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The facts: The Office of Multicultural Development
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We have become aware of a lot of misinformation on campus about the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD), including fliers claiming that the OMD is closing.

Here are the facts: OMD services are being expanded as part of two new entities, The Multicultural Center and The Student Success Center. The development and staffing of these new Centers is still underway, and that’s why there has been no official announcement to campus (and no new web page yet!).

Be assured that the successful programs (multicultural student orientation, learning communities, Rethinking Race, peer mentoring, Black Male Summit, etc.) will continue to be available to our students. Many of these programs will be expanded in the 2013-14 academic year.

The Multicultural Center will focus on enriched programming for all minority groups; The Student Success Center will focus on academic support programs and services with a multicultural emphasis to strengthen student retention and success.

According to Lee Gill, associate vice president for inclusion and equity/chief diversity officer, “We are opening more doors of opportunity to make The Akron Experience one that fully embraces the spirit of Inclusive Excellence for the entire student body.”

And speaking of commitment to diversity, UA has been selected by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (Central Atlantic Affiliate) as the regional award recipient. This award allows us to compete on a national level for the 2013 Commitment to Diversity Award, recognizing the “range in diversity programming for residence hall students.”

Watch this space for more news about Inclusive Excellence and multicultural programming.
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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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