The University of Chicago continually works to provide a safe and supportive environment for all community members. In recent years, we’ve shown our commitment to these principles through the investment of physical space and staff dedicated to facilitating campus awareness of cultural issues and education.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) at the University of Chicago
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) is to support the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA is located at 5710 South Woodlawn Avenue, a space that it shares with the Office of LGBTQ Student Life. 5710 is a student-centered space that offers study and meeting spaces for campus groups as well as for individual students. OMSA strives to foster cross-cultural dialogue through a variety of programs, including panel discussions, film screenings, and performances. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University are welcome to partner with OMSA in advancing its efforts to support students of color.
Office of LGBTQ Student Life
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Life is the hub for all LGBTQ student life at The University of Chicago. The Office serves LGBTQ students, questioning students, and allies in the College and graduate and professional schools, while recognizing multiple and intersecting identities, in order to create an inclusive and safe community. The Office provides educational, social, and professional opportunities and resources for all students in the university.
International House is situated in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world on the University of Chicago campus. Building on its historic and educational position, International House serves the Chicago community as a dynamic cultural center for programs of outstanding diversity and multiculturalism. The mission of International House is to promote cross-cultural understanding, mutual respect, and friendship among students and scholars through a wide array of programs and activities that enrich the student experience. These activities range from music and cultural performances to outreach programs with Chicago-area international organizations. They also include language exchanges, discussions, forums, and debates led by distinguished guest speakers.
In addition to OMSA, the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, and the International House, other offices and departments around campus serve to supplement the multicultural resources available to students. These include, but are not limited to, the following: