Frequently Asked Questions
What services and opportunities does the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs offer?
The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA) is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive environment on campus that complements the academic experience, connects and engages all students with the Ithaca College community, and provides opportunities for on-going personal and professional development. OSEMA consists of three main departments:
First-Year Experience focuses on a variety of programs that address the transitional needs of new and transfer students; that help students engage in curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Ithaca; and that lead students to discover what it means to be part of the Ithaca College community. Students engage both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of programs and opportunities including Summer Orientation, Jumpstart, Fall Welcome, First-Year Reading Initiative, and the First-Year Diversity Speaker.
Student Leadership and Involvement encompasses student organizations, community service initiatives, and opportunities for students to engage in leadership development opportunities. A strong emphasis is placed on providing quality co-curricular programming and experiential learning that assist students in developing skills applicable to their college experience and to citizenship in an ever-changing world. Programs such as Service Saturdays, Student Leadership Institute, and Leadership Retreats are just a few ways students can extend their educational experience outside the classroom.
Multicultural Affairs offers specific services to the African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) student population at Ithaca College. The department works with current students and maintains strong connections with Ithaca’s alumni community. These relationships enrich our mentoring program and networking events. Multicultural Affairs sponsors the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program, Ithaca Achievement Program (IAP), Martin Luther King Jr. Day efforts, cultural heritage month celebrations, and many student organizations that offer a support network to ALANA students.