Office of Multicultural Affairs


Welcome to the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Dr. James Manseau Sauceda

Dr. James Manseau Sauceda

From the Director's Desk:

Almost a quarter of a century ago, our campus made an extraordinary commitment to diversity by establishing the Multicultural Center (MCC). It has been my honor and positive opportunity to be its founding Director, and what I said at its opening ceremony still stands today:

The MCC is formed to create racial healing. The country has been jolted to awakening by a terrific and terrible fury. The Center will serve as a mobilizing site for positive action, for open conversations, and to form coalitions and solidarity for social justice.

We are all responsible for providing policies of healing, and we have to dare to be vulnerable, to reveal our authentic selves, and not hide behind the masks of fear and suspicion that divides us as a people.

The Daily Forty-Niner,
Tuesday, May 5, 1992

During the last few years, and under the bold and farseeing leadership of Dr. Carmen Taylor, Vice President of Student Affairs, the university has greatly expanded its ongoing commitment to diversity by creating a new unit, The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). In doing so, OMA is not only able to multiply the support, resources and services offered to students, but also broadens the alliances and coalitions with Academic Affairs.

Moreover, OMA is an organic element in President Jane Conoley's campus-wide "Inclusive Excellence Initiative." This comprehensive, long-term project builds bridges across all facets of university life, bringing together students, faculty and staff. Now, with the recent formation of the "President's Commission on Inclusive Excellence," and under the guidance of our new Provost, Dr. Brian Jersky, we are all ready to move forward; nourishing and connecting our campus in fresh and empowering ways.

OMA's professional staff includes Christian Lozano, Assistant Director, and a number of undergraduate and graduate student assistants and it is a singular privilege for me to have been appointed as its first Director. This new website is yet another open avenue for student dialogue and discussions. It invites us to "lean into the discomfort" and face, with honesty and justice, the often difficult and controversial issues of race, gender and cultural diversity.

Allow me to close this inaugural letter of welcome with a powerful and soul-stirring quote from our President, Jane Conoley:

If our students leave us understanding the realities of our densely interconnected and multicultural world, and feeling hopeful and prepared about their place in that world, we can savor the incalculable value of a degree from The BEACH.