage the community in dialogue around a variety of topics on social justice and issues of oppression intended to encourage intercultural communication and exchange.
Multicultural Action Council
The Office of Multicultural Affairs brings together student leaders from Fordham University’s cultural and social justice focused student clubs and organizations to form the Multicultural Action Council (MAC). The MAC is a space that fosters community building and collaboration. MAC is also a vehicle to demonstrate unity and cohesionamong underrepresented groups on campus. Not only does MAC provide a bridge between organizations, but it also creates a direct line of communication between students and administration.
Education and Training Resources
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a resource available to all members of the Fordham University community and creatively collaborates with various offices and departments to develop programs and training sessions designed to enhance student learning opportunities and cross-cultural communication. These include student leaders, Residential Life staff, Orientation Leaders, Urban Plunge Assistants, and staff development trainings. We encourage the campus community to take advantage of the many books, videos and training materials we have available our offices as a multicultural resources.
LGBT and Ally Network of Support
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Ally Network of Support is a network open to all Fordham University community members who would like to demonstrate their active commitment to creating a campus environment that is open and welcoming to LGBT students and their allies, in keeping with the Jesuit tenet of Cura Personalis (care for the whole person) and the explicit Catholic teaching that all persons should be treated with dignity and respect. To join the network, Fordham community members register and attend a training program facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. These training programs are offered at both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center during fall and spring.
Edited August 2013.