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
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.
Bilingual Services & Cultural Reinforcement
- Academic Guidance and Referral Services
- Advocacy and Personal Support for Underrepresented Students
- Transfer Related Services & College Tours
- Mentoring Programs i.e. Brother2Brother (B2B), Male mentoring initiative; Peer Mentors
- Cultural Enrichment Activities
- Leadership Development Programs and Conferences
- Advising for English Language Learners
- Community and High School Presentations
- Resources for undocumented students
- Advising available in Spanish
Peer Mentors Program
Peer mentors serve as a resource and assist new students with first-year transitional issues by providing support in integrating students into the college community. Peer mentors are required to meet with their assigned mentees on a one-on-one basis and attend educational and leadership activities.
To be a peer mentor you must:
- Be currently enrolled at Joliet Junior College
- Have a 2.5 GPA
- Complete a comprehensive training program
- Be in good standing with the college
Compensation is $250.00 per semester.
Scholarships and Resources
Resources and Information for special populations:
- Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships
- Black Excel
- Congressional Black Caucus
- The Jackie Robinson Foundation
- Thurgood Marshall Scholarships
- United Negro College Fund
- Asian American Journalist Association
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation
- Japanese American Citizens League
- Japanese Government Scholarships
- Media Action Network for Asian Americans
Hispanic / Latinos
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- League of United Latin American Citizens
- State Farm Insurance Hispanic Scholarships
- Jimenez Scholarship for Immigrant Students
- The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Aspira of Illinois Puerto Rico Resurrection Project
- A Better Chance
- American Indian College Fund
- Association on American Indian Affairs
- Association of American Indian Physicians
- Cherokee Nation
- Indian Health Service
- Morris K. Udall Foundation
- Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
- Native American Journalists Association
- Self Determination Assistance