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Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention

Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention

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OMSAR's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


As of March 16, 2020, the physical spaces within Ohio University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion will close until further notice. This includes the Office for Multicultural Student Access & Retention (OMSAR). We can be reached via email at diversity@ohio.edu during normal operating hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Additionally, our phones will continue to be answered during business hours by Ms. Pat Bungard, Administrative Services Associate. 

If you are a current OMSAR Scholar (Templeton, Rankin, Urban, Appalachian, Promise), please know that we are actively working to support your academic needs with online advising for scholarship compliance. We will share updates as they become available. Please watch your email and follow us on Twitter @OUOMSAR!

If you are an incoming student for 2020-2021 and have received the Promise offer, please mail your signed Promise contract to OMSAR (Address: OMSAR, Ohio University, 31 South Court Street, Suite 143, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701) or sign, scan, and email your copy to diversity@ohio.edu. If you need a duplicate copy of the Promise Contract of Agreement, please email diversity@ohio.edu and include your full name and PID. The Promise award cannot be accepted online through your student portal. However, it is shown as Diversity Contract on your “To Do List” on the student portal. Any questions, please email diversity@ohio.edu or call 740-593-9376. 

We are actively working on our plans to support your academic journey. We will share updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to email diversity@ohio.edu or call 740-593-9376 with any questions or concerns you may have.  

Stay healthy and safe, dear OMSAR Bobcats, and finish the semester strong!



Our Services

LINKS Program

LINKS helps first-year students navigate the college experience by focusing on issues of access, retention, and student success while promoting the educational benefits of diversity and inclusion at Ohio University.


One-on-One Support

The OMSAR Team specializes in working one on one with students to help them craft a pathway for academic and personal success.If you would like to meet with a member of our team, please email us at diversity@ohio.edu


Student Expo

OMSAR sponsors a session at the annual Student Expo to highlight the research or creative activity OMSAR scholars are engaged with during their academic experience. The OMSAR sessions also highlight research pertaining to diversity and inclusion.


OMSAR Courses

OMSAR Course Series

This three-course series rotates annually on topics of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. This course is open to all students at Ohio University and is required for students with the Templeton, Appalachian, Urban, and Rankin scholarship.

INST 4900 Post-Baccalaureate
Preparation Course

During the fall term, junior or senior students may enroll in a class to help them prepare for their job search and/or graduate school application.

UC 2900: LINKS Peer Mentor Seminar

The LINKS Peer Mentor Seminar is designed to assist in The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention's (OMSAR) efforts to enhance the retention, academic performance, and social experiences of first-year multicultural students, and serves as the central course for the training of LINKS Peer Mentors. The purpose of the seminar is to help students gain an understanding of LINKS, OMSAR's first year transition and support program, and develop an appreciation for the importance of peer mentors in relation to multicultural retention goals, academic achievement, leadership, diversity and inclusion.

UC 2900: OHIO Men of Excellence Network Special Issues Course

This UC 2900 Special Issues course presents an opportunity for participants in the OHIO Men of Excellence Network to plan and execute collegiate plans that meet student academic and professional goals. This course is centered on student participation inside and outside the classroom and offers a customized path to academic enrichment, leadership and planning, as well as the creation of a professional networking persona. Various campus resources will present enrichment opportunities to our class.


Study Abroad



Spend one week this spring break in the Caribbean volunteering in Jamaican communities! During this two-city program, students will be immersed in Jamaican culture working with Stones Hope School. Experiential learning activities and learning include conversations with local leaders about history, politics, and environmental conservation.




Earn your Junior Composition credit while spending 10 days this winter break in the Caribbean volunteering in Belizean communities! Students will be immersed in culture while assisting locals in building sustainable, earth-bag half-way homes for orphans who are pushed out of the foster care system. Students will also assist with local, organic farming and community outreach.  




Guanajuato has a bustling market that sells everything from nopales and fruit, clothes, souvenirs, and even live birds. The streets are always overflowing with people navigating through the underground tunnels or cutting through secret alleyways to get from one area of the city to another. The view from El Pípila standing watch over the city is phenomenal!



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31 S. Court Street, R. 143
Athens, OH 45701