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OMA Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with OMA! See below for opportunities this semester, this summer, and next year. Please note that all have application/committment deadlines in the Spring 2018 semester. 

Opportunities for Spring 2018

Nominate a senior for an OMA Graduation Cord

Deadline: March 30, 5:00 p.m.

Presented by Multicultural Affairs, the OMA Graduation Cords are given to graduating seniors in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of General Studies who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.

Worn in the various graduation ceremonies, the graduation cords are also a powerful visual symbol of our new graduates’ ongoing commitment as alumni in continuing and sharing the office's mission of supporting personal development, advancing the strength within communities, acknowledging diversity in the different aspects of their lives, working toward social justice, honoring our different and intersecting legacies of struggle and survival, and building meaningful coalitions across different identities.

Visit our graduation programs page to learn more and submit your nomination. 

Participate in OMA Graduation Programs

Multicultural Affairs works in conjunction with a range of student organizations, alumni shared interest groups, and administrative offices to organize multicultural graduation ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students that have engaged in many areas of diversity at Columbia University. Graduation ceremonies are open to all undergraduate students from Columbia and Barnard. 

Visit our graduation programs page to learn more and submit your nomination. 

Opportunities for Summer 2018

Apply to be an International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) Coordinator [Paid with Summer Housing; All are welcome to apply]

Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 11:59 p.m.

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) summer coordinators are undergraduate students in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering who assist Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in welcoming first-year international undergraduate students to Columbia University. ISOP coordinators play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career. This position is open to domestic and international students. You must have a passion for intercultural learning and desire to help international students adjust to life on campus and in New York City.

Visit our ISOP Coordinator page to learn more and apply. 

Apply to be an International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) Head Orientation Leader and Orientation Leader

Deadline: Wednesday, February 7, 11:59 p.m.

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) head orientation leaders (head OLs) and orientation leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering who assist Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in welcoming first-year international undergraduate students to Columbia University. Leaders play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career.

A head OL is responsible for handling logistics of ISOP events, as well as managing social media for ISOP. A head OL does not have his/her own student group but supports OLs in their work. An OL is in charge of an OL group (8-10 international students) throughout the orientation program. The major responsibility of an OL is to support new students in his/her OL group. Both positions are open to domestic and international students. You must have a passion for intercultural learning and desire to help international students adjust to life on campus and in New York City. 

Visit our ISOP OL page to learn more and apply. 

Apply to be an Under1Roof Facilitator

Deadline: Friday, February 16, 11:59 p.m.

Multicultural Affairs is looking for dynamic student facilitators to help lead Under1Roof dialogues for incoming, first year students during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).

Under1Roof is a dialogue-based program that explores how we individually and collectively create an inclusive community at Columbia University. It provides the framework on how intergroup understanding, community building, and social responsibility are achieved through continual engagement and education about the different social identities we all bring to campus. It aims to begin a sustained dialogue that will last throughout students’ time at Columbia and beyond.

Visit our Under1Roof Facilitator page to learn more and apply.

Opportunities for Fall 2018

Apply to be a Columbia Mentoring Initiative Co-Chair [Paid]

Deadline: Wednesday, February 14, 11:59 p.m.

The OMA Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first year and trasnfer students with returning students (upperclass mentors), and all students with alumni. CMI provides students the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees" - Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, Indigeous, International, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and Mixed Heritage. Although participants will be asked to specify one family tree, we recognize the multiple identities of our students and provide opportunities for CMI participants to get involved in cross-cultural program-wide events. 

Family tree chairs are a select group of students who have been chosen through an application process to work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in coordinating the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI). Family tree chairs are primarily responsible for managing a group of around 20 mentors and mentees. Upon acceptance of a family tree chair position, a student must commit to fulfilling all of the responsibilities outlined below for the duration of a full academic year. To apply for a chair position, the applicant must have been active in the CMI program during the previous year, be an enrolled student in Columbia College (CC) or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Visit our Columbia Mentoring Initiative page to learn more and apply. 

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